Pettine 'disappointed' by mistakes, effort

BEREA, Ohio -- Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine walked out of FedEx Field disappointed in what he saw from his team on Monday night.

The reason why?

The Browns committed 10 penalties for 54 yards and allowed five sacks that resulted in a loss of 18 yards -- and stymied the first drive of the game -- in a 24-23 loss at the Washington Redskins Monday.

"I think what was disappointing is that the guys around both quarterbacks didn't play particularly well or were inconsistent," Pettine said Tuesday. "We had guys making mistakes at inopportune times.

"Alex Mack, just right from the beginning, snapped the ball early, so that kind of put us in a hole. I think there were a lot of guys that had some plays they would want to take back. I just think it was just overall inconsistency on the offense.

"You always talk about how it's hard for a quarterback to look good when the guys around him aren't playing well. I know Jordan Cameron was a little deep on the one route that it looked like it was a missed throw. That was something that popped out from the film when we watched it. It is tough to evaluate when the overall level of play around them isn't what it should be."

Pettine was particularly upset with the way wide receiver Josh Gordon played against the Redskins.

Gordon caught only one of the five passes thrown his way, and dropped what could have been a big play during the first quarter of the game. In fact, Gordon's only catch came in the fourth quarter.

Gordon's lack of production in the preseason is especially disappointing to Pettine because his Pro Bowl receiver, who is facing an indefinite suspension for a reported failed drug test in the offseason, came into the 2014 season after leading the NFL in receiving yards (1,646), yards per game (117.6), the longest catch and longest touchdown reception of the season -- a 95-yard score against the Jacksonville Jaguars last December.

"There were a couple plays where I think that we would definitely want -- I know we came out of the personnel meeting and talked about it -- that we would have wanted better effort," Pettine said. "It was not a mistake to play him late. He needs the work learning a new system. That's a room that you don't want to not play him, and then, put the other players at risk by increasing their individual workloads.

"It's something that we've talked about before, that we want him to finish plays better. There were a couple balls there behind him that he made an effort to catch. They were tough to catch, but we would want regular-season effort to match preseason effort. I think that's important for all of our guys in the evaluation process."

In addition to Gordon, Pettine expects more from rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel, who was shown on camera making an obscene gesture toward Washington's bench following a fourth-quarter touchdown pass to running back Dion Lewis.

"I feel very much the same way, it's extremely disappointing," Pettine said. "We talk about 'Play like a Brown.' We want our guys to act like a Brown. We want to be a first-class organization. We have hundreds, thousands of kids come to our training camp practices, and look up to our players.

"That type of behavior is unacceptable. It's something that's part of football, that you have to maintain your poise and your composure, especially at that position, and he should know better than anyone that all eyes are on him. It's something that I know will be addressed by the league, and it will be addressed by us internally."


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