Browns face Chiefs in first test after coaching changes

Kate Arhar
Cleveland Browns Reporter

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8 

Chiefs 37 – Browns 21

Its been tumultuous week here in Cleveland. On Monday, head coach Hue Jackson was fired. While fans speculated on the timing and on when offensive coordinator Todd Haley would be named as interim coach, the announcement came that Haley was fired also.

This leaves defensive coordinator Gregg Williams as the “last man standing” in this year’s edition of “Cleveland Browns Coaching Survivor.” Not sure if you can call being put in charge of this team a personal victory, but Williams had his hands full facing the insanely productive Kansas City Chiefs offense and their incredibly talented quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

The Chiefs did exactly what they do, score at will with barely a 3rd down attempt necessary. Tight End Travis Kelce and RB Kareem Hunt both enjoyed homecomings of sorts since they are from the Cleveland area. It was hoped that the Browns defense, which leads the league in takeaways, would be able to slow them down.

However, early injuries to cornerbacks Denzel Ward and E.J. Gaines, linebacker Christian Kirksey, and free safety Jabrill Peppers took a serious toll on the effectiveness of the defense.

The bright side of today’s game was that FINALLY the Browns running game has been located!  It is unclear that this time if interim offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens decided to get back to the run or if that directive came from Williams, but it was nice to see. There was a string of plays in the third quarter where they just kept running the ball, over and over again, almost daring the Chiefs defense to stop them. They couldn’t.

Rookie RB Nick Chubb finished with 85 yards on 22 carries and a touchdown. Duke Johnson, Jr., who was M.I.A. when Haley called the offense, had just one rush for eight yards but nine receptions for 78 yards and two touchdowns!  Hallelujah!

In the gutsy style that I believe will be the hallmark of Williams head coaching style, the Browns went for two points on all three of their touchdowns. Didn’t make any of them, but they did have a field goal. Mathematically speaking, it didn’t matter. But I believe the lesson Williams was teaching the players will be remembered.

Sigh. Well, it’s on to Atlanta to face the red-hot Falcons. At least we have the Bye Week to look forward to after that!

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