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Cleveland Browns move to 0-5 after losing to New York Jets, 17-14

The Cleveland Browns are still looking for their first win of the season. The Browns lost their fifth game of the year, falling to the New York Jets, 17-14, at FirstEnergy Stadium. The game should have been a win for the Browns, but the team could not get out of their own way. Turnovers, penalties, mental mistakes and bad coaching resulted in the Browns still being in search of their first win. But, hey the Browns led at one point. That’s progress.

The Browns first half performance was so, so, so Browns. Cleveland outgained New York 175 yards to just 67 yards. The Browns defense was great. They allowed little movement by the Jets offense for most of the half. Myles Garrett made his NFL debut with a bang, getting a sack on his very first play. The unit caused a turnover and gave the Browns offense great field position for most of the first half. But, sadly there are three units on a football team and the Browns offense and special teams were awful.

The Browns offense moved the ball pretty well in the first half, especially on the ground with the offense gaining 90 total yards on the ground. But, when the offense moved to scoring position or the redzone, it imploded. The Browns reached the redzone twice in the half and came away with zero points. Quarterback DeShone Kizer and the offense committed two turnovers in the redzone, killing two chances to finally get the team’s first lead of the season. Kizer was just not good enough in the half, killing chances for the team to score some points.

But, the special teams, in particular kicker Zane Gonzalez, did not play well in the first half, also. When the offense was halted, the Browns turned to their kicking game on two occasions to help get them some points. But, Gonzalez missed his two field goal attempts in the first half, one from 52 yards and another from 39 yards. The Browns offense did everything they could to not give the team its first lead of the season. They were successful in that venture and somehow the Browns trailed 3-0 at the half.

With the poor performance of Kizer in the first half, the Jackson benched the rookie and started Kevin Hogan under center at the start of the second half. The move immediately made dividends. Hogan led an impressive 10-play, 75-yard drive capped off by an awesome one-handed touchdown catch by tight end David Njoku. This touchdown gave the Browns their first lead of the season. However, the honeymoon quickly ended for Hogan as he threw a high pass that was deflected and picked off on the unit’s next drive. The turnover led to the Jets first touchdown of the game, which gave New York the 10-7 lead. Hogan rebounded from his turnover, but Hue Jackson and his in-game decision-making reared its ugly head.

After putting together a nice 11-play drive, the Browns drive was halted at the four-yard line with a 4th-and-2 ahead. Rather than kick the tying field goal, Jackson decided to go for it and called up a horrendous play call to do it. The Browns handed the ball to Crowell, who was stopped for one yard, turning the ball over on downs. That was pretty much the play and decision of the game. The call backfired even more when the Jets sliced through the Browns defense after the stop for an eight-play, 97-yard touchdown drive. The Browns were pretty much done from there as the Browns trailed by ten. Duke Johnson made an amazing touchdown to put some from fluff on the loss, but the decision to call timeout and go for it on fourth down was the deciding factor in the game. The Browns ran out of time, falling to the New York Jets, 17-14.

Even with the horrible first half performance by the offense, the Browns were in position to win. But, Jackson killed that shot with his bad decision to go for that fourth down. It ended up being the difference in the game. Jackson must answer for that decision. It was a bad day for Jackson as he will also have to answer for his benching of Kizer. The move seemed to improve the offense, but the question is where the position stands going forward. Who is the team’s starting quarterback?

Jackson’s decision to go for it on fourth down and his benching of Kizer will be the big topics this week. The Browns will look to get their first win of the season next week as they travel to Houston to face Deshaun Watson and the Texans.

  • Casual_Kenny_Reigns

    This was as big as a moment gets. With the season already in the balance, players needed to make big plays and they did! Crowell and Kizer combined to make the play of the game and Kizer came through in the clutch again with his pass in the end zone.

    Hogan did not play like a man who wants a parade. He put himself above the team and almost cost this team the season.

    They robbed us of a parade during the last game of the season last year, but it looks like the team is making an effort to reward us this year.

