Looking Back at Game #12 – Bengals @ Browns
Wow, what a game for the Cleveland Browns. It was bad on offense, bad on defense, and bad on special teams for the home team. It was all around pathetic and par for the course for the orange and brown. I am looking forward to only four more contests the rest of the 2015 campaign. Here’s the debauchery below…
Quarterback – Austin Davis wasn’t embarrassing in this game, but he was far from great. The signal caller heaved a poor interception but made some nice plays with a depleted roster around him. He had a decent connection with Darius Jennings who is fresh off the practice squad. Davis should improve over time, but the question will be – will he or Manziel be the starter going forward?
Running Back – Both Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson were able to move the ball via some solid runs, but neither were great overall. I believe they can both be productive backs in this league but need a reliable line to have success in the NFL. Crowell looking at the ball during the pass behind the line of scrimmage did not help things out (recovered by the other team).
Wide Receiver – I give Darius Jennings and Brian Hartline all the credit for this contest. They were the only two (healthy) wide outs that made their mark in the matchup. The injury to Travis Benjamin did not help things out for the Browns, but someone had to catch and run with the ball. Marlon Moore made some catches as well, but he left the game with an injury as well.
Tight End – Gary Barnidge was the only tight end for the Browns – he made a fair amount of grabs and looked as reliable as ever. He can’t do it all and if the team won’t ever play E.J. Bibbs then they should expect this part of the team to falter.
Offensive Line – Hang your head Cameron Erving; the injury to Joel Bitonio paved the way for the rookie to get the nod at right tackle once again. What ensued was embarrassment by the rookie from Florida State. I understand he is not used to being a guard, but he should know what it takes to block a defender. The edge could not be blocked either, which was a sad sight to see.
Defensive Line – Jeremy Hill ran right through this Swiss cheese defense; it didn’t matter if it was up the middle or on the edge the Browns were awful in trying to stop the run. I would like to look up a guy who did well for the Browns’ defensive line but there weren’t any. All were bad – I hate to say it, but it remains true.
Linebacker – Paul Kruger made one that that one time, remember that? Neither do I; the linebacker corps could not cover, tackle, or rush the passer in this contest. I suppose Nate Orchard had a nice deflection but the main thing I’ll take away from this game is that they were punked by Jeremy Hill and Chris Kirksey got penalized after one of their touchdowns.
Secondary – It appears that the Browns missed the memo that A.J. Green is a good NFL athlete. Tramon Williams did not have safety help and was burned frequently during this contest. No one in the Browns’ secondary made an impactful play all game long; I didn’t even hear some of the names of these guys even mentioned. It’s just another black mark for this defense.
Special Teams: Bad punts and another blocked field goal; other than that the special teams were relatively even between the squads. I wish they could help the team out, but the offense and defense were so bad that special teams were irrelevant.
Coaching: This team is just a mess. There’s bad coaching all around but also bad players and horrible execution. I cannot wait for the team to end their 2015 campaign to finally end, and hey next week is their final winnable game.