BEREA (92.3 The Fan) – Hue Jackson didn’t mince words Monday when it came to receiver Kenny Britt’s dropped pass early in the fourth quarter Sunday.
Britt was wide open over the middle on a second-and-19 from their own 22 when rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer threw the ball right off of his hands. Two plays later, the Browns punted after the drop cost them a big gain, fresh set of downs and opportunity to position themselves to cut into the 21-10 deficit at the time.
“Obviously Kenny dropped the ball in the open field,” Jackson said. “We’ve seen players do that before. Some of the great ones have dropped balls, but you can’t do that to a young quarterback because he needs guys to make as many plays for him as they can in that situation. I think Kenny gets that. He knows that’s inexcusable. He has to make that play.”
Jackson indicated that he might consider taking Britt out of the starting lineup next Sunday at Baltimore.
“Let’s see where we go this week. Let’s see what we’re doing this week. Let’s find out,” Jackson responded when asked if he’s considering pulling Britt. “You’re saying he’s starting this week. We don’t know that. So let’s see where we are this week and go from there.”
The Browns signed Britt to a 4-year, $32.5 million contract this offseason.
Tough D – Jackson praised the defensive effort he saw Sunday against a prolific Steelers offense.
Cleveland’s defense held Pittsburgh to 35 yards rushing while forcing 6 punts, 3 3-and-out series, 5-13 on third down and an interception.
“I think our defense held their own,” Jackson said. “They did an outstanding job all day.”
Costly Miscommunication – The Browns were able to recover following the blocked punt Sunday early in the first quarter but it cost them the game.
Had Steelers linebacker Tyler Matakevich not blown through a gap on the left side of the line to block Colquitt’s kick, which was promptly recovered by fellow linebacker Anthoy Chickillo in the endzone as the ball spun on the ground for a 7-0 lead, the Browns would’ve won the game 18 or 17-14. Instead they lost 21-18.
“It was just a miscommunication by me and the long snapper,” running back Matthew Dayes, who lined up as a protector on the play, said. “We looked over it and we fixed it and we know what to do from there on.”
Dayes declined to get into specifics regarding the miscommunication between him and Charlie Hughlett that led to the blocked kick.
“It was rough but I was ready to move on to the next play,” Dayes said. “I didn;t think about it at all until after the game.”
Injury Report – Right guard Kevin Zeitler suffered a thumb injury Sunday. Jackson doesn’t think it is serious and they’ll “work through it this week.”