The Cleveland Browns are set to address concerns raised by Kareem Hunt following his postgame comments after a 24-20 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on October 29.
Kareem Hunt expressed frustration as he was not involved in the fourth quarter, despite having one of his more productive games of the season. This is noteworthy as Hunt has been the Browns’ primary short-yardage running back this season, yet he was conspicuously absent during a critical 3rd-and-3 play.
In that particular play, the Browns attempted to gain yards through a passing play, but the pass from PJ Walker deflected off the helmet of Seahawks safety Jamal Adams, resulting in an interception. Seattle capitalized on this turnover to score the game-winning points.
Although Hunt managed 55 rushing yards on 14 carries and scored a 1-yard touchdown, he was disheartened by his lack of involvement in crucial moments. He commented, “I didn’t get a chance the whole fourth quarter, so it’s cool. I don’t know. I just go and play my role. That’s what I do.”
Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski did not directly respond to Hunt’s remarks but indicated that he would have a conversation with the veteran running back. Stefanski emphasized his appreciation for players who are eager to contribute to the team, saying, “I like players who want to help the football team. I was pleased with all those running backs. They all ran hard and made plays in the passing game as well. I thought we had a good balance of all those guys.”
As a collective effort, the Browns managed 155 rushing yards, with Pierre Strong Jr. gaining 41 yards on 10 carries and making a 41-yard reception. Jerome Ford, who had been questionable for the game due to an ankle injury, carried the ball nine times for 37 yards.
Despite a slow start and a 14-0 deficit, the Browns fought back but faced late-game challenges, with PJ Walker’s two interceptions proving costly. Walker also lost a fumble, contributing to three turnovers in total.
Stefanski acknowledged the issue of turnovers and justified his decision to pass during the critical third-down play, stating, “I was obviously pleased with how we fought, but we can’t turn the ball over. That’s continuing to hurt us, so we’ve got to find ways to not turn it over. After early in the game, [the] defense really settled in, but ultimately just didn’t get the job done, and it’s frustrating.”
The Browns’ defense, despite allowing some significant plays, particularly early in the game, did not blame the offense for the loss. Myles Garrett, the star pass-rusher for the Browns, acknowledged that the defense had an opportunity to limit the Seahawks to a field goal late in the game but failed to do so.
Garrett commented, “I don’t wish they would’ve done anything. I trust what Stefanski and the other guys on offense do. It’s part of the game. You can’t take a call back. Sometimes you just have to make a call right by making a play.”
The Browns aim to bounce back in their upcoming game against the Arizona Cardinals.