BEREA -- Pat Shurmur did his best to minimize the festering damage from the Browns poor performance in Sundays loss to Washington.
It had the feeling, though, of trying to halt the march of the toy soldiers.
It just wasnt happening.
Every team is allowed a bad game. But for the Browns, the game against the Redskins marked the first time in what seems like eons that they played a game that kind of, sort of mattered.
Washington was playing for first place in the NFC East. The Browns were playing to keep a flickering playoff hope alive, a hope that would have been brighter had they won because Pittsburgh lost to Dallas.
But the Browns lost.
And they didnt just lose.
They lost looking like a team playing its first preseason game. The quarterback looked uncertain. The running back complained about not getting enough carries. The defense folded in Herculean ways (for those who say it got tired, a defense is allowed to stop the other team so it does not get tired).
A game that could have a...