It’s Monday in Cleveland. That means it must be time to reflect on yet another disheartening Browns loss. It’s getting harder and harder to watch. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Browns and am usually accused of being too optimistic about this team. Come on now, they are 0-10 with some UGLY losses. Even I have to face reality with this team.
I’ll continue to stick up for the defense that Greg Williams has coached up this season. No, it’s not like they’re fielding an all-time great defense, but it’s better than anything we’ve seen in Cleveland in quite a long time. They stop the run and have held their own against the pass in most games. They’ve done their job. In the current high-flying version of the NFL, this defense would afford an average offense a chance to go out and win some games. It’s been a while since that was the case for the orange and brown.
The race to historic ineptitude is well under way for DeShone Kizer, his bumbling band of bad receivers and this offense in general. It really hurts to dive deep into the numbers, yet we have to see where we really are. Kizer has great arm talent, an excellent work ethic and is the kind of guy we all want running the offense. The numbers aren’t all on him, but his inaccuracy is evident so far.
Through eleven games, Kizer has a QB rating of 54.0. Let’s put that into perspective. Of the 50 signal callers who have played in the NFL this season, Kizer ranks 49th in this category. I’ll give you one guess as to the guy he is just ahead of. That’s right. It’s none other than his back up, Cody Kessler at 48.7. Again, these numbers would undoubtedly be much better if the Browns had a receiving corps that didn’t believe it would catch some exotic disease if they caught a ball thrown their way, yet the numbers are still on the verge of completely awful.
We’ve had some bad quarterbacks in Cleveland since 1999, right? Surely we’ve seen worse quarterback play, right? Actually, no, we haven’t. If you look at the guys who have started the majority of the games each season going back to 1999, no one has a lower QB rating; not Brian Hoyer, Colt McCoy, Charlie Frye, no one. The worst of the bunch were Derek Anderson in 2008 at 66.5 and Brady Quinn in 2009 at 67.2. It’s been that sad this season.
Now, let’s look at turnover ratio, which has been the true Achilles heel for the Browns this season. The team is -17, which is worst in the league. By the way, the record of futility since the league went to a sixteen game schedule is currently held by the 2000 San Diego Chargers, who ended up -28. I’ll save you the math. The Browns are on pace to finish -27. That’s how bad things are. You don’t win if you don’t take care of the football. The Browns do neither currently.
I was in the camp of continuity regardless of the outcome of this season. Heck, I practically started that movement. I was wrong. Things need to change and they will. This thing isn’t working and time alone won’t fix it.