Oct 25, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown (13) is sacked by St. Louis Rams defensive end William Hayes (95) as Rams middle linebackerJames Laurinaitis
(55) recovers the ball during the first half at the Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
About The Browns
Is it time to admit that the supposed strengths of this team are overrated? This offensive line has failed to protect Josh McCown well enough to give the offense a chance to succeed and got him knocked out of the game in the fourth quarter. Joe Thomas has been OK, Joel Bitanio got ran over multiple times, Alex Mack looks slow, John Greco can’t move anyone off the ball, and Mitchell Schwartz is the worst pass blocking tackle in the division. It’s not as if they are even run blocking that well, as the Browns are only 22nd in rushing on the year. We drafted Cameron Erving in the first round and it might be time to let him take the field.
The most expensive defense in the NFL has not done much to earn that kind of money. Last against the run, 18th against the pass, this unit has some serious issues. At least the Browns have the fourth most sacks in the NFL. It sure isn’t translating into wins, but at least Jimmy Haslam is getting something for his money. If you’re looking for a return on your investment from Jim O’Neil’s group, you aren’t going to find it. The defense gave up 158 yards on the ground en route to a 24-6 loss only makes it hurt more.
We did get to see Johnny Manziel on the field as a result of McCown’s injury. His ability to escape the pocket and run might help the flailing offensive line, but he has been turnover prone himself, something this team cannot afford. With his recent off-the-field issues and NFL investigation into the matter, the Browns might have to resort to Austin Davis. Neither option is a comforting thought, but at least Browns’ fans can get behind the idea of Johnny Manziel as the starter. He led the team to a win over Tennessee early in the year and has shown on-field improvement despite off-the-field problems.
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