Same as it ever was............same as it ever was..........same as it ever was.
Heading into the pre-season opener, the Browns wanted to make a statement. They surely did, and the statement was this: They have plenty of work to do just to play at a competitive level.
Actually, though, one pre-season game says very little about the team's ultimate fate, especially for a team in transition such as the Browns. There was very little of defensive coordinator Rob Ryan's creativity displayed, as the Browns played a basic 3-4 -- no bells, no whistles and an occasional blitz here and there.
Despite the final score and the Packers running the ball down the collective throats of the Browns, the football on display was not that bad.
And maybe Ryan can add some flavor to this defense, as the first look at the unit left a bad taste in the mouth of all.
The play of the defensive line in this game was not nearly at an acceptable level, especially after some promising signs in practice sessions. The Browns got no push from the defensive ends, and the nose tackles were moved off the ball regularly. The Packers offensive linemen were able to get to the second level of defense.
Mangini put some players on the field for an extended period of time to gain a better perspective of what he has to work with. Defensive linemen Corey Williams, Ahtyba Rubin and Louis Leonard were among those getting a long look.
At present, this team is its worst enemy. The inconsistency and indecision on display was reminiscent of the Browns team of a season ago. Getting these players to play within the scheme and their responsibilities is the toughest challenge for Mangini and Ryan.
This discipline will come in time, but the lack of energy this team displayed is something to watch. With so much on the line, as their first game in the middle of a tough training camp, one would expect more.
For the sake of this organization, hopefully this is not a sign of things to come.
Once the head coach reviews the film, he is going to see that not everybody on the field Saturday night played at the level they practiced at in recent sessions.
Missed tackles, slowness in recognition and over-aggressiveness reigned supreme. Despite being over-matched and thoroughly beaten in every aspect of the game, there were a few positives coming out of this pre-season exhibition.
OLB's Kamerion Wimbley and Marcus Benard were seemingly all over the field -- and found their way into the Packers backfield.
Rookie CB Coye Francies continued his solid summer of work against the Packers. With each passing day, the young man gains reps and confidence -- which is resulting in his ability to recognize and cover receivers surprisingly well, especially for a rookie.
All the talk about the quarterbacks may be coming to a head in the coming days. Brady Quinn moved the team and Derek Anderson did not. While neither player was lights-out, Quinn was the obvious victor on this platform.
But remember, this is one game, and the initial pre-season affair is usually the worst for a team being reconstructed.
One game in the pre-season is not going to make or break this team. While there are plenty of issues to address before the team lines up again, next Saturday at home against the Detroit Lions, this coaching staff now has some much needed film on these players wearing Browns uniforms.
Imagine what film, class and on-field sessions will be like come Monday for this team.
It's not going to be pretty.
But let's remember, it's only one game -- but you still want and expect more.