Cleveland Browns: Position grades from an ugly loss to Pittsburgh

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Nov 20, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Cody Kessler (6) is led off the field after suffering a concussion against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 20, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Cody Kessler (6) is led off the field after suffering a concussion against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports /
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Quarterback: C

The problem of abuse and bullying in the NFL reached a whole new level on Sunday. This time, the victims were Cleveland’s two quarterbacks. Sacked a total of eight times, Kessler and McCown never had a chance to make anything happen all afternoon.

Due to this, it is quite a challenge to evaluate the quarterback position. When Kessler and McCown had opportunities, they made plays and mistakes about equally. Kessler was 7 of 14 for 128 yards and an interception. McCown finished 14 of 27, totaling 118 yards and a touchdown.

Overall, it wasn’t a productive day for Cleveland’s offense from any angle. Completing just over half of their passes despite throwing the ball on virtually every play is a good indication of just how miserable the day was.

For the quarterbacks though, they really couldn’t do anything about the pressure, except maybe reconsider their choice of career. A few mistakes were made, such as McCown’s inability to throw the ball away on the goal line, leading to a Pittsburgh touchdown.

But generally speaking, Cleveland’s quarterbacks both deserve a great degree of credit for their toughness and their willingness to approach the impossible task of facing a Pittsburgh defense with no running game and a horrendous offensive line.

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