After the Cleveland Browns defeated an equally terrible San Francisco team a week ago at home, there were some, particularly in the media, who were giving coach Mike Pettine an endorsement to return in 2016.
Do you still think that today?
After today’s 30-13 loss to Seattle, you would have to say this looked like the same team we’ve seen over the last two months.
The defense allowed 30 or more points for the 9th time in 14 games, and there was poor tackling, poor defense against the run, and dropped passes galore.
But, quarterback is still the issue with this football team, right?
Perhaps the funniest thing was Pettine’s attitude this week, acting like he was doing a good job, making comments about the 49ers effort in the middle of the week, and making comments which could have been construed as negative about a QB who has appeared in the last two Super Bowls.
While the coach’s comments on Russell Wilson are true, the point is why make them at all? Nothing positive was going to be made by them.
Maybe Pettine has the same issues with self-control as he accused his own passer of having?
Maybe Johnny Manziel should bench the coach for two games.
Seattle gained 182 yards on the ground, above the usual 150 Jim O’Neil’s defense gives up. A man with the same first name as my wife’s friend, Christine Michael, gained 84 yards in 16 carries.
Also, the defense allowed the Seahawks to convert 9 of 12 third down situations, and the ‘Hawks’ punter, Jon Ryan, was only used once.
And again, all the media talks about is the QB.
This has been a problem since game one, and there hasn’t been an adequate solution found after 14 games.
In fact, outside of the quarterback position, what other unit has improved since 2014? The correct answer is none, and that’s why Pettine and his staff should be dismissed on January 4th.
There are plenty of other things that confound us too.
For example, why does Pettine and O’Neil continue to use Johnson Bademosi at cornerback? Pierre Desir was the staff’s darling during training camp, but now he is buried behind a special teams ace.
Bademosi made his bones in the NFL on special teams, and isn’t putting players in positions where they can’t succeed a sign of poor coaching?
As for Manziel, all week we heard how he was going to have an issue with turnovers and it will show he can’t play in the NFL.
He showed just the opposite.
He led the Browns to a touchdown (7 yard pass to Gary Barnidge) on the opening drive (by the way, that’s why you shouldn’t defer on the coin toss), and overall had a solid game, hitting 19 of 32 throws for 191 yards.
He did throw an interception on the Browns’ last possession, which we are sure will be held up as why he isn’t good enough.
He had four passes dropped, which to be fair was a problem for Josh McCown too.
And did you hear Fox analyst Charles Davis talk about draft options for Cleveland? He said it on local radio here earlier this week and said it again on the game broadcast.
He doesn’t think there is a college QB who should be picked high in next year’s draft. We believe the same thing.
With the defense being as pathetic as they have been this season, don’t the Browns have to take a defensive player?
Manziel has showed us enough to say he should be the starter going into the off-season based on the progress he has made during this season.
We aren’t saying he is the next Tom Brady or Brett Favre. We are simply saying he has shown he can be an NFL starter, and deserves the opportunity to have that job.
Meanwhile, the Pettine regime will have just two remaining games, both against teams in the playoff hunt.
3-13 looks like reality to us.