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Browns Bumble and Stumble Again in Loss to Bears 30-6

Now what?

After another Sunday of looking like anything but a competitive NFL team, the Browns have got to somehow find a way to go back to the drawing board, this after an ugly 30-6 loss to the Chicago Bears in the Windy City. Mind you the Bears didn’t really even play that well, but five turnovers and another awful day on offense by the Browns never gave them a chance in this latest setback.

After the game, Eric Mangini said that he will “look at everything across the board … coaches, players, personnel.” Asked if he were angry or frustrated, the coach stated, “You can choose any of those emotions and they fit.” And they should. The Browns again were held under 200 yards of offense (191), and their two QB’s threw for a net 74 yards and two picks. One of which was brought back for a score to close out the scoring.

Derek Anderson played all but the last Browns drive, and again did nothing. He was 6-for-17 for 76 yards with two picks and a QB rating of 10.5. After the game he was also vocal about the being as bad as they are. “I’m not happy about anything,” Anderson said. “Not happy to get pulled out. Not happy that we lost. Not happy about anybody’s play — my play, nothing. Haven’t been happy.”

Throw the two picks on top of three fumbles, and you can see why the Browns were never in the game. Chicago put up two first quarter field goals, then another before they finally cracked the end zone on a Matt Forte one-yard run to make it 16-0 with 1:56 left in the first half. The Browns five first half possessions – four punts, a pick, a fumble and the end of the half.

“If it it’s not one guy, it’s another guy,” Anderson said. “If it’s not one thing, it’s another thing. Obviously, we control it and we have to control it. But it’s stupid.”

What is stupid is that fans are the losers in the end. The team can say all day they are trying to do what it can to move forward, but the fact that Brady Quinn didn’t play the second half is just a joke at this point. After the Browns did score their only TD of the day on their first second half drive, they couldn’t even hit the extra point, as it was blocked.

Asked why Quinn didn’t get to play before the last offensive drive, Mangini said. “I thought we actually moved the ball at points [of the second half], and then Mohamed had the fumble, Steve Heiden had the fumble. I thought we were moving the ball relatively effectively.”

What game is he watching?

Now the team will get a week to figure out the future. Mangini had better find a way to get this team moving in the right direction, or come Monday November 16th Browns fans will face their first blackout since the team came back in 1999. Let’s just say the team is already pushing the “good seats still available” for the Monday night game vs the Ravens. As a fan, have you seen enough to want to spend money on this team?

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2 Responses to “Browns Bumble and Stumble Again in Loss to Bears 30-6”

  1. Jen says:

    I am going to give up on the Browns. I live and work in Steeler country, but I stand by Browns all the time. I’m sick of being the butt of every joke. It’s time to get a new team if the Browns don’t figure things out.

  2. Denolakes says:

    The ‘tude you have to adopt is that these guys are pretenders. Think of this version as a “body snatcher” type thing and that the real Browns have been taken over by alien stiffs. Nobody wants to look like what these guys have looked like week after week. Hang tough and laugh your way through this year — again. You have to. The issue is at the top, period. To build this or any program you have to have the right people at the top of the organization. All teams have the same money and ability to draft players. Cleveland has not been afraid of spending money. Nobody in Cleveland is aware of what they want to do or what they are trying to accomplish. They all claim to be working hard — but so is a mouse on a treadmill. Hard work is good and necessary to succeed — but working smart is an equally necessary variable, too. Mangini looks more like a fool and every week.

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