Who caught your eye? Did someone stand out? Who blew it? That’s what were interested in this morning. Winners and losers.
Blech. What a revolting second quarter. What a disappointing loss. What a terrible afternoon. Let’s get to it.
LOSER: All of us. Yep. All of us that thought the Browns were going to step up and play well in a big game.
WINNER: The secondary. The defense really didn’t play bad, but after the second quarter it really didn’t matter. Obviously Joe Haden was the big winner in the secondary, outperforming A.J. Green and intercepting two passes in a game for the first time in his career.
LOSER: Jason Campbell. Not a good performance. Was he still hurting from the injured ribs? It doesn’t matter really. He was the one on the field. If he couldn’t perform he shouldn’t have been out there. Three interceptions and a hundred check downs.
LOSER: The running game. I don’t know why Willis McGahee continues to get carries. Chris Ogbonnaya did well enough in his limit carries (fumble aside) and Fozzy Whittaker had a few nice runs.
LOSER: Playcalling. This is mostly because of the Browns’ first trip into the red zone. Ogbonnaya got the team into scoring position with two rushes and a catch totaling 62 yards. Then he came out of the game. McGahee got two rushes, and then the Browns put Billy Winn into the game as a fullback. The Browns have done this before, and truth be told, he wasn’t quite the bulldozing blocker that you would hope from a guy his size. If you are going to bring in someone like Winn, it should be because he’s a better short yardage blocker than Barnidge or whoever else you have on offense.
Then, instead of plowing Winn straight ahead with a back following, they sent Winn into the flat to catch a pass. He had a defender draped all over him, and Campbell ended up throwing the ball away. The DL as fullback pass should only work if the lineman has been effective as a lead blocker.
Alright. Your turn. I saved you plenty.