Pittsburgh Steelers again show what’s wrong with Browns as clunker Cleveland season ends – Terry Pluto

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Seven wins, 10 losses.

That’s the bottom line for the Browns after they were spanked, 28-14, in Pittsburgh Sunday.

You can talk about trading for Deshaun Watson, the 11-game suspension and other Browns-like issues.

Talent-wise, the Browns should be better than 7-10. And don’t ask me how the Steelers finished the season at 9-8 after a 2-6 start.

Or how the Steelers had as many TD passes (12) in 17 games as Jacoby Brissett had in his 11 Cleveland starts – and Pittsburgh went into the final weekend of the season with a chance to make the playoffs.

The lesson is this: The Browns must develop the same type of mental toughness and consistent grit you find in the hearts of Mike Tomlin and his Steelers. Until that happens, nothing will change.

YOU COULD FEEL IT COMING

I was thinking about that when the Browns cut Pittsburgh’s lead to 20-14 with 10:11 left in the game.

Now was the time for the Browns defense to play like a defense that needed to win a game like this.

Instead, Pittsburgh drove 75 yards in 14 plays to score a TD. That settled the issue.

Making it even worse for the orange helmets, the Steelers connected for a 2-point conversion after the TD. Pittsburgh 28, Browns 14 with 4:31 left. Game over except for more celebratory yellow towel waving by the Steeler faithful.

Were you surprised that happened … any of that … as in the clutch TD or the conversion?

I know the answer to that.

Just as no one is shocked, the Browns fell apart at the end of this game.

It meant more to Pittsburgh than it did to Cleveland. Not just in terms of the playoff race, but something deeper.

Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin has never had a losing season in his 16 years with Pittsburgh. The Steelers started the season at 2-6. No hope of much of anything.

HOW IT WORKS IN PITTSBURGH

Then the Steelers finished 7-2 to end up at 9-8. It was almost as if they said, “We’re the Steelers, we don’t have losing seasons.”

And they probably thought, “Cleveland is coming to our place, we know we can beat them.”

What were the Browns thinking?

Who knows?

But on the eve of the game, defensive end Jadeveon Clowney was sent home and did not play. He had little interest in anything but his personal stats. It was a disjointed game that reflected much of the Browns season.

IT’S NOT JUST AN EFFORT

The Browns played hard in this game. Not always smart. An outrageous blown coverage (Aren’t you sick of those?) led to the Steelers’ first TD. It was a 31-yard pass from Kenny Pickett to a wide-open George Pickens.

Once again, we had a Cleveland safety and defensive back looking at each other with the “I thought you had the guy… No, I thought you had the guy” expression. Stuff like that is why you can expect Defensive Coordinator Joe Woods to be fired.

It’s been happening for three years since Woods arrived. OK, before that, too. But we are doing recent history right now.

In 2020, the Browns beat Pittsburgh in the final game of the regular season in Cleveland. Then they came to Pittsburgh, knocking them off in an empty stadium (COVID era) to win a playoff game.

That was the team finished 11-5 with the smart, tough and responsible motto.

It seems like it was a Halley’s Comet season. It was a bright light that flashed across the sky – and then it was gone. No one was sure where it came from or when it would come again.

Meanwhile, the Browns were once again knocked down in Pittsburgh. Deshaun Watson ended the game flat on his back. It was the seventh time he was sacked in this game.

Welcome to Pittsburgh, the Steelers seemed to be telling Watson. They pressured him all game. He threw a pair of interceptions. He had some superb passes, too. But the man like the Browns took a physical and emotional beating.

That happens a lot this time of year to the Browns in Pittsburgh.

The season ends with a 7-10 record, even worse than 8-9 of a year ago. It ends with the Steelers reminding the Browns, “We own you when it matters most.”

If you’re a Browns fan, you know how that hurts.

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