I debated whether or not to wait for the final score to post this recap. The game was that over that early. Don’t let a fourth quarter of Browns offense against the prevent defense fool you. The Browns were schooled on Sunday. They were schooled so badly that there was a Jake Locker sighting after Tennessee had already put 31 points up on the board. The Browns defense managed to give up plenty of those and Colt McCoy and the offense gave one away as well. In the end, I did wait for the final score, Titans 31, Browns 13, but I really shouldn’t have bothered.
In the first half, the Browns gave up far too many big plays than they got of their own. The defense was gashed by Matt Hasselbeck and his tight end Jared Cook who connected on an 80 yard passing touchdown. The play was marred by bad coverage (Scott Fujita) and even worse tackling (Usama Young.) It is the kind of play that just can’t happen. The Browns bit hard on the draw and the completion was bad enough. For Usama Young to take as bad an angle to the receiver is unacceptable. He had the sideline and it should have worked to his advantage, but the big tight end evaded Young and squeezed up the sideline for the score to put the Titans up 14-6. [Read more...]