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  • Chicago Bears vs. Washington Redskins - Monday Night Football
    by Chris Pokorny on September 24, 2019 at 12:14 am

    Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images Browns fans can use this as an open thread to discuss Monday Night Football. Today, the Chicago Bears take on the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football! We will have game threads running for each quarter, so be sure to participate in the discussions. VS. Game: Chicago Bears vs. Washington RedskinsDate/Time: Monday, September 23, 2019 at 8:15 PM ETTelevision: ESPN - Joe Tessitore & Booger McFarlandLocal Radio: ESPN 850 WKNR, 92.3 The Fan, 98.5 FM WNCX

  • Browns still searching for answers on offense
    by Thomas Moore on September 24, 2019 at 12:13 am

    Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images HC Freddie Kitchens will not give up play-calling duties as a fix to the issues on offense remains elusive. It is safe to say that the Cleveland Browns offense is not what everyone expected it to be. Three games into the season and the Browns offense, which was being excessively hyped throughout the summer, is currently: 26th in scoring at 16.3 points per game has converted just 11-of-39 third downs has a long run of just 19 yards has just one pass play of more than 40 yards Be it the excessive penalties - starting with 18 in Week 1 and currently sitting at 35 on the year - or the play calling - a draw play on fourth and nine? Not even Mo Carthon would have done that - or any of a number of other issues that have come up on a regular basis, something is wrong. Coming off the heels of a frustrating loss on Sunday night to the Los Angeles Rams, head coach Freddie Kitchens once again took the blame for the offense, according to clevelandbrowns.com: “It is me. It is my fault. No, it is me. (Offensive coordinator) Todd (Monken) does a great job during the course of the week of making sure we stay on task, we stay organized and all that kind of stuff. When things mess up, it is going to be me.” It is certainly refreshing to have a head coach accept responsibility for the on-field product, rather than looking for personal victories and blaming everyone else, but it is also starting to grow a bit old. Similar to how previous regimes would talk about needing to get the ball to certain players and then continually do the opposite, Kitchens talks about putting the players in a position to succeed, but then the next game rolls around and it is Groundhog Day once again. While he admitted that he is still in the early stages of the learning curve, Kitchen also said that the idea of turing over the play calling to someone else on the staff is “not going to happen.” He is also not in panic mode, according to the team’s website: “You can bring the same team back with the same players and have them play together for another year, and it will not be the same. I knew there were going to be growing pains. We have a lot of guys here that were not here last year so there are going to be growing pains. The only thing we have done is we continue to get better. I want to see that continue to happen, and we will be fine. Nobody is panicking. We are not panicking, but we also understand the shortcomings we have had. I understand the shortcomings that I have had. I am going to get it better. Our team is going to get better.” It has only been three games and a month from now these early bumps may be a distant memory. But if they are not, then Kitchens may need to come up with a better answer than just “blame me.&rdquo

  • Browns’ defensive snap counts, stats, and notes: Week 3
    by Chris Pokorny on September 23, 2019 at 6:05 pm

    Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images Mack Wilson, Juston Burris, T.J. Carrie, Eric Murray, Jermaine Whitehead, and Terrance Mitchell each played every snap on defense (and so did Joe Schobert). Below, we analyze the snap counts and stats on defense for the Cleveland Browns’ Week 3 game against the Los Angeles Rams. The Browns and their defensive line did a solid job stopping the Rams’ running game, as Todd Gurley and Malcolm Brown combined for 17 carries for 50 yards (2.94 YPC). Myles Garrett had a tougher assignment this week in veteran Andrew Whitworth, but the Browns wisely let him go over to the other side on certain downs. That paid off big at the end of the first half, when Garrett just got a piece of Jared Goff from behind, leading to a fumble (and a field goal) that gave Cleveland a halftime lead. Chris Smith did not play this week. Genard Avery was active for the first time and played two snaps; he made one tackle. Right off the bat, the Browns threw Mack Wilson into Christian Kirksey’s spot for all 66 snaps of the game. The rookie did a very good job, as PFF points out; and nearly came away with an athletic diving interception.Mack Wilson earned some positive marks in the run game and should finish reviews with a solid overall grade. He recorded multiple defensive stops and zero missed tackles on first review. Joe Schobert also had another solid game. He scooped up the first half fumble in stride to set Cleveland up in field goal range; and then when the Rams were trying to seal the game in the fourth quarter, his drop in zone coverage forced a tip, which led to an interception that gave the offense a chance to tie it. T.J. Carrie, Terrance Mitchell, and Juston Burris played every snap. It is particularly noteworthy for Burris, who wasn’t signed to the team until Friday (although he was with the team during the offseason). Burris came away with the late interception off of Schobert’s tip. Carrie was beat once by Cooper Kupp for a touchdown, where he was clearly frozen. However, later on, he continued fighting and made a diving interception that, in an ideal world, would have been the turning point of the game. Eric Murray and Jermaine Whitehead also played every snap on defense. Whitehead has gained the reputation of being the player who fans seem to hate on defense, and he did himself no favors this week with a late personal foul hit on Goff, and then getting beat by Kupp for his second touchdown of the game.

