BEREA — At 2-5 the Cleveland Browns are not looking to make radical changes but they are talking about facing adversity. The Browns were man-handled by the St. Louis Rams on Sunday in all facets of the game. On Monday, Browns head coach Mike Pettine issued a challenge to his players and his coaching staff.
“What am I going to do different?” Pettine said. “What am I going to do extra? Is it in the weight room? Is it in the meeting room? Everybody was challenged to take personal inventory.”
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The Browns turned the ball over four times which resulted in 17 Rams points, they were penalized 11 times; they actually had more penalty yards than rushing yards, and quarterback Josh McCown took a beating. He was sacked 4 times for 15 yards and left Sunday’s game with a shoulder injury.
“Sore, but getting better,” McCown said near his locker on Monday. McCown is listed as day-to-day with a shoulder injury and could be kept out of practice on Wednesday depending on how his shoulder feels. McCown will start Sunday’s game against Arizona if he is ready to go.
The Browns defense played well for the first half limiting the Rams to just a field goal as St. Louis’ defense scored on a fumble by Taylor Gabriel in the first quarter, but they couldn’t stop Todd Gurley in the second half, he rushed for 128 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Browns did not score a touchdown in the game, the first time this season they failed to do that. When the Browns had a chance to make it a game early in the second half, they were hit with numerous holding and foul start penalties.
“It wasn’t one guy by all means I think all of us would like one or two of those plays back where it was ugly for us and it was kind of a perfect storm in that sense,” said offensive lineman Joel Bitonio. “We just all weren’t at our best yesterday, they beat us up front, it wasn’t good enough to win.”
The soul searching has started to set in at the Browns facility in Berea where changes need to happen. The Browns have lost four of their last five games and face an Arizona Cardinals team that comes to FirstEnergy Stadium in first place in the NFC West.