Cleveland Browns

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League:
National Football League
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Location:
Cleveland, OH United States
Conference:
American Football Conference
 

Season Outlook Analysis

Offense
Position
Quarterbacks
B-
Should finally be a legitimate quarterback competition here in Cleveland newly acquired Tyrod Taylor and 1st overall pick Baker Mayfield. Tyrod is a sturdy NFL caliber starter but likely has reached his potential. He is what he is. Baker was highly productive in college but question marks on if his abilities will translate to the NFL.
Running Backs
C
Solid core of running backs with youth and veterans. Hyde is a good early down back but has injury history. Duke Johnson is average back with good skills but not much big play ability. Rookie Nick Chubb can win the job as he was a great downhill runner in college. Strong lower body. They have good depth but production is to be determined.
Protection & Blocking
C+
Losing a multi-year All-Pro Tackle in Joe Thomas to retirement is a huge downgrade. Still have some good pieces around but will have to find a new leader in the trenches.
Receiving
B
Potential to be a very talent group if all are able to be on the field. Josh Gordon is one the most naturally gifted receivers but has trouble staying on the field. Jarvis Landry is play maker with the ball in his hands and will be a solid complement to Gordon. Slot is up for competition. Second year tight end Njoku is still a bit raw but has the tools to be a threat down the middle of the field.
Skills
Speed
B
Production
B+
Big Play Ability
B+
Consistency
C+
Red Zone Success
C+
Skills Analysis Notes
Will be an improved offense with all the new additions as well as new OC Todd Haley calling he plays. There are dynamic players at the skills positions. Quarterback play may be inconsistent at times but they have the ability to run a successful offense.

Defense
Position
Defensive Line
C+
Linebackers
C+
Defensive Backs
B-
Skills
Passing Game Defense
C
Stopping the Run
C-
Controlling Field Position
C-
Stopping The Big Play
C
Causing Turnovers
C-
Skills Analysis Notes
Not enough play makers. Not a cohesive unit.

Special Teams and Coaching
Special Teams
Place Kicking
D
Punting
C+
Kickoff/Punt Returning
C
Kickoff/Punt Coverage
C+
Coaching
Effectiveness
D
Preparedness
D
Decision Making
D
Overall Coaching / School Analysis
1-31 over the last two season has to reflect the coaching.

Overall Team
Overall Team Grade
D
Last season, did the team
meet your expectations?
Slightly Under-performed Expectations
Expected Wins
3
Expected Losses
13
Expectations/ Outlook
Only can go up after a 0-16 season. Offense should be improved with all the new additions. Still extremely far from playoff aspirations. The goal for this season should be to identify the QB of the future and have the foundation for years to come.