Mike Pettine calls out Josh Gordon for lack of effort


Spending much of his career teetering a delicate balance of lethargy and effortless excellence, Josh Gordon’s act has worn thin. Following the Cleveland Browns disappointing outing in their second preseason game, head coach Mike Pettine called out the Pro Bowl receiver for a lack of effort that led to multiple dropped passes.

There were a couple plays where I think — we just came out of the personnel meeting and talked about it — that we would have definitely wanted better effort,” Pettine said of Gordon. “We would want regular season effort to match preseason effort. I think that’s important for all of our guys.”

Gordon, who is awaiting word from the league on a potential suspension for violating its substance policy, played well into the fourth quarter on Monday, a rarity for first-team players. He is coming off of a season where he led the league in receiving yardage (1,646) on just 87 receptions in 14 games. He could be suspended indefinitely, but the team is hoping for a reduced ban due the claims of second-hand smoke.

[Related: Everything you need to know about the Josh Gordon saga]


  • mgbode

    It was almost as if Josh was perfectly relaxed.

  • CB Everett

    He was just relaxed because his friend was really relaxed.

  • C_CLE

    He was second-hand relaxed.

  • Sam Gold

    Only in the first half. Second half he was just ever so slightly anxious.


    I would like to call out the NFL for lack of effort. Seriously, how long is this going to take? Are they purposefully waiting until the second hearing about the DWI?

  • mgbode

    well, the NFL cannot make a decision until the transcript is completed, which would normally not be an issue except here is the typist:


  • saggy

    gotta figure Gordon’s lawyers have thought the same thing, and will do their best to keep having that pushed back so the NFL can’t use it against Gordon.





  • MrCleaveland

    I get the feeling that calling out Gordon doesn’t do any good. He just doesn’t seem to care enough to be offended or challenged by criticism. He’s just looking forward to retirement so he can move Colorado and stay Rocky Mountain high.

  • The_Real_Shamrock
  • eldaveablo

    Maybe he’ll come to The Retreat with me and watch games with the Mile High (ahem) Browns Backers.

  • Wow

    He probably knows he’s getting suspended.

  • humboldt

    Stupid bird! It’s all your fault!

  • humboldt

    A second relaxed hand would explain the drops

  • CBI

    Makes me wonder who took more hits during the game RGIII or Josh?