Following his workforce’s 47-42 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski had no want to debate ethical victories.
CLEVELAND — Editor’s observe: the video within the participant above is from Dec. 14, 2020.
By any cheap measure, the Cleveland Browns’ 47-42 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Monday evening was a heartbreaking one.
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But regardless of the frustration that always accompanies any defeat — not to mention one which noticed your opponent kick a game-winning discipline aim with simply two seconds left — there have been loads of positives to be present in Cleveland’s newest loss. Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski, nevertheless, wasn’t within the temper to speak about them.
“I don’t need to go down the ethical victories [path],” Stefanski stated after the sport. “We misplaced. We acquired beat. Pleased with the blokes and the way they battled — I actually am — however I simply have a look at all of the errors that we made, and we’ve got to right them. For us to mirror on Week 1 to Week 13, I don’t assume we’re actually in that thoughts body.”
Which may be the case for the Browns, themselves. However for outdoor observers, it was robust to not see indicators of development in Cleveland’s Week 13 defeat.
After dropping to the Ravens by a rating of 38-6 in Week 1, the Browns not solely went all the way down to the wire with Baltimore on Monday, however have been truly main the competition with lower than two minutes left. Whereas a 55-yard Justin Tucker discipline aim finally proved to be the difference-maker, the Ravens won’t have even been in that place if Lamar Jackson wasn’t in a position to re-enter the sport and efficiently convert a fourth-and-five with a 44-yard landing move to Marquise Brown on Baltimore’s prior drive.
Whereas Cleveland is clearly nonetheless coping with points on protection, its potential to bounce again on offense spoke volumes about its enchancment because the begin of the season. After trailing the Ravens by two scores via a lot of the second half, quarterback Baker Mayfield accounted for 3 fourth-quarter touchdowns (two passing, one dashing) to convey again the Browns earlier than Baltimore had the final snicker.
“We’re a really totally different workforce than we have been at first [of the season],” Mayfield stated. “We have now improved in a variety of methods, however we simply need to discover a approach to win. These division video games, they imply loads so we simply have to determine a approach to win. They’re workforce. We simply need to be higher.”
And whereas Stefanski could not admit it, in comparison with how his workforce performed in Week 1, there’s now purpose to imagine the Browns are able to engaging in simply that.