Cleveland Browns Progress Report: Week 12

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The Cleveland Browns Progress Report took some time off during the bye week to rest and recuperate, but we are now ready to dominate the last quarter of the season. The actual Cleveland Browns may not be so prepared, but we’ll see which of their players are up for the challenge.

The Browns showed some life against the New York Giants two Sundays ago, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a solid performance from quarterback Eli Manning. The Giants’ veteran gunslinger only threw for 194 yards, but he also only threw 27 passes. Two of those passes went for touchdowns and none of them were caught by the Browns. Manning also threw the ball away when necessary, avoiding a couple of sacks in the process.

Previous Progress Reports: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6, Week 7, Week 8, Week 9, Week 10, Week 11


The Browns’ defense was almost adequate in Week 12. Backup outside linebacker Corey Lemonier tallied the only sack on the day for the Browns, but they did manage to reach league average with four tackles in the backfield. One and a half of those tackles for loss came from Christian Kirksey, who had a very respectable effort and led the team with eleven tackles. The numbers seemed to back up what we were seeing on the field as it seemed like Ray Horton unleashed Kirksey to make plays from sideline to sideline, as well as in the backfield.

Briean Boddy-Calhoun had another excellent effort and is showing that he is the best cornerback on the roster. That’s a terrifying statement given that Joe Haden is healthy and played in this game. Boddy-Calhoun swatted down two passes and took down a Giant behind the line of scrimmage. Haden only registered two tackles and one pass defensed on the day. Opposing quarterbacks are not afraid to throw at him.

Sacks: 1

QB Hits: 4

Tackles for loss: 4

Passes Defensed: 5

Week 12 PRESSURE Grade: 2 (out of 5)



It has been a very rare occurrence this season, but the Cleveland Browns actually won the time of possession battle in Week 12 and did so handily. The Browns did manage to force Bobby Rainey to fumble the ball, but they committed three turnovers of their own to negate the positive. I suppose none of us are surprised that it was a former Brown who committed the only turnover of the day for the Giants.

Third and Fourth Down Conversion Percentage: 31 percent

Potential Takeaways: 1

Opponent Time of Possession: 26:09 (out of 60:00)




Terrelle Pryor reminded us all why the Browns need to pay him this offseason. He caught a 54 yard bomb from Josh McCown, which was one of the few electric plays that were gifted by the quarterback. Pryor put up 131 receiving yards on six catches and could have done much more damage if McCown had throw more accurate balls.

Once again the running game was completely stymied with both Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson putting up only 2.8 yards per carry. Opposing defensive coordinators do not believe that Josh McCown will beat them, so they are happy to leave extra players in the box to shut down the run. This would be the one benefit to starting Robert Griffin III in Week 14. His accuracy with the deep ball should force the safeties to stay deep and allow the running backs some more room to maneuver.

Plays of 20-plus Yards: 4

Red Zone Conversion Percentage: 33

Yards/Run Play: 2.8

Yards/Pass Plays: 5.6

Week 12 PLAYMAKERS Grade: 2



Hello darkness, my old friend. The pass rush and negative yardage that opposing defenses are putting up on the Browns appear as astronomical numbers every single week. Eight sacks by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Seven sacks by the New York Giants. Jason Pierre-Paul had more sacks than fingers on his right hand. You have to give the guy some serious credit for that.

Josh McCown is well known for helping to create these sack totals by holding on to the ball too long, but he also has an offensive line who can’t stop anyone. It’s a horrible and deadly combination, and I mean this literally as we’ve seen too many concussions and injuries arise from the poor play this season.

It doesn’t seem like the offensive line will get any better before the end of the year, so if RG3 plays on Sunday, he had better expect to get hit a ton.

Opponent Sacks: 7

Opponent QB Hits: 11

Opponent Tackles for Loss: 11

Week 12 PROTECTION Grade: 1


I thought the performance from the Browns was better last Sunday, andthat showed up in the numbers this week. The defense took a very small step forward, and we’re seeing Briean Boddy-Calhoun make a case for being paid this summer. He certainly has that swagger that you want in your cornerbacks, but we’ll see how he performs over the last four games before dubbing him the heir apparent at the top cornerback spot. Chris Kirksey is also showing that he’ll be a major factor moving forward along with Danny Shelton.

The rookies didn’t show up in Week 12. Emmanuel Ogbah and Carl Nassib were both quiet. Derrick Kindred was not noticable. Spencer Drango had a mediocre performance. Corey Coleman was like some burning tinder that was never able to get a campfire started. We really need to see more from these guys.

Josh McCown has been an absolute nightmare in the games where he has stepped in as the starter. It’s time for a change. We might as well roll the dice with Robert Griffin III again and see what happens.

  • Sam Gold
  • Pat Leonard

    Yes, but I guess we should be happy that it wasn’t this?

  • Sam Gold

    A tradition like no other.

