Browns

Kenny Britt and the Inexcusable Drop

In the flow of a game, a single play can stand out as something to build on or something someone needs to work on for the next week, or even something to be excited about. Rarely does one play mean life or death in the grand scheme. However, it appears that one drop by Kenny Britt could have immediate consequences for the veteran wide receiver.

During his weekly press conference Monday, Head Coach Hue Jackson was quoted as saying that Britt may be in danger of losing his starting job. Weekly lineup changes happen, but this one seems to loom bigger than others at a position that is in need of stability and help.

The drop in question was one that is pretty egregious. Britt was on a slant route across the middle, with no defenders around him and had the ball delivered to his stomach perfectly by rookie quarterback Deshone Kizer. Britt turned before he had control of the ball and it leaked out and to the ground. The play occurred on a 2nd-and-19 after a Kizer sack and was in the middle of the field, 20 yards and would have gotten a first down for the Browns.

To sit Britt for one play after one game seems to be a bit of an overreaction, especially when you consider only four wide receivers were targeted in the whole game. Wide receiver Corey Coleman caught five passes on six targets for 53 yards to lead the way while Ricardo Louis was able to bring in two catches on three targets for 32 yards; one a long pass for 29 yards that will inevitably make the highlight reels for both Louis and Kizer. Kasen Williams was targeted twice though neither connected despite Williams having burnt Haden down the sidelines on one as Kizer led him out of bounds. Duke Johnson (multi-faceted-maybe-not-a-running-back-anymore), Matthew Dayes, Seth Devalve and David Njoku all registered pass catches- but are running backs or tight ends- respectively.

While it remains possible Kasen Williams and newly acquired Sammie Coates could come in and produce well enough to unseat Britt for a starting job, look for Kenny to keep his position- for now. In the unofficial depth chart posted by the team, Britt remains a starter, backed up by Louis and Coates. The choice to list Coates over Williams as the fourth wide receiver is surprising since Coates was not on any offensive plays whatsoever and Williams played 12 snaps. However, results are what make the money in today’s NFL and Britt needs to produce or his benching will be more inevitable than inexcusable.

  • MartyDaVille

    Hue gives Britt a non-confidence vote. This is another hint that there may be trouble in Paradise.

    Hue wanted to keep Terrelle Pryor, Sashi gave him Britt instead. Moneyball.

    Hue wanted to keep Haden, Sashi whacked him. Moneyball.

    Canfora reported that Hue loved good clubhouse guy and team leader Demario Davis, but Sashi traded him for bad-attitude head case Calvin Pryor.

    Hue wanted to whack Pryor at the 53 cuts, Sashi said, No.

    The very unpopular Pryor got in a fight, justifying Hue’s opinion, and then he finally got bounced.

    FWIW, Canfora said this morning that he can’t see the coaching staff and front office still together a year from now unless something major happens. Hue isn’t getting enough say in roster decisions.

    I’m telling you, friends, it smells like trouble right here in Crooked River City.

  • scripty

    LaCantReporta could be right but I don’t know anybody personally that takes him seriously.

  • tigersbrowns2

    hi MARTY … it’s called working together & 2 guys like you & I aren’t always going to agree on things … Hue knows who has final say over the roster & personnel decisions.

  • tigersbrowns2

    it blew up into this ?? … let’s take a look at WR drop % from last year :

    A. Brown – 1.9%
    Britt – 2.7%
    Pryor – 2.9%
    Edelman – 3.1%
    OBJ – 3.6%
    Watkins – 3.9%
    AJ Green – 4.0%
    T.Benjamin – 5.3% !!!

    Britt had 68 catches & only 3 drops last year … it happens.

  • Garry_Owen
  • tigersbrowns2

    the above are just examples … A.Brown was at the good end of the spectrum & there were many in-between .

  • Garry_Owen

    I think you might . . .

  • MartyDaVille

    We’ll see tb, we’ll see. I’m not saying it looks like a duck. I’m just saying it’s not looking like it’s not a duck.

  • Garry_Owen
  • MartyDaVille

    Best movie actor ever?

  • Garry_Owen

    We’re going to need a dedicated Friday to hash that out.

  • MartyDaVille

    Okay. Until then, I admire Dustin Hoffman for the variety of non-traditional non-sexy leading man roles he’s played over the years.

    Although it’s a real shame how many stellar careers “Meet the Fokkers” soiled.

  • Garry_Owen

    Just staying in the “H” column: Hopkins, Hackman, Hanks put their foot in the ring.

  • mgbode

    the rest of us are going to get sunburned between TB’s sunshine and the reflection off the foil

  • Garry_Owen

    It would be tempting to say that the truth lies somewhere in between. It doesn’t.

