Brandon Weeden (Photo credit: Erik Daniel Drost)
Browns Redskins live game notes
3 and out for the Skins is a good start for the D.
TRich showed his vision on the 14 yard run.
Weeden missed the wide open Gordon. You can not do that
3rd and long again stops a drive. The team has WAY too many of those. Part of the issue is lack of getting yardage running because they don’t get to the 2nd level to open holes.
Haden breaks up the 1st down pass
Skins have a blocking issue as well. They didn’t block the back side and were trapped by Taylor.
Rookie QB mistake caused the pick. Can’t throw into double coverage. Tipped by Brown and picked by Ward.
One play drive for the TD. Great push by TRich for the TD.
=CL 7 WA 0 8:41 1st
Cousins is not even looking down field. He is just throwing to the checkdown guy.
Great coverage and good pass rush and Sheard gets the sack.
1st down penalty not good.
Good job by Weeden to get the pass off accurately with a guy hanging on him.
Again a short pass on 3rd and long results in a punt. The 3rd down playcalls have been a big issue.
Taylor locks down the run again. Great play.
Long pass irritates the Skins bench. But the ball was uncatchable.
Good coverage on the checkdown and the Skins are 3 and out.
Even TRich’s great vision can’t help because there was no blocking.
Fletcher smells out the swing pass.
MoMass open and Weeden misses him badly. This again just can not happen.
Bad punt gives the Skins great field position.
Great throw by Cousins to Hankerson results in a TD Wash.
Young blew coverage. He was not deep enough and let the pass go behind him. WE NEED A NEW FS.
– WA 7 CL 7
No team can drive facing 3rd and long every series. The Browns have 3rd and 8+ almost every series.
End of the 1st Q
Another bad punt from Hodges. 37 yards.
Ward does not wrap up and missed a tackle on the RB
Cousins rifles a ball to a 1st down. He is getting less nervous each play.
On 4th and 1 the Skins go for an off side by the Browns but it fails.
After the TO the Skins were going to throw but the penalty made them punt.
Weeden has not been accurate up to now in this game. He has to get yardage on 1st and 2nd down.
Weeden missed Gordon again throwing behind him.
Former Buckeye Worthington knocks down the 2nd down pass. 3rd and long again.
Good effort by MoMass but the pass is only 4 yards and his effort is short of the LTG.
Good punt by Hodges 51 yards.
This game is going Skins direction. The Browns have looked awful on O.
Cousins gets 17 yards and a 1st on a roll out. If Griffin was in the game the score would be 21-0.
The Browns D leave the Skins best WR Garcon WIDE open. He catches the ball but the Ref says it hit the ground at the 31. The challenge was denied.
Royster runs a wheel route and the Skins convert on a 3rd and 9.
Cousins throws off target due to him falling down. The pressure was not a factor.
44 yard FG
-Wa 10 CL 7 5:46 left
The Browns get an off side and only face a 1st and 5. But the pass was behind Gordon.
TRich faces a team picture of the D and loses 2. The O line HAS to get blocks.
Weeden is not seeing the field well.
Gordon is hit by Alexander and the LB is the loser in the contact. Gordon’s effort gets the 1st
Good crossing pattern gets the Browns 2nd and reasonable.
Little was WIDE open and gets the ball.
Good run by Cribbs on the Wild Cat.
2 minute warning.
The Browns need to get 7 not 3 on this possession.
Great run by TRich for the TD. Again it was his vision that allowed him to see the hole and get to the Goal line. Good call because his knee was down.
Gut check time for the O LINE. They have to push the ball in. TRich breaks a tackle and scores.
=CL 14 WA 10
The skins are running no huddle and the Browns get a sack. Rather than calling a TO as soon as the guy goes down Shurmur lets 10 seconds run off the clock.
Again if RG3 was the QB the half time score would be 21-7.
Weeden starts the half by throwing a pick. He never saw the LB drifting into the zone.
In 3 plays the Skins score.
-WA 17 CL 14
Schwartz is called for illegal procedure.
Another 3 and out by the Browns. RT Mitchell was late picking up his assignment and Kerrigan blocks the 3rd down pass to TRich which would not have made the LTG anyway. He was double covered.
