The Cleveland Browns problems go beyond quarterback and continue to expand

Browns defensive end Myles Garrett walks off the field after Sunday’s loss to the Bills.

When I discovered that working out in the gym could lead to hemorrhagic strokes, I changed my regimen. Who wants to expire in a gym? Too much irony. Walking was my exercise of choice.

Sometimes, it is difficult to figure out how to fit in the daily constitution. Sunday, it was easy. I was watching the Cleveland Browns game. They were beating the Buffalo Bills. Then, they gave the ball back to the Bills with 2 minutes left in the first half.

I got up from my chair and said, “Time for a walk.” Maybe you did, too, because you knew what was going to happen. The Bills were going to march down the field, punch one into the end zone and take the lead before halftime. Of course they were.

The Bills scored on seven consecutive possessions and posted an easy 31-23 victory at Ford Field in Detroit.

Kevin Stefanski's Browns have lost six of their last seven games.

Kevin Stefanski’s Browns have lost six of their last seven games.

The cool part of the story is on the Buffalo side. Seven feet of snow fell on “The City of Good Neighbors” over the weekend and the game was moved from Orchard Park to Detroit. To assemble the Bills for the flight to Motown, it took scores of good neighbors with tractors, plows, snow blowers and shovels to clear the driveway of the Bills players so they could get to the airport. I love that city.

The Bills, who would practice once a week, looked rusty early. Then they started running the ball at the Browns. Devin Singletary and James Cook each rushed for 86 yards, which marked season highs for both.

Here’s to the 2022 Browns: They can’t stop the run; lately, they can’t run the ball themselves, not even with Nick Chubb; their special teams are terrible; and they turn the ball over at a much greater rate than they take it out (minus-8).

Browns running back Kareem Hunt was out in Sunday's loss to the Bills

Browns running back Kareem Hunt was out in Sunday’s loss to the Bills

The Browns (3-7) have lost six of seven and dropped to last place in the AFC North. They are blown out of the playoff race before Thanksgiving. Given their talent on paper, on both sides of the ball, they are a huge disappointment.

In March, when the Browns sold their soul and three first-round draft picks to acquire accused serial sexual predator Deshaun Watson, their plan was to hold down the fort until his 11-game suspension was served. provided by Watson. The fort is not on, and Watson is still two weeks away from trotting on the field.

Watson is eligible to return on Dec. 4, when the Browns travel to Houston to play the Texans, his former team. By then, Watson will have gone 23 months and a day without taking it. And he will have more than one lawsuit a month on average.

Bills running back Devin Singletary gets a yard in Sunday's win over the Browns.

Bills running back Devin Singletary gets a yard in Sunday’s win over the Browns.

Meanwhile, backup Jacoby Brissett has overachieved. Of course, he’s not the answer to any Super Bowl dreams, but he has the sixth-best quarterback rating (62.4). His QBR is no better than that of Tua Tagovailoa, Patrick Mahomes or Josh Allen. But he’s better than Justin Herbert, Joe Burrow and Matthew Stafford.

Brissett No. is a problem. 5 for the Browns. Way down the list. And to correct this problem, the Browns sold their soul to Watson. You have to have a quarterback, right? The Browns thought they were one quarter away from claiming a Super Bowl title. Remember? They needed something like Burrow, and then they would be on their way. Watson is a three-time Pro Bowl pick. Done.

That idea – get a QB and hit the Super Bowl – is now dead.

After Sunday’s disaster in Detroit, safety Grant Delpit was talking about how the defense lacks confidence (“… and to have confidence, you have to know what you’re doing”) and defensive end Myles Garrett talking about accountability (. “… we have to make sure we don’t waste the talent we have right now”).

By the time you read this, defensive coordinator Joe Woods may be looking for another job. Problem 2 or 3 may have been addressed. But why?

It’s a lost season without reward, because Browns fans don’t even have a first-round pick to look forward to, not in 2023, and not in 2024. Finding time for a walk-on won’t be a problem.

This article originally appeared on The Columbus Dispatch: Is Deshaun Watson the answer to Cleveland’s problems? No more

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