CANTON, Ohio- Some ideas on what the Browns need to do or be doing during their bye-week.
There’s a very good possibility that the Cleveland Browns will go 0-16 this season. But, I came up with some ideas on how they could actually win one game.
The first thing that should be done is letting go of Kenny Britt. I cannot believe I’m saying this, but the Browns managed to make the Dwayne Bowe situation from last year look good in just a short period of time this season. The difference is pretty obvious. Bowe was a nice guy to both the media and his teammates. Britt has come across as a very negative person. It started with how he handled the media after a dropped pass early in the season. He refused to own it. Next, he verbally ripped apart London, England.
Hue Jackson said in a press conference that Britt “Has a spot on this roster”. Jackson is only saying that so it looks like him and Sashi Brown are on the same page. As we all know by now, that’s the furthest thing from the truth. Kenny. Britt. Gone. NOW!
It’s time to stop giving Isaiah Crowell a chance to prove his worth for a new contract. I know the offensive line isn’t the best, but it’s pretty obvious that when Duke Johnson gets to carry the ball, he’s far more effective. They’re running behind the same line. So, you tell me.
Sticking with the running back. It’s time to let Matthew Dayes, the rookie from NC State, shine. He’s very explosive and can catch the ball out of the back field. He’s even shown the ability to pick up the blitz. Dayes would be a great change of pace from Johnson. Duke is a bigger back, Dayes has a lot of speed.
The Browns gave Spencer Drango some help last week in his first start at LT. Once practice resumes, give Drango all the reps at left tackle and hopefully the Browns won’t need to slide as much help to that side when they travel to Detroit.
Go with more two tight end sets. Cleveland has talent at the tight end. Randall Telfer, Seth DeValve and David Njoku all are capable of being productive and helping Kizer.
This probably should’ve been mentioned first, but get healthy. This team needs all hands-on deck to get a win.
The Browns have drawn 72 penalties this year. Only the Chargers, Jets, 49ers and Seahawks have more. The big difference, is that the Browns lack so much talent and are so young. It’s hard for any team to win a game if they draw a lot of penalties, but with the Browns, it’s magnified. They’ve got to cut down on the self-inflicted wounds.
Cleveland is dead last in the NFL in turnover differential. Cleveland only has 9 total takeaways. They’ve turned the ball over 21 times. When you have an offense as bad as Cleveland’s, turnovers can’t be tolerated.
This team might actually win a game if they stopped hurting themselves with penalties and turning the ball over, both in the same game.
Finally, most of the time, I’d say they don’t deserve a break, which they don’t from a record standpoint. But, I think it would do this entire team some good to just get away and free their minds. Come back refreshed and be prepared to work your butt’s off.
As I write this, if the Browns had any hopes of landing backup QB Jimmy Garoppollo, they can cancel those plans. Garoppollo has been traded to the 49ers for a second-round pick. I’m sure Sashi Brown is crushed at this point. If Garoppollo turns out to be the QB that people think he can be, that’s one less thing San Francisco will have to focus on in next year’s draft. For the 49ers, they make this move at a good time. They’ll have 8 games to see if he’s their future. Luckily for them, Garoppollo has already played in some games.
As for the Browns, they’ve got a lot of work to do.
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