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It was ugly

November 4, 2012 - Mike McLain
CLEVELAND -- Browns coach Pat Shurmur didn't do anything to help his fragile job security Sunday as the Browns lost to the Baltimore Ravens, 25-15.

The Browns were sloppy, to use a word uttered by Shurmur. They were were forced to call a timeout three times because of the inability to get the proper personnel grouping on the field.

uarterback Brandon Weeden looked frustrated talking about the problems afterwards.

"I'm not going to comment on that," Weeden said.

Weeden also refused to comment when asked if he was having trouble with the speaker in his helmet. Plays are called into Weeden via the speaker.

This loss won't sit well with new owner James Haslam III and new team president Joe Banner. The sideline struggles were amateur mistakes that shouldn't pop up in the ninth week of the season.

Confusion aside, the offense struggled to move the ball early and late in the game. When they did move it well in the second and third quarters all the offense could muster was five field goals by Phil Dawson.

The defense yielded two quick touchdowns but settled down to force seven straight punts. The final six punts were on three-and-out possessions.

What the defense wasn't able to do was stop the Ravens after the Browns had taken a 15-14 lead. The Ravens drove 81 yards on nine plays to score on a 19-yard pass from Joe Flacco to Torrey Smith.

Safety T.J. Ward was penalized for a blow to the head of Flacco on the drive. In addition, the defense was penalized for having 12 men on the field.

Again, another communication breakdown that can't happen. Not this late in the season, and certainly not with a new owner sitting in the main loge.


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