Review of Jags vs. Browns – Game #6
What a horrendous performance all-around by the Cleveland Browns this Sunday. Poor offense, bad defense, and poor special teams consisted of the visiting team – they were far from dominant. My faith in the Browns fell way below than they should be, but that’s what happens when you lose to a 0-6 club.
Offense: After all of the contract talk with veteran Brian Hoyer, the quarterback laid a huge egg on Sunday. Sixteen of forty-one tosses is simply not going to cut it in the NFL. Couple that with the fact that Hoyer did not find the end zone but was intercepted and it was an overall miserable performance. I am extremely disappointed in his performance – hopefully he can pick it back up next week.
Who played well for the Cleveland Browns running attack? The answer is nobody, and I have not been this disappointed in the unit in some time. It did not matter if it was Ben Tate, Isaiah Crowell, or Terrance West running the football – none could move it forward. I hope this was a one-week thing and a blip on the radar, but we shall see.
Andrew Hawkins and Miles Austin were the only two consistent performers at the wide out positions. Each made a few nice grabs throughout the contest, but it was not good enough for the Cleveland Browns to be in to this contest. Jordan Cameron only secured one pass for five yards – this cannot happen if the Browns want to win games in the NFL.
The absence of Alex Mack is prevalent – the Browns’ offensive line struggled mightily on Sunday. They could not get a push upfront and the coaching staff was scared to run the ball up the middle on multiple occasions. I had gotten extremely worried with this group; I do not believe they will improve greatly any time soon.
Defense: Is Denard Robinson the next Barry Sanders? The Browns made it out that way, and I was extremely disappointed in their attempt to stop the run. Even with all their injuries, it is unacceptable to allow a college quarterback to get 127 yards on the ground. No one on the front three stood out for the Cleveland Browns, again I feel this will be the team’s downfall going forward.
Chris Kirksey and Karlos Dansby are the only two guys who guys who stood up for the Cleveland Browns’ linebackers. They combined for fifteen tackles, a pair of sacks, and two hits on the quarterbacks. I wish other guys would have stepped up, but a missed tackle by Paul Kruger here and a whiff by Barkevious Mingo there and the Browns’ linebackers’ corps confuses (and stymies) me.
It didn’t really seem to matter who was playing in the Browns’ secondary; they did not play well enough and surrendered a few passes during this contest. Joe Haden and Justin Gilbert were expected to play exceptionally in the secondary – but they did not, however that’s not why the team lost. Hopefully the unit can pick it up going forward, but who really knows.
Special Teams: The muff of the punt by Jordan Poyer really hurt the team. It’s sad to say but some things never change. The Browns are shooting themselves in the foot during special teams and can ill-afford to do that again. Who knows what’s going to happen going forward, but turnovers are unacceptable by this unit.
Coaching: The fourth down attempt on the road (during the second quarter) would have been great if it was successful. However it was not and coach Pettine will and should be second-guessed. The coaching decisions were less than stellar, but the execution of the plays was just as bad. I am sad to break down this game, but it was am embarrassing loss and I’m ready to move forward.