Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah: on his future with the Browns and that 76-yard touchdown pass by the Texans

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Finishing the regular season red hot didn’t translate when it counted for the Browns. The surprising factor was the lackadaisical play from Cleveland’s defense, a unit that was consistently praised as the league’s best throughout the season.

As for linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, who just finished his third and best season, it’s a lot to take in the way it ended. But in a moment of clarity, Owusu-Koramoah’s reflection is what helps him endure his mishap in the AFC wild card loss, his improvement of a 2023 season, and where his future in Cleveland sits.

“It is painful a bit, you know, when you put in so much work and so much is at stake, so many people involved — the organization, the city, the team, us as individuals and the way that we work,” Owusu-Koramoah said. “You have to take an evaluation, take an audit of what the season has made and what that game has made, (and) learn from those mistakes.”

The last time Cleveland held the lead during Saturday’s loss was after Kareem Hunt’s second touchdown of the game with a little over 12 minutes left in the first half. Offensive momentum was in the midst of being built, and all that was needed was an increase in defensive intensity.

From the snap, Jordan was seen blocking against both Browns defenders before taking his route. Split decisions are made in moments similar to those, but miscommunication seemed to be the reason for neither player staying with Jordan, though Owusu-Koramoah takes responsibility for his part in the miscue.

“I think it was a combination of things, whether it was my eyes, we got to execute on the tackling,” Owusu-Koramoah said. “I’ll be the first to take the credit on my side to say I should have done better on that play. I should’ve have kept my eyes on that man and followed him.”

Owusu-Koramoah was Cleveland’s best defensive player in the game as he recorded seven of his team-high nine tackles in the first half alone, along with a couple third-down stops.

 

 

Gideon Canice

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