Cleveland Browns: Grades from 28-7 loss to Ravens
It wasn’t a pleasant Thursday evening for the head coach of the Browns, as the team’s performance on national television was cringe-worthy.
Not only was the play on the field troublesome, Hue Jackson and his staff seemed to have lost their minds at times. Playing McCown after the first possession of the second half instead of the rookie bewildered many fans. Also, as has been the case lately, balance on offense was non-existent. The Browns threw the ball on nearly three-fourths of their plays, despite a running game which was consistently pounding out a few yards a play.
For a head coach who is expected to turn the team around beginning on the offensive side of the ball, this incompetence raises a red flag. As a play caller, Jackson has shown inconsistency as well as a lack of commitment to his game plan. Going forward, this does not bode well for the first-year head coach.
Thankfully, Jackson had a good long hug with Terrell Suggs, an old pal. He also found a way to burn timeouts before the game became irrelevant, a struggle in recent weeks. This was accomplished by simply sending 12 men onto the field before the first play of the game. Finally, Jackson’s fantastic evening was capped off with a friendly handshake with John Harbaugh, a head coach who is 16-2 in his career against the Browns.
So, maybe the night wasn’t so bad after all. And fortunately, there’s no where for the Browns to go but up. Unless, of course, they just stay right where they are. If that’s the case, fans should brace themselves for an 0-16 season. Right now, the odds look pretty good.