Stunned! That is pretty much the reaction of fans around the world as the Cleveland Browns were once again able to wrest defeat from the jaws of victory and in the process probably broke off some teeth as they were defeated by the Baltimore Ravens with no time remaining. Beginning with this article a new “award” will be designated. It is called “The Dawg Bone Headed Play of the Game.” There are three nominees this time around.
The first nominees are #44 LB Nate Orchard, #56 LB Carlos Dansby, #58 LB Christian Kirksey whose combined missed tackles ended up with Baltimore scoring a touchdown. The second nominee is the entire Special Team Unit. The one thing that could be counted on this year was that the special team always put in a strong showing up until this game. A run back punt for six that caught everyone flat footed had people throwing their TV sets out the windows. The third nominee is the Field Goal Unit. There is a reason why they call it a Field Goal Unit. It is because their job is to make sure that the kicker makes the field goal.
This week’s winner is the Field Goal Unit for the blocked field goal. C’mon Man! It’s a field goal for crying out loud. It is one of the most basic plays in football. Just as fans think that there is no way that it can get any worse…it does.
Add to this the multiple missed tackles throughout the game that kept Baltimore in the game right to the end and it made for a frustrating night that was broadcast on National Television. The only saving grace of the game is the amount of stupid pre-snap penalties seemed to have been brought under control. It should also be noted that in spite of the pressure that the fans at the stadium must have been putting on the coaches, they stuck to their guns and put #7 QB Austin Davis in while Johnny Trouble cooled his heels on the bench.
With all the time off that the Cleveland Browns had (13 days in all) was there any time during practice that they worked on Red Zone Offense? It does not appear so. For all practical purposes the score should have been Browns 35, Ravens 27 but Nooooooooo! Even with nine chances twice inside the 20 the team still cannot get six and have to settle for three.
As for the secondary, phhhtttthhh! That is all that can be said on that matter. With all the injuries hitting the team (to the point where a disgraced Quarterback is suited up simply to make the 43 player minimum) why are not the players in the practice squad being called up?
This is a franchise on the verge of a complete meltdown. We have a fired Offensive Line Coach (alcohol may have been involved), a disgraced QB (alcohol and lying was definitely involved), more concussions than a head bangers concert, a starting QB #13, Josh McCown who single handily qualifies for the group rate at University Hospital which makes it a revolving door at the most important position of all (Quarterback).
If the Browns lose every game and get first pick on the draft that alone will not help. Looking over the potential picks coming of age, there are not a lot of great choices this year. It is seasoned players that are needed to end this multi-year slide. Is it fair that people have been born, lived and died without seeing a single championship team much less one with playoff contention?
Cleveland fans have always been and will continue to be the very best in the world and they deserve more than what they are getting. From the owner down to the water boy and everyone in between, they need to realize what this team means to our city and that sacrifices need to be made in order to win. So far it does not seem that they are getting the message.
In case you have not had your fill on beer and brats in sub-freezing temperatures, the next game will be at home against the Cincinnati Bengals (9-2) at First Energy Field on December 6, 2015 with kickoff at 1 p.m. The game will be televised live on WJW Fox 8 Cleveland and on the radio at WNCX Cleveland Classic Rock 98.5 FM. Tickets are still available by clicking HERE.