Before Tyrod Taylor went down the Browns defense did absolutely nothing to warrant their jobs. They gave up two touchdowns to the Texans in the first three drives. They were able to force a three-and-out on the last drive of the second half but that had more to do with Houston trying to end the half than advance the field position. Then the second half started, without Taylor, and all of a sudden they were able to start getting three and outs.
We’re starting to see why he fell as far as he did in the NFL Draft. Besides the fact he bobbles balls (twice against the Chiefs with one being a drop), he doesn’t know his routes or his responsibilities. In the second quarter against the Texans, Schwartz pulled up short on a pass from Baker Mayfield, allowing for an interception to occur.
The offensive line in the first half got roasted, and there’s no denying that. Jedrick Wills was getting beat on the edge, and Jack Conklin was making read mistakes for most of the game. He also had two holding calls that hurt the team. When Wills left, presumably due to his ankle injury, and was replaced with Blake Hance, the line seemed to return to form and started rolling on the Texans’ offense. For context purposes, if any of the other 31 teams had an offensive line that played like the Browns’, it’d be seen as a “good game” but this offensive line is held to a much higher standard.