“We have to limit the big plays,” said head coach Mike Pettine. “That has been our Achilles’ heel defensively, big plays especially in crunch time.”
The San Diego Chargers’ offense was being held together by duct tape and shoe string. The Chargers were playing without three offensive line starters: left tackle, King Dunlap; left guard, Orlando Franklin; and center, Chris Watt. Wide receiver Malcom Floyd left the game with a concussion and Stevie Johnson had a hamstring injury; yet Philip Rivers and the Chargers offense racked up 438 yards of offense.
“I know a lot of people outside, they are not watching the film; they are just watching the game on Sunday and they see the stats and they think ‘Oh, the Browns are doing this bad’, but it’s a lot of good things on film that we can learn from and build on,” said linebacker Christian Kirksey.
“We watched some pretty good stuff,” said cornerback Tramon Williams. “Obviously in this league when you are playing defense and you play 60 great plays and 3 bad ones, it can affect the game.”
The Browns will head into week 4 of the season without a quarterback controversy after Josh McCown had his best game in recent memory. McCown was 32 of 41 for 356 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Browns’ running game also got jump-started a bit. Isaiah Crowell, Duke Johnson, Jr. and Shaun Draughn combined for 100 yards in the run game.
“We need to do a better job finishing some drives in the end zone,” said Pettine. “Throughout the season, not just yesterday, we had some penalties in the red zone that have forced us to take field goals over touchdowns. It’s hard to win that way.”
The Browns play their first AFC North game of the season Sunday when they travel to Baltimore. Kickoff is set for 1:00. Keep it to FOX 8 New and fox8.com for coverage leading up to Sunday’s game including on game day.