Nobody can say for sure what would've happened last Sunday had Cleveland Browns punter Jamie Gillan not dropped the football with under nine minutes remaining in regulation, a miscue that gifted Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes with an opportunity to toss what became a game-winning touchdown pass:
According to Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal, Gillan told reporters Friday that he feels he "cost" the Browns their opening game of the season.
"I kind of panicked a little bit and took off running," Gillan explained about not attempting a kick after he recovered possession of the football. "Which now that that’s happened, if that error happens again, punt it off, right, because it was only a six-man box and I had plenty of time. It was just a massive mistake for myself and I’m sorry."
The man affectionately known as the "Scottish Hammer" continued: "So that mistake will not define me because I can grow from learning from that, and there’s always a silver lining in every cloud and I’ll just treat this week like I have the past 2½ years."
No one person can be blamed for Cleveland's loss, as the visitors were outscored 23-7 after halftime. Gillan and the Browns will hope to close out a win at home this Sunday against the Houston Texans.