For the first time in a long time we’ve had an exciting off-season. Watching the roster for the 2019 Browns get put together has been fun and exciting. Over the summer the sad truth is that the best news is no news as it pertains to the NFL. That is why story desperate writers take attendance at OTAs, and we have constant updates on Duke Johnson Jr’s agent situation.
If it looked like we were facing another nightmare of a season maybe things like that would concern me more. I am very happy with were the Browns have positioned themselves this off-season. I am looking more forward to what the team is going to look like on the field than searching for off the field issues.
So instead of trying to stir up some stuff with some secondhand Browns clickbait, I went to Twitter to see if they could come up with some questions to pose with my very first Browns Mailbag.
As you can see my first attempt at a Browns Mailbag yielded some important questions about the team going forward this season. If I’m honest I’m not sure the members of the Browns beat are quite skilled enough to handle hard hitting questions like this.
I would have to say that five Myles Garretts would be a formidable match-up for just about anything. Arming them would make them nearly unstoppable.
The short answer here is no and no. Jarvis Landry has already shown he will perform at his highest level for the Browns. I don’t think he needs Odell Beckham Jr. to give his game an extra boost. I think that OBJ’s impact will be a bit more profound than that. Baker Mayfield has shown in his first season that he will be indiscriminate with the football. Baker will find an open target. Landry’s opportunities will depend on the defense. If anything, in many weeks, we could see Landry become the beneficiary of defenses that choose to key in on OBJ. No matter how you look at it, the Browns are stacked on offense. I am expecting to see teams use a variety of strategies to try to stop them. My expectations is that no one player will see the majority of the targets from week to week. Not even OBJ.
While I do think there are offensive line jobs up for grabs this preseason, there may be guys in house to fill them. Before Freddie Kitchens took over the line play was atrocious. If you look back to those games the play calling was predictable. I think the line came off looking so poor early more because of the philosophy they were using. Coach Kitchens did a great job putting that unit in a position to succeed. I have no doubt that will again be the case this season.
The offense will have continuity among some of the coaches. I think that at the skill positions we are set. As of right now, Duke is a Browns running back. That means as of now, anyone trying to hang on to an extra running back or wide receiver slot better be providing something to the special teams. As I said above, the camp battles on the offense will likely be limited to the offensive line.
Defense is a whole different story. With Coach Kitchens presumably more hands on as an offensive coach, Steve Wilks will likely have free reign over what the Browns defense will look like. The defensive players will not have the same familiarity with the defensive staff as the offense does. With a young secondary and linebacker core, I think the competition for playing time at those positions will be a bit more intense than people think.
If the Browns win a playoff game, I have faith Clevelanders will have the good sense to keep the city standing for another week. The Browns are set for a nice little run for the next several years if everything works out. At this point I would be far more worried about the city if they lose the opener.