Takeaways from the Latest Loss
Well, I guess Browns’ fans should not have anything else – another defeat in a gut wrenching way. The new kicker missed three field goals (including a chip shot that would have won the game). However, there were a handful of positives that came from this contest. Let’s review those:
#1 – Hue Knows How to Coach
Getting guys in the right spot, taking the load off the rookie signal caller, and finding ways to score the football are three things that were visible from the orange and brown sidelines. It’s refreshing to see a guy in charge know what he’s doing; he doesn’t have the best weapons in the league but he’s making the most of what he’s got.
#2 – Terrelle Pryor’s Development
Whether he was under center, running slants, or running down the field – the Browns’ athlete played extremely well on Sunday. I must admit that he is exceeding my expectations, and I am excited to see him improve on a weekly basis. It will be very interesting when Corey Coleman and Josh Gordon (hopefully) return to the lineup.
#3 – Right Tackle Issues
I thought Austin Pasztor was decent last season for the offensive line of the Browns. However, in 2016 he has struggled mightily. Whether teams are figuring him out or if he cannot handle the starting role – the right side of the offensive line has had their issues. I’m not going to second guess their free agency strategy from a year ago (as everyone else is), but the team must get this fixed prior to the start of next season.
#4 – Cody’s First Start
For a third-string’s first start in the NFL, I thought Cody Kessler put together a solid performance. He was not spectacular, but outside of a few fumbles early, he was steady under center. I am eager to see what he will do with another week of practice and another start in the NFL.
Conclusion: It was not a great contest for the Cleveland Browns, but improvement (as a whole) is visible on the field. Hopefully they can actually pull out a victory next week; these close losses are not very fun.