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Isaiah Crowell upset with his lack of carries, usage on offense

When your team is 0-14, on the verge of going 0-16, and has won just one of its last 30 games, there’s bound to be plenty of criticism, questions, and just outright anger. Plenty has been made up head coach Hue Jackson’s ability to also be the offensive coordinator while trying to lead the team. For much of the time, it’s the fans and media who have criticized Jackson’s play calling ability, or lack thereof. With just two games left in the season, it looks as though running back Isaiah Crowell is starting to question it as well.

According to ESPN’s Pat McManamon, Crowell isn’t happy after he only received five carries in the loss to the Baltimore Ravens last Sunday, his fewest of the season.

“I’m sure that I can help my team more than I really do and more than I’ve been given the opportunity to do,” Crowell said. “Really, it just upsets me. Sometimes I feel disrespected about it, but I can’t even think about it. That’s the coach’s decision.”

Crowell racked up four catches (five targets) against the Ravens, but it still doesn’t take away from the fact that he had just five carries. Although he ran for 72 yards, thanks to a 59-yard run. Even with that, that still didn’t catch the eye of head coach Hue Jackson. Comparing him against the second part of the backfield duo, Duke Johnson, Crowell barely seemed to touch the ball. Johnson had seven carries and five receptions (seven targets). The smart thing to do would be to have both of them on the field at the same time, as much as possible. Then again, who am I to say at this point?

During the Browns’ lone touchdown-scoring drive, in the second quarter, they ran the ball with their running backs five times. The rest of the game following that drive? Just seven carries from the two running backs.

Averaging 4.6 yards per carry, the Browns have the third-best average yards gained per carry in the NFL. The problem? They are 25th in the NFL in carries per game, attempting just 24.1 carries a game. There lies the problem. Both Crowell and Johnson seem to be producing well, it’s just that Jackson isn’t calling enough plays in order to get them the ball.

An unrestricted free agent at season’s end, Crowell is averaging 4.4 yards per carry this season, a year after he averaged 4.8 yards a carry. If that holds, he would be the third running back in the past two years to run for an average of 4.4 yards per carry. The other two? Falcons’ Devonta Freeman. Not bad of company to be in, huh?

Even with quarterback DeShone Kizer’s struggles inside the red zone, especially with how much the rookie has turned the ball over, you’d think the head coach would call plays in order to take some of the stress off his quarterback. That seems even more obvious every time Kizer turns the ball over, especially when he’s on the verge of scoring touchdown

  • RGB

    Hue thinks of RBs in the same way Ray thought of WRs.

  • JM85

    Hue is a goof.

  • tigersbrowns2

    … and to add to the above : Crowell has averaged 5.7 YPC in his last 7 games … and yet I wonder if he’ll even be here next year.

    you can’t blame him for being upset , especially when he’s in a contract year & wants to prove his worth this obviously makes Hue look bad , not Crowell.

  • Chris

    Let’s spend all this money and build one of the best offensive lines in football. That way, we give our QB plenty of time to sit back and be inaccurate.

    Also, I just bought this F450 King Ranch so I can get groceries.

  • tigersbrowns2

    man , that’s a big-ass truck that probably costs more than my house … how is it on gas mileage ?

  • Chris

    I have no idea, I don’t actually have one.

    I was pointing out the overkill of having a great line to protect a miserable QB while ignoring the run game. A truck like that should not be the grocery-runner, especially when you have a yacht that needs towing.

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  • 216 in 614

    Clearly he is not a real player

  • BenRM

    Me too, Crow. Me too.

  • BenRM

    HAH so true.

  • paulbip

    Could it be the way Crowell disrespected the police? Get rid of the cop killer wannabe!

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  • Harv

    I find this post rather insensitive, as it ignores the impact upon Drew Rosenhaus. Dude agrees to rep a pretty mediocre guy because of a seemingly perfect ecosystem for analytic wow factor: a beefed up o-line, no competent QBs, a division with killer pass rushers, and no other RB built for every down use. And then, the handing the job to Kizer. Looked like 1,200 yards without a bead of perspiration.

    Sorry, Drew, no one escapes the scourge of bad coaching. Not even super agents with it all teed up. You’re like Joshua Bell fiddling anonymously in the subway. Hey, chin up man, I see you, I know you’re great.