The Browns aren’t happy about the failure of receiver Greg Little to catch the football. But the reality is that, unless and until they have a better option, they’ve got no choice but to work with him.
And so they will.
“We had some drops,” coach Pat Shurmur said after Thursday night’s loss to the Ravens, which included seven drops by the Browns receivers, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “Not acceptable. There’s zero tolerance for that. I will say this: We have some tough guys out there playing that are not catching the ball efficiently enough, and we just need to keep working with them. That’s the reality of it.”
Of course, that’s not what “zero tolerance” means.
But with zero options, zero tolerance can’t be applied as defined. And so, despite the tough talk, the Browns will have to try to help Little finish the job.
“Great receivers make great catches,” Little said, adding that quarterbacks coach Mark Whipple told Little after dropping a potential touchdown catch that the second-year receiver would still “get a chance to pull out your big driver.”
Again, that’s not zero tolerance. It’s arguably the exact opposite of it.
Either way, the Browns need the exact opposite of what they have been getting from Little.