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  • It really was a tale of two seasons for the Cleveland Browns, dealing with all that cove it adversity.

  • They show up, they show out and they send your Steelers packing.

  • So I ask you this morning, were you more impressed by Cleveland or UME or depressed by Pittsburgh?

  • Well, we know the answer to this question.

  • I'm clearly depressed.

  • No, I got a new show debut in the night, and I can't even focus on that right now because I'm just completely depressed at what I saw.

  • Um, I expected to be in a very celebratory mood this morning.

  • Looking forward, Toa discussing football all day long, thinking about my Pittsburgh Steeler, Steeler nation, the black and gold, terrible towels and all of those different things.

  • And I watched the defense go out greatly, assisted by the offense nonetheless, but surrender at the end of the day, 49 points.

  • The first snap, the first offensive snap of the game for the Pittsburgh Steelers was over.

  • The head off a board has been Roethlisberger 6566 Pouncey of veteran snaps the ball over his head, and it's a touchdown for the Cleveland Browns, and it just nose dived from their big Ben Roethlisberger throwing interceptions all over the place.

  • We see the snap over his head right at that particular moment.

  • They can't even fall on the ball properly.

  • The Cleveland Browns end up falling into the end zone, getting the touchdown, and the Steelers will, obviously in a hole.

  • But then, what excuse in God's green earth could you possibly have for being down 28 to nothing in the first cut in the first quarter?

  • They were getting their butts kicked.

  • It's just that simple, and so as a result of it, it's basically chickens coming home to roost.

  • I told Ryan Clark and others weeks ago I said I didn't like the way the Steelers were looking.

  • I didn't like the ability without T J.

  • White to get t to get to the quarterback, obviously, injuries to Devin Busch earlier and then, but to pre a little bit later on in the season compromise, the ability to get to the quarterback compromised them in the secondary.

  • We saw all of that.

  • I've continuously lamented the fact that this is the Steelers, as Max Kellerman has pointed out on many occasions with the introductory press conference of Mike Thoma, his head coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers over 14 years ago.

  • Run the ball, stopped the run.

  • That was the mantra.

  • Well, somebody forgot to tell the Steelers about that.

  • Over the last three years, they've been one of the worst rushing teams in the National Football League.

  • This year they were the absolute worst, averaging about 84 yards a game.

  • They didn't even get to 60 last night.

  • Their running game was future, and we understand for the most of it, for the most part as to why that was because when you get in such a hole, you gotta spend all your time throwing the football, which big Ben Roethlisberger did.

  • And in the end, what it comes down to is this big Ben Roethlisberger.

  • He's not a scrub.

  • He's still a future Hall of Famer.

  • We get all of that.

  • He did throw for over 500 yards last night.

  • We understand that.

  • But those who understand interceptions speak volumes is the reason you mentioned Tom Brady and Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers and guys like that on being a Z, being on a different level than big Ben Roethlisberger, because with every great moment comes a huge mistake.

  • That's what it is.

  • And his lack of mobility, his age and attrition and the punishment that he has absorbed.

  • Um, the steel has gotta be looking in a different direction, moving forward in the future.

  • I'm just really, really disgusted right now.

  • Uh, the Steelers, as far as I'm concerned, have made me depressed.

  • Andi, I'm quite sure I speak on behalf of all Steelers fans when I say that's how we feel.

  • Well, this playoff wild card weekend was so exciting, Stephen A.

  • That I started to lose my voice.

  • So I'm gonna have Thio keep it A Z even killed as I can right now.

  • But let me just say I was very impressed with the Cleveland Browns.

  • This game was one upfront, clear, and this is why I thought Cleveland was gonna win.

  • You had a dominant offensive line on one side of the ball with an ascending quarterback who, when he finally had a head coach, a good head coach and some stability, showed you what he could do, which is to be ah, franchise quarterback.

  • Didn't look that way for a while, But that's what Baker Mayfield is on the other side of the ball in offensive line that couldn't block for the run and didn't get Ben Roethlisberger enough time to let those receivers get down the field.

  • Even they had to get rid of the ball, lightning fast and a descending quarterback in Roethlisberger.

  • I thought the Browns win for that reason, but they exceeded my expectations, the way they came out, and when everyone was harping on Kevin Stefanski not being there and what that means in terms of play calling and Stephen A.

  • I likened it to a great trainer and corner man, right?

  • The work he does in the corner night of the fight that some of it.

  • But most of it is the preparation in camp, the discipline to going over, the strategy, the perfecting everything.

  • And that's what I see in this Cleveland Browns team.

  • Stefanski, the play caller.

  • It's nice toe have him there.

  • But the culture that he's established, the fact that the Browns come together and came together throughout the season in adversity, the maturity you've heard from Baker Mayfield.

  • When people ran to him and said that you Stephen A had these criticisms for him, remember that we're listening to what he was going to say, and he said those guys were doing their jobs.

  • We have a job to do here.

  • We focus on what's inside this building.

  • Every single thing pointed to a maturing franchise.

  • You don't know until they go out there and do it, though.

  • And because of covert protocols, they were missing guys on their offensive line, which is the strength I just mentioned.

  • And what happened.

  • Did they suffer?

  • Nope.

  • They came together.

  • And the play of an offensive line to me is indicative of the culture of the team.

  • Because offensive lineman who played together and have chemistry can be better than guys with just big names.

  • Or or guys with big reputations on an offensive line who don't play together.

  • This Cleveland Browns team played together.

  • Baker, Mayfield make good decisions throughout the game, and Stephen A.

  • The big picture is they beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in the playoffs.

  • They beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in the playoffs.

  • You realize the last time the Cleveland Browns won a playoff game, you know they want a playoff game.

  • And then after that, a guy named Baker Mayfield was born and he was born and grew up and got the quarterback to Cleveland Browns.

  • And they finally win a playoff game.

  • And it's against Big Brother in the division coming back member.

  • The curb stomping they took earlier in the season from there to this is a very impressive thing to see.

  • My hat is off to the Cleveland Browns.

  • Well, listen, um, it did help that you got Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt.

  • We know those brothers a big time.

  • Far as I'm concerned.

  • When you look at the tandem, I challenge anybody to find me a better running game than what Cleveland Brown brings to the table because those two brothers running the football out of the backfield, they're gonna definitely do some damage.

  • That's number one.

  • Number two Steelers certainly didn't help because they were turnover prone.

  • They committed five turnovers for the game Cleveland and commit a single one.

  • Number three.

  • You got juju Smith, Houston.

  • Let's not forget him.

  • Well attributed to youth and youthful ignorance.

  • We like him as a person as a player as well.

It really was a tale of two seasons for the Cleveland Browns, dealing with all that cove it adversity.

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