Sunday was ugly, and there were some obvious problems and questions (with Colt, the WRs, usage of Hillis, etc. etc.). But when I look back at the numbers I still find it hard to understand how / why we lost this game so badly.
TOP: Browns 36:53, Titans 23:07
3rd down efficiency: Browns 40%, Titans 33%
McCoy: 66% completion rate for 350 yds
Hasselbeck: 50% completion rate for 220 yds
Total offense: Browns 416 yds, Titans 332 yds
Turnovers: Browns 1, Titans 1
One thing seems pretty obvious. The Browns are severely lacking in the "big play" department. But the Titans murdered us with them. Here is a brief snapshot of the demise of the Browns on Sunday and the "big plays" that doomed us. While the first Titans TD drive wasn't exactly of the "big play" variety, looking at it on film it feels like it. It was just "boom, boom, BOOM" and it seemed like they made it look easy.
- early 1st quarter CJ breaks one for a 25 yard run.
- Hasselbeck for 18 yds to Hawkins up the middle.
- Hasselbeck for 12 yds to wide open Stevens for TD.
2nd Qtr (obviously two huge plays here that killed us)
- (early 2nd Qtr...) Hasselbeck 23 yd. toss to Cook who takes it 80 yds for the TD (a one play drive, BTW).
- (late 2nd Qtr...) Hasselbeck 23 yd. toss to Washington who takes it 57 yds to the Browns 4 yard line.
- Hasselbeck 4 yd. toss for the TD. (BTW, this 2nd TD was a four play drive - boom, boom, BOOM. boom).
3rd Qtr - Colt McCoy throws a terrible interception, returned for 97 yard TD.
Now that folks have had a couple of days to "cool down", I'd like to see more discussion, mostly on our offense and the passing game, if / how our "WCO" is progressing (or regressing?), and the usage of Hillis vs. Hardesty in particular. While I'm at it - might as well do a poll...