There’s a decent amount of optimism surrounding the Cleveland Browns now that Hue Jackson is the head coach and Sashi Brown is running things in the front office. It’ll take some time to decide if the optimism is warranted, but the first quarter of Week 1 was a rough one for the Browns.
In the first quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles — a team that finished No. 30 in defense a year ago — the Browns had three dropped passes and exactly zero first downs.
It also featured a comically awful fake punt attempt that saw punter Britton Colquitt line up as a blocker, only to just kind of run around and do nothing:
The Browns aren’t even close to buried by the Eagles, though. Cleveland finally got a first down early in the second quarter and followed it with a 44-yard bomb to Terrelle Pryor:
The big play by the former Ohio State and Oakland Raiders quarterback put the Browns in scoring range, and Isaiah Crowell punched it in to cut the Eagles' lead to 10-7.
It was a good bounce-back from a horrible start, but another ridiculous mistake in the third quarter gave the Eagles a pair of easy points:
It looks like Browns might be missing Alex Mack a bit. And maybe leave the poorly designed fake punts in the playbook, Hue.