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  • The task will test Stefanski's impressive coaching crew
    The task will test Stefanski's impressive coaching crew
    Sam Penix
    New Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski, on the job less than a month, has already assembled a very nice coaching staff. He is surrounded by experienced minds on both sides of the ball, which should aid his transition from offensive coordinator to HC. However, as good as the staff looks on paper, it means nearly nil until the team performs better on the field, as we saw last season. When Freddie Kitchens was hired, growing pains were expected. He had gone from running backs coach to OC to HC in mere months. His meteoric rise led some to worry whether he was ready to handle the responsibilities of leading a team. Some of those fears were put to rest when Kitchens (or John Dorsey rather) was able to assemble a strong-looking coaching staff. New OC Todd Monken had engineered a high-powered Tampa Bay passing offense. Steve Wilks followed Kitchens from Arizona…
  • In fitting finale, Browns flounder, clear out Freddie
    In fitting finale, Browns flounder, clear out Freddie
    Sam Penix
    The 2019 NFL season was supposed to the Cleveland Browns' best since their return in 1999. Instead, it finished as perhaps the most disappointing. The season that began with Super Bowl aspirations (as misguided as they may have been at the time) ended with an effortless loss to the worst team in the NFL. Explosive offense not nearly enough Cleveland's offense had some good moments against the Cincinnati Bengals. Baker Mayfield hit Jarvis Landry and Damion Ratley for two deep touchdowns, and Odell Beckham Jr. made an acrobatic grab in the back of the end zone for his fourth TD of the year. But aside from that, Mayfield completed nine other passes to end up 12/27 for 279 yards, three scores, and three interceptions. To say Mayfield's sophomore season was a disappointment is a massive understatement. Nick Chubb ended the game with 13 carries for 41 yards, and was the NFL's rushing leader. At least…
  • End-of-half disaster dooms Browns against Ravens
    End-of-half disaster dooms Browns against Ravens
    Sam Penix
    The 2019 Cleveland Browns mismanaged the end of the first half and ultimately cost themselves the game. Sound familiar? The exact same thing happened in Week 6 against the Seattle Seahawks. Turns out head coach Freddie Kitchens didn't learn his lesson. With five minutes remaining in the second quarter and a 6-0 lead, the Browns had the ball deep in their own territory. They moved the ball to their own 28, and then on third-and-1, instead of running with Nick Chubb, Kitchens called a trick toss to Kareem Hunt, who also had the option to throw the ball. The result: a near-fumble and an eight-yard loss. After the atrocious play call, the Browns punted. Starting at their own 37, Baltimore took two plays to score a touchdown and grab a 7-6 lead. Cleveland got the ball back with 1:18 to go. Instead of trying to run the clock out, the Browns tried to score…
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