Cleveland Browns Defensive Grade: F
Allowing 45 points in a game will never get you a passing grade in the NFL. On Sunday, the Browns defense looked lifeless, and Pats quarterback Mac Jones was doing whatever he pleased.
The biggest story on defense yet again came on third down. Cleveland could not get off the field and New England converted on seven-of-nine third-down conversions, including starting six-for-six.
New England racked up 452 total yards of offense. Jones led the charge by completing 19-of-23 passes for 198 yards and three touchdowns. Rhamondre Stevenson rushed the ball 20 times for 100 yards and two scores.
The Browns were barely able to put pressure on Jones but did come away with two sacks, one by Myles Garrett, the league leader in that category.
Speaking of Garrett, after the game he seemingly took a shot at defensive coordinator Joe Woods, by saying the Browns didn’t make any adjustments on the sideline.
"“We’ve got to go back to the drawing board and see how we can get better, see how we can scheme better, see how we can make adjustments on the fly,” the All-Pro defensive end said, via WKYC. “We never had a chance just because we didn’t make any adjustments on the sideline or when we had time to.”"
Garrett likely shouldn’t have made this statement publicly, but his emotions were running high as he and his teammates had higher expectations for themselves as to where they should be after 10 weeks. With that said, there has to be some accountability on Woods’ part.
We knew coming into the season that the defense would take time to gel, but Woods should have these guys in better schemes in order to succeed. There’s no reason this defense, which was heavily invested in during the offseason, should be giving up 45 points in a game.
While he may or may not survive the season, Woods has to be on the hot seat. Something has to give as this defense does not always come to play. That starts with coaching.