Shon Coleman has been pretty good for the Browns on the right side of the line this season.
The biggest need for Cleveland since coming back in 1999 was a right tackle. They overpaid Kevin Shaffer in 2006 to be that player, but he couldn’t block a door years afterwards. They also tried signing Tony Pashos, but he was injury-prone and God-awful.
I don’t even want to get started on John St. Clair. He is easily the worst tackle I’ve ever witnessed play in the NFL. Teams could put a junior varsity defensive end against him, and they would still find a way to get past.
I put Coleman as a candidate not because he had a bad game. He surrendered 0 sacks, and played well against Muhammad Wilkerson, but he had three costly penalties.
At the beginning of the game, the Browns were moving the ball, but an illegal-hands-to-the-face was called against him and turned a 1st &10 to 20. He followed that by two more calls, being holding and false starts.
This team continues to plague itself with useless penalties, and this didn’t help the cause any. The offensive line has been disciplined for the most part, but Sunday wasn’t a good day for Coleman. Everytime the Browns seemed to gain any kind of momentum, he got called for something.
I understand he’s young, and this is his first year as a starter, but it’s unacceptable, and hopefully got addressed by the Browns offensive staff. It’s just like on special teams. No matter how many yards they get, it always gets called back due to a silly hold.
No player should have three penalties called against them in a game, and if they do, they should be reprimanded and taken out of the game.
Coach Jackson should have let him sit out a possession and process his mistakes, but he didn’t, and that’s why he committed two more penalties.
Coleman has got to learn to be disciplined. It goes together with good blocking and easy fundamentals.
I don’t think he’ll have three penalties next game, but even if he commits one, action should be taken to get into his head that it’s unacceptable and that he can be replaced.