CLEVELAND, Ohio — The season is handiest 5 video games extinct and the Cleveland Browns hold lost video games by 30 and 28 aspects.
Monday evening, it changed into as soon as 31-Three on the boulevard to San Francisco.
In the residence opener, they were embarrassed forty three-thirteen by Tennessee.
The home opener . . .
Monday evening soccer . . .
Mountainous video games, essential video games . . .
These Browns hold already lost two video games by wider margins than ever happened within the Forty video games coached by Hue Jackson.
Jackson’s groups under no circumstances lost by more than 25 aspects (35-10 to Dallas in 2016).
This is no longer a defense of Jackson. Nonetheless it’s to underline this fat level: SOMETHING IS REALLY WRONG HERE!
The Browns proudly owning a 2-Three document at this level within the season isn’t a fat shock. Their time table has been noteworthy. It remains that manner with Seattle and Recent England as the following two opponents.
Some losses are to be expected. The Browns hold handiest nine gamers left from when GM John Dorsey took over in December of 2017. They’ve a nearly about all-current coaching workers.
The abilities has been upgraded, nonetheless this is no longer fantasy soccer. It’s more than numbers on paper or a laptop conceal conceal. This is males in flesh and blood enticing in a violent sport. Football requires coaches and gamers to work collectively. Too in general this season, it appears to be just like the Browns had been clueless in phrases of continuity on the self-discipline from week to week.
HOW YOU LOSE MATTERS
I expected the early season losses to be something like their 20-thirteen defeat to the Rams. The Browns were using on the extinguish of the game, throwing passes in a roundabout design zone.
Coaches like to say the NFL is a “pass/fail” league. At the same time as you got, you pass. At the same time as you lose, you fail. Nonetheless does topic the style you play on your losses. Displaying some grit and a lack of stop towards the Rams had a job in their Forty-25 victory in Baltimore the following week.
The Browns did loads of issues appropriate towards the Rams, particularly on defense. That sport also changed into as soon as the originate of working Cut Chubb lend a hand into the center of the offense.
The defense…the working lend a hand…the resolution.
It situation up the victory in Baltimore.
Then came San Francisco, the assign their heart and can were broken by the relentless 49ers in front of a national television viewers.
IT’S ABOUT EFFORT & ATTENTION
“We don’t want to be an up-and-down, curler-coaster soccer group if we would possibly like to build as a lot as the assign we would possibly like to build as a lot as,” Coach Freddie Kitchens acknowledged in his Tuesday media conference call.
Rather than variety on two staunch performances (Rams and Ravens) they reverted lend a hand to the opening sport loss to Tennessee.
Baker Mayfield lost his poise below the defensive force. The defense constantly changed into as soon as out of region on misdirection performs, or even extinct-fashioned, fullback-led energy runs.
There changed into as soon as nothing noteworthy about what San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan did Monday evening.
Nonetheless Browns defensive coordinator Steve Wilks didn’t hold his defense ready.
I’m obvious coaches ready the defense for the 49ers. Nonetheless they ran over the Browns for 275 yards, even when the Browns in general knew the flee changed into as soon as coming.
No excuse for that.
ABOUT ANTONIO CALLAWAY
On offense, Kitchens introduced Antonio Callaway lend a hand from his four-sport suspension. He conducted at a receiver space the assign the young man had handiest one week of note.
Presumably one of the essential essential concerns Callaway had lining up were some distance more due to the coaching workers. Callaway has conducted handiest sixteen NFL video games sooner than Monday. Why throw so worthy current at him so rapid?
“We pass our receivers spherical a staunch bit, ” acknowledged Kitchens. “We felt he changed into as soon as potentially ready to play so we conducted him.”
He wasn’t ready.
Callaway had a seemingly TD pass bounce off his arms and it changed into an interception for Mayfield.
“It changed into as soon as a fat play within the game,” acknowledged Kitchens. “At the same time as you toddle on the boulevard in an atmosphere like that, it be a must to face as a lot as their preliminary fury and emotion of being at residence. We withstood that and we place ourselves in region to diminish the outcome in 14-10 sooner than the half of.”
As a substitute, the 49ers marched down the self-discipline and scored a TD.
That’s my level. Callaway blew the play.
Protection, toddle cease them. Abet the rating 14-Three on the half of as a replacement of 21-Three.
This group will get knocked down emotionally for the length of video games and hasn’t developed a character to build up better.
ABOUT ODELL BECKHAM Jr.
The probability of maximize the abilities of Odell Bekcham Jr. hangs over the group. I’m no longer trim sufficient to grab if the extensive receiver can’t accumulate originate, or if it’s a coaching danger.
He’s caught handiest four passes within the final two video games. Kitchens tried to hold Beckham construct about a diversified issues. The Browns opened the game with a trick play, Beckham hitting buddy Jarvis Landry with a 20-yard pass.
The Browns also let Beckham flee the ball twice, totaling 15 yards. All of that changed into as soon as a staunch thought.
Nonetheless Kitchens made a ridiculous pass letting Beckham return a punt for the first time this season. That changed into as soon as with 7:30 left within the game and the Browns losing, 28-Three.
“He desired to be out there fielding that punt due to he thought he can also construct something and provide a spark,” Kitchens acknowledged.
Who cares if “he desired to be accessible”?
That’s like throwing a match off the Golden Gate Bridge hoping to gentle the bay on fire.
Beckham has an hurt historical previous, having disregarded sixteen-of-32 video games in 2017-18. This season, he complained of hip and hamstring problems. Kitchens must be thankful Beckham didn’t pop a hamstring on his queer runback that led to a nerve-racking hit and a fumble.
Correct now, the Browns are a mentally fragile group. That’s why every video games changed into blowouts. The abilities is there. The Baltimore sport wasn’t a fluke. It changed into as soon as an example of what the Browns can changed into.
Nonetheless they want to grow and toughen up as a bunch to build up there.