Browns Lose Laughably 27-21 in OT; Life Continues to Have Little to No Meaning

A few things:

1.) This is one of the worst losses I’ve been a part of with this garbage organization. To be up 21-7 going into the fourth and hand a backup QB a game at home is unforgivable.

2.) This front office simply cannot justify keeping Hue Jackson and his staff around next year. Here’s a list of things they did to hand the Packers that game:

  • Dumb penalties on third down that bailed Green Bay out in every quarter
  • Letting Hundley throw roughly a billion underneath routes once up two scores by not playing press coverage on an anverage receiving corps
  • Not targeting Josh Gordon once in the fourth quarter
  • Throwing on a 3rd and 4 with 2:50 left in the game, leading to an incompletion that stopped the clock
  • Punting the ball in the middle of the field, allowing for a 65 yard punt return to bail out a Packers offense that was putrid the entire day

3.) DeShone Kizer will get heat for this loss, but he played a hell of a game today. It’s great to see what he can do with actual targets to throw to. Gordon, Coleman, and Njoku are solid, further solidifying that we need more playmakers, not necessarily a new QB.

4.) That interception Kizer threw in OT is unforgivable, but those are the moments that come with a 21 year old QB.

5.) Kizer’s first INT should have never happened — a DPI went uncalled on Gordon in the endzone because they’re the Packers and we’re the Browns. Unfortunate to see but that’s what happens when you’re winless.

6.) Josh Gordon is the truth.

7.) Touchdown sunglasses were awesome. I hope that doesn’t go away, but it’s also possible this team doesn’t score the rest of the season.

Not much else to say really. At least the #1 pick and the Perfect Season Parade are now all but guaranteed? The game was firmly in the Browns hands and they let the Packers control the entire second half. Week in and week out I watch this team find a way to lose, each more heartbreaking than the last. This life is miserable, but it’s the life I chose. On to the Ravens.

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Browns Drop 27th of Last 28 in the Return of Josh Gordon

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.

Terminal Blog: Browns Lose to Bengals, Officially Eliminated from Playoffs

As I sit here at the quaint, yet modern, Philips Seafood at Bradley International Airport, I can’t help but wonder where it all went wrong. This is a thought I’ve had a lot this weekend after my 5 year high school reunion, but in this capacity, I am of course referring to my Cleveland Browns.

Spirits were high after a perfect preseason. The offense looked functional, the defense respectable, and for a fleeting moment I thought, “Hey, this could be a 6-10 team!” But since the Week 3 loss to Indianapolis, this team has looked like nothing other than more of the same.

Today’s loss was the type of loss that is all too familiar if you root for this team. They start up 3-0, give up a TD immediately, then shoot themselves in the foot. Today that bullet came in the form of Treggs, who was penalized for taunting with the Browns in the red zone. After that the offense stifled, and Gonzalez missed a 43 yard field goal wide left.

A fan of a normal team would view that as a setback, but for Cleveland, that’s the game. Another footnote in the almanac of despair that is Cleveland Browns football. And just because it’s familiar, doesn’t make it any less depressing.

There’s not much left to root for at this point for the Brownies. Either tank for a pick that we have a proclivity for getting wrong, or root for a win or two to save ourselves from total embarrassment. The only winnable games left on this schedule are home against the Packers and at Chicago on Christmas Eve, but if that Green Bay game is a loss then that’s it for the year.

These are dark times indeed for we Cleveland faithful, and they don’t appear to be changing soon. My faith is not lost, as no team can be this bad for this long. But until things start to turn, I’ll have another round please.

The Browns Will Get Their First Win Today! – Live Blog

Today’s the day everyone. One of those days where people will ask where you were when the Browns won their first game in 2017, and you’ll remember. Me? I’m resting a bowl of hummus on my stomach with reduced fat Wheat Thins slamming water hoping to shock the hangover out of my system.

I know my confidence in the Browns is often misguided and unrewarded, but hear me out. This Browns team was in the game last week. The offense will learn from their mistakes and look viable again, with Corey Coleman playing in his first game since Week 2 against the Ravens.

This rush defense can play, and will not get dominated by a hurt Fournette. Jacksonville isn’t a cold weather team, they haven’t been able to handle the swirling winds of Lake Eerie since the days of Byron Leftwich.

With Josh Gordon set to return in a few weeks, the tides will turn for this misfit group of disappointment, starting right. Now.

Browns: 16 Jaguars: 10

The Browns Hung Tough, and then Were the Browns Again

This was a tough one. The whole game I was waiting for that “Browns moment,” but it just wasn’t coming. Going into the fourth quarter tied at 24 I wasn’t convinced that the Browns would win, but was convinced that maybe this won’t be a total and complete embarrassment like it usually is.

Of course, I was wrong. The fourth quarter started, I blinked, and the Browns were down two touchdowns with Cody Kessler in at quarterback. They reverted back to their mean, which is garbage, and gave the game away. Cody Kessler missed Treggs on a fade by about 200 yards. Kizer threw a pick in the endzone to cap off the Browns last offensive possession. DeValve fumbled earlier for  TD. Myles Garrett jumped offsides on third down twice, the second time leading to a TD on the very next play. And somehow worse than all of that, with 8 seconds on the clock before halftime on the 2 yard line, the Browns failed a QB sneak with no timeouts, didn’t line up in time and didn’t put any points on the board.

When you watch an entire Browns game, you truly realize how bad this team is. They do so little right and are completely unable to grab/maintain any semblance of momentum. They find new ways to completely take themselves out of games every week. But this week proved for the millionth time this year that the QB is not the issue on this team.

Sure, Kizer had that pick at the end of the game, but for 80% of the game he looked poised behind a line without Joe Thomas as a 21 year-old. He made some NFL throws today and kept this team in the game. If it weren’t for this hit after David Njoku entirely missed his block, I think the Browns could have at least covered the spread today.

