The Cleveland Browns' $230 million quarterback played like a $12 quarterback in Monday night's 26-22 loss to rival Pittsburgh.
Deshaun Watson accounted for three of the Browns' four turnovers, including a first-play pick-six and a game-losing fumble returned for a touchdown by T.J. Watt. Watson was also called for two massive 15-yard facemask penalties. The high-priced quarterback knows he can't make those mistakes for the Browns to be successful.
"Still coming along," Watson said after the game when asked how he feels he's playing right now. "I feel like, tonight, it was s----- as far as that. There's some plays that we capitalized and we did good, but as far as my part, it's not good enough. I put that on me. The first play, yeah, we can get into the tactics of receiver running out and putting the ball out, and this, that and the third, but I got to give him a better ball. The forced fumble for a touchdown for them. We can say, 'This guy can do this,' but I've got to protect the ball. We're not going to put it on anyone else. You put it on me. I can take the full blame, I can take the criticism and I'm going to do that."
When you're making the money Watson makes and playing the way Watson has played, the criticism will come. Loudly.
Monday, he completed a woeful 22 of 40 pass attempts for 235 yards (5.9 yards per attempt), with a touchdown and an interception while taking a whopping six sacks. Not only did Watson struggle to complete passes, but many of his throws weren't close, sailing well out of bounds or spiking the dirt in front of a receiver. On the final play, he missed Donovan Peoples-Jones by a good five yards -- had the ball been better, the ref might have been more inclined to call a penalty.
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