As the long evening dragged into the wee hours of the morning, weary Cleveland sportswriters put Browns head coach Butch Davis in their sights.
As revealed on Monday morning's Daily Newswire, Browns writers sounded as frustrated as the fans on the heels of a disappointing 27-13 loss to the Ravens.
In the wake of the team's loss, which took them to 3-5, head coach Butch Davis didn't appear to accept personal responsibility to for the loss, as he criticized the officiating and offered that the team still needed to improve. Davis even seemed to infer that Browns home fans had some responsibility for the loss by not helping the team prepare for loud crowd noise.
Such comments didn't meet with the approval of the Browns press corps.
The Canton Repository's Todd Porter led the charge, referring to the play of the Browns as a "chaotic mess".
"Much of the blame for Sunday's loss falls on his shoulders.", Porter wrote, "He lost one timeout on an ill-advised challenge of a perfectly executed downed punt by the Ravens at the Browns 1. He burned another because his defense wasn't prepared when everyone in the stadium knew the Ravens would try a 2-point conversion."
After listening to Davis' post-game press conference, Porter concludes: "It isn't possible to identify shortcomings (in the Browns) until Davis looks at himself."
One particular comment by Davis, that the Browns were "on the threshold of turning the corner" caught the press' attention
The Plain Dealer's Bud Shaw mocked the remark by saying "That's like fixin' to get ready to win. It's otherwise known as losing."
Shaw also seemingly poked at the head coach's tendency to defend the level of effort on the part of the Browns, as well as his southern accent, by writing: "Pittsburgh is 7-1 with a kid quarterback a year after finishing 6-10, and the Browns are 3-5 with Garcia leaving his guuutts on the field."
The Beacon-Journal's Terry Pluto was kinder to the head coach, but returned to a common refrain among Browns observers: the team needs to improve the offensive line.
Pluto's frustration was evident as he wrote: "Cleveland Browns fans are sick of hearing it, but nothing much has changed since the team returned in 1999 when it comes to the offensive line. It's a mess ... Again."