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Looking defeated

December 26, 2010 - Mike McLain
CLEVELAND -- Browns coach Eric Mangini had a defeated look on his face after the 20-10 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

It might be too much to read into it that Mangini knows his days as coach are numbered, even though that might be the case. The Browns are now 5-10 and have lost three straight games.

Mangini had to defend poor time management near the end of the first half and the decision to go for an onside kick to open the second half. The Ravens were leading, 13-10 at the time.

The play failed when the ball didn't go 10 yards. The Ravens scored on a touchdown pass three plays later to end the scoring.

The time management problem was the larger problem. The Browns allowed almost 40 seconds to expire despite having two timeouts remaining with less than a minute to go in the second quarter. They eventually had to kick a field goal on third down instead of running one more play.

Mangini said the plan was to make sure the Ravens wouldn't regain possession, which didn't make sense. The Ravens would have had probably less than 30 seconds reamining the next time they gained possession if the Browns had used their timeouts earlier.

It's mistakes like clock management that can be the tipping point for a coach on the bubble.

Beyond that, quarterback Colt McCoy took plenty of blame for his three-interception performance. He admitted that he did a poor job of keeping track of Ravens safety Ed Reed, who had two of the interceptions.

McCoy said the cold weather didn't hinder his throwing.

What really hurt the offense was the inability to establish a consistent ground game. One problem was that Peyton Hillis was less than 100 percent after being hit in the ribs by Reed in the first half. Coupled with a sore knee, Hillis was limited to 35 yards on 12 carries.

 
 

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