GREEN BAY, Wisc. – Here are my final thoughts from the Browns’ 31-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field Sunday:
>>The Browns have a problem at quarterback.
>>Coach Rob Chudzinski said he never considered making a switch to backup
>>Do the Browns have to get another quarterback? I don’t see anyone out there who could provide meaningful help. And, please, don’t say that they should get Tim Tebow. Tebow has not been an answer anywhere he has been in the NFL. He is available because all teams in the league can see that he does not have what it takes to play quarterback in the league. You don’t add a quarterback, or any player, just for the sake of adding him. You have to genuinely believe he can make a contribution, either as a starter or if called upon to play.
>>Linebacker D’Qwell Jackson, the Browns’ primary leader, told me after the game that it’s “not time to push the panic button.” He pointed out that, with nine games left, the Browns “still have their goals in front of them.” I have a great deal of respect for Jackson and understand, in his capacity, that he needs to do everything he can to promote as much calm and stability as possible in the wake of back-to-back losses and a mostly poor showing on both sides of the ball against Green Bay. I’m sure Jackson believes what he says. I wasn’t expecting the Browns to win this game, but I thought they would at least be a little more competitive. The offense has been alarmingly bad for six quarters, producing only one touchdown in that time. In recent games, the defense has taken backwards steps against the run (see Eddie Lacy’s 3.7-yards-per carry average) and in allowing third-down conversions (the Packers managed to do so at a rate of 54 percent). Facing the best quarterback on the schedule (and one of the best, if not the best, in the NFL) in Aaron Rodgers proved to be a rude reality check. The expected boost by the return of outside linebacker
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