  • Skulb
  • MartyDaVille

    I don’t blame Hue at all for going for it on 4th down. The players have to execute and they didn’t. In fact, I don’t blame Hue for any of today’s debacle. This is all on the players.

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  • MartyDaVille

    #TeamOwen. As in Owen Sixteen.

  • Steve
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  • scripty

    Cavs – All For One
    Indians – Rally Together
    Browns – Wilt Under Pressure

  • scripty

    I think going for it was the right call but running up the guy into a DL with Wilkerson? THATS THE BEST PLAY?

  • scripty

    Those days have passed. Anybody that still thinks this is fooling themselves or only dealing with a small subset of people.

  • tigersbrowns2

    hi MARTY … i agree , but the play call could’ve been a little better.

  • tigersbrowns2

    even as Kizer’s biggest fan , i have to say , i hope Hogan is the starter this week … i wasn’t totally unrealistic in my expectations of Kizer … i knew there would be some bumps & rookie mistakes , but the red zone turnovers are just killers & rookie or not , you just can’t have it.

    the Browns outgained the Jets 2-1 , the defense played really well & yet they STILL found a way to lose.

  • WFNY_DP

    I’m with scripty. Call a timeout to go for it, and do a simple run right at the strength of the defense? Woof. And not the good, 80’s Browns kind of woof.

  • WFNY_DP

    Obviously, I don’t want to single out the defense because they were strong most of the game; when you squint and imagine all of the players healthy, it almost looks like a competent unit.

    BUT

    A 97-yard drive? When you absolutely needed a stop? UGGHHH. I mean, of COURSE that happened.

  • JM85

    Did anyone really think they would win? This is why I don’t care about drafts anymore. Besides a few players, nobody on this team would be on other professional teams.

  • scripty

    I will preface this by saying, the HBT looks not great for passing Wentz, Bosa, but I get what they are trying to do. However, I am not getting too worked up about it. THey were 1-15 and I will only change my thinking when they actually show me they can compete.

    People getting their expectations up because of some preseason or mini-camp footage? Fools. And these fools make their way into my timeline and radio.

  • scripty

    THEY CALLED A TIMEOUT TO COME UP WITH THAT. Not Iso Njoku or Duke, but the most vanilla play.

  • jpftribe

    Watch the Packers go for it on fourth down against the Cowboys and see if you still feel the same way.

  • jpftribe

    Yes. They called a timeout, with 13 minutes left, to go for it on 4th down, down 10 points. Then ran Crow up the middle. If only you could bet that trifecta in Vegas, we’d all be rich.

  • jpftribe

    Defense played very well. Johnson is the only skill player they have on offense, and he touches the ball less than 10 times a game. The teflon special teams are like that 15 year old frying pan everyone has in their basement. Seemed like a good idea when you bought it.

  • tigersbrowns2

    that’s not true … we have many players that would be even better when they’re on a different team … i actually watched Care Bear playing RG & Schwartz playing RT for the Chiefs last night.

  • Jeremy Humbert

    So lost in all of this is that the kicker misses twice! These weren’t for the record books, just field goals. 6 point swing….

  • JM85

    I’m talking about current players.

  • JM85

    The defense is decent and Johnson is solid.

  • Sam Gold

    When Hogan replaced Kizer suddenly the various pass catchers looked competent. The game plan appeared sound. Receivers were somehow miraculously open. I wondered if my frustration with Jackson the play caller wasn’t so much an OC problem as it was a QB-that-can’t-learn/see/change/Improve problem? Now I don’t feel as dismayed at HJ the playcaller as I do HJ the talent evaluator. It was he who stumped for RG3, didn’t stump for Wentz, said “Trust me” on Kessler, probably ok’d passing on Watson and decided DK was the best option to begin the season and had Hogan as the fourth stringer until the season actually started. People have expressed concern over Sashi picking personnel (as they should since he was at the helm passing on Wentz & Watson) but I feel much graver concern over HJ evaluating/utilizing/developing the talent he has.

  • jpftribe

    Hue is flat out wearing too many hats, and if that doesn’t change he will lose his job.

  • Sam Gold

    52 is a bit more than “just a field goal.”

