Cleveland Browns lose to Seahawks, 5 takeaways
Dec 20, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks outside linebacker K.J. Wright (50) tackles Cleveland Browns running back Isaiah Crowell (34) during the first quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
1. The coaching staff seemed to be on the same page and the play calling benefited
Cleveland has struggled all season with play calling but today the staff seemed to be in unison. For the majority of the game Cleveland was competitive and never seemed to be out of it until later in the fourth quarter.
Duke Johnson made several plays and Isaiah Crowell hit the hole much harder then he has all season. There seemed to be a similar flow as last week to begin the game with each of them getting involved early. Johnson had a breakout carry for 39 yards highlighted by his hurdle over a Seattle defender. The rookie out of Miami also had a 20 yard catch along with reeling in a team high, five receptions.
Manziel created opportunities with his feet and completed passes on the run extremely well for the most part of the game. John Greco left the game early and the staff made adjustments as rookie Cameron Erving, who was recently benched following several poor performances, replaced him. The offensive coaching staff allowed Manziel more plays with his feet despite him only rushing twice.
Against a good Seattle Seahawks team, the Cleveland Browns did in fact come prepared today and credit to the coaching staff. You just can’t beat a great team while not playing a great game and the Browns were just good.