Versatile Cleveland offense leads way for Pat Shurmur in Week 14

Jason Miller

Cleveland exploded for 30 points on Sunday using a varied offensive attack to pick apart the Kansas City Chiefs.

Currently working hard to fight back from a poor start to the season, the Cleveland Browns earned their third consecutive win on Sunday afternoon with a 23-point blowout of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Led by an offensive attack that featured numerous formations the coaching staff has only scratched at the surface of during the year, the Browns routinely kept Kansas City defenders off balance with an array of Wildcat and Pistol formations during the game. A slightly modified look installed during the week by head coach Pat Shurmur and his staff, the second-year coach was glad to let his players enjoy the "fun stuff" in the winning effort.

"We could've lost the game and [like, hey, no problem] we ran two Wildcat plays," Shurmur joked to Bud Shaw of The Plain Dealer on Sunday. "Some really good stuff happened on special teams, and we made a difference by scoring some points."

Shurmur also managed to utilize wide receiver Greg Little as a running back in Week 14 as well, on a day where seven Cleveland players finished the game with at least one rushing attempt. Returner Joshua Cribbs, who has been minimally used this season as an offensive player, also picked up two rushing attempts for 15 yards.

Although Kansas City's poor defense made things quite easy on Cleveland's offense all day long, the variety of offensive sets used clearly had something to do with the lopsided final result. With tailback Trent Richardson and quarterback Brandon Weeden each continuing to develop in their first year in the league, Shurmur's team could continue to open up the playbook over the final three games of the season.

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