Category Archives: game notes

Falcons fallout

Raw impressions from last night’s losing pre-season effort against the Falcons: Among a crowded roster of seven tight ends, camp phenom Connor Hamlett missed an opportunity last night. He held on the opening kickoff, dropped an easy touchdown flip from Josh McCown, and then covered up another tight end for illegal formation in the red […]

Echoes of excitement and excellence

The Browns’ thrilling 25-point comeback win at Tennessee yesterday was indeed historic in several respects. It was the greatest deficit ever surmounted by a visiting team that came back to win. That’s all teams, all time. It was also the Browns’ biggest comeback win ever. However, in 1947 they fell behind 28-0 to the New […]

Shifting the culture, not blame

After a close loss, each mistake deserves scrutiny as a possible difference-maker. The Browns’ performance against the Ravens yesterday provides many such, shall we say, opportunities. But emotionally, I’m just not up for elucidating every error. Whether due to coaching judgment, coordination, or execution, the Browns deserved their fate, another last-minute loss to a division […]

Even up

The Browns improved to 12-4 all-time against the New Orleans Saints with a dramatic 26-24 home win, the first NFL head coaching victory for Mike Pettine. Here are a few fast facts in the wake of a hard-fought Cleveland triumph. Today’s triumph breaks the Browns’ eight-game losing streak. Their last win before today came at […]

Special teams go from weapon to weakness

The Browns have been wretched the last 15 years, but for most of that time, their special teams were wonderful. That’s thin gruel, sure, but subsistence nonetheless. Under coordinators Jerry Rosburg (2001-06) and Brad Seely (2009-10) especially, the Browns had consistently excellent results with kicking, returns and coverage. Key to that success was stability with […]