The Cleveland Browns had a great win over Denver, but that does not mean there is nothing to complain about.
It’s not cool to kick a team when it is down, but now that the Cleveland Browns are coming off a great win versus the Denver Broncos, there are a few issues that need to be brought up.
But first of all, congratulations to each and every member of the franchise. The Denver Broncos are one of the most bitter rivals in Browns history after they blocked thei entry to the Super Bowl three times in the Schottenheimer-Kosar-Mack-Byner-Matthews era, and it will always feel great to beat those stupid hosses from Denver.
So thank you, Kevin Stefanski. Kudos to Case Keenum for beating his former boss, John Elway, who is the arch-nemesis of Browns fans, who ranks right up there with Terry Bradshaw in terms of opponents who killed us over the years.
Special kudos to a guy named Blake (Hance) who blew our minds by switching effortlessly from left tackle to right tackle and having a great game against a talented Denver defensive line that includes Von Miller. Hance is the new glue of the offensive line who apparently can play all five offensive line positions, just like Chris Hubbard.
Kudos also to the culture established by coach Bill Callahan (and it may well be that Hubbard, even while on the Injured Reserve, might have had something to do with helping Browns players translate their skills from one offensive line position to another, and mastering the playbook from different points of view).
And of course super special kudos also to running back D’Ernest Johnson for making the most of his first NFL start. He was outstanding and did everything right.
But this article is not primarily about praise. It’s about the things that might make you mad, despite the great win.
Let’s start by asking why the coaching staff didn’t put D’Ernest Johnson in the game versus Arizona. Why did we have to wait until Denver came to town? Because D’Ernest Johnson was completely shunned versus Arizona, Kareem Hunt had to go the whole way himself and wound up getting injured.