A lot has to change for the Cleveland Browns and it should start with the front office and players in this edition of the Broulis Beat Report.
The Cleveland Browns head coaching and general manager position are only a few of the problems the Browns need to correct, if they are going to ever get serious about winning. Discipline from the top down needs to be enforced from the coaches to the owner.
Two players that were brought up during a recent interview with guard Alex Boone. Cleveland wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and running back Kareem Hunt.
Boone talked about culture and what needs done before the season even starts. Boone made it clear that all players need to be held accountable at the same level and that all members of the front office need to be on the same page when it comes to discipline and player treatment. In other words, you can’t let the players think they can go to someone different if they don’t get their way with someone else.
The players that should be on the roster should all be about team first. Odell Beckham would be traded along with Kareem Hunt. Boone talked about the incident at the national title game involving Odell, the players and security guard in the locker room. Kareem Hunt’s recent meeting with the law on I-90. All signs that these players are not team players. Alex brought up that any players that do stuff that puts any negative attention on themselves should be handled quickly.
I completely agree with Boone. I would not lose sleep over watching Beckham or Hunt let go. Hunt is a restricted free-agent. Beckham still has multiple years left on his current deal. I’m guessing none of this will happen at all.
Players these days, because of their talents, are being given multiple chances. Just ask former Browns WR Josh Gordon.
Kevin Stefanski and newly named Browns general manager Andrew Berry have a chance to make a statement, but likely won’t take any sort of action. The Cleveland Browns organization has lacked discipline for a very long time.
If talent alone is the only reason for keeping around players, you, as an organization, have to take a look at how you’re running things. If you draft well enough, you should be able to replace talent with talent.
Odell Beckham and Kareem Hunt have both embarrassed the Browns organization recently. The players represent their teams everywhere they go, regardless of the time of year. When they get in trouble, it makes the organization look bad.
I understand that teams need talent, but players have to start being held accountable on this team. When players don’t fear or respect the coaching staff, it eventually shows. We all saw what happened during the 2019 season.
Some may think I’m overreacting when it comes to Beckham and Hunt. When was the last time Cleveland had a quiet off-season? No drama? No firings? I can’t remember off the top of my head. Most of the successful organizations are quiet this time of year in the NFL.
Taking a look at teams like New England, Baltimore, Green Bay, Pittsburgh, Seattle and so on. What do they all have in common? The front office and coaching staff are on the same page and the players know their place.
It’s time that Haslam stops trying to reinvent the wheel and stop thinking he is smarter than everyone else. Everything, to this point, has failed. It appeared he had things going in the right direction with former GM John Dorsey, but one bad head coaching decision and Dorsey is now gone.
If Jimmy Haslam doesn’t get out of the way soon, nothing is going to change.
When players are brought in, whether it be from the draft or free-agency, they should know that you can’t fool around if you play for this organization. Right now, that doesn’t exist in Cleveland.
Credit all authors of images used in both article and as cover image : Nick Broulis