Still steaming up writing post-game scribbles after Browns loss to Jets – Terry Pluto


CLEVELAND, Ohio: Doodles in my notebook after the Browns’ 31-30 loss to the Jets:

1. This is a side issue, but it still bothered me. After the Browns defense gave up 14 points in the final 115 seconds, Myles Garrett complained of boos from the home crowd. Oh good? Yes, he really did. He said: “The disappointing thing was the boos at the end. It wasn’t the most optimal ending to have…we have plenty of time to correct what we’re doing. We don’t want to see this crowd, this stadium abandon us so soon. We want them completely behind us.

2. To be fair to Garrett, he also talked about how players should look at each other. Same for the coaches. He didn’t blame the fans for the loss. But now was not the time for him to say a word about the fans, except to promise customers that they will improve.

3. Garrett on collapsing: “We let the defense down and really the whole team did it in the 11th hour…those kinds of plays (blown covers) are unacceptable, no doubt…if someone will point a finger, I will point a finger at myself knowing that I could have done better.

4. According to ESPN, the last time an NFL team lost a 13-point lead in the final two minutes was in 2001. You got it, the Browns…again. They lost to the Bears. Cleveland had a 21-7 lead with 33 seconds left left in that game. The Bears scored a pair of touchdowns in those 33 seconds, forcing overtime. Chicago won in overtime when Browns QB Tim Couch threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown.

Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator Joe Woods with defensive line coach Chris Kiffin late in the fourth quarter on the sidelines, Sept. 18, 2022, at FirstEnergy Stadium.John Kuntz,

5. Booing doesn’t mean fans abandon the team, as Garrett has implied. They had just witnessed a footballing calamity, a parade of mental errors in defense in terms of blown covers. Garrett should have said the defense was embarrassed, as his late game performance was embarrassing.

6. As for Garrett’s performance, he made a tackle. It was a bag. He had two QB hits. But overall, he wasn’t really a factor — especially in the final two minutes when the Jets were marching down the field — twice.

7. Jets coach Robert Saleh on Garrett: “I think we wore him out. We were teasing him (with blocks)… It was hot there. You could see it. The guy has incredible talent…we tried to disturb him the whole game.


A Cleveland Browns fan covers his face after the 31-30 loss to the New York Jets, Sept. 18, 2022, at FirstEnergy Stadium.John Kuntz,

8. Coach Kevin Stefanski had this to say about the blown covers that led to a pair of TD Jets: “Obviously the guys aren’t on the same page. It’s very, very clear what we were doing. We talked about it on the sidelines before everyone went out on the pitch. We talked to the entire defense about what they (the Jets) were about to do – which was to throw it over our heads. We cannot let this happen.

9. But the Browns let that happen when Corey Davis caught a 66-yard TD pass with 1:22 left. Denzel Ward appeared to be in coverage, then he let Davis run free on the sidelines. I don’t know what the security was doing.

10. Jets QB Joe Flacco on that Davis TD: “We were running (receivers) both sides (of the field). Looked like security had gone (on the other side) and the corner had stayed low…no one was near him…it was such a weird feeling just how bad it was quiet there.

11. It’s a lot of footballing jargon to say that Flacco saw exactly what the fans did. Ward covered Davis by running straight down the sideline. Then Ward stopped covering Davis. Then no one picked up the receiver, which was outrageously open.

Cleveland Browns vs. New York Jets, September 18, 2022

Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski calls a time out against the New York Jets in the first half. Joshua Gunter,

12. More Stefanski: “We have a young football team. Unfortunately, this youth has sometimes manifested itself. We have to grow very fast.

13. Note to Kevin: Sit down with Joe Woods and ask your defensive coordinator why the kids can’t keep the covers straight. There were four blown covers in the first two games. Earlier in this contest, New York running back Breece Hall caught a wide-open 10-yard TD pass. It appeared Browns linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah was confused about going after a receiver or Hall — and didn’t cover anyone.

14. Some will blame Nick Chubb for not stopping short of the goal line with 1:55 left in the game. The idea would be for the Browns to have the ball at the Jets’ 1-yard line. New York had no more downtime. The Browns could take a knee three times and be close to running out of time. But it’s a reaction game. Look, I’d rather be up 13 points with less than two minutes left than seven…even with the dire timeout situation in New York. It’s a nitpick on a guy who scored three touchdowns. It’s a way to let the defense and the coaches off the hook. I refuse to do this.

15. If only the Browns defense were as focused on keeping the Jets out of the end zone as Chubb was obsessed with running into the end zone in the final moments of the game…we’d have a good discussion. different.

16. All of that nullified a tremendous performance by Jacoby Brissett (22 for 27 passes, 229 yards) and Amari Cooper (9 catches, 101 yards and a touchdown). Yes, Brissett threw an interception on the Browns’ last play of the game, but the game was pretty much over. In the first two games with Brissett, the offense scored 26 and 30 points. They should be 2-0.

17. It’s on Joe Woods and the defense, which has allowed 34 points in both fourth quarters this season. Blown covers were a problem for the first part of 2021 before Woods simplified his cover, making it a more man-to-man concept. Do it again!


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