April 25, 2014

Bruce Arians claims responsibility for weird timeout

Bruce Arians appeared to be trolling the Browns when he called timeout with one second left in the first half. Arians had an explanation, but after hearing it, I still don’t really understand the logic.

“I don’t have the button to our special teams coach, so I was trying to run down and catch him to call timeout with four seconds left to make them kick the ball and just try to block it and see what happened,” Arians said. “We end up screwing our defense by having too many people out there and giving them the shot for the Hail Mary. That’s on me all the way.”

Regardless of how weird the theory is there, I love the last line. “That’s on me all the way.” An (acting) head coach showing accountability for a strange and wrong decision. Arians was just lucky that Brandon Weeden’s rocket toss to the end zone didn’t bite him when given the opportunity by the Colts head coach.

[Related:Pics: Browns question special teams holding calls against Ray Ventrone]

  • Harv 21

    believe Arians dropped the long m-bomb as he called the time-out and I thought then it was directed at Shurmur. Maybe he was ticked as his own special teams coach.

  • Natedawg86

    I was headed into the other room after 3rd down and then came back a minute later seeing them lined up for a hail mary. Everything is starting to make sense now…ha

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Agreed Craig… love that Arians called himself out for a bad decision. There are other coaches in this league who are happy with their players doing that, but can’t seem to ever take blame themselves. You know, just random “other” coaches.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Who cares all the people whining about it need to get over it. Clearly they haven’t paid much attention to how the Cleveland Browns play football because anything could have happened especially with Pat Shurmur making the decisions.