The Browns Lost to Dallas – What Does it Mean?
This contest between the Cleveland Browns and the Dallas Cowboys was a brutal one (which was to be expected). The home squad got physically dominated at the point of attack all game long. The orange and brown were in no way competitive in this matchup, outside of two respectable drives. Let’s delve a little bit further into the takeaways.
#1 – Another Strike for Erving
Outside of not playing too terrifically well, there is not a whole lot that can be said about second year veteran Cameron Erving. He got ejected during the first offensive drive in this contest – surely that will not help his standing on the team with coach Jackson (who does not take kindly to those sort of actions). I am not sure where he goes from here, but unless he performs magnificently the rest of the campaign – the Browns might be shipping him out of town next spring.
#2 – Awful Defense
I understand that Ray Horton’s defense got walled off and could not stop Ezekiel Elliot – as that appears to be the norm against the rookie of the year candidate. However, witnessing defenders lining offsides on multiple occasions is unacceptable in the NFL. I don’t have a reasonable excuse as to why these issues are present, but they still remain. It would be nice if they can somewhat turn it around, but I do not see that happening any time soon.
#3 – What’s so Special?
I’m pretty sure the Browns committed a penalty on each and every return in this contest. With an offense that is vertically challenged, they can ill afford to start deep in their own territory for most of contests. It should be easy to not block an opponent in the back or hold during a run back, however the home squad still fell into pitfalls. Like the defense, this must be cleaned up as soon as possible – but I am realistic.
#4 – Leaning about Kessler
Right now, Cody Kessler is a better signal caller than Josh McCown; he is refraining from making the big mistakes during contests. However, he is not finding his targets on deeper tosses – which was a knock against him coming out of college. Kessler is staring to show signs that he might not be the franchise quarterback many had hoped. I’m not ready to give up hope just yet, but a signal caller might be chosen by the team early in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Conclusion: This was just another pathetic output by a downtrodden football team. I’m not seeing the weekly improvement that coach Jackson has been mentioning; maybe they can put it all together in the near future. Now, it’s time for a short week and a trip to Baltimore.