Repair My Team..! The Bad News Dogs, Aren’t As Bad As They Appear.
The Cleveland Browns have achieved the unthinkable. A task that could be just as daunting as an undefeated season, a winless one. However, don’t confuse this Browns roster with the 2016 version. It has been infused with elite young talent eager to make a name for themselves. Now with super stud wide receiver Josh Gordon entering the fold, they’re only solid quarterback play away from becoming serious playoff contenders.
The Browns were led to battle by rookie Deshone Kizer. Kizer was very inconsistent, hence “rookie” starter. He passed for 2,894 while totaling 11 touchdowns, with 22 interceptions. Hue Jackson didn’t aide Kiser’s shaky play by playing quarterback roulette with any live arm from the dog pound.
The running back duo of Isiah Crowell along with Duke Johnson was a bright spot for the offense. They combined for nearly 1200 yards rushing with 6 touchdowns, and over 900 yards with 3 touchdowns through the air. However, Crowell is a free agent, unlikely to return and the team doesn’t seem to view Johnson as a feature back.
The sending-ending injury loss of future Hall of Fame OT Joe Thomas spelled trouble from week one. While he is likely to return, he has not made an official announcement.
On defense, the Dog Pound were led by a dominant front line that included 2017 No. 1 pick Myles Garrett and interior stalwart Danny Shelton. Two emerging linebackers, Joe Schobert and Christian Kirksey played well next to veteran Jamie Collins. Shoebert became the first Browns’ first Pro Bowl linebacker since 2002. They stifled opposing run games to under 100 yards per contest.Their secondary may have been the worst in the AFC. The cornerback trio of Jason McCourty, Jamar Taylor and Brien Boddy-Calhoun left much to be desired, while safties Jabrill Peppers and Derrick Kindred showed their youth often.
So, I guess you’re wondering why they are 0-16. I can answer that! The inconsistent play from a rookie quarterback, an injury to their best player and a star wide receiver returning from a year-plus suspension can wreak havoc on a team’s chances.
This may be an odd statement. However, the Browns aren’t that far away. The Browns took a step in the right direction by hiring longtime scout and former Chiefs’ G.M., John Dorsey in early December. Dorsey and Hue Jackson look to continue to add young pieces and build a winner for a deserving fan base.
Key Free Agent(s)
RB Isiah Crowell Unrestricted
Primary Needs & Potential Fits
- Josh Rosen, UCLA
- Sam Darnold, USC
- Saquon Barkley, Penn State
- Derrius Guice, LSU
- Sony Michel, Georgia
- Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama
- Jaire Alexander, Louisville
- Carlton Davis, Auburn
2018 Draft Picks (12 total)
Round / Number