Browns run QB sneak from 2-yard line with no timeouts to botch end of half TD chance
Never change, Cleveland
The Browns just went full Browns. I know that sounds repetitive, because we say it all the time. But there's really no other way to explain what happened on Sunday.
With 15 seconds remaining in the first half against the Lions on Sunday, the Browns botched a chance to score a touchdown or at least kick a field goal when they ran a quarterback sneak from the 2-yard line with no timeouts left. DeShone Kizer was stopped well short of the goal line. As a result, the clock ran out before the Browns had a chance to get off another play. The Browns did not score any points.
I repeat: The Browns ran a quarterback sneak -- not from the 1-yard line, but from the 2-yard line -- with 15 seconds left in the half when they had no timeouts remaining. They actually did that.
I present Exhibit Infinity of the Browns' incompetence:
They were then called for a 15-yard penalty when Duke Johnson took off his helmet and slammed it against the turf. That penalty was enforced after halftime.
It's worth noting that the quarterback sneak wasn't a play call; it was an unwise audible by Kizer. Watch the play above again. It looks like at least one receiver is running a route. After the game, tight end Seth DeValve confirmed that Kizer audibled into the play.
Related: The Browns entered Sunday with an 0-8 record. There are plenty of people (arguably too many) to blame for the Browns' stunning lack of success -- from the front office, which botched a (dumb) trade for AJ McCarron by notifying the NFL after the trade deadline, to the coaching staff, to the players, who are clearly lacking in talent.
The Browns are a mess. I know that sounds repetitive, because we say it all the time. But there's really no other way to explain what happened on Sunday.
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