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The Cleveland Browns’ Loss: Not the end of the world

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Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield and Cleveland Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens are together on the sideline before the offense takes the field in the fourth quarter, September 29, 2019, at M&T Bank Stadium. (John Kuntz, cleveland.com)

As a practice, I avoid making a post Cleveland Browns’ game commentary. There are usually plenty of insights from the responsible media and level-headed fans. Additionally, there is no lack of insanity from the click-baiting media and Monday morning quarterbacks. However, in light of Sunday’s loss to the New England Patriots there are a few things that I believe need to be said.

1. THE TEAM SUFFERED A LOSS NOT A SOUL-CRUSHING DEFEAT – Yes, sports fans there is a difference. The general consensus said the game against the Patriots was a long-shot win for the Browns. Even with all of the manufactured hype around Jarvis Landry’s contorted ‘going to win’ comment, no one saw a victory as a foregone conclusion or the defeat as a stunning turn of events.

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2. THE BROWNS CREATED MANY OF THEIR OWN PROBLEMS – No explanation necessary, much of this goes down to discipline and some to growth and development as individuals and as a team. Add to that coaching miscues and unfortunate circumstances, well you know where I’m going with this.

3. NFL OFFICIATING STILL SUCKS – Ha! There I said it, and the league cannot fine ME. Think I am whining…think again — plenty of no-calls on the Patriots. The Patriots held Myles Garrett so much that it looked like they thought he was their prom date. Yes, I know the ‘good’ team usually gets the calls. However, I call this unwritten practice BS, and it’s one more reason to criticize the zebras.

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At the end of the day, I realize a large number of fans who bought into the preseason hype-fest are feeling frustrated and ripped off. I would love to offer some insightful and uplifting prose for you. However, it’s time to pull on your ‘big fan uniform pants’ and accept the fact that screaming for the heads of the coaches, quarterback, and parking lot attendants will not change a damn thing right now. If you have been around for decades, you are already reinforced with the same titanium shell I wear, new fans buckle up. This isn’t even close to over.

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