The info are quite simple for the Cleveland Browns as the primary quarter of the NFL season involves a detailed:
- The report is 2-2.
- They blew a recreation to the New York Jets.
- They ought to have overwhelmed the Atlanta Falcons.
- They barely beat the Carolina Panthers.
- They have been an onside kick away from presumably shedding the Pittsburgh Steelers.
- None of these groups are superb.
Putting that every one collectively and it’s straightforward to summarize the primary quarter of the 2022 Browns season merely: “The Cleveland Browns were not good.”
The blame recreation might be very straightforward for followers and media. Four blown coverages, together with one towards Atlanta this week, might have Cleveland 4-0. Just a few completely different choices or higher play calls on fourth down by Kevin Stefanski might have the Browns 4-0. A wholesome Myles Garrett this week might have led the workforce to a 3-1 report.
Quite a lot of particular groups gaffes, defensive errors and offensive penalties has Cleveland reeling going into what is anticipated to be a harder stretch of video games. Stefanski took duty for the newest loss:
Stefanski: “Frustrated that I didn’t put our guys in place to succeed…” Added that this recreation was no one’s fault “however my very own” and that he has to personal what occurred and be taught from it #Browns
— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) October 2, 2022
The phrases are an excellent place to begin however they have to result in motion. While some followers need DC Joe Woods fired, that appears unlikely. Same factor with particular groups coordinator Mike Priefer. On prime of that, Stefanski has proven little indication that giving up play calling is one thing he has thought of.
Instead, adjustments should come inside the workforce and inside the recreation. If Stefanski can’t name higher performs in essential conditions, kicking the ball has to turn out to be an appropriate final result. If Woods can’t belief his secondary to remain disciplined of their zone protection, extra man, simplified coverages or extra blitzes to hurry up the QB’s resolution should occur.
Improvements on particular groups can occur from completely different choices by Priefer however a few of that duty falls on GM Andrew Berry as effectively. Berry is well-known for liking to “churn the bottom of the roster” however, in doing so, creates lots of turnover on the particular groups models.
The Browns have felt like they have been in charge of all 4 video games this season however have gained simply two. While accidents and a few poor play by the gamers might be part of the issue (particularly some premature penalties), shedding a number of shut video games to inferior groups falls on teaching.
Stefanski has taken the blame now we should see, seemingly smaller, adjustments that present that accountability in motion. Otherwise, “my own” fault doesn’t imply far more than a lightweight gust of air in the midst of an open area.
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