Daily Dawg Tags: The wheels have come off the bus
By Thomas Moore
The Cleveland Browns hit another low on Sunday in a loss to the New York Jets and the situation does not appear to be getting any better any time soon.
The wheels have officially come off the bus for the Cleveland Browns in the 2017 season.
Another loss, the 20th in 21 games under head coach Hue Jackson, have the Browns sitting at 0-5 and in the driver’s seat for the No. 1 overall selection in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer was benched at halftime of Sunday’s game against the New York Jets, meaning we are in for a full week of a “quarterback controversy” that will have no winners.
We’ve also reached the point of the season where reports are coming out that the Browns will turn to Peyton Manning as the front office worker who will perform a miracle and turn the team around. (The annual call to turn the team over to Bernie Kosar has yet to gain traction, but you can be sure it is on the way.)
The Browns are now through the “easy” part of their schedule and are facing a stretch where they will play three of their next four games on the road. Unlike other sports there is not a lot that NFL teams can do during the season to improve the team in a meaningful way. Trades are rare, and five weeks into the season if a player is still a free agent there is usually a good reason why.
The only thing left to do is keep grinding and hope that the team has finally hit (or is at least nearing) rock bottom.
Cleveland Browns news:
3 takeaways from Browns loss to the Jets
The Cleveland Browns fell to 0-5 on Sunday after losing to the New York Jets. Here are three things that contributed to the loss.
Browns drop to 0-5 in mistake-filled loss to the Jets
The Cleveland Browns fell to 0-5 in 2017 after a loss to the New York Jets filled with missed opportunities and mistakes in all aspects of the game.
Refocused: Jets 17, Browns 14 (Pro Football Focus)
"Despite a strong effort for the Cleveland Browns from the No. 1 overall selection in this past year’s NFL Draft, Myles Garrett, New York Jets QB Josh McCown did just enough to outlast the Browns, tossing two second half touchdowns after a sloppy first half from both teams. With that, we give you our PFF exclusive takeaways from the contest for each team."
DeShone Kizer should remain benched for Kevin Hogan (cleveland.com)
"Hue Jackson turned the lights out on DeShone Kizer in the second half of Sunday’s 17-14 loss to the Jets, and he should keep them out for at least three weeks while Kevin Hogan takes over."
Hue Jackson blames lack of execution in loss to Jets (ohio.com)
"Browns coach Hue Jackson keeps saying he feels complete support from ownership, but he’s behaving as if he knows he’s on the hot seat. When Jackson named rookie DeShone Kizer his starting quarterback Aug. 27, he vowed to stick with the second-round draft pick through the inevitable growing pains the Notre Dame product would experience in his first NFL season. Well, that commitment lasted just four and a half games."
Odell Beckham Jr. breaks ankle vs. Chargers (ESPN)
"New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. suffered a fractured left ankle during Sunday’s 27-22 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, according to the team. A source told ESPN that Beckham will get a second opinion before deciding on surgery to repair the injury. It is the same ankle Beckham injured during the preseason."
Roethlisberger: ‘Maybe I don’t have it anymore’ (NFL.com)
"The Jacksonville Jaguars’ secondary shook Ben Roethlisberger to his core on Sunday afternoon, picking off the bulky veteran five times. After Pittsburgh’s surprising 30-9 home loss, Big Ben caught himself once again questioning his own future in football."
Seattle’s defense secures win over the Rams (Seattle Times)
"On a day the upstart Rams wanted to take control of the NFC West, it was the old-guard Seahawks who kept taking it back — again and again and again."
J.J. Watt’s broken leg deflates hopes for the season (Houston Chronicle)
"Sunday Night Football wasn’t supposed to go this way. The Texans were hyped to play on the big stage a week after their record-breaking win over Tennessee. They were excited to host the undefeated Kansas Chiefs, who boast one of the best offenses in the NFL. They were ready to prove their recent improvement could propel them to another win, a defining one. But with 7:03 left in the first quarter Sunday night, everything changed."