November 4, 2018 9:38 pm
CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Browns had no chance of beating the Kansas City Chiefs.
Absolutely none. Zero. Forget it.
But is there any reason for Browns fans to keep watching their team after Sunday’s 37-21 loss?
Did firing head coach Hue Jackson matter? How about dumping offensive coordinator Todd Haley?
Both were booted out of Berea on Monday.
Did the changes matter?
There are seven more games, and perhaps things will change. But Freddie Kitchens had a far wiser approach to calling a game for Baker Mayfield than what we watched before the changes.
Gregg Williams has replaced Jackson as head coach. Williams kept his role as defensive coordinator. His defense was decimated by Kansas City. No surprise. The Chiefs are the NFL’s highest-scoring team.
The change was made to help Mayfield and the offense — and bring some peace to the coaching staff.
When it came to those smaller goals, the Browns moved in the right direction as their record fell to 2-6-1.
Haley never could figure out how to use Duke Johnson Jr. He also had a lot of plays with Mayfield throwing long passes from the pocket.
Under Kitchens, Johnson caught nine passes — two for touchdowns. Want to get Johnson the ball? Throw it to him. He caught all nine passes aimed in his direction.
Haley could never figure that out.
“Duke can make plays,” Mayfield said, and the offense showed it.
Want to run more? Give it to Nick Chubb. The rookie rushed for 85 yards in 22 carries, including a touchdown.
Kitchens was told to find ways for Mayfield to avoid sacks and hits after throwing the ball.
The offensive coordinator had several plays for Mayfield to roll out. He is very comfortable throwing on the run.
Mayfield was sacked twice and took just two other quarterback hits.
Mayfield, a natural throwing short and medium passes, finished 29-of-42 for 297 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. It was his best game since his first pro start, a 45-42 loss in Oakland on Sept. 30.
“I’m always impressed with Baker,” Williams said. “You can see he belongs in our league.”
The offense was surprisingly smooth.
“Freddie and his staff did an outstanding job,” Williams said. “It was based upon the guys we have. No flinching. He did a good job involving other people — their thoughts.”
Praising a coordinator rarely was heard under the previous coaching staff.
From the moment Haley clashed with Jackson during training camp on Hard Knocks…
To Haley defying Jackson by starting Josh Gordon in the opener…
To Jackson ripping Haley after the loss in Tampa Bay…
Both men were sabotaging Mayfield and the offense.
After watching this game, I feel even better about the mid-season firings.
“We’re still running the same offense, but we’re doing some things we’re good at,” Mayfield said. “There was more communication during the week…we’re going to do what we’re best at.”
I doubt it will help the Browns win many more games. The defense is being ravaged by injuries. The schedule is extremely tough.
But the Browns need to develop Mayfield and several other young players such as Chubb and Antonio Callaway (who had a nice 38-yard catch).
So from that point of view, this was a good start.Tags: Sports
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