  • mgbode

    how does Harrelson not make that list? Kingpin alone warrants inclusion.

  • Garry_Owen

    That’s why this is a fun, but impossible exercise.

  • mgbode

    YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH!

  • Garry_Owen

    Best actor ever?

  • Chris

    Does that mean Britt had 111 targets? (3/111 ~= 2.7%)

  • MartyDaVille

    And Hepburn.

    She had a classic under-appreciated line near the end of The African Queen when she told the Germans that she and Mr. Allnut had navigated the Ulanga, and a German said, “That’s impossible.”

    She smiled sweetly and said, “Nevertheless.”

  • Chris

    Hue puts Kessler in purgatory only a year after saying “Trust me on this one”. I think he meant to say “This one was thrust on me”

  • Garry_Owen

    Aw, geez. Now we mean “actor” in the gender-neutral sense. The degree of impossibility of this game just got manifestly greater!

  • MartyDaVille

    Yeah, sorry about that. I’m not usually that enlightened.

  • Chris

    “Hue knows who has final say over the roster & personnel decisions”

    Good point… Hue the hell knows?

  • Garry_Owen

    “woke”

  • Harv

  • mgbode

    Well, thank you. I gladly accept this prestigious award.

  • Garry_Owen

    Knew you’ve been lying this whole time.

  • BenRM

    I heard that interview as well. Disconcerting if it comes to pass.

  • Chris
  • tsm

    Robert (H)DeNero

  • tigersbrowns2

    hi CHRIS … correct.

  • tigersbrowns2
  • tigersbrowns2

    you know how Hue can stick-it to Sashi … he did it last year by not playing Bowe … i don’t think Hue wants another Bowe on his hands … I think he’s simply trying to light a fire under Britt’s … they need Britt.

  • tigersbrowns2

    Hue is simply trying to get Britt to pull his head out of his ass & help this team … tough love.

  • tigersbrowns2
  • CBiscuit

    “Hue wanted to keep Terrelle Pryor, Sashi gave him Britt instead. Moneyball.”

    Pryor was allegedly offered the same-ish deal. And Britt got 4 yrs and $32M. And Pryor ate a bag and instead had to sign a 1 yr, $6m deal.

    So, perhaps diff’t conclusion? Instead, Monkeyballz? Idk.

  • mgbode

    Lying? I thought you were giving it to me for that specific response. Modesty aside, I admit it was grand.

  • MartyDaVille

    Hue wants Sashi to SPEND THE MONEYZ. Sashi, of course, doesn’t want to. It’s classic GM long-term view vs. coach short-term view. But it just looks to me like Sashi is playing hardball with his coach as much as his is with players’ contracts.

    He ought to put the ledger aside and throw Hue a bone once in while just to keep the peace. CAPSPACE isn’t a major god like GPODAWUND.

  • mgbode

    Was making Zeitler (former Hue player) one of the highest paid OG in the NFL not a bone?

  • MartyDaVille

    I don’t know, mg. I don’t know how Hue felt about him or if Hue asked for him. There’s a lot I don’t know. I’m just going by my usually infallible instincts.

  • CBiscuit

    I think the whole Britt vs. Pryor thing was a coin flip…but a non money thing (or as close to it as possible). Pryor overplayed his hand, and the FO wasn’t totally sold on him as a legit WR…maybe thinking a one year flash in the pan. They prob thought Britt was more of a “sure thing.” Again, it’s hindsight 20/20. I don’t think it’s worth crucifying the FO though or a “cheap” thing. I do think though Britt was a turd the first game. He’d better get his ass in gear and head screwed on right.

  • MartyDaVille

    Speaking of SPENDING THE MONIES, I hope RGB is alright. He’s in Georgia. Some of my friends in Atlanta lost power for eight hours, but the wind damage was relatively light. I don’t know about where he lives.

  • CBiscuit

    I hope he’s ok too. My mom lives in Naples (alone) which is on the gulf coast near the tip, and they got nailed! The Keys prob got the worst of all…at least in the US. Hopefully our WFNY friends and fam are all safe.

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  • The_Matt_of_Akron

    Hue may have wanted to keep Haden, but wasn’t the first thing Gregg Williams said to Haden: “If you play for me like you did the last two years, I’ll cut you in a second.”?

    Why is the narrative “Coaches love Haden, Sashi cut him” rather than “Maybe that coach who threatened to cut Joe Haden, cut Joe Haden”?

  • Natedawg86

    Why does drop percentage take into account targets? Seems odd to me since a ball 10 yards over a WR’s head would be considered a target no?

  • Chris

    Thought the exact same thing. I doubt SashiMatrix uses this metric