  • BenRM
  • tigersbrowns2

    well , i hope everyone is ready for a win this week & i hope RGB got his best gif’s out already , ‘cuz the streak will be over. why ?? … the defense will play it’s best game to date … “gee, you’re really stickin’ your neck out there , TB2” … okay … RGIII is back & he should be a better dual-threat at QB than what we’ve seen since game 1 … they just came off a much needed bye week that gave everyone a chance to regroup … Hue pulls the right strings & can do no wrong … the stars will be aligned just right for a victory.

    enjoy … Browns 23 , Bengals 21

  • tigersbrowns2

    hi PAT … yes , i would say the defense has progressed since the 1st quarter of the season , while the offense has regressed. i think there are still some veterans on the defensive side that need to go … Haden , T.Williams & maybe D.Davis … what are your thoughts on Davis ?? … i thought he would come in & provide some veteran leadership & possibly lead the team in tackles.

    and while we might root for guys like Meder & Paea , i don’t think these are the guys that’ll be here when we get good again … and as far as C.Johnson , Reynolds III , T.Howard , Lemonier & T.Holmes , who the hell are these guys !!!??!!!

    we have decent start to next year with J.Collins (if they sign him) , Kirksey , Shelton , J.Taylor , Boddy-Calhoun , Ogbah , Nassib & Kindred … and i’m not sure about guys like Orchard , X.Cooper & D.Bryant.

    i’d be okay if we ended-up with M.Garrett (#1 overall) or J.Allen / Peppers (trading down) & then grab another STUD defensive player with our pick from the Eagles.

  • Pat Leonard

    I think Davis has been pretty much as advertised, although possibly a little worse than that. The bill on him was that he was a two-down linebacker who can’t be on the field on passing downs because he can’t cover anyone. That has certainly been true during his time with the Browns and is probably a big reason why tight ends were lighting us up regularly before Jamie Collins arrived. He hasn’t been as effective in the run game as I was expecting. Davis was only on the field for 9 plays against the Giants, and I think he may become more of a special teams guy as time passes.

    I think there is no doubt that the Browns need another pass rusher and I’m highly in favor of grabbing Garrett with the first pick. The Browns’ inability to affect opposing quarterbacks is by far their biggest deficiency. I’d have zero qualms with going back-to-back on defensive players in the first round.

  • Pat Leonard

    I think Ogbah still has a chance to be special. Right now he has the speed and the power, but he needs to spend his offseason working on adding counter moves. If he succeeds at doing that, you could see an explosion in his sack numbers.

  • JM85

    I probably sound completely insane, but they could win this weekend.

  • Harv

    ice the bubbly, TGII. Lift-off for the great turnaround, t-minus 115 hours and counting.

  • Harv

    “The Browns did manage to force Bobby Rainey to fumble the ball …” Must have been with their malicious thoughts, since there wasn’t a Brown within 5 yards when he coughed it up.
    ” … and we’re seeing Briean Boddy-Calhoun make a case for being paid this summer.” Um, ok, you know what, I think Tiger is rubbing off on writers here and why should I always be playing the bitter guy flipping the bird at beaten Browns fans convinced that bare competence over short periods of time demands that we chant “lock him up.” Yes, yes, throw the oodles at Briean Call Me Brian (The Boddy). Just save some for Lemon Ear who had a sack, and why not a little for that caucasian in the defensive backfield, What’s his Face.

    I’m on board, for as long as I can stand it: Browns 24, Cincy17. Better don the pampers, Hue, gatorade baths can cause a rash.

  • Sam Gold
  • Skulb

    The good thing about optimism is that if you have none left, even a tiny amount of it will seem like a lot. I’m not sure if I’ll ever get used to someone being named Briean though.

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  • jpftribe

    To be fair, if they are gonna win one, this is probably their best shot. Cinci is eminently beatable.

  • jpftribe

    Ahhh…., but did he gestate in a box?

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  • Harv


  • tigersbrowns2

    hi HARV … considering the Browns are sans any type of pass-rush , Boddy-Calhoun has played better than any other CB on the team & has played well … i know you are a “results” guy , but you may be expecting a little too much from a team with so much youth & devoid of real talent.

    the kid has shown me enough to where i’d get him signed & hand Haden his walking papers.

  • Harv

    ok, Tiges. I do like him. But he’s just a guy. Not playing any better than Eric Wright and Brandon McDonald did for parts of their rookie years. All I’m saying (as usual, ad nauseum) is that we need to grab hold the reins, that “just a guy” is a roster guy, not an exciting foundation piece.

  • Pat Leonard

    Oodles? Boddy-Calhoun would be cheap, that’s why we should lock him up now.

  • Pat Leonard

    He’s (theoretically) not a hole in the defense, that’s why we should lock him up for a couple years. I’m not talking 4-5 years… maybe 3 years where the last year is mostly non-guaranteed money.

  • tigersbrowns2

    thank you , sir … though i still think it’s too early to judge any of our rookies , i am ready for your thoughts on our draft picks … first up WR C.Coleman … was the first WR taken in the draft at #15 overall … here are those chosen after him :

    W.Fuller (hou) #21
    Doctson (was) #22
    Treadwell (min) #23
    Shepard (nyg) #40
    M.Thomas (no) #47
    T.Boyd (cin) #55

    Coleman started-off okay & was derailed by a broken hand , so he has missed some games … Doctson & Treadwell were the other hyped-up WR’s in this draft … Will Fuller had a few big games early & has done nothing since … M.Thomas & Shepard have been the most productive rookies so far … M.Thomas has the advantage of playing in a passing offense with Drew Brees throwing to him … while Shepard benefits from all the attention OBJ gets every game , but he has produce nonetheless.

    so , my take is Coleman was an very good pick at #15 , especially considering WR was the biggest need going into the draft.

    your take ?

  • tigersbrowns2

    no need to overpay … pay him what he’s worth & i’m pretty sure he’ll stay.

  • tigersbrowns2

    of course , the Browns traded out of the #2 spot & could’ve taken Elliot , Bosa , Stanley or Ramsey … and the flip side of that is NOT taking Goff or Wentz doesn’t look so bad at this point.

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