  • Sam Gold

    I fear he’s going to stubbornly refuse his way to a firing.

  • Jeremy Humbert

    No, you are right. He is 2 of 5 on the season with a long of 38 yds. Let’s give him a hall pass on the 52 yd attempt, that is clearly out of his range.

  • jpftribe

    I still think Hue was a very good hire for the Browns. You just never know how someone is going to perform in the heat of the moment. But if he does do this, then we’ll know he was not the right guy. The biggest mistakes I made as a Manager was failing to put the right people in place and having to step in to get things done myself.

  • tigersbrowns2

    remember , this is me talking : all of the O-line i’d keep … and as far as the rest of the offense , i like Duke & Njoku . This leaves-out a lot of big-play making potential by the QB , WR & TB

    on defense : Garrett , Collins , Kirksey , Schobert , Shelton , Ogunjobi , McCourty & Peppers. And there are still a few others that may have potential , like Brantley , Ogbah , Coley , Nassib , BBC , J.Taylor & Kindred.

    so right now , I’m seeing more talent / potential on the defensive side of the ball.

  • tigersbrowns2

    hi SAM … and I don’t think they would’ve taken Kizer either … he just happened to still be there & then they probably decided they couldn’t pass him up.

  • scripty

    It was 10-7 at the time.

  • jpftribe

    Sorry, my bad. It was all a hazy rage induced blur at that point.

  • Sam Gold
  • tsm

    Don’t forget the sarcasm font.

  • tsm

    Agree. Expected a run-pass rollout by Hogan. At least that gives him a chance to try and hit Njoku if the D comes after him.

  • tsm

    I am tired of all the excuses that the team is so young. These guys have been playing this game since they were 10. It is still fundamentally a blocking & tackling game as well as knowing your assignment, or as someone once said – do your job. I saw guys on their team wide open, like we were surprised by a formation. As far as QB, simply play the guy who can give us the best chance at winning. No one should be handed a job.
    It is hard to deal with passing on Wentz last year, then trading down to select someone who is injury prone as well as small. The HBT seems to be getting carried away with “value” and number of selections. Analytics as a tool are useful, but they are the foundation not the building. One needs to get talent, as it is talent the prevails.

  • Skulb

    I did actually tell you this a month ago. Starting Kizer with this chaotic, error prone team around him was always risky. Even if he knew what to do he might look abysmal on the Cleveland Browns. And when they did start him I was shocked that they didn’t run an almost exclusive run offense to shield him while he’s developing and getting used to things. You have to build things from the inside out here. It is not a comparable situation to Watson in Houston or even Trubisky in Chicago. Those are well coached teams for the most part and they both have the capability to run the ball. Being the Browns’ QB right now is much, much harder. This is basically a job for Josh McCown, not Deshone Kizer. Inaccurate QB made of stone? Perfect, we’ll take him!

  • Sam Gold

    “These guys have been playing this game since they were 10.”

    Which might lead one to conclude that a coaching staff was trying to get them to execute a scheme so complex and convoluted that no one knows what they’re supposed to be doing.

  • Steve

    What about those people who see 40 comments each on articles on back to back days on yet another Browns debacle and two on the matchup with Severino tonight?

  • Chris

    “The HBT seems to be getting carried away with ‘value’ and number of selections”

    If only they valued winning as much as they value this other crap…

  • scripty

    Blog commenting is not an accurate cross section on all demos of the metro fanbase.

    Go to the zoo on a weekend, you’ll see almost all Cavs/Buckeyes/Tribe stuff and not one Browns shirt. Go to bars for milleniels, Browns stuff is non-existent.

    Kvetching about the current Browns mishaps has become a cottage industry for sad whitey over 45.

  • paulbip

    If you ban those gloves, most of those players would be on the streets.

  • Sam Gold

    Let them wear gloves, take steroids, abuse whatever drugs they choose…ENTERTAIN ME!

    (Just to be clear, this is satire.)

  • Steve

    Wait, so what Cleveland sports fan want to comment on is not accurate, but t shirts are? Is this some kind of joke?