Cleveland Browns star wideout Josh Gordon has called out his quarterback Brian Hoyer after the signal caller almost cost the Browns their win at the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.
Hoyer threw two late fourth quarter interceptions while the Browns were leading, mistakes which allowed the Falcons to take a late lead with a field-goal, before a Gordon-inspired Cleveland won the game with their own last-second field goal to win out.
But the rally from Hoyer in the final drive still doesn't hide the fact that he went 23/40 for zero touchdowns and three interceptions. And post-game, Josh Gordon told his quarterback to calm down more and do a better job of reading the defense.
Gordon says relax
"Brian is so hungry man, he wants to make every play. But some of them we've just got to tell him to calm down and trust us," Gordon explained post-game.
"He needs to pay closer to attention to the safeties. Sometimes there are things he can't control, but we are supporting him regardless."
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Gordon glad to be back
But despite this constructive criticism of Hoyer, Josh Gordon admitted after the game that he is delighted to be back following his ten-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.
Browns fans will be delighted to hear that not only is Gordon back in the swing of things, with eight catches for 120 yards, but that the talented wideout feels that this current Browns team is the best team he's been a part of in Cleveland.
"It means the world to me to be back, but not just to be back but to be back with this team. I think as a team we are thinking more collectively than we ever have before."
Browns still in playoff hunt
The win for the Browns keeps them in the playoff hunt in the AFC. Had they lost, they would have been one game behind a cluster of playoff ready teams hoping for a wildcard spot.
But the win for Cleveland keeps them within half of a game of first place in the AFC North, with huge divisional games against the Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens still to come this season.