The Jacksonville Jaguars defeated the Cleveland Browns 24-20 despite losing the turnover battle six to one. When a team gets six turnovers they should win the game.
The Browns seemed content to play it safe instead of going for the kill shot. That philosophy has cost the Browns another close loss.
Intent on running the ball when the Jaguars stacked eight and sometimes nine in the box, the Browns scored just 10 points off the six Jaguars turnovers. Why was the play calling so conservative?
Playing for field goals will get you beat most of the time in the NFL.With a record of 3-7, the Browns are a good example of a team that plays not to lose.
One has to wonder what Colt McCoy could have done with some more aggressive play calling. I do agree he has very few weapons at his disposal but the Browns made it way too easy for the Jags defense. For this, Brian Daboll and Eric Mangini must share the blame for the disappointing loss.
Why wasn't Evan Moore targeted more? When a team is as weak at the wide-out position as the Browns, it makes no sense.
With Josh Cribbs out and Ben Watson banged up, Moore was a weapon that was used reluctantly. Although he caught three passes for 69 yards, it was not near enough against a defense geared to stop the run.
I have to give Jacksonville credit, they owned the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. This was the worst performance by the Browns offensive line this season. They seemed confused in their blocking assignments way too many times. Where were the adjustments?
Cleveland had a great chance to win against Jacksonville but they got just what they deserved. When a team tries to give you a game in the NFL, you'd better take it. The Browns just said, no thank you.
On the bright side, I have been very critical of Abe Elam in the past. Today he played his best game as a pro. Elam came away with five tackles, two turnovers and a touchdown. It's a shame the offense wasn't as aggressive.