Browns have troubles on and off field
James W. Wade III | 9/17/2013, 5:24 p.m.
The Cleveland Browns are having trouble starting out the season 0-2, losing again Sunday to the Baltimore Ravens, 14 to 6, in Baltimore. It was the Browns 11th-straight loss to the Ravens; seems like they are becoming the team the Browns will have to beat if they ever want to be at least the division champs.
Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden, who was sacked five times to bring him to 11 on the season (and hit 12), suffered an injury. Weeden, who has played better than his numbers show, can’t take all the blame. With receivers like Greg Little, who has dropped almost every pass that has been thrown to him, Weeden’s numbers will always look bad.
Weeden’s injury now becomes an important factor for the Browns. “I’m going to keep all of our options open right now. Obviously we have two options in Jason and (QB) Brian (Hoyer), both,” said Browns coach Rob Chudzinski.
With a 6-0 halftime lead, Sunday marked the first time the Browns have recorded a first-half shutout against the Ravens in Baltimore and third overall first-half shutout vs. the Ravens in team history.
Now, the fact is not only has Little not caught the ball, he was ticketed Monday in Cleveland for three traffic violations, including driving with a suspended license, according to police.
At about 1 a.m., near Elm Avenue and Riverbed Street, Little was charged with three violations: change of course, a stop sign violation and driving under suspension, according to Sgt. Sammy Morris, spokesman for the Cleveland Division of Police. This was cause for his car to be towed.
This was not the first traffic problem for Little. In August, he was ticketed for driving 81 MPH in a 60 MPH zone and having an expired license plate, and in April, Little was involved in a single-car accident. He admitted to driving 127 mph, hit a guardrail, knocked down a light pole and left 40 yards of brake tracks. He was fined $350 in that case.
While downtown, Brown’s guard Shawn Lauvao got his car stuck on a curb when he drove into a construction zone. The Browns have reported no alcohol was involved with this accident.
Maybe next week, with the return of Josh Gordon, the Browns can get on track. Gordon was suspended for the first two games of the season for testing positive for codeine, which he said was accidentally ingested in cough syrup prescribed to him in February.
The Browns need Gordon back in the lineup. Last year he caught 50 passes for a team-high 805 yards and five TDs. The touchdowns were tied for second among rookies with Indianapolis' T.Y. Hilton. He averaged 46 yards on his TD catches, and all of them went for 20 yards or more.
Browns Tight End Jordan Cameron finished with a game-high 95 receiving yards on five receptions. He recorded a career-long 53 yard catch on the Browns’ first offensive play of the game.
“That was a disappointing loss for us. We had opportunities to win that game. Baltimore made the plays when they needed to; we didn’t when we needed to. Give them credit for that. After reviewing the tape, we have made some improvements in some areas, and obviously, we need improvements in many more areas. This is a determined team, we’ll get it right and we’ll bounce back. We’ll make the corrections, move on and get ready for Minnesota. I believe in this team. I believe that we will not accept losing, and we will get better,” said coach Chudzinski.
The Browns are hoping not to start this season off with a record of 0-3. They play the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday September 22, in Minnesota at 1 p.m.