DENVER – Writings in my notebook after the loss of the Browns 24-19 in Denver on Sunday:
1. The Browns came into this game wanting to reduce penalties. They made. They were only five. None was of the mental error that predisposes diversity. They wanted to slow down. They had none.
2. After the game, coach Freddie Quiches and QB Baker Mayfield mentioned that the team had a good week of practice. They cut out psychic mistakes. But still they lost. Not only that, they lost to 2-6 teams in Denver and QB (Brandon Allen) playing in their first game of the regular season.
3. The Brownies are in such a funk that even when they cease to gravely struggle with mental errors, they still cannot invent big enough plays to win the game.
4. As Michaels said in recent weeks, "I just want to win a game."
5. It reminds me of what a former Browns coach told me confidently: "In Cleveland, you went through times to wonder when you would ever win your next game."
6. These are the brown ones this morning. This is a defense team that misses the key points. This is a team that can't figure out how to score in the red zone. , having done so well last season. This is a team where the coaching staff does not know what kind of game they play when it means the most.
7. Watching the game in Denver, I kept thinking that Browns would figure out a way to win it ugly. That's what they did last season, beating Denver here, 1
8. The clouds of defeat and stink of doubt hang over this team, as there are many other teams of Brownie. This one just has more talent, but the same thinking is back. Now the record 5-3 in the second half of 2018 looks like a bright, shiny comet that flew in. , and then flew off.
9. Conclusion: The Browns seemed to be playing with a sense of urgency, knowing they needed a win to keep their playoff hopes alive, but it was a collective failure in offense, defense and coaching when it came to "winning the game."  10. Miles Gareth had a chance to cross a gap trapped in the air and enter the end zone for TD. He let it go. Denver's Noah Fant grabbed a short pass and turned it into a 75-yard TD frame when three different Brownies failed to cope. With the first QB on the field, it was a game prepared for the Browns' defense to create turnovers and turn them into results. They forced one hit, zero interceptions.
11. Lost in all the anger over Quiches' play, Mayfield's struggles and Odel Beckham's drama is a failure in defense. The Browns knew Denver was planning to drop the ball. They knew that Alan liked to fight. Yet Denver still rushed for 127 yards on 20 carries, an average of 6.4 yards.
12. Not only the kitchen has to be in place this season, Steve Wilkes's defense has rarely stopped running this season. Nor did it impose many turnovers. This is a big disappointment. They entered the game ranked number 29 against running and that probably didn't change.
13. The kitchen said something about the protection that "must have guys in the right places" to take big plays. He also honors the missed replies.
14. The reason this game was close was rookie Austin Seibert imitating Phil Dawson. He was perfect in four field goals. This season he's 14 for 14.
15. The browns in the red zone are lost. The kitchen does things like Nick Chub off the field when it's 3rd and 3. He did it twice with Dontrel Hilliard in the background. And twice he gave the ball to Hilliard. Twice this failed to take down the first. Sigh.
16. In this case, Chubb on the pitch creates a fake game and a chance for Mayfield to throw first down. Late in the game, Chubb was on the ground for 3rd and 1 and was met with a 1 yard loss. So nothing happened. But I still want Chubb to play in those important situations.
17. Mayfield is a huge factor in Browns' death. His touch on short passes from a year ago doesn't seem to be there. He saw more options when it came to receivers, now focused on his first two receivers.
18. I usually hate QB slipping because there is a risk of injury. Patrick Mahomes was injured on one a few weeks ago. A QB like Mayfield is small. From the press box, I decided that he had slipped in 4th and 1st, but on the ground the official said otherwise. The kitchens lost the challenge of replay. I still prefer to give Chubb the ball in these situations.
19. The rise of Mayfield lifted the Browns last season. His struggles in 2019 weighed them down. Not everything is to blame. There were coaching issues, blocking issues and punishment issues at different times. But Baker Mayfield, who often rose above adversity last year, was rarely seen this season.
20. I'm very tired of Beckham and his uncles, etc., but I want to see him get the ball more often. He is a great player. He will be the defender of the battle for football when he throws his way. He can make the takers miss when after the catch, as he showed gains of 39 and 27 yards. He caught 5-of-6 passes thrown in his direction.
21. We will talk about the kitchen that may be fired. I don't know what they have to do. Who is taking over? Wilkes? Offensive coordinator Todd Moncan? Special teams coach Mike Priffer? Wilkes was fired after a year as head coach of Arizona. Monken was the head coach at Southern Mississippi. Priefer is a coach for special careers teams.
22. If the Kitchens are fired, I would prefer the new coach to be someone who can be seen as more than a bandaid for the rest of the year. But I have no idea what the property and front office think it should be done right now with kitchens. Get him fired after eight games? But what has he shown in the eight games to inspire any confidence? This is to be discussed this week in Berea.