The Browns rushing defense continues to struggle as they gave up 160 yards on the ground to the Ravens third and fourth string running backs.
For the season the Browns defense is giving up an average of 153.7 yards per game on the ground at a 5.2 yards per carry average.
The Browns racked up 94 yards on 12 penalties yesterday and through 3 games they have been penalized 24 times for 179 yards.
In the last 2 games the Browns have been outscored 13-3 in the fourth quarter.
The Browns have yet to commit a turnover this season and are a +4 in the giveaway/takeaway category.
The Browns have scored at least 21 points in all three games this season. The last time the team scored at least 21 points in the first three games of a season was 1969, when the team accomplished the feat in each of the first seven games.
Quarterback Brian Hoyer has thrown 156 consecutive passes without an interception and through 3 games this season has a QB rating of 97.5.
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is now 12-1 lifetime against the Browns. Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is 18-1 lifetime against the Browns. So Cleveland’s two biggest rivals have quarterbacks who have combined to go 30-2 versus the Browns.
HEAD COACH MIKE PETTINE
On the 23-21 loss:
“(We’re) obviously very disappointed. I thought for the bulk of it the players played well enough to have a victory. I put this one on me. We didn’t coach well enough to win today. I’m not going to get into too much of the specifics until I get a chance to go through it. The list is long.”
On what would have happened if WR Travis Benjamin caught the ball on the punt at the end of the game:
“You’d like him to. I just don’t know. It was obviously windy. That’s one that you hope that even if he bombs it that he can still fair catch it. That’s a couple first downs worth.”
WR TRAVIS BENJAMIN
On the last punt of the game:
“I wasn’t afraid at all. I got up under the ball correctly and at the last minute, a gust of wind blew it and it went past my hand. I didn’t want to go back and reach for the ball, so I just let it pass by.”
DB JOE HADEN
On giving the Ravens too many chances:
“There were a lot of opportunities, but we pride ourselves on going on the field, making plays and getting stops and I just didn’t do that today. It was a really good play. He (Ravens WR Steve Smith, Sr.) just got me on a go route.”
On if there’s anything he could have done differently:
“It was a good throw and catch, but I put it on myself and I understand I have to make that play.”
On Head Coach Mike Pettine putting the loss on himself:
“That is what he said, but that doesn’t make any sense. He did a great job out there. We had a lot of chances to win, and there are a lot of things we could have done better, but we just didn’t finish.”
QB BRIAN HOYER
On the loss despite good offensive production:
“It’s tough; it’s heartbreaking. We were on the other side this week, and it doesn’t feel good. Really when it comes down to it, we made a lot of plays but we didn’t make them when we really needed to. In this league, you have to do it when it’s on the line. We did it last weekend; we didn’t do it this week. As good as we felt the whole game, when it comes down to critical moments, we just have to make more plays.”
On the last third-down pass attempt to WR Andrew Hawkins:
“It was a little bit behind him. I think I got to him a little quicker than we usually do it because of the progression. If I could put it in front of him, Hawk’s just turning. That’s on me, I have got to put it in front of him.”
LB JABAAL SHEARD
On the defense at the end of the game:
“We will go back and watch the film. I didn’t do a good job of getting to the quarterback. Up front, we didn’t do a good job. That’s on us. We have to go and get to the quarterback. We need to make plays.”
On not making enough plays at the end of the game:
“There were plenty of plays at the beginning of the game. We have to execute early, play disciplined, sound, and make plays early. Nothing to do with what happened at the end of the game, there were a lot of opportunities we missed in the first half. We gave up too many points.”
On new Coach Mike Pettine saying the coaches were out-coached today:
“I don’t know what they are talking about. I take it on us. We let them rush for too many yards up front. We didn’t get any sacks. That’s what we are here for up front, that’s what we have to do.”
On the multiple 12 men in the huddle penalties:
“We have to be more sound and pay attention to the sidelines to see what’s coming in or what’s going on. The stadium is pretty loud. We just have to be more sound. That’s on us.”