It was inexcusable. Yes, I know we are hurt. Yeah, I know Kevin Stefanski and Joe Woods were fighting to see if our offensive or defensive play could be worse. And yes, I know we play with a backup quarterback. But when you have a lead in the 4th quarter against Marcus Mariota and the Atlanta Falcons, you have to win the ball game. In fact, it’s the 4th straight game early in the season in which the Browns held a 4th quarter lead. This team can’t close the games, as we fell to 2-2 with the absolute embarrassment of a loss. I’ll hand this one over to Big Cat to speak for all of Cleveland:
I couldn’t have said it better myself. It was a joke of a performance today against a team that is absolutely awful. We had so many chances to win this game, but we pissed them off time and time again. And the blame, while there’s a lot to pass around, has to start at the top with Kevin Stefanski. It was one of the worst coached football games I’ve ever seen, and may I remind you, I’ve watched 40 Hue Jackson games at the helm. But this one was really a beauty. Right off the bat, Kevin Stefanski showed everyone that he brought his F game this afternoon.
We had the ball inside the 4-yard line three times in the first half and came away with 10 points. That’s unacceptable, especially when you consider the Browns’ No. 1 force in running football. We have the best running back in football right now in Nick Chubb, we have the best basketball QB in NFL history in Jacoby Brissett, and we have a former running leader in Kareem Hunt. RUN THE DAMN BALL, KEVIN. Why do we try to be cute and pass from the goal line?
The Browns won the 1st half of possession 21-9, but entered the half tied at 10. Two first quarters awful, but the second half didn’t improve. We always handle football well, until we decide to blast a drive by being cute and passing when we don’t need it. I hope Kevin was taking notes on what the Falcons did to us: 10 straight points and a touchdown. And that was with… Tyler Allgeier and Caleb Huntley? Can you imagine what this coordinator could do with Hunt and Chubb? I know I just said it, but my God, the Browns have the best rushing offense in the league. Let’s use them! Especially inside the 5!!!!!
Kevin Stefanski was just awful today, but I don’t want him to get all the glory. Joe Woods, again, was terrible too. If that guy still has a job tomorrow, I’ll have to wonder what dirt he’s got on Kevin. I know we’re bumped on that side of the ball, partly because of injuries on the pitch and partly because of an animal jumping in the middle of the road, but I don’t care. We are still a professional football team and our defense should not see very open players running around the pitch as much as they do.
Coach Stefanski, your opinion on this?
Oh, we are NOT designing it for guys to be open? Jesus Christ. He has to arrest Woods before he even gets on the plane for Cleveland. Oh, and he also has to use the kicker we drafted in the 4th round. Why kick the ball instead of trying for a field goal when our defense was just going to let them score anyway? At least he tries!
As I type I get more and more excited because this team could easily be 4-0. The Jets’ and Falcons’ losses were absolutely brutal. I’ll say this: I’m not ready to nail the coffin of a 2-2 team’s playoff chances, but I don’t see any possible way for the Browns to make the playoffs. We just came off of 4 straight games against Baker Mayfield, Joe Flacco and Marcus Mariota with a 2-2 record. Literally the opposite of Murderer’s Row. In the future, we’ll see Justin Herbert, Lamar Jackson, Joe Burrow, Tua (maybe), Josh Allen, and Tom Brady. And that’s all before getting Deshaun Watson back. If this team just finished 2-2 against four of the NFL’s worst teams, I shudder to think what our record will be over the next stretch. Today was a Must Win.