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Jacoby Brissett throws two INTs, loses fumble, addresses team after loss

CLEVELAND — Following last week’s loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, Jacoby Brissett said he had to play better to give the Browns a chance to beat the New England Patriots.

What happened at FirstEnergy Stadium on Sunday was the exact opposite.

Brissett threw two interceptions, including one on the second play of the game, and lost one of his two fumbles, and the Patriots took advantage each time. New England scored 17 points off Brissett’s turnovers and used that momentum to post a 38-15 victory.

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“They came out, had a good plan versus us, and they beat us,” Brissett said. “Just not good enough. Making bad decisions with the ball. I will be better from that, for sure. Just going back, watch the tape and move on.”

Prior to the loss to the Patriots, Brissett had thrown just three interceptions, all of which came in late-game situations, the first two when he was forced to make a play.

Although Brissett struggled throughout the loss to the Patriots, coach Kevin Stefanski said “no” when asked if there was a possibility of him making a switch to Joshua Dobbs ahead of next week’s game at the Baltimore Ravens.

Instead, the focus will be on making Brissett as comfortable as possible in the pocket and allowing him to throw down the field with confidence. Brissett had only four of his 21 completions go for more than 20 yards against the Patriots.

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“We are beating ourselves,” Brissett said. “That is the challenge for us, to get out of our own way. I think we have the right people in the locker room to do that. Just hone in on our details, fundamentals and technique, and for my sake, decision-making, as well. Just take it one play at a time, and those will take care of themselves.”

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Brissett completed 21 of 45 attempts for 266 yards with one touchdown and the two interceptions. He was sacked four times, ran once for no gain and finished with a 54.5 passer rating.

Always willing to step up and accept the blame for poor plays and turnovers, Brissett did so again after the third straight loss overall and third in the team’s four home games. He stood up in the locker room and spoke directly to teammates and coaches.

“The man loves football, the man loves his team, he loves being here, and he wants to win bad,” defensive end Myles Garrett said. “It means a lot to him, and that’s what really speaks to me.

“It means enough for him to step up there and talk not only to his teammates, but the coaches and some of the other staff as well, get everybody involved, because it’s really a team effort. It’s everybody in this organization. We have to all be on the same page and have to have a desire to correct things and win. We really have to want to win.”

Brissett plans on putting his words into action starting with Monday’s film review as the team gets ready to face the Ravens, who lost to the New York Giants 24-20.

“Show up tomorrow ready to work, being critical of myself and taking responsibility for my mistakes,” Brissett said on how he will set the example of accountability. “I think that is where it starts at the quarterback position, and then leading the charge going forward and letting the guys feel that from me, that it is more to come and it is better to come. Showing them the 100 percent commitment, focus and confidence that I have in not only myself, but the group that we have. I think we will be OK.”


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