CLEVELAND — Defensive coordinator Joe Woods quietly conversed with Myles Garrett on the way in which out of the locker room. A couple of ft away, quarterback Jacoby Brissett sat at his locker, speaking to quarterbacks coach Drew Petzing for a number of minutes. And from the postgame podium, coach Kevin Stefanski had a tough time explaining how his crew had simply gotten decimated by the New England Patriots 38-15 on Sunday.
“I don’t have a ton of solutions proper this second,” he admitted.
After a 3rd consecutive loss, the 2-4 Cleveland Browns are desperately trying to find a panacea — with none available.
“I do know I imagine within the folks in that locker room. I actually do. I’ve seen it,” Stefanski finally mentioned. “We simply should give attention to one sport at a time. I perceive what that regarded like. I perceive that we received beat. That’s what it regarded like. That’s what it felt like. I get it.”
What it felt like was Cleveland’s multitude of puzzling points from this season culminating in a single horrifying and humbling efficiency.
As soon as once more, the Browns surrendered huge performs within the operating sport, particularly a 31-yard landing sprint to Rhamondre Stevenson on third-and-10, which gave the Patriots the lead for good within the second quarter.
As soon as once more, Cleveland’s secondary inexplicably turned opposing receivers free, particularly on a 31-yard landing go to tight finish Hunter Henry, who had 7.5 yards of separation, in line with NFL Subsequent Gen Stats, when the throw arrived.
And as soon as once more, Brissett dedicated backbreaking turnovers, chief amongst them an interception within the third quarter that arrange Henry’s landing catch and handed the Patriots a 24-6 lead late within the third quarter.
“We win collectively; we lose collectively,” mentioned Brissett, who addressed the crew within the locker room after the loss, although he declined to specify what he mentioned. “I felt like all people had their handprint on this one, together with myself in a giant means. I believe we’ve to return and begin from scratch — not begin from scratch — however begin from our primary fundamentals and method, and people issues will maintain themselves.”
Will they, although? It’s getting troublesome to see how because the losses pile up.
As favorites, the Browns couldn’t beat Joe Flacco (Jets), Marcus Mariota (Falcons) or Patriots rookie Bailey Zappe — a fourth-round draft select of Western Kentucky who cooked Cleveland for 309 yards in simply his second profession begin.
Now, to maintain their season from spiraling, the Browns should discover a solution to knock off Lamar Jackson (Ravens), Joe Burrow (Bengals) and Josh Allen (Payments) within the coming weeks as seemingly underdogs.
“It’s laborious for me to reply that,” mentioned Garrett when requested how a crew with a lot expertise might lose three in a row. “[We have to] look within the mirror, not solely at your self, however within the movie and take a look at your place. You may’t be scared to inform your teammates what’s and what isn’t. We now have to have the ability to name a person out and never be afraid to be known as out your self.
“On the finish of the day, there are a whole lot of errors happening on the sphere — a whole lot of huge performs, downs and first downs — and it’s killing us. We’re getting ourselves behind, and we’re taking ourselves out of ball video games that we’ve an opportunity to win. We simply have to carry one another accountable.”
Stefanski appeared to all however rule out important imminent modifications. That means the Browns are seemingly rolling with what they’ve.
That needs to be greater than sufficient to maintain this crew within the playoff hunt. But to date, it hasn’t been remotely shut.
“It’s irritating, disappointing and all of these issues,” Stefanski mentioned, “however we’re going to regroup, be taught from it and transfer on …”
The Browns have a lot to regroup from, and lots extra to be taught. The solutions aren’t straightforward to pinpoint — the largest disappointment of an more and more irritating season.