Who's to Blame for the Cleveland Browns' Loss on Sunday?

With the way the media has been reporting it, you would think that head coach Eric Mangini has already been fired. Most of us have noticed that the writers of The Plain Dealer simply can’t wait to see Mangini gone, with the most recent evidence looking like this:

But is he truly to blame for all of the Browns’ recent troubles, particularly on Sunday? There has been a heaping pile of criticism placed on his conservative playcalling, especially at the end of the first half on Sunday, when he failed to utilize two timeouts and go for a touchdown. Then, the Browns went for an onside kick at the start of the second half, only to fail to recover it and give the Ravens great field position that ultimately led to a touchdown. However, I’m not willing to say that’s the reason the Browns lost. With the offense looking fairly anemic, Mangini had to try something. The Browns were able to get points at the end of the first half, and could have gained some momentum by recovering an onside kick. It was, at the very least, an understandable move.

You want to criticize the coaching staff for not being creative? The only Browns touchdown of the day was because of a trick play. The kind of stuff only works for so long against great defenses. You don’t think teams have started looking for those types of plays from Cleveland?

Nevertheless, how much blame can we place on the coaching staff? How much can we blame on Colt McCoy, who finally played like a rookie? Let us know who needs to shoulder most of the blame for Sunday’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

Who's to Blame for Sunday's Loss to the Ravens?

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  • Terry

    I think a lot of people are great football fans, and great Browns fans, but really just don’t understand the game.In football,everything is the coaches fault. If a player doesn’t make a play, it is the coaches fault for not having him in position to make it, or for not having the right player there.Case in point: Eric Wright.Since he has been injured, Joe Haden has how many interceptions?
    If there is not enough talent on the team, that is also the coaches fault. It is his responsibility to find the talent. It is the G.M.’s job to get the talent on the team. Case in point:Eric Barton, Jets castoff, signed on the coaches word.
    If a play continues to not work, that is the coaches fault for not designing a play that will work, of for not calling the correct play in the first place.Case in point:3 yard passes to Stuckey on third and 5.
    I think the telling point for Mangini is not so much that they lose the games, but how he coaches in those losses. The clock management,the conservative game plan,the lack of mid-game adjustments,the fourth quarter collapses,and playing to not lose instead of playing to win are all products of poor coaching. At 33 and 46 as a head coach, I think it’s safe to say that “the process” is not working.

    • Captain Spaulding

      It’s the coach’s fault when the players throw interceptions, fumble the football, and kick the ball 8 yds instead of 10??? I don’t think so. A conservative gameplan is a must if you intend to have any chance to win with the lack of playmakers on this roster. You want to air it out? We all found out what happens when you air it out with a rookie 3rd round QB who wasn’t supposed to play at all this year, didn’t we? 3 int’s and a passer rating of 27.0

    • Captain Spaulding

      I would argue that you do not understand the game or how coaches prepare a gameplan. Gameplans are dependent upon personnel. If you lack the personnel to open up your playbook, you have no choice but to control the clock, run the football, play great defense, and hope to keep the game close in the 4th quarter to give yourself an opportunity to win the game (which the Browns have done in nearly every game this season). This is what any intelligent coach would do with the talent (or lack thereof) on this roster.

    • Trout


      From the looks of your post, it seems as though you are one of Michael Reghi’s (few) loyal supporters. I must agree with Spaulding here, “the process” is taking hold, now we just need the players to win consistently. By the way, the coach is not responsible for finding talent, that is the responsibility of the Director of Pro Personnel. Good try Terry, thanks for playing.

  • Captain Spaulding

    Who’s to blame? How about the lack of talent on the roster? Like Sheldon Brown said, people are searching for reasons why this team isn’t winning, but at the end of the day, the players simply cannot make enough plays to win consistently in this league. Only problem is, that doesn’t sell many papers.