Cleveland Browns: Position grades from an ugly loss to Pittsburgh
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.