The Cleveland Browns did not have the best of days against the New England Patriots as this week’s film room session reveals.
The Cleveland Browns simply cannot catch a break in the right direction this season.
In their 33-13 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday, starting quarterback Cody Kessler left the game in the first quarter with a rib injury. Entering the game was recently acquired journeyman quarterback Charlie Whitehurst, aka Clipboard Jesus. Whitehurst threw for 182 yards and had one touchdown and one interception in his Browns debut.
Whitehurst exited the game late in the fourth quarter with an apparent knee injury. The Browns released Whitehurst on Tuesday afternoon after reaching an injury settlement with the veteran. The details of the knee injury were not released, but appear significant enough to keep him off the roster. Terrelle Pryor then played the few remaining snaps to finish the game.
However, the story of the day was the return of future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady. In his return from suspension, the Patriots quarterback torched the Browns secondary for 406 yards and three scores. Number 12 looked like he hadn’t missed a beat, as he had his way all day long with the Cleveland defense.
Going up against one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history, the Browns defense did not play well. They missed assignments, had breakdowns in coverage and could not generate a pass rush on Brady. These factors led to the huge comeback of Brady in the blowout loss for the Browns.