The Cleveland Browns loss to the Houston Texans resembled a battle between David and Goliath more than two NFL teams meeting in combat, however this time David (The Browns) was being tossed around the gridiron like a rag-doll by Goliath (Texans).
The Browns offense was as usual, dysfunctional, out of sync and, other than "garbage time," non-existent. The offensive line showed once again the inability to open running lanes, provide protection of any kind for Colt McCoy and was manhandled the entire game.
The word "welcome" should be placed on the front of their uniforms;they have shown to be little more than a "welcome mat" on the defenders route to a young quarterback running for his life.
McCoy, while being battered around like a pinata, managed to complete 14 of 22 passes for 146 yards, 1 touchdown along with 1 interception. Running backs Chris Ogbonnaya ran 13 times for 28 yards while Thomas Clayton had 5 carries for 10 yards. The offense finished the game with 172 total net yards; running back Arian Foster of the Texans had 124 yards on his own!
It is impossible to judge McCoy with the supporting cast that he is surrounded by. His offensive line folds quicker than wet toilet paper in hurricane winds, has no true play-makers, practice squad running-backs and play-calling that is little more than wash, rinse and repeat! It is painfully obvious that this nightmare of an offense must be addressed in the 2012 NFL Draft.
The defense, which at times this season has shown a glimmer of hope, seemed to be determined to show that they could, like the offense, be dysfunctional also.
Texan running backs Arian Foster and Ben Tate combined for 239 yards with each waltzing in for a touchdown. The Texans would finish the game with 261 rushing yards, a franchise record.
As a side note, Foster ran for 124 yards while Tate ran for 115 yards--the first time in 55 years that the Browns have allowed two 100-yard rushers in the same game--this is improvement?
The Texans offensive line was opening up huge holes for their running backs while being aided by a Browns defense missing numerous tackles. The Browns defense looked more like a mule entered in the Kentucky Derby than a firmly footed, improving NFL defense.
At the start of the season everyone understood there would be growing pains due to a new coach, new offense, defense and a group of young players trying to learn the systems.
Talk of "bear with us, we are learning, adapting and improving" was understandable. What is not understandable is the weekly spiraling downward of this team as a whole.
This team, defense and offense looks beaten, lost and without direction. One can argue that the Browns suffer from a lack of talent or a team trying to deal with new systems put in place, and these arguments do have some merit.
The Texans exposed the Browns for what they truly are, a poorly coached team, in need of talent at several positions.
Mike Holmgren, along with General Manager Tom Heckert had a great deal in putting together this team, the direction we are heading in and the coach to lead us. Maybe it is time for the "Big Show" to make adjustments.