The Browns still have not won a game since their bye week. They are 4-11 after losing 24-13 to the Jets on Sunday. There’s really not much to say about the particulars of this one. It was just bad to watch all the way around. The Browns failed to score touchdowns with drops and a penalty that nullified a rushing TD. The Browns were gifted an extended trip to the red zone in the first half when the refs called an inexplicable roughing the passer penalty. The Browns couldn’t score, even on 4th and goal from the two yard line. The defense was pretty pathetic too, giving up a 91.7 QB rating to Geno Smith in addition to over 200 yards rushing to the Jets as a team. U-G-L-Y.
Speaking of ugly, it’s not just the losing. This kind of game makes me long for the New England game, which was at least entertaining to watch. I have been impressed by the Browns’ willingness to take accountability and have complimented Joe Banner on that continually, but as this one gets uglier and uglier, I’m starting to wonder what that even means. Accountability for disappointment is alright if it looks like there’s something being built, but what if it doesn’t look that way anymore?
I ask it that way because even if you give the Browns a pass for all the different quarterbacks they’ve gone through, how is it that they allowed known turnover machine Geno Smith to carve them up all day, including two touchdowns to Browns cast-off David Nelson? And this isn’t about how the Browns should have kept Nelson. If that’s an argument worth making, then your football team has far greater issues. The problem is that this is the defense, down the stretch, that the Cleveland Browns actually expended effort to build this off-season. Other than Desmond Bryant, they’re relatively healthy too.
This team has always made it a known priority that they need to find a quarterback. That’s difficult to do, but they also said they needed to get to opposing quarterbacks. Geno Smith is elusive, but we’re talking about a guy who had thrown 21 interceptions coming into the game and the same number leaving it. The Browns had zero sacks on the day and other than some nicely batted down passes, it’s hard to figure out what the defense did well.
It leaves me wondering what Joe Banner can say for himself and his team after the season they’ve put up. Just so you know about my tone of voice here, I’m not upset or screaming. I’m not looking for anyone to be fired, but I’m curious what accountability means for a Browns team that has put up what can only be termed a failure in their first year. As I said first, they haven’t won since their bye week. They’ve got 11 losses on the year. They look drastically worse than they did earlier in the season in pretty much all phases of the game. All phases.
Without getting upset – because apathy has long since set in – I’m simply wondering their thoughts and reactions to this stinker of a year. As fans who’ve watched the games, we can make excuses for them if we want. Certainly the struggles at QB are tough for any team to deal with, but I want the team to speak for themselves. What does accountability mean? Does it extend to ticket prices and holding them flat for another year?
I’m honestly just curious at this point. We’ll see soon enough. The Browns have one more contest left against the Steelers on the road.