Best and worst from Browns’ dismal 4-12 season
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 12:15 AM
AP Sports Writer
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Best Game: Browns peaked in their fourth game, a 17-6 home win over Bengals. In quarterback Brian Hoyer’s second start, Cleveland’s offense produced a pair of 90-yard touchdown drives and defense limited Cincinnati to just 266 total yards, 64 rushing. Tight end Jordan Cameron had 10 catches in a breakout of what became a Pro Bowl season.
Worst Game: After building an early 10-0 lead, Browns seemed to go through the motions in a 24-13 loss against the New York Jets on Dec. 22. The lackluster performance rankled owner Jimmy Haslam and may have convinced him Rob Chudzinski was the wrong choice as coach.
Best Play: Josh Gordon’s electrifying 95-yard touchdown catch against Jacksonville on Dec. 1. Gordon, who led the league in yards receiving, caught a short pass from Brandon Weeden, broke one tackle and outran two defenders, pulling further away with every stride.
“Once he caught it, nobody was catching him,” Browns cornerback Joe Haden said.
Worst Play: Weeden’s inexplicable “flip” pass against Detroit on Oct. 13. With the Browns trailing 24-17 in the fourth quarter, Weeden attempted to pitch the ball to fullback Chris Ogbonnaya, but had it intercepted by Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy.
“Just a boneheaded play,” Weeden said.
Biggest Surprise: A tie between Chudzinski’s firing and the trade of running back Trent Richardson to Indianapolis. The Browns had planned to feature Richardson in their offense before dealing him to Indianapolis on Sept. 18 for a first-round pick.
Biggest Disappointment: Weeden. The second-year QB was given the reins to start the season, but failed miserably, going 0-5 as a starter.
What’s Next: Finding a coach, followed by a franchise quarterback.