If Greg Joseph makes a 46-yarder before halftime, the Browns might have won this game.
Right, stop me if you’ve heard this before.
How many games can the Browns’ chalk up to bad kicking in 2018. Four? That’s astonishing.
Yes, it’s true Joseph had been better than Zane Gonzalez, the culprit in three of those losses, but it still doesn’t change the fact that he’s a liability.
Look no further than the other sideline.
Baltimore kicker Justin Tucker is a weapon. If he’s on the Browns, you try that field goal at the end of the game.
Joseph? Nope. Williams knew his kicker couldn’t make it so the Browns were forced to drop back and throw with the defense teeing off on Baker Mayfield.
Joseph didn’t walk into an easy situation. Fans were jaded by all the missed kicks by the time he got the job, that no one really had high exceptions for him.
He should be given the chance to compete for the job in training camp, but the Browns and GM John Dorsey need to start scouring the landscape for someone who’s better.
The difference between winning and losing can be so razor thin in the NFL, and no team knows that better than the 2018 Browns. Having a kicker in place you can count on will go along away to ensuring you win those close games next season, when the Browns are expected to be in the playoff hunt.