It’s All Over – Game #16 Review – Browns vs. Steelers
Well that season felt like eight years, and not in a good way. Nonetheless, the 2015 NFL campaign is complete for the Cleveland Browns and I can enjoy my Sunday afternoons a bit more. The Browns lost to the Steelers and will fire almost everyone, what’s new? Here’s the quick recap.
Quarterback – Austin Davis was a game manager and turned the ball over a few times – pretty much what you could expect from a career backup quarterback. He was able to make a few plays, but it was far from good in this contest. I would be content if he and Josh McCown and the backups for Jared Goff next season. I hope the Browns trade Manziel at the first opportunity.
Running Back – Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson played much better than expected. Many were not anticipating them to have any type of success, but the veteran was able to run for a good deal of yardage on occasions, meanwhile the rookie once again showed his ability to catch and run with ease. I like this stable of runners next season, but time will tell who stays and who does not return.
Wide Receiver – Terrelle Pryor caught a tremendous pass in the first half – that was pretty much it for the veteran wide out. He had a penalty and didn’t do much the rest of the way. Other than a few grabs by Travis Benjamin, the only guy could produce was Darius Jennings. However the athlete dropped multiple passes, including a touchdown. The bottom line is that the Browns need big, fast, and great wide receivers next year.
Tight End – Gary Barnidge had a couple of nice receptions in this game, but could not find the end zone for the elusive tenth time this season. He was not complemented by any output at his position group, but what else is new? Hopefully the team can pair him with a solid target or two and the Browns can have weapons at their disposal.
Offensive Line – Cameron Erving continued to show his (in) ability as an offensive guard in the NFL. The rookie was driven back and taken advantage of, en route to multiple sacks for the opposition. I don’t know what to expect next year for this group, I just hope they are better in 2016.
Defensive Line – I’ve been told that Danny Shelton played well in this contest for the Browns. Surely it helps going against a third string running back, as DeAngelo Williams left the game with an ankle injury. None of the other guys did anything of significance this matchup – there was no pressure on the signal caller all game long and they could not control the line of scrimmage. Once again, I have no clue of the turnover for this position group, but the Browns need to be better at this part of their team next season.
Linebacker – Outside of an interception by Craig Robertson (that was nullified by an interception by the offense) did any linebackers play for the Browns today? This position group has been wretched and pathetic and I am glad I don’t have to watch them play for a while. I don’t know what will occur – but getting rid of the horrible Barkevious Mingo would be a good start.
Secondary – There was no Joe Haden and Tramon Williams and whoever was left was not any good. Antonio Brown could sit and wait from the fat slob (and alleged rapist) at quarterback and move the ball with ease. I am eager to see what will occur for these guys next year. There are several underwhelming guys and decisions to be made – it would be a good move if the Browns could actually have good cornerbacks and safeties.
Special Teams: Travis Coons made four field goals in this game. Other than that, the special teams were less than effective. They did not have great punt coverage or return the ball well. That’s all I got – I can’t sugarcoat it anymore
Coaching: Everyone’s getting fired – who really cares anymore? I like John DeFilippo and want him to return next season, so I’m sure he won’t. This offseason will be an utter long and depressing one.