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Time problems

December 26, 2010 - Mike McLain
CLEVELAND -- Win or lose, Browns caoch Eric Mangini s going to be criticized concerning clock management near the end of the second quarter.

The Browns had three timeouts remaining after running back Mike Bell was stopped for a gain of 1 yard with about one minute remaining in the half. The Browns had the ball at the Ravens' 23, trailing 13-7. Instead of using a timeout, the Browns allowed the clock to tick down to the 23-second mark.

The Browns used a timeout after each of the next two plays, which resulted in a first down to the 13. McCoy then threw two incompleted passes, which left six seconds remaining in the half.

Instead of going for a first down or a touchdown on third down, the Browns went with a 30-yard field goal by Phil Dawson.

It was a classic case of time mismangement. There should have been enough time remaining for a shot at the end zone on third down.

NOT HEALTHY: Running back Peyton Hillis doesn't look 100 percent. He was hit in the back by Ravens safety Ed Reed on a run early in the game and walked slowly off the field. Hillis had seven carries for 18 yards in the first half. Mike Bell carried the ball four times for 10 yards.

Hillis missed practice last Wedneday to rest a sore knee.


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