The Cleveland Browns dropped another season opener. But, on the bright side, they're tied atop the AFC North because every team in the division lost. A look at what the local reporters are saying about the Browns' 23-10 loss to the Dolphins:
Brandon Weeden looked like the same old quarterback in a new season, according to The Plain Dealer's Bud Shaw. "While Weeden's arm suggests an upgrade worth exploring, it would be nice to see some serious proof he’s not just another guy wearing the costume in a parade of pretenders," Shaw wrote. Just like I wrote in the Rapid Reaction, it's hard to put the blame on Weeden when receivers are dropping passes and his offensive line can't protect him.
The lack of running back Trent Richardson, who carried the ball 13 times, is getting old for The Akron Beacon Journal's Jason Lloyd. “How games go is going to dictate that sometimes,” Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said. “When you’re trying to play from behind, you’re going to throw the ball a little more.”
Weeden believes he has never been hit that much before in a single game, The Akron Beacon Journal reports. “Things didn’t go great today,” Weeden said before visiting the trainer’s room. “Unfortunately, it happens. It sucks. But I’m confident in our team. I’m confident in this group of guys we have, and I’m excited moving forward.”
According to ESPN Radio in Cleveland, Chudzinski became the seventh coach in a row to start his Browns’ career 0-1. No Browns coach has won an opener since Bud Carson in 1989.
The Plain Dealer's Terry Pluto had no complaints about the defense. "Ray Horton's men held Miami to 20 yards rushing in 23 attempts," Pluto wrote. "They prevented Ryan Tannehill from scrambling -- a major concern entering the game. They sacked Tannehill four times. They picked off a pass."
Chudzinski believes the Browns will learn from the loss, according to the team's official website. "It is one game, and that’s our focus, and that’s what I talked to the guys about afterwards,” Chudzinski said. “We will learn from this, and we will move on. There is a lot of football left to be played this season and we will approach it one game a time like we have."