That is followed by another bad punt by Hodges.
Cousins is hot now. Good throw to the 15 then a nice pass for the TD. He read the Blitz and Hankerson was WIDE open for the score.
The Skins see that the Giants are getting pounded 24-0 by the Falcons so this game puts them in a position to win the division with a win next week.
As the sun pulls away from the shore and the ship sinks slowly in the west…
-WA 24 CL 14 7:40
Weeden is staring down the receiver. Nice throw to Little but a vet DB core would have picked it too.
Weeden again stares down Little and CB Hall nearly picks it.
Browns set up to go for a 4th and 3 on the 41 with Cribbs in the backfield and the Skins call TO.
Weeden on 4th down panics and throws the ball away. How can you do that?
Garcon is called for taunting. The Browns were lucky that Haden was not called for a push after the taunt.
Brown is called for Illegal contact. Skins 1st down.
Lots of broken tackles and Ward goes out with a leg injury.
Thanks to good pressure Cousins is called for grounding. That led to a punt.
Weeden hits 2 in a row to take the ball from the 15 to the Skins 43.
Then he under throws a ball to Little and is picked again this time by Fletcher.
The Skins move the ball right down the field.
3rd quarter ends with the ball at the Browns 44.
Browns lose contain and Cousins runs for 6. With Griffin that would have been 6 points.
Redskins put the game away with a TD by Royster.
-WA 31 CL 14 11:19 LEFT
Nice throw from Weeden to Benjamin 69 yards for the TD. Weeden finally took advantage of a guy in the Skins backfield that was bagging groceries 2 weeks ago. Too little too late.
=WA 31 CL 21 10:21
Great throw by Cousins for 32 yards to the Browns 44.
Three broken tackles on Morris again. The D is tired.
Garcon recovers the fumble on the Browns 8.
Morris runs through a hole the size of the Mississippi River on the back side to put the Browns further out of their misery.
-WA 38 CL 21
A 4 and out by the Browns was expected.
= 3:14 left but the game was over long ago.
This loss should finally change the minds of fans that Shurmur has to go. The fans were fooling themselves about the Browns being a “hot” team because they had won 3 straight games. The fact is that we beat a banged up Steeler team with a 97 year old QB that was sitting watching TV just a couple of weeks ago, a Raider team that has not been a factor in decades and a Chiefs team run by a former Brown’s HC we fired due to lack of wins.
Shurmur’s lack of ability or willingness to allow players to do what they do best has hurt the team. It will continue to hurt the team as long as he insists on believing he is the smartest guy in the room. My experience is that those that think they are the smartest guy in the room usually are not.
As I have said before the running game is a mess. It does not give Richardson a chance to be successful. The fact that Weeden has no power to audible away from a run when he sees 97 guys in the box is also due to Shurmur’s desire for control. The OL is not getting to the second level of the D and without that the running game will never be successful. Part of the issue is the blocking scheme. The rest is a lack of talent.
Another issue with Shurmur is his total lack of ability to make adjustments on the fly or at half time. Week after week we see the D adjust to what the Browns are doing but he is not capable of making changes to those adjustments. We have heard him say over and over ‘I’ll have to check the tape.’ That is a clear indication he does not understand what is going on during the game. If you don’t understand what is happening you cannot adjust to it. Making in game adjustments is an essential part of job of a coach.
I have come to believe that Weeden is not the right guy. I am aware that he has regressed over the season but cannot overlook his lack of accuracy and ability to get the ball out on time. He misses easy passes that an NFL starter MUST make to be successful. His decisionmaking is also a big issue. If he was 22 I would be willing to see if he develops. But at 29 the team doesn’t have time to waste a couple of years waiting to see if he comes around. This was a bad choice made worse by bad coaching.
I have also changed my opinion about the future of Heckert. The latest information I have is that the choice of Shurmur was more Heckert than Holmgren. That combined with the Weeden choice over guys like Wilson makes his grade much lower. It was also Heckert that allowed Shurmur to be OC in addition to HC. Childress was available at the start of the 2011 season. Despite that, Shurmur insisted he did not need an OC and would do both jobs. It is clear he is not capable of doing EITHER job effectively. In my opinion Heckert has to go along with the coach.
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