The Cleveland Browns have struggled on offense this season and stumbled to a 2-7 record. A big reason for the offensive troubles could be confusion over the play-calling. Rookie wide receiver Josh Cooper said in a radio appearance Thursday that he doesn't know who is calling Cleveland's plays:
"I couldn't tell you what goes on in those headsets, who actually even calls the plays if it's (head coach) Pat (Shurmur) or it's (offensive coordinator) Brad (Childress) up in the (coaches) box," Cooper said. "I couldn't tell you."
When asked to clarify his statement, Cooper reiterated his point:
"Honestly I'm not sure if it's Childress or Shurmur calling the plays, I don't know," Cooper said.
The Browns rank 30th in the NFL in total offense, averaging 312.0 yards per game. Cleveland's average of 18.8 points per game ranks 25th in the league. The Browns' passing offense has been better than its rushing attack. Cleveland averages 222.8 yards through the air and 89.2 yards on the ground.
Cooper was an undrafted free agent and has worked his way from the practice squad to having a role in the offense. In three games, he has six catches for 92 yards.
The Browns are off this week. Cleveland next plays at Dallas on Sunday, Nov. 18. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET, and the game will be televised by CBS.