Cleveland Browns: Grades from thrilling victory over the Chargers
Offensive Line: F
It was an ugly performance for the Browns on the offensive line. Going up against a strong front seven, Cleveland knew they would have their hands full. However, they likely didn’t realize just how much of a liability their pass protection would be.
Much like the rest of the Browns offense, the first half did not go poorly for the offensive line. Creating a stable pocket for Griffin on most occasions, the play of this unit was adequate. While not superb, they at least allowed Johnson and Crowell to make the most of what was given to them, even allowing Crowell to go in for two touchdowns virtually untouched.
Unfortunately, the second half was a much different story. Surrendering nine total sacks and failing to get any room for the running game virtually killed any offensive rhythm the Browns had. This left the Browns clinging to a three-point lead the entire quarter, alleviating no pressure from their defense.
Thankfully, their defense was able to get the job done. But this doesn’t excuse the terrible play of the offensive line in the second half. All in all, their inexperience and inability to adjust cost them a passing grade.