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Browns make same mistakes, suffer inexcusable loss to Jets

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CLEVELAND (AP) — There are losses that can linger and leave marks, some that don’t heal as quickly.

The Browns may have suffered one with an unimaginable giveaway on Sunday.

With less than two minutes left in a 2-0 start in front of a raucous home crowd in what is supposed to be the “soft” part of their schedule as they await the return of Deshaun Watson, the Browns imploded, crumbled, crumbled. disintegrated, broken.

Leading by 13 points, they gave up 14 in 60 seconds in a still hard-to-understand slump and bagged a 31-30 victory for the New York Jets, who, to their credit, never stopped fighting until until zeros appear on the FirstEnergy Stadium Scoreboard.

The Browns played 58 minutes and retired.

“It’s tough,” said All-Pro left guard Joel Bitonio, who thought he’d seen it through nine seasons with Cleveland. “Every loss is tough. This one was particularly tough. We thought we had it in the bag. We just didn’t do enough.

It’s being nice.

The Browns’ errors in the final two minutes were baffling for a professional team. No wonder they heard boos leaving the field. They won them.

All-Pro defensive end Myles Garrett felt the negativity was extreme. Bitonio wouldn’t go there.

“They invested their hard-earned money to support the team and they were frustrated and disappointed, just like we were frustrated and disappointed,” Bitonio said. “Let’s hope we don’t give them a reason to boo in the future.”

Only in Cleveland has been a slogan of both civic pride and embarrassment for years. Well, consider that through Sunday, NFL teams had won 2,229 straight games leading by 13 with two minutes left.

The Browns ended the streak. They also launched it in 2001.

Whether it was running back Nick Chubb scoring on a 12-yard run instead of staying inbounds (he wasn’t told not to) to miss time or cornerback Denzel Ward leaving receiver of the Jets’ Corey Davis getting behind him (he said that wasn’t his mission) for a lightning-fast TD or Cleveland failing to recover an onside kick, there was plenty of blame to share.

Coach Kevin Stefanski must explain why his side let an almost certain victory turn into a crushing defeat

“A tough pill to swallow,” Stefanski said Monday. “The frustration is very, very real when you have a game that you think you can close and we haven’t, so that’s frustration and disappointment.”

The Browns got lucky last week in Carolina. They let a late lead slip away with defensive communication breakdowns that were meant to be cleaned up. Only rookie Cade York’s 58-yard field goal saved them.

But after Chubb scored his third TD on Sunday with 1:55 left and York missed the extra point, the Browns probably committed their worst late-game sins when Ward, perhaps thinking he was receiving valuable security aide Grant Delpit, left Davis. uncovered for a 66-yard touchdown.

“Just one missed cover and we let a guy run free,” Ward said.

The stunning strike gave life and hope to the Jets. The Browns handed it to them.

It would be easier to forgive this type of error if almost the exact same thing had not happened seven days earlier.

It’s on Stefanski, defensive coordinator Joe Woods and secondary coach Jeff Howard, who don’t have much time to patch things up with the rival Pittsburgh Steelers coming to town Thursday.

He must also mend his team’s fractured psyche.

“They (the losses) hurt and I think it’s so important because of that that you have to move on very quickly,” Stefanski said. “That doesn’t mean you don’t own it, that doesn’t mean you don’t make corrections, but you better move on.”

WHAT WORKS

It took a little longer to gain ground, but Cleveland’s running game went 184 yards on New York’s strong defensive front. The Browns’ 401 yards in two games is the most for the team since 1974 (416).

WHAT NEEDS HELP

The Browns’ secondary isn’t on the same page or in the same playbook.

For the second week in a row, confusion over assignments resulted in a long touchdown pass at the worst possible time. Ward said he covered the flat on Davis’ play. Delpit was not so clear about his responsibility.

“I’m not going to play the blame game with my teammates so I’m just going to let it go because it was a miscommunication,” he said.

Cleveland’s special teams were also guilty of York’s missed PAT and failure to recover the inbounds kick from the worst offenses. Cleveland was also burned on a fake punt in the first half.

STORE

Quarterback Jacoby Brissett rebounded from a nervous opener, completing 22 of 27 passes for 229 yards and a touchdown. He also moved well, rushing for 43 yards — 21 on a late rush — and played the final minutes on a sprained ankle. He should play on Thursday.

SOLD OUT

Stefanski is second and third guessed for many decisions, starting with him not passing on his offensive playmakers to stay inbounds late. The Jets were out of timeouts and the Browns could have taken three knees and come away with a win before the cavalcade of errors.

INJURIES

Defensive end Jadeveon Clowney will miss Thursday’s game with a right ankle injury. Clowney, who had a strip bag in the first half, went out in the third quarter with a non-contact injury. Stefanski did not provide any details about the injury. … Brissett also injured his ankle, but stayed and is not on the injury report.

KEY NUMBER

.874: The Browns are 118-17 (.874 winning percentage) since 1999 in last-minute games. Only the Raiders (.866) are worse.

AND AFTER

Emergency. As difficult as it may be, the Browns need to put this debacle behind them.

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Cleveland Browns running back Jerome Ford (34) and tight end David Njoku (85) leave the field after losing to the New York Jets in an NFL football game on Sunday 18 September 2022, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski leaves the field after his team lost to the New York Jets in an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski watches his team play against the New York Jets in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)