Who caught your eye? Did someone stand out? Who blew it? That’s what were interested in this morning. Winners and losers.
LOSER: Fans. Let me be clear about this one: I’m not calling the fans losers. I’m saying that we lost. Again. The Browns finished the home slate with a 3-5 record this year. It could have been worse I suppose. The Browns could have won all four of their games on the road. The Browns made a big deal this year about improving the fan experience. In some ways they did, but at the end of the day I think fans will remember a dismal season more than wiener dog races and giant inflatable corn hole games.
WINNER: Tashaun Gipson. When Ray Horton called Gipson the defensive MVP a few weeks back, I admit that I laughed it off. I’m not laughing anymore.
Gipson had a pair of interceptions including a 44-yard return for a touchdown. He also had a pair of tackles for loss and several good plays in the passing game. His ability has given the Browns the freedom to use T.J. Ward as a Troy Polamalu-type player, blitzing and playing the run almost as an extra linebacker.
LOSER: Davone Bess and Greg Little. Both had big drops that could have extended drives. In Bess’ case, it probably meant the difference between a field goal and a possible touchdown.
To say that Bess has had a disappointing season is a huge understatement. I kind of wonder what the future holds for Davone with the Browns.
WINNER: Edwin Baker. Off the Texans practice squad and made an immediate impact with the Browns, carrying eight times for 38 yards and a touchdown. He added 46 yards receiving. The only problem may have been that the Browns wouldn’t give him the ball more.
LOSER: Rush defense. The Browns looked really good against the rush for about three quarters. Then the Bears found out they could get to the edge with Forte and it was over. Forte became the first running back to go over 100 yards against the Browns this season.
Now it’s your turn. Who were your winners and losers