OK Class! Welcome to Football 101. We are going to start the lesson off with a multiple choice quiz. “During the Cleveland Browns vs. the St. Louis Rams game that occurred on October 25, 2015 what happened every time the Cleveland Browns had a good play and started to build momentum?”
A) A Fumble
B) An Interception
C) A Penalty
D) A Three and Out
E) A Dropped Pass
F) A Sack
G) A “Miscommunication”
H) All Of The Above
Watching yesterday’s game, one had to come to the realization that the Cleveland Browns are simply not that good against a strong opponent. The Rams D Line spent more time in the Brown’s Offensive backfield than some of the Browns players. Josh McCown was on his back more often than a villain wrestler in the WWF. After an afternoon of being mugged, McCown sustained a shoulder injury that knocked him out of the game for the final non-drive as a drinking Johnny Rehab took the helm. McCown is listed as questionable for the game against the Arizona Cardinals. Go Johnny!
Let’s start with the fumble that was run back by Saint Louis for a touchdown. The Browns had excellent field position after a brilliant return only to be called back to half the distance to the goal for a bonehead and blatant “illegal block to the back” penalty. Having less back field to work with, it was a disaster waiting to happen. It was all downhill from there. Let us just call this “The Murphy’s Law Game” and in this case, Murphy was an optimist.
It was no secret that the Rams have an outstanding running back in the form of Todd Gurley (whom it is rumored that the Browns had a chance to acquire but were put off by his ACL surgery). How hard is it to stop one man? Apparently it is too hard for the Browns.
Josh McCown is not the only one who ran into a wall (an event that is sure to make the highlight films this week). The entire team was banging their heads so hard against the bricks it is a surprise that the entire team is not under Concussion Protocol. It was the same problems that have not been corrected since the beginning of the season only this time it was against a nobler opponent. It is difficult to blame the entire team, but in this case we will.
Next Sunday, the Browns are back home at Cleveland’s largest open air bar as tailgaters assemble for a drinking contest with a football game attached. Arizona is 4-2 and leading the NFC West Division. Cleveland is 2-4 and mired in third place that boasts the still undefeated Cincinnati Bengals at 5-0 and the struggling Pittsburgh Steelers lounging at 4-3. The only solace to be had in Cleveland is at least we are not Baltimore but we could be.
For the Browns faithful who plan to watch the game on their big screen TVs in the comfort of their homes while not drinking a $9+ beer at the stadium, the contest will be carried live on Cleveland’s Fox 8 although a blackout of the game might be considered a public service. Cleveland Classic Rock 98.5 FM will be the place to be on the radio as those of us running errands but wishing to keep up with the game in a more detached and emotionally safe manner can listen in from time to time to moan. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. Go Browns!