Posted: 9:20 a.m. Monday, Sept. 9, 2013
By Chris Pokorny
The Cleveland Browns got off to a very poor start to the season offensively, losing to the Miami Dolphins by a final score of 23-10. The absence of wide receiver Josh Gordon in the offense was evident, the third-down completion rate was horrendous, and the offensive line let Brandon Weeden take a beating.
Check out the snap distributions below for the offense, and let us know what your reactions are in the comments section.
|Joe Thomas||John Greco||Alex Mack||Oniel Cousins||Mitchell Schwartz|
Thoughts: The entire starting unit played 100 percent of the snaps this week. The offensive line yielded six sacks and 16 quarterback hits. Putting that into perspective, the most quarterback hits given up by the offensive line in 2012 were 9 vs. the Ravens, 10 vs. the Raiders, and 9 vs. the Broncos. This was an abysmal performance for Oniel Cousins and Mitchell Schwartz.
|Running Back / Fullback|
|Trent Richardson||Chris Ogbonnaya|
Trent Richardson: 13 carries, 47 yards, 3.6 YPC. 2 catches, 30 yards (6 targets).
Chris Ogbonnaya: 1 catch, 10 yards (3 targets).
Thoughts: So, this is what Trent Richardson as a work horse looks like? He had 4 carries for 26 yards on the first drive of the game, but didn't see much action the rest of the game, despite the fact that the Browns were either leading or within less than a touchdown of the lead up until half-way through the fourth quarter. Even if the feeling was that the running game wasn't going well, why wasn't he used as a receiving threat a bit more? I think the awful offensive line blocking led to Chris Ogbonnaya having to get too many reps in the fullback/running back hybrid role.
|Greg Little||Travis Benjamin||Davone Bess||Tori Gurley|| Josh Cooper|
Greg Little: 4 catches, 26 yards (10 targets).
Davone Bess: 5 catches, 47 yards (10 targets).
Travis Benjamin: 3 catches, 44 yards (8 targets).
Tori Gurley: 1 catch, 15 yards (2 targets).
Josh Cooper: No stats registered.
Thoughts: The wide receivers struggled without Josh Gordon. I was reluctant to call him the team's No. 1 receiver over Greg Little heading into training camp, but I give in now: Gordon is the guy who makes the rest of the receivers fall into place. Travis Benjamin had a chance to make a big reception that could've changed the game, but he dropped the pass. Greg Little dropped a couple of passes, one of which led to an interception. Josh Cooper only got one play after having a "great camp." Cooper actually caught a big pass from Weeden over the middle, but the play was nullified by a dead ball penalty.
|Jordan Cameron||Gary Barnidge|
Jordan Cameron: 9 catches, 108 yards, 1 touchdown (13 targets).
Gary Barnidge: 1 catch, 9 yards (1 target)
Thoughts: At least Jordan Cameron was a bright spot in the offense, even if he seems to have a knack for falling down as soon as he catches the pass. In a way, doesn't that indicate that he doesn't trust his hands -- that he's using his full body as a cushion to cradle the ball? Gary Barnidge had a late touchdown catch that was nullified by, you guessed it, an Oniel Cousins penalty.
Brandon Weeden: 26-of-53 for 289 yards, 1 touchdown, 3 interceptions.
Thoughts: I will break down Brandon Weeden's decisions during the game in my complete game review on Tuesday. This is the second straight poor opener that Weeden has had. There were a lot of people at fault offensively for the team's struggles, but this is a big year for Weeden -- he needed to show that he could overcome some of those things. There were throws he made that I liked, and throws he made that I didn't like. It wasn't a complete disaster for Weeden, but it's not a game that'll help earn him a job in 2014 either.