Following the Cleveland Browns’ tie to the Pittsburgh Steelers, these six members of the Browns saw their stocks take a hit.
The first Week 1 tie since 1971 was a roller coaster ride that would make Cedar Point jealous. In a game with so many ups and downs, there was, of course, some good, and some bad.
These six players saw their stocks take a hit as the Browns…uh…improved to 0-0-1.
Tyrod Taylor, QB
Tyrod Taylor needed to make one more play with his arm to win against the Steelers, and he didn’t do it.
Nope, his touchdown throw to Josh Gordon hasn’t been forgotten. The completion, made possible by a remarkable grab by Flash, tied the ballgame late in the contest. Credit to Taylor, he put the ball where it needed to be.
But that ONE more play the Browns needed?
Taylor severely underthrew Gordon as the Browns were closing in on what looked like a win at the regulation.
Ultimately, Taylor was as advertised. He threw a touchdown, he threw a pick, and the Browns were in the game.
His performance did bring out some boo birds, notably when he checked down well short of the first down with about 11 minutes remaining the third quarter.
The call to put Baker Mayfield into the game isn’t strong yet, but Tyrod’s got to produce wins, not ties, to keep the No. 1 pick on bench.
As for the weather, it was a factor. Ben Roethlisberger threw three picks. Still, giving all the credit to the weather takes a little away from the Browns’ defense and it shouldn’t because the unit was great.
And Todd Haley felt it was good enough for Taylor to throw the ball 40 times, so you’ve got to expect your quarterback to be good for more than 15 completions.
No seat is hotter in Browns town. So goes the quarterback, so goes the head coach and the 2018 season.