That's So Browns: Do you even have to ask?


CLEVELAND -- It's too easy to pick this week's "That's So Browns" moment.

Too easy, and too cruel.

The Cleveland Browns became just the sixth team in the last five seasons to have a blocked field goal returned for a touchdown, and the first this season.

The Browns took it one step further, giving Baltimore the winning points on the return -- on the last play of the game.

Elias reports that this has happened only twice in NFL history -- and the last time was 1985, 30 years ago.

The painful ending for the fans brought to mind Tramon Williams after the season-opening loss to the Jets saying "it couldn't get worse."

Williams was new to Cleveland.

In Cleveland it can always get worse.

Reducing this week's "That's So Browns" moment to just one crazy play, though, does not do it justice. There were other smaller Browns moments that led to the one catastrophic one.

It was all set up when Austin Davis relieved an injured Josh McCown and threw a game-tieing touchdown pass with 1:47 left. After a Tramon Williams interception, Davis completed a pass to Brian Hartline to the Ravens 40-yard-line.

At that point, the headset between offensive coordinator John DeFilippo and Davis malfunctioned.

Yes, at the most important part of the game, the most crucial series, in the team's home stadium, the headset failed. (Blame the Patriots?)

Because of poor communication and because Davis had hardly practiced with the starters since his arrival, the Browns let 26 seconds run off the clock.

Davis said in that situation if the headset malfunctions, there is a set play to run. He was trying to get that play called when the headset came back on. That meant adjusting the play.

But with two timeouts left, the coaches did not use one to save time.

"Ideally we wanted to get it closer and save the timeout for the field goal," coach Mike Pettine said. "That's on us. We needed to handle that better."

Once the play was finally snapped with 18 seconds left, Davis ran and slid near the sideline at the 33. He got what he could, then figured the coaches would use a timeout, which they did.

On the field goal unit, Danny Shelton and Cam Erving were lined up to the left of snapper Charley Hughlett. Erving was driven back, and Brent Urban turned between Erving and Shelton to block the kick.

The Browns two first round draft picks from last season appeared to be victimized by the rush.

Yes, it is so Browns.

Placekicker Travis Coons said he hit the ball well, that it was just like every other kick. Coons had made every one of his previous 18 field goal tries -- until this one.

So. Browns.

Naturally, Urban's blocked kick bounced to Baltimore's Will Hill, who scampered 64 yards for the game-winning touchdown.

As he raced down the sideline in Cleveland, fans lamented and the Browns looked stunned -- understandably so.

"Tough one to wrap your brain around," Pettine said.

"There's never a good way to lose," left tackle Joe Thomas said. "But this is the worst way."

It was one giant headache-inducing defeat.

In the annals of Browns losses, the Browns provided a forgettable moment that will rank among the top three or five "That's so Browns" moments in team history -- especially since 1999.

It's not exactly something to be proud of.

But ... that's so Browns.