1. They bounce back after a clunker
When a team is as bad as the Browns were against the 49ers, it’s a good bet they’re not going to be as lousy when they put the pads back on the following week.
After the Titans debacle in Week 1, Cleveland responded by beating the Jets’ JV squad. It wasn’t pretty, but mission accomplished.
The Browns are too talented to lay a third egg in six games. If they do, go ahead panic, if you aren’t already.
Baker Mayfield completed eight passes. Eight! He’ll be better. He has to be.
Freddie Kitchens also conceded it was a mistake to make Antonio Callaway such an integral part of the passing game. Callaway missed four weeks in the preseason and then was suspended for the first four weeks. The second-year vet played in two practices heading into Levi’s Stadium.
Kitchen seemed dead-set on giving him a “Breakout game.” Callaway wasn’t ready for it, as we obviously know now.
The point is that Kitchens learned some lessons in defeat as well. That’s sobering news for Browns fans who had Super Bowl aspirations.
But the truth is the two most important people on a football team, the quarterback and head coach, are still new in their respective rolls and that means there’s going to be a learning curve.
If your a Browns fan having a tough time taking that sales pitch, it’s understandable. We’ve been waiting 20 years to be good. The last thing we want is waste a season so Freddie can learn the ins and outs of being a head coach.