Running Backs: F
It has been a roller coaster ride thus far for Cleveland running backs in 2016. Unfortunately, this week’s game against the Titans represented the lowest of the lows, even following last week’s miserable performance.
The offensive line struggled so much with run blocking that the Browns virtually abandoned the running game altogether, handing the ball to a running back just 13 times. Isaiah Crowell earned the most carries, but the fewest yards, as he ran for 16 on nine carries. Duke Johnson didn’t fare much better, running for 18 yards on four carries and a touchdown run, deceiving stats as three of the carries came in garbage time.
The sad reality is that the running backs will always get too much credit when the offense is working well, and too much blame when it isn’t. This is one instance in which not all the blame placed on them is necessarily deserved. With that said though, this unit did absolutely nothing to help the struggling offensive line, and failed to show that they deserve to avoid a failing grade.