As the first quarter of the Browns' Week Seven matchup against the Cinncinati Bengals drew to a close, the world was collapsing around Baker Mayfield. The Browns quarterback began the game 0/5 with 1 interception. To make matters worse, star wideout Odell Beckham Jr. tore his ACL chasing down the interception.
The Cleveland Browns established what was almost a "dream team", a squad made up of top players on many different positions. Despite loading up with exceptional talent, the Browns never actually lived up to the expectations. They missed the postseason in both of the last two years, finishing near a .500 record. Until this year, that is.
Cleveland's offensive troubles in 2019 are best summarised by the decline in the performance of their starting quarterback, Baker Mayfield. In 2018, Baker finished the season with a 63.8% completion percentage, 27 touchdowns, 14 interceptions and an average yards per attempt (Y/A) of 7.7 Y/A.
After last year’s promising end to the season under interim head coach Gregg Williams and offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens, there were high hopes for the Cleveland Browns this season. That was especially so after the high-profile trade for wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr from the New York Giants, with many predicting Cleveland to end their long running playoff drought.
Delving into the film that showns Nick Bosa as a serious Defensive Player of the Year candidate as well as a Rookie of the Year frontrunner.
This most recent edition of Monday Night Football presented a fascinating match-up between two of the NFL's most intriguing teams. Both the San Francisco 49ers and the Cleveland Browns kicked off on Monday night following a win and eager to prove to the rest of the NFL that they're not pretenders.
Very few analysts and talking heads would have expected the Browns to have come out with a win against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday night. However, after holding Sean McVay’s offence to just 20 points in this matchup in Ohio, fans in Believeland will be cursing their team’s mistakes and inability to execute.
A loss on Monday, and Cleveland’s new gods will be facing a herculean task just to remain relevant by the halfway point of the season.
The Browns are a five-and-a-half-point favourite, and rightfully so. But the Titans stack up more than well against Cleveland and could be a team quickly rocketing in their playoff odds, and a very deserving Week 1 underdog pick.
The Browns are likely to get into playoffs but I’m more cautious in predicting it as a wild card berth rather than as division winners. It may take this team time to gel and it’s going to be difficult for them to live up to the lofty expectations immediately.
Looking back at the 2018 edition of the NFL Draft, the talk is always around Re-Drafts and polarising subjects like "why the heck did the Giants not take a Quarterback with 2nd pick?". But if we were to build a team who made up entirely of players entering their Sophomore year in the NFL, should teams like the Giants feel vindicated or guilty of reaching?
The AFC North is one of the NFL's most interesting divisions this offseason. The Browns, Steelers, Bengals and Ravens all have big decisions