Austin Seibert hasn’t been the Cleveland Browns answer
A made kick would have cut the Ravens lead to three. A few drives later, Seibert missed a 40-yard field goal that was overshadowed by Odell Beckham Jr.’s drop to put the Browns in that third-down situation.
Former general manager John Dorsey spent a fifth-round pick to draft Seibert in 2019, who was mostly automatic during his time with the Oklahoma Sooners. Since then, he has missed six extra points and has posted a questionable 83 percent field goal percentage throughout his young professional career.
“I expect him to make those kicks. He’s got to make those,” head coach Kevin Stefanski said post-game.
Of note, the Browns added Cody Parkey to the practice squad last week. While Stefanski backed Seibert throughout camp, Parkey’s time on the practice squad could be short-lived.
Of course, those two missed goals brought Browns fans flashbacks of Zane Gonzalez‘s miserable kicking performance against the New Orleans Saints in 2018. While Austin Seibert’s kicking woes weren’t the only reason the Cleveland Browns were trounced by Baltimore on Sunday, his misses came in crucial situations and caused gigantic point swings for the Ravens.
In 2018, the Browns felt as if they needed to release Gonzalez because he was inhibiting their ability to win football games. On Sunday, Seibert’s missed 40-yarder set up a short field for Lamar Jackson’s Ravens, and they danced right back into the end zone. That was the nail in the coffin for the Browns dull-witted offense.
If Stefanski and general manager Andrew Berry want to make a point that the Browns are serious about winning games and making a splash in 2020, releasing Seibert could be a feasible option that sets an example to the rest of the locker room.
“Do Your Job!” is the well-known Bill Belichick catch-phrase that will echo throughout mimicking NFL practice facilities for the rest of time.
During Sunday’s loss, Seibert failed to do his job. Quite frankly, it could cost him his job as the Browns host the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday Night Football.