Maybe someday the Browns and Ravens will have a real rivalry. Today I was given a bit of hope for the future watching Joe Haden spar with Anquan Boldin after a particularly physical first five yards. This kind of animosity is supposed to come with divisional games for the players so that they can feel at least half as desperate to win these games as the fans. Someday it might pay off for the Browns to end their season against these tough divisional foes, but not today. The Browns drop to 5-10 on the season with their 20-10 loss at home to the Ravens.
Colt McCoy had a very typical day for an NFL rookie quarterback, even if it is atypical from what we have seen from him so far this season. He threw three interceptions. Two of them were underthrown even if Mohamed Massaquoi did have a chance to bail his quarterback out. McCoy will learn, but he probably should have known better than to throw two balls anywhere near an always-salivating Ed Reed.
The Browns’ lone touchdown was another out of the bag of tricks. Seneca Wallace handed off to Hillis going left, who flipped to Mohamed Massaquoi on the reverse. Seneca appeared to be out blocking for MoMass, who unleashed a bomb of a pass to the corner of the end zone where Robiskie was there to pull it in. It made me wonder just how many Browns offensive touchdowns have come by way of the “trick” play this season.
For those who follow our own Scott on Twitter, you were treated to this sarcastic gem. “Only about 14 more TD passes from Massaquoi to Robiskie and it will justify the 2009 second-round draft picks.” It would be funnier if it wasn’t also so very true.
Another week and another confusing non-usage of timeouts to end the first half by Eric Mangini. The Browns had the ball almost in the red zone with about a minute left and the Browns just let the clock run and run. They did get some shots at the end zone from inside the 20 but they ran the clock all the way down to six seconds when they finally had to kick a field goal on third down.
The problem is that the Browns had three timeouts left when they let the clock run needlessly under 40 seconds and then 30 seconds. Had they chosen to stop the clock, they could have played shorter routes. They had one more first down that they could have gotten before going 1st and goal. The Browns probably wasted at minimum two shots at the end zone by not using their timeouts. Mangini seemed pretty content to limit his own offensive attempts at the end zone though. It was painful to watch.
Mangini’s clock management was just par for the course for this banged up Browns team today. They sure do try hard, but they just can’t get anything done at this point in the season. There is hope for the future, but these guys are thin and banged up. There is only so much of a deficit that their heart can cover on Sundays.
If it is true as so many say that Mangini is coaching for his job here, that heart will be the biggest feather in his cap. It also gives me a reason to watch next week’s season-ending contest against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Win or lose this team will be limping their way off the field. Let’s hope they don’t needlessly save any more first half timeouts though.