Sigh. Yawn. Whatever.
That’s pretty much how the entire game felt on Sunday. That’s pretty much how every Sunday feels when you’re a fan of this team. It’s a numbness that comes with going 1-27 over two seasons, the worst 28 game stretch in NFL history for what it’s worth. A depression that comes with not seeing your favorite team win on a Sunday in over two years, another NFL record. The front office has been incompetent, the play calling questionable, and the offense just plain terrible.
The only thing that was even remotely worth cheering for in the Browns 19-10 loss to the Chargers on Sunday was the return of #12, Josh Gordon. After almost three years of being on the sideline, Gordon showed flashes (pun intended) of brilliance on Sunday, validating the Browns’ decision to keep him despite the fact that instead of leading the league in YPG and YAC, he led it in THC and DUIs.
My big problem however, with what I from here forth will refer to as “The Gordon Game,” is just that – the entire gameplan revolved around Josh Gordon. Josh Gordon finished with 4 catches on 13 targets for 88 yards. I get it that he may be the best receiver on the Browns depth chart, but he’s only been playing with the offense for a little over a week. That’s not nearly enough time for a rookie QB with a battered offensive line to get in a rhythm with a receiver in week 13.
Quite literally everything about the Browns is different from the last time Gordon played a down. New head coach, new offense, another new QB, and an O-Line with no Joe Thomas. To expect this level of production from any receiver his first week back seems like too much to me. I understand wanting to get him the ball and make sure he’s comfortable in the offense, but Gordon would be just as effective as a decoy to set up plays to Njoku or Coleman.
Speaking of Coleman, shall we address how brutal his final series was? Down 9 and the offense is driving with the ball on the 3 yard line. They run a HB stretch to Johnson where Coleman get blamed for a hold. Run a similar play and are stopped for a loss due to a missed block by Coleman. Then, like clockwork, Kizer holds on to the ball for three minutes and is strip sacked, turning the ball over in the redzone for what feels like the millionth time this season.
The fact that these turnovers haven’t stopped is coaching, plain and simple. The same mistakes this team made week 1 they’re still making week 13. It’ll be tough to justify keeping Hue around after this season, so if I’m him I’d go balls to the wall with the last two winnable games in his tenure coming up: vs the Packers this week and at the Bears on Christmas Eve. But as I write that, it seems ridiculous to me to think that this team will go anything other than 0-16. *Sighs heavily* The fuckin Browns man.