Cleveland head coach Rob Chudzinski talked about the team’s performance against the Bengals in his Monday meeting with the media. He was clearly not pleased with how his team handled the opportunity to play well in a big game.
“The Bengals are a very good football team. They deserve credit for the game yesterday. I’m disappointed in our performance as a team. Simply had too many mistakes and critical errors, particularly in the second quarter. That, coupled with not capitalizing on two early red-zone opportunities, the game just got away from us. We have to play better in all three phases. Our veterans have to play better, our young guys have to play better and it needs to happen right away. I do feel confident that the things from yesterday that we were able to look at on tape, we can correct. This game is one we can learn from and grow from for the future if we approach it the right way. Again, it was one game and we have six more to go. There’s a lot still out there in front of us. I’m confident our guys will respond. We have a very close team and these guys will continue to fight for each other and compete. I feel confident that we’ll bounce back. Again, after making corrections, we can only control what we can control from here going forward. It’s Steeler week, so we’ll be getting ready for that and a big challenge with them.”
Critical errors and turnovers contributed to a 31 point second quarter for the Bengals, who were outgained by the Browns 330 yards to 224 yards. Cincinnati converted on just one of fourteen third downs, and still won 41-20.
[Related: Cleveland Browns Game Ten Winners and Losers]