Cleveland Browns: Position grades from loss to Eagles
The Browns have a long way to go, there’s no doubt about it. There are so many elements of Sunday’s game for coach Hue Jackson and his staff to go over. This includes the 403 to 288 total yards, and the 39:20 to 20:40 time of possession, both of which the Browns were on the short end of. While several different position groups can be the main cause of alarming individual statistics, it all rests on the head coach in the end.
“I saw signs of things being better,,” Jackson told the media following the loss. Whatever “things” he was referring to were never elaborated on, and from when they were better from also remains a question. What is certain however, is that the Browns made no strides in their rebuilding process on Sunday, and the coaches did not put the players in a position in which they could be expected to win.
Examples are plenteous of coaching blunders during Sunday’s contest, including the bizarre “fake” punt on a 4th-and-5 in Cleveland territory early on. Play calling was questionable at best, as there was no flow to the game offensively. Drives were not sustained as a result of poor play calling, and all of the “trick” plays implemented were ineffective.
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In the end, the responsibility lies on the head coach. Jackson may be the coach Cleveland has been searching for now for decades, but something has to change for the to come to fruition. There is plenty of time for the Browns to turn their fortunes around, but it starts with coaching, and the Browns coaching absolutely needs to be better.