Cleveland Browns: 4 offensive takeaways vs. the Atlanta Falcons
By Joel W. Cade
Even though the Cleveland Browns lost to the Atlanta Falcons in Thursday’s preseason game, the Browns showed marked improvement on offense.
The Cleveland Browns showed improvement Thursday night on the offensive side of the ball against the Atlanta Falcons . Scoring touchdowns on two long passes, the offense excelled in creating big plays. However, the ability to create sustained drives, a strength of last years’ team, is an area that needs improvement.
As is typical of the second preseason exhibition game, head coach Hue Jackson opened up the playbook showing more exotic looks and complex plays. Jackson also showed the All-11 formation, a.k.a. Star Wars formation, on the second play of the game and again later on.
“On offense, I thought Robert Griffin III did some good things with the first offense. I don’t think we’re well-oiled yet, but I see potential of us being what I think we can be,” head coach Hue Jackson said. “I thought he played pretty well, thought he did a good job of taking care of the ball and distributing the ball to some of our playmakers.
“For the most part, early in the game protection was pretty good. The second half, I didn’t think we played as well. To me, there was a huge drop off, and there are some guys that we just have to get better and we have to get them better in a hurry.”
Here are four takeaways about the Browns offensive performance against the Falcons.
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