Cleveland Browns: Position grades from an ugly loss to Pittsburgh
Special Teams: D
The special teams unit of the Browns has been adventurous in 2016 to say the least. This week was no different, as they had their ups and downs.
Field position actually wasn’t a major issue in this one, though the poor weather played a significant role. The Browns actually set up some punt returns, as Duke Johnson took three for a total of 32 yards. They also punted well and kept Pittsburgh punt returner Antonio Brown in check. Britton Colquitt averaged 46.3 yards per punt over three punts, and Brown was held to seven total return yards.
The problem this week was a combination of small errors which added up. Once again, the team committed a block in the back on a return, and a holding on a punt. Penalties on special teams is becoming an epidemic for the Browns, as they are a weekly occurrence.
Obviously, the biggest blunder came by way of a Cody Parkey missed extra point. This was ugly, but like the special teams play in general, it had little impact on the outcome of the game.