Cleveland Browns: 3 most disappointing losses in 2021

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Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns

Jan 3, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) looks to pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

All losses in the NFL are tough, but the Cleveland Browns seemed to lose in dramatic fashion every week. Here are the three toughest from 2021.

There is no doubt the Cleveland Browns were one of the biggest disappointments in the NFL in 2021. Not only did they fail to make the playoffs with one of the best rosters in the league, but they also finished third in the division and would have likely finished the season with 10 losses if the Bengals wouldn’t have rested nearly every starter.

You can’t pinpoint one thing that went wrong in 2021. It was legitimately everything at different times. To start the year the offense was great, but the defense couldn’t stop anyone. Then the defense started to figure things out, but the offense couldn’t score to save their life.

We also can’t forget about all the injuries, including the one to Baker Mayfield that really held him back (at least we all hope that was the issue). Plus, I’m not sure there was a single week where someone wasn’t out because of COVID19.

The bottom line, Andrew Berry has some serious work this offseason. He doesn’t necessarily need to add a ton of talent, but he will need to figure out some of the pieces that aren’t working and cut them loose. Kevin Stefanski went from NFL coach of the year to watching the wild-card round of the playoffs at home.

All losses sting, but it felt like the Cleveland Browns were in every single game. Of their nine losses, you could make an argument that they should have easily won six of those. The Patriots, Cardinals, and Steelers (second matchup) all easily won, but the rest were all tough. Below are the three hardest of the season.

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