The Cleveland Browns lost to the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday and these players showed some serious flaws in their games.
There’s little to celebrate with this year’s Cleveland Browns team. The play-calling is bad, the scouting is bad, the execution is bad and the team is continuously getting outplayed and out-coached.
While the offense has some of its issues, they’re good enough to win with. The defense, however, is in shambles. It isn’t just the fact that Andrew Berry has loaded up a defense filled with his drafted players, very few of which are producing. No, it’s also the “stars” on the team, failing to make plays.
Myles Garrett, hurt or not, was a non-factor in the pass-rushing department. Denzel Ward got abused all game and Jadeveon Clowney proved that he can’t make a bad run defense better. The Browns are arguably the worst defense in the league and considering that it’s fair to see why the defense earns two of the three spots on this list.
Three Cleveland Browns who saw their stocks fall against the Los Angeles Chargers
Myles Garrett going games without making an actual impact is actually pretty normal. Yet, for some reason, the NFL and stat-heads seem to think that almost making a play is the same as making plays. Justin Herbert wasn’t bothered by “pressure” all game. Very few quarterbacks are actually bothered by “almost getting hit”. Garrett is a one-dimensional playmaker. If he can’t get a sack, he’s useless. The Chargers averaged just 2.7 yards per carry heading into their matchup with Cleveland. Yet, they had their best outing on the year and averaged 7.0 yards per carry. A lot of these weren’t just up to the guy. A lot of the runs were off-tackle or off-guard. Either Garrett or Jadeveon Clowney had opportunities but were either out of the play or gut stuffed. Garrett is very good at getting sacks, but that’s about it.
Either Denzel Ward is hurt, or he’s got some sort of issue because he’s awful. The Chargers didn’t hesitate to pick on him all day. Mike Williams caught 10 passes for 134 yards and did most of that against Ward. If Ward is truly a playmaker, he has to take away the opposing team’s best receivers. You can argue about Joe Woods until you are blue in the face, Ward faced the same issues in 2019 when Woods wasn’t even here. He’s also had his two best seasons within Woods’ scheme. So what’s more likely, that Ward is tanking because he got paid or that Woods’ defense that made the most of Ward in the past two seasons is the issue?
There are a lot of people on Twitter wondering why Kareem Hunt was getting carries in certain parts of the game. Yet, so many people told me that Kareem Hunt was a “top 10” running back in the league. If he was an elite running back, fans wouldn’t be pondering why he was in the game at certain points. So, if you’re ever saying “why is Kareem Hunt in and not Nick Chubb”, that’s a sign that Hunt is not a playmaker. If he was, no one would be saying that. Hunt is an average player who looks better than he is because of the scheme he’s in. D’Ernest Johnson out-played him last year and it’s time to see if Johnson can repeat that success, as Johnson just isn’t that guy.