The only thing worse than watching the Cleveland Browns start a season 4-10 is watching them in a glorified junior varsity game against another bad team in Week 16. What happened Sunday between the Browns and New York Jets could only be considered professional football because someone is going to have to pay taxes on the payroll checks.
Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reported on Sunday that Jets head coach Rex Ryan gave his team the old, “win one for the about-to-be-fired Gipper” speech. It seems to have worked as the Jets played with passion and a sense on urgency. The Browns, on the other hand, played like a team with more talent but far less drive.
They wasted opportunities to bury the Jets early, and it resulted in the Jets' sixth win of the season at home and quarterback Geno Smith’s best game as a professional.
Here are my takeaways from the Browns' 24-13 loss to the Jets.