Who contributed most to the Cleveland Browns meltdown?
While many thought the Cleveland Browns would lose on Sunday, no one expected them to look so bad in the loss.
In a world full of negatives, there weren’t many positives to take from this Week 1 game, but there are a few. The offensive line actually wasn’t that bad, the front four on defense seemed to have a decent game, and outside of the clueless fake punt, this game was not on coaching.
From poor play out of a lot of the starters, to the drop from Odell Beckham Jr on third and short which led to a 10 point swing at least, to Austin Seibert being non-existent, everything seemed to be a mess.
While not every single starter had a bad game, there is a handful that had miserable Week 1 game and need to bounce back on Thursday night — although one won’t be given the chance to redeem himself.
No. 3: B.J. Goodson
When the linebackers that the Browns have on their roster needed to step up, they didn’t. Veteran linebacker B.J. Goodson struggled mightily in his week one matchup, his first one in brown and orange. Goodson had 6 solo tackles and three assists, and had a poor overall grade of 38.4 from PFF, making his debut a rough one.
Coming into this game, the Browns had to have known that the linebackers were going to have to be good in coverage, considering the Ravens like to spread the field and use the tight ends to create as much room as possible for Lamar Jackson to work. Goodson had 49 snaps yesterday, 23 of those being in coverage. Goodson had a grade of 30.6 in coverage, a big reason for the Ravens carving them up — and Mark Andrews having a field day.
With Mack Wilson still being out and knowing he will be out for the immediate future, Goodson is going to have to play better, plain and simple.