  • Browns’ offensive snap counts, stats, and notes: Week 3
    by Chris Pokorny on September 23, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images Cleveland’s offense still struggles under the helm of Baker Mayfield; and Nick Chubb plays almost every snap. Below, we analyze the snap counts and stats on offense for the Cleveland Browns’ Week 3 game against the Los Angeles Rams. The Rams have a good defense. But it doesn’t take an expert to see that Mayfield is a bit broken right now. It’s not exclusively him; there is no doubt that he can make all the throws, but he is bailing from the pocket too early, and one of the reasons I think he’s doing that (besides worrying about the protection) is that there is seldom a checkdown receiver available to him if he knows he needs to get rid of it. A key turning point in the game yesterday came after T.J. Carrie’s interception. The Browns took over near midfield, but Mayfield and Nick Chubb weren’t on the same page for a handoff. Oddly, Mayfield still tried to hand the ball up to Chubb upfield, amidst traffic. It led to a fumble, which Cleveland recovered, but it just killed all the momentum in a situation where the Browns had the potential to go up by two possessions. From a production standpoint, this was a solid game for Nick Chubb. The surprising statistic is to see that he played nearly every snap: 97% of them. Don’t get me wrong: I love Chubb, and feel he can handle it. I acknowledged that he could’ve been in on some more third down situations for the first two games. But, for him to jump to 97% while the other two backs see two total snaps? That’s a pretty extreme shift. You want to keep your back somewhat fresh throughout the game, right? Or maybe have Dontrell Hilliard run an arrow route or something? The Rams play very good coverage, but Cleveland’s tandem of Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry should be one of the best in the game. When the ball is coming their way, they are doing their job and catching it. But to finish the game with neither of them having a big day on the stat sheet is another slam against the offense: it should be hard not to get production out of these guys, and yet Cleveland is doing just that. Damion Ratley played in place of the injured Rashard Higgins again. I don’t know how well Ratley can get himself open with route running, but he deserves credit for catching everything being thrown his way. Despite not playing in camp due to injury, I can see why he was kept around. With David Njoku on injured reserve, it looks like the initial plan is to use Demetrius Harris as the team’s primary tight end. He caught the team’s only touchdown of the game, and was targeted in the back of the end zone on the final drive. That is the area of the field where his usage as a receiver is best suited. Pharoah Brown was called for a pass interference penalty for blocking downfield way too early on a screen pass. Ricky Seal-Jones only played six snaps, but was targeted twice and is certainly the quickest of the Browns’ tight ends. The Browns allowed 3 sacks and 3 quarterback hits. Those numbers don’t show the number of pressures, though, which there were plenty of. Per PFF, Aaron Donald “terrorized” right guard Eric Kush: Donald still terrorized the interior offensive line, most notably right guard Eric Kush. Donald did get the better of center JC Tretter and left guard Joel Bitonio a couple of times, but they played admirably well.

  • Unnamed better lost over half a million dollars, thinking Browns would best the Rams
    by Barry Shuck on September 23, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports Largest bet on Sportsbook turned sour for bettor The Browns 20-13 loss to a highly-favored Los Angeles Rams squad turned into more substantial losses than just on the field. According to Darren Rovell of The Action Network, one bet was accepted for $506,000 at the Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City that the Browns would cover the 3.5-points in front of a home crowd. The bet is the largest so far in this young NFL season. Vegas had favored the Rams predominately prior to kickoff with not a single betting source taking the Browns to upset the defending NFC Champions despite a huge home advantage. Quarterback Baker Mayfield was on the run most of the night against a stout Rams defensive front who played in the backfield almost as many times as Mayfield did. The Browns passing game was almost non-existent while the offense settled for three Austin Seibert field goals. In the off-season, Cleveland received quite a bit of hype that this year the tables would turn and the franchise would finally become the winner the city has a history of. And that may soon become a reality this year, but the team has begun the season 1-2-0 and face a very good Baltimore Ravens club this weekend. The good news is that the season is still relatively young, and the defense is playing extremely well despite losing many of its defensive backs.

 

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