Browns’ loss was bad, but still …

| September 10, 2012 | 0 Comments

You know how terrible the Browns’ offense is when you’re waiting on Josh Cribbs punt and kickoff returns as the best opportunities for a touchdown.

Despite giving up a 91-yard game-winning drive in the fourth quarter to lose to Philadelphia, the Browns’ defense was good enough. It can’t be expected to play 40 minutes, though, even if rookie LB L.J. Fort could’ve made it a rare Game 1 win had he not let an interception slip through his fingers just prior to the Eagles’ last touchdown.

Almost as bad as watching Brandon Weeden throw the ball was listening to head coach Pat Shurmur’s postgame press conference, where his comments were as dull and mind-numbing as his playcalling and the decision to kick an extra point for a 16-10 lead, instead of going for two. Faced with the same situation Sunday night, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, correctly, did the opposite.

Just about the only good news from Sunday for the Browns — other than the promise of a defense that simply wore out — was the return of the NFL’s classiest act, Peyton Manning, who carved up Pittsburgh in his first real action in over a year.

So, heading into Monday night, when Cincinnati meets Baltimore, the worst place the Browns can be in is a three-way tie for last in the AFC North — and only one game out of first. Let’s enjoy it while we can.

Category: Cleveland Browns

Mike Plant

About Mike Plant: Mike Plant has been in the business long enough to remember when cut-and-paste involved actual cutting and pasting. Having been alive in 1964, he does not believe in the curse on Cleveland’s sports teams, although Game 7 of the 1997 World Series made him waver a little. A graduate of Wooster High, Northwood University and Kent State, Plant has two sons making their way out in the world, neither of whom ever ask him for money. And, although he tries to avoid cliches when writing, he does, indeed, have an ex who lives in Texas. Plant lives in Wooster, and can be reached at 330-287-1649 or mplant@the-daily-record. He gladly welcomes all story ideas. View author profile.

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