Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
Pat Shurmur: C-
Crunch-time is when good NFL coaches truly shine. This loss is yet another shining example of the inability for Pat Shurmur to coach his team to victory.
His decision to elect to punt on fourth-and-one with about six minutes to play shows his lack of confidence in his offense and it resonates throughout the team in their play on the field.
The Colts performed much better after their coach, in a similar situation, ran the ball through the gut of the Browns defense for a big first down.
However, despite this negativity surrounding the coach, the Browns were still afforded every opportunity to win this game. They simple, and literally, dropped the ball.
Pat Shurmur can’t do anything short of using stickum on Josh Gordon’s hands to ensure he hauls in the potential game-winning touchdown that fell out of his hands.
Unless of course he called up Norv Turner and got some pointers on that strategy.
Shurmur abandoned the run after Trent Richardson came out of the locker room on the bench. He did seem to make some nice adjustments at half time but should have tried to involve some semblance of a running game against a team that is extremely poor at defending it.
Dick Jauron: D
Dick Jauron employed soft coverage on the corners and Andrew Luck ate it alive for much of this game until turning to a more conservative approach. The puzzling part was that he continued to dial-up blitzes without switching to a more aggressive coverage scheme. Soft-zone was not adequate as the blitzes weren’t hurrying Luck and he was getting easy completions as a result.
Whatever his game plan was, wasn’t working or his players just weren’t executing it. Luck, a rookie QB, looked like he was a step ahead of the veteran coach and his unit.