Monday, December 24, 2012
Upon Further Review: Browns
By Jamison Hensley
Revisiting the Cleveland Browns' 34-12 loss at the Denver Broncos:
Another game, another sign of dissension in the Browns locker room.
A week after players questioned coach Pat Shurmur's playcalling, the Akron Beacon Journal reported some Browns players were angry and frustrated that Shurmur continued to call passing plays in the final two minutes with his team trailing by 22 points.
As a result, the Broncos' pass rushers were teeing off on Colt McCoy on the final (and meaningless) drive. Cleveland could have handed the ball off to a backup running back and ran the remaining time off the clock. Instead, the Browns gave up their fifth and sixth sacks of the game, but more importantly, Trent Richardson was injured in pass protection when McCoy's legs drove into the running back's ankle.
Asked if the Browns should have ran the ball at the end of the game, McCoy said: “That’s a question you can ask Pat [Shurmur], honestly. I took off a couple times because that was just the only thing to do.”
STAT THAT STICKS: 11 -- Number of double-digit loss seasons over the past 14 seasons, including five straight. That's 56 losses over the past five seasons.
OVERHEARD: [Our] record sucks. Everybody is disappointed. You lose a game and you try to explain why it happened. But we lost and we need to do better, and we just need to win. We can’t keep coming in here and talking to [the media] and saying, ‘This is what they did and this is how they did it.’ They just beat us. That is what it is getting down to. We need to make more plays on offense, defense and special teams to come out with a win.” -- Browns cornerback Joe Haden
WHAT'S NEXT: The Browns (5-10) close out the season at Pittsburgh (7-8). Cleveland is looking for its first sweep of Pittsburgh since 1988.