The Cleveland Browns lost big today.
In every facet of the game, they were outplayed, outnumbered, and outdone.
It is not hard for anyone to disagree with Coach Stefanski’s assessment of the team.
#Browns HC Kevin Stefanski: "I think we're a 3-3 football team which means we're average across the board. So we've got to get better."
— 92.3 The Fan (@923TheFan) October 17, 2021
This is a .500 team that should be so much better than it is.
Stefanski’s exact words were:
“I think we’re a 3-3 football team which means we’re average across the board. So we’ve got to get better.”
Kevin Stefanski: We’re a 3-3 team. Very very average.
— Tony Grossi (@TonyGrossi) October 17, 2021
Not This Bad Since The Kitchens Era
Browns fans have not seen a game so poorly played and executed since the Kitchens era.
Some argued it was a Hue Jackson type of performance.
Just a pathetic showing. More reminiscent of 2017 under Hue Jackson than anything we’ve seen under Kevin Stefanski. An embarrassment. #Browns
— Fed Scivittaro (@MeshPointScout) October 17, 2021
The team was flat from the start which was shocking.
They were playing the last undefeated team in the NFL at home.
There should have been plenty of spark and spunk in the effort to dethrone the Cardinals.
Instead, they looked lost.
Kyler Murray looked a lot like Justin Herbert last week.
He had his way with the Browns defense and found wide open receivers.
Sense Of Urgency In Short Week
The Browns need to approach this week with a sense of urgency.
The Denver Broncos are coming to town Thursday night.
They cannot be flat and disjointed from the start.
Of course, the injuries are mounting which does not help the cause.
Watching Kareem Hunt leave the game on a cart was deflating.
#Browns HC Kevin Stefanski on injuries: "Whoever's available to us, we've got to find a way. We've got to be problem solvers."
— 92.3 The Fan (@923TheFan) October 17, 2021
However, the “next man up” mentality that got them through COVID-19 last year needs to step up.
Speaking of COVID-19, the Cardinals coaching staff was not in full force, and the team still won easily.
Who Are The Browns?
This team has an identity crisis.
For a couple of games, they were offensively sound.
Then, they were defensively dominant for a bit.
They have never been a complete football team playing four quarters of outstanding football.
The season is still young, but the team cannot keep losing games to playoff caliber teams.
If the Browns are in fact a playoff caliber team, they had better show it soon.
goodbye nfl says
no team can play a game when the refs throw 9 penalties against you so the team they bet on wins
I’m done with the NFl it is a scam just line baseball and basketball has been for years
It’s the refs fault that the offense was inept and the defense stayed In the locker room.
The refs were terrible but thats not the reason why they lost, the refs are terrible evey week, the refs need to be held accountable for this week in week out crap they call but no one seems to be doing anything about it, but like i said thats not the reason they lost.
Anytime someone says anything especially the players they get fined. What a joke
You hit the nail on the head friend. That’s how New England won every year. Never a holding call on their offensive linemen. I could go on and on. Too bad other fans can’t see how fixed it is. The winner of the super bowl has already been chosen.
Tim Gang says
Where is this elite Woods defense We’ve heard about.? On offense Baker has no protection. . Sounds like some coaching and co-ordinator issues to me!
Sounds like alot of injured players on both sides of the ball.
Another performance like this, and they can kiss the playoffs goodbye. This team is on the verge of a major meltdown. They’d better dig deep, and they’d better do it fast. If they want to be taken seriously, they’re going to have to seriously get down to work. There’s no room for half assed performances in the NFL. Right now they look like the weak link in the AFC North. If they’re not careful, that’s all they’re going to be!
Why continue to go for it on fourth down early in the game when in field goal range. You suck at it and please stop! Cost us at least one game already. Can’t believe Stefani keeps doing [email protected] had enough.
Agreed! Going for it on 4th down is a decision based on several factors, not based on analytics. Sometimes you just need to put points on the board. Last 2 games! Both games may not have mattered in the end but Chargers we’d of been up 45-41. Cardinals if OBJunk doesn’t drop the pass and they score they’d have been down 30-24 instead of 30-21.
Browns need some honest refs
Trade OBJ for help on the defensive side of the ball.
Trade OBJunk for a washing machine.
Ryan M says
Injuries plain and simple. No NFL team can compete with 2 tackles out, your starting RB (and now 2nd RB) your sure handed WR (and now our high dollar WR) and your QB with a shoulder injury.
Very disheartening I’m e84 years young and a Browns fan since Otto Graham days and it saddens me to witness millionaires playing like they really don’t care. I saw them laughing on the bench which upset me more than their poor play. I feel sorry for the few that really tried their best. The defense was non existent and the quarter back running around in circles was very humiliating.. I feel sorry for my grandchildren watching this team stumble.
Thank you for your time.
You got get defen that can stop someone. Officen line that can give Americas quater back
Time to operate
I am browns browns fan from Oklahoma
The. Coaching staff sucks
Learn to spell and make sense in your comment. Also we have the returning coach of the year. The way you sound we should scrap the coaching staff just because you don’t like how he calls the game. Great teams just don’t keep churning coaching staff. You guys act like we’ve been winning for decades for christ sakes. Hell we have just 2 winning records since 1999. If all you want to do is complain about everything then go complain elsewhere yes everyone is entitled to their own opinions. Sometimes its better to keep your mouth shut than open it up every time and sound like a fool.
Jeff r says
I’m a diehard browns fan through and through and have been My whole life and I’m not going to get on here and criticize any one player or any one thing all I can say is no matter what has been going on I’m still going to trust in stefanski and in this team to get it turned around somehow so how about a little more encouragement and a little less criticism. GO BROWNS
That’s why I just play madden, the Browns will be sure to win. Lol
Tony L. says
I never really liked baker mayfield but I recognize that he is best when he is rolling out of the pocket extending plays. It’s like he cant see downfield when he’s in the pocket and then the pocket collapses on him and he’s a chicken with his head cut off. I’m so sick of this coach. Who is calling these shitty plays? Defensive coordinator needs to be fired immediately. We have one of the weakest secondary’s in the league and yet this idiot will never double team the top receivers who just constantly punish us. Let’s not even talk about the damn timing routes…. it’s like no one has heard of a bump and run.
Baker Manziel says
The Browns are playing like Hue Jackson was the coach and the coach is starting to sound like Hue Jackson in the press conferences.
The Browns is the Browns.
No changes at all.
Just another season of hope going south. About 25 in a row now. Something about Cleveland football that no matter who the coaching staff is, or what players take the field, just never seems to matter. The Cavs will remain the only Cleveland team to hoist a trophy in this era and beyond. I think “the fumble” must be too big a curse to overcome.
You are right about the curse. Doesn’t matter who is hired as coach or player, when they get off the plane in Cleveland their life changes for the worse.
The defense is the problem. Of the 3 losses, th Browns had th lead in the closing minutes and the defense gave the game to th other team either through missed coverage and wide opened recievers or stupid penalties. This goes on all game. It does no good to score 30 points when your defense gives up 31.
There is always room for improvement. Constructive criticism is helpful. However, criticism without merit is unfair and unproductive. Trust the process. there are going to be ups and downs. But, the Browns will figure it out. This is a different Browns era.