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Browns special teams not so special

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The special teams unit for the Cleveland Browns had a less-than-inspiring start to the regular season.During the club’s Week 1 tie with the Pittsburgh Steelers [url=http://www.authenticsclevelandbrowns.com/cheap-emmanuel-ogbah-jersey]Youth Emmanuel Ogbah Jersey[/url] , the special teams had a game-winning field goal blocked in overtime, struggled to control Pittsburgh’s return men on kicks, had a bad punt after a blocker was driven back into punter Britton Colquitt, and committed three penalties.While it didn’t result in a penalty, a fair catch in overtime by punt returner Jabrill Peppers when he had an open field in front of him did cost the Browns some valuable field position.Special teams coordinator Amos Jones looked to rectify that problem this week with a plan to replace Peppers with Antonio Callaway as the primary punt returner, but was overruled by head coach Hue Jackson, as Jones told clevelandbrowns.com:Normally it might raise a few eyebrows if a head coach, even one in the “CEO” role like Jackson, contradicts the wishes of his coordinators. After all, the coordinators work with the players directly and presumably have an idea of the best fits for their units.But in the case of Jones, it might be such a bad idea to have someone looking over his shoulder.Jones spent the previous five years as the special teams coordinator with the Arizona Cardinals, who decided not to renew his contract after the 2017 season. During his time in Arizona, the special teams units were near the bottom of the league’s rankings on an annual basis. How bad was it? ESPN’s Josh Weinfuss detailed a few “highlights” near the end of last season:It was so bad that there is a website - fireamosjones.com - dedicated to detailing the transgressions.It has only been one game, and as has often been the case with the Browns in recent years there is “nowhere to go but up” for the special teams. And it is good that Jackson is paying attention to what Jones is up to with the special teams.But that also raises a big unanswered question. Why the heck did Jackson hire Jones in the first place?Browns vs. Lions 2018 TV schedule [url=http://www.authenticsclevelandbrowns.com/cheap-duke-johnson-jersey]Youth Duke Johnson Jr Jersey[/url] , channel, start time, and more Tonight, the Browns are on the road to take on the Lions in their fourth and final preseason game of the year. Here are some nuggets about Thursday’s contest, as well as how you can watch or listen to the game.Game Time/Date: Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 7:00 PM ETLocation: Ford Field, Detroit, MITV Channel: WEWS, Channel 5 - Jay Crawford (play-by-play) & Tim Couch (analyst), and Dustin Fox & Bernie Kosar (sideline analysts)Local Radio: 92.3 The Fan (WKRK-FM), ESPN 850 WKNR, WNCX (98.5 FM)Online streaming: NFL Game PassWeather: 72 degrees (feels like 72). 0% precipitation. Winds from ENE at 8 MPH.Odds: Lions by 2 points.Over/under: 35.5The NFL Network will broadcast the game LIVE, except in the following areas [url=http://www.authenticsclevelandbrowns.com/cheap-jarvis-landry-jersey]White Jarvis Landry Jersey[/url] , where you will have to watch on your local affiliate:The NFL Network will re-broadcast the Lions-Browns game on Saturday (Sept. 1) at 12 PM ET.Nuggets:Browns TE Darren Fells and QB Drew Stanton each have played for the Lions at some point in their careers. Fells was acquired by Cleveland this past offseason after starting 13 of 16 games for Detroit in 2017, while Stanton was a second-round draft pick by the Lions in 2007.Detroit DE Cam Johnson spent time on the Browns’ practice squad and active roster from 2015-17.Lions scout Jay Muraco got his start in the NFL as a volunteer in the Cleveland Browns personnel department from 1992-95. Lions defensive assistant Billy Yates (2009-10) and assistant OL coach Hank Fraley (2006-09) both played for the Browns.These two teams last squared off on November 12, 2017, in Detroit, when the Lions defeated the Browns 38-24. It was a wild game, with Cleveland actually jumping out to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter, including a touchdown pass from QB DeShone Kizer to WR Kenny Britt. Detroit responded with 17 unanswered, taking a 17-10 lead into the half. The Browns got off to another strong start to the third quarter, scoring two touchdowns to take a 24-17 lead. Matthew Stafford would go on to throw three touchdown passes en route to 21 unanswered points to finish off the game.This is the first Great Lakes Classic since Aug. 9, 2014, when the Lions captured the barge with a 13-12 victory. Can the Browns re-claim the barge? This match-up also features the squaring off of the two 0-16 franchises in NFL history.