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Grading The Positions From The Ravens vs. Browns Game

The end of the season for the Cleveland Browns hasn't exactly gone as planned, especially after their most recent loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Nonetheless, it's still time to grade the positions once again with a "Pass" or "Fail."

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The end of the season for the Cleveland Browns hasn't exactly gone as planned, especially after their most recent loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Nonetheless, it's still time to grade the positions once again with a "Pass" or "Fail."

OFFENSE

  • QB (FAIL): Colt McCoy had some accurate short passes early on to move the football, but his three interceptions hurt several scoring opportunities. McCoy also began struggling on his short passes in the second half, arguably having his worse game of the season.
     
  • RB (FAIL): An early shot to his back by Ed Reed prevented Peyton Hillis from playing at full strength. Hillis didn't have anywhere near the type of game he did against Baltimore the first time around. In limited action, Mike Bell had his best game of the season.
     
  • WR (FAIL): After Mohamed Massaquoi's trick-play touchdown to Brian Robiskie, things went down for the wide receivers, particularly Massaquoi. He was involved in all three interceptions, plays where it seemed like he could have fought more to break up the passes. He also had a costly fumble that I deem as the turning point of the game.
     
  • TE (PASS): The Browns were thin at tight end heading into the game, and for the limited number of receptions he had, Watson made the most of his catches to try to rally the offense late in the game.
     
  • OL (PASS): While the Ravens were able to limit Hillis, it seemed like the offensive line did a good job selling some cutback opportunities for the big back early in the game. McCoy was protected fairly well too.

DEFENSE

  • DL (FAIL): Travis Ivey got the start at defensive end over Brian Schaefering, but overall the defensive line did not have much of an impact. Ray Rice had good enough holes to run through to move the chains, and it seemed like Shaun Rogers' reps were limited.
     
  • LB (FAIL): David Bowens had a nice breakup of an early wide receiver screen pass, but the linebackers failed to generate a pass rush from Marcus Benard and Matt Roth.
     
  • DB (PASS): Joe Haden had another brilliant game, finishing with an interception, a sack, and a forced fumble. He also blanketed Anquan Boldin very well throughout the entire game. Sheldon Brown was victimized by Derrick Mason during the game, but it wasn't like Brown's coverage was terrible -- Joe Flacco just made a couple of nice throws for some big plays.

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • ST (PASS): Joshua Cribbs seemed to move a little bit better than he has the past couple of weeks. Reggie Hodges' punts were short, but that was due to the Browns punting near mid-field.

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.