Studs and duds from Cleveland Browns Week 12 victory over Miami
Dud: Browns offensive tackles
Seemingly every week, win or lose, there is concern about the play of the Cleveland Browns offensive tackles. Typically, it is well warranted as well. And it was the same case Sunday against the Dolphins.
Even without the Dolphins boasting a dominant pass rusher, Greg Robinson and Chris Hubbard seemed to be always getting backed up into the face of Mayfield. Although Mayfield was only sacked once, it was on account of Hubbard oversetting and allowing the rusher to get inside of him.
Although Robinson did not allow a sack, his issue of whiffing on blocks continued on Sunday. If Robinson struggles to get his hands on a defender early, he has trouble recovering and generally allows a pressure. And even though it was a difficult block for a lineman to get on the edge to make, Robinson whiffed on a screen block that would have given Odell Beckham Jr. a good chance for a touchdown.
Mayfield’s decisiveness Sunday helped limit the amount of pressure Hubbard and Robinson allowed, but their poor pass blocking remains noticeable. Once the Browns play another good secondary and Mayfield has to hold the ball longer than he wants, the pressures allowed by the tackles could come back to haunt the Browns offense.