In Sunday’s 32-28 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars at FirstEnergy Stadium, the Cleveland Browns learned just how important it is to finish an opponent.
The Browns held a three-point lead with 3:55 remaining in the fourth quarter, but the Jaguars marched 80 yards in nine plays and took the lead for good on a 20-yard touchdown reception by wide receiver Cecil Shorts III with 40 seconds remaining.
“We made too many critical mistakes we were not able to overcome,” Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said. “We won’t stand for losing. We’re going to get this fixed. It’s unacceptable. It’s not about the effort of the group. It’s about the mistakes.”
During the loss to the Jaguars, the Browns’ third straight setback, the players learned the importance of overcoming mistakes, like the three turnovers in the last two minutes of the second quarter that turned a seven-point lead into a six-point deficit at halftime.
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“One thing we have continued to get better at is overcoming adversity,” Ogbonnaya said. “I think this game was a prime example of that, but in the same breath, we just have to continue to work and minimize the critical mistakes that we do make and just keep playing. That’s how the game is.
“When you’re in a new system and learning how your coaches want to attack things, you just have to continue to go at it in the best way possible. I think that we’ve done that. We’ve been in plenty of close games. Unfortunately, we haven’t finished them that way we want to finish them.”