Bengals running back Jeremy Hill on Browns after ugly loss: ‘They’re not that good’
The Cleveland Browns came into Paul Brown Stadium and laid a whupping on the Cincinnati Bengals, beating the home team in every facet of the game before walking off the field with a convincing 24-3 victory.
Winning the so-called “Battle of Ohio” gave the Browns (6-3) a share of the AFC North lead with the Pittsburgh Steelers and knocked the Bengals (5-3-1) out of first place.
It was an ugly game by every measure for the Bengals, but according to rookie running back Jeremy Hill, the Browns did not deserve any credit for winning its first AFC North road game in years. Instead, Hill contends that the Browns aren’t really that good of a team and the reason behind the outcome was solely on the shoulders of the Bengals.
“Those guys, they’re not that good,” he told reporters, per Cleveland.com. “It was on us. We gave them the game, in my opinion. They didn’t do anything special. We just gave them the game. They just sat back with coverage the whole day…”
Despite the nature of the loss and without any reason why it may be any different, Hill insists a different Bengals team will show up when the division rivals square off in a Dec. 14 game.
“We’ll play them again,” he said. “And we’ll see what happens.”
If the Bengals cannot figure out what is wrong with quarterback Andy Dalton, who had a historically awful performance, it won’t matter whether or not other players on the roster can put up a better showing than they did on Thursday night.
Dalton was an absolute mess, completing only 10 of 33 passes for 86 yards. Tack on three interceptions and that earned Dalton a absurdly abysmal passer rating of 2.0. According to STATS, Inc. (via Pro Football Talk), it was the first time a quarterback has posted such an awful passer rating with a minimum of 30 passes since 1983.
Hill, who carried 12 times for 55 yards and lost a fumble, was equally blunt in his assessment of his team’s play as he was in his contention that the Browns aren’t that good.
“We’re embarrassed,” he said. “It’s pathetic. I had a fumble and you can’t do that . . . They didn’t do anything special, we just couldn’t get it done.”
Claiming the Bengals couldn’t get it done is a drastic understatement. The team absolutely laid an egg in a performance so terrible it may take longer to recover from than the ten days the team has to prepare to face the New Orleans Saints.
In the interim, head coach Marvin Lewis may want to sit Hill down and let him know that a rookie is best seen and not heard, especially if he is going to make such arguably uninformed and ludicrous comments.
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