David Richard-US PRESSWIRE
Punter Reggie Hodges
The collective special teams unit will be spending tonight in the 'Dawg House'. After all, they did cost Cleveland the game.
Following a juggling reception by receiver Greg Little for a touchdown, the Browns were set to kick the extra point to even things up 7-7.
Not on this attempt, as the perfect snap was bobbled by punter Reggie Hodges who could not make the hold for kicker Phil Dawson. This naturally concluded with Hodges being pounced on and the Colts having a one point lead.
Now 99 times out of 100 Hodges does his job correctly, and, of course, mistakes do happen. However, with a club as young as Cleveland, any simple error can be disastrous—and it turned out to be just that.
Trailing 17-13 in the fourth quarter meant that the Browns had to go for the touchdown rather than a tying field goal. That one mishandled snap changed the entire strategy and lay out for a Browns comeback.
Hodges was also less than stellar on his punting duties, specifically when it came to pinning Indianapolis inside their 20 on fourth and one in the final frame.
Since returning from a season ending achilles injury last year, No. 2 has not been able to deliver consistent production. In several instances, including today, he has been a hindrance.
Alas, all the blame cannot fall on Reggie as the Browns kick return penalties were atrocious.
Whether you agree with the official's call or not, Ray Ventrone was singled out on two of the three infractions for holding. This either means Ventrone was caught out of position or was straight up beat. Either way, it's unacceptable.
Those penalties negated excellent returns by Josh Cribbs who was visibly frustrated on the sidelines and forced Cleveland into making long marches down the field.
All in all, it was a terrible Sunday for the special teams unit.