So I will say it again: please, for the love of God, do not pick a QB this year. We need TONS, and I mean TONS, more talent on the offensive side of the ball. Take a playmaking WR and get Barkley in our backfield. Hell, even get some O-Line help for when Joe Thomas decides to leave or retire. But this team is not even CLOSE to being relevant even with a stud QB. Get some playmakers and give this kid a chance.

The Browns Did Another Browns Thing Today

The Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns failed to work out a trade that would have sent quarterback AJ McCarron to Cleveland, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

According to Schefter, the Bengals notified the league of the proposed trade at 3:55 p.m. ET, and the Browns notified the league shortly after 4 p.m. ET. Because the Browns were late, the league denied the trade. Cleveland protested with the league asking that the trade be approved. The NFL rejected the Browns protest.

The proposed compensation for McCarron would have been a second- and third-round pick in 2018, a source confirmed to Schefter. The Cincinnati Enquirer first reported the compensation.

McCarron has been the subject of trade rumors since the 2016 offseason after he filled in for an injured Andy Dalton and almost led the Bengals to their first playoff win under Marvin Lewis. He completed 66.4 percent of his passes in seven appearances during the 2015 regular season, throwing for six touchdowns and two interceptions. In his lone playoff start, he completed 23-of-41 passes for 212 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

The Bengals said they would listen to offers for McCarron for the right price, and it seemed almost certain that McCarron would be elsewhere by the time the 2017 season came around. The team claimed quarterback Jeff Driskel off waivers last year with the intention of developing him if they got an acceptable offer for McCarron.

At the end of last season, McCarron expressed his appreciation to the organization, which sounded like he was preparing to say goodbye. However, a trade never materialized, and McCarron once again entered the season as Dalton’s backup. He has taken three snaps in 2017.

McCarron, taken in the fifth round of the 2014 draft, is in the final season of his rookie contract. However, the Bengals could retain his rights next season because he did not spend enough time on the active roster as a rookie to accrue a year toward free agency. An arbitrator will have to decide whether he is a restricted or unrestricted free agent in 2018.

 

“I am out of carrots. I am out of sticks. The Cleveland Browns front office have time and again proven themselves to be an unmanageable team. I recommend they be removed their position and reassigned to signing minor league baseball players where they belong.” – Jan Levenson’s Recommendation as it applies to the Browns

Of all the Browns things that have ever happened, ever, this is the most Browns. To celebrate a trade you haven’t even made yet, then call in said trade late, get that trade denied by the league, protest that decision and have it unanimously denied by the league again is a special level of incompetent. It borderline needs to be admired. To be THAT bad at your job is unparalleled.

Here’s the other thing: the Browns were about to trade more for AJ McCarron than the 49ers did for Jimmy G. ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?? AJ MCCARRON?? That bible thumping, tattoo chested LOSER?? An article I read today said he almost won a playoff game two years ago when Dalton was injured, like that was some sort of fucking accomplishment. He was throwing to AJ Green, Mohammed Sanu, and Tyler Eifert, and still LOST a playoff game.

In Cleveland? He’d be throwing to Ricardo Louis, David Njoku, and Kenny Britt. He couldn’t win a game with this team! NO ONE CAN! For the billionth time, a quarterback can’t solve a problem when your team has ZERO playmakers. LITERALLY NOT ONE!

So all in all, I think the Browns somehow saved themselves by screwing this up. To get rid of two draft picks for this fucking guy

aj mccarron

Would be vomit worthy. What hurts though, is that this is a new all time low for an organization who lives to redefine the phrase rock bottom. Do what’s right Sashi and co., and please just cancel the rest of this year for your sake and ours. Draft playmakers in this draft and THEN trade your picks for a sub par QB if you want. But please, for the love of God, avoid doing or saying anything for the rest of this year.

 

Watching Joe Thomas’ First Experience as a Browns Fan was more Heartbreaking than the Game Itself

 

Poor, poor Joe. Having to go through a Browns game as a spectator on Sundays is a fate I wouldn’t wish upon anyone. The day usually starts with a glimmer of hope, which slips in to an aura of doubt, and by halftime is typically full blown depression followed by reading six different mock draft articles.

But the Browns were particularly brutal to Joe this week, by going into halftime with a lead. To a novice Browns fan, a halftime lead usually results in an internal debate where the Browns fan convinces themselves that if the second half is played EXACTLY like the first half, then maybe, just maybe, the Browns can pull this out. This was where Joe Thomas found himself yesterday.

But to the jaded masses of us who spend Sunday wallowing in a haze of self-pity, we all knew what was coming. The Browns scored a whopping 3 points in the second half while giving up 21, resulting in yet another double digit loss. Another game of no halftime adjustments, nor designing quick plays to get the ball out of Kizer’s hands. I hate to be the one to have to tell you this Joe (even though the odds of you reading this are incalculably farfetched) but expect more of the same.

This year is pretty much devoid of all hope, other than the possibility of another #1 overall pick. You hate to have to see Joe go through this season like the rest of us, but hope that maybe he’ll find a new source of empathy to those who willingly choose to watch this team play. So, I’d like to address Joe’s tweets in the hopes that he’ll learn the error in his misguided hope and join the rest of us in the sewers of Browns Twitter.

1.) No matter how good of a stop the defense has, the offense will reset any momentum to the natural Browns equilibrium.

2.)  While I value the sentiment, teams probably run out of TD celebration ideas when they reach the endzone for the fourth or fifth time against this defense, so can’t really blame them for that.

3.) Yes Joe, we ALWAYS need a turnover. They’re the Cleveland Browns.

And finally, this one:

No they’re not Joe, and they won’t be for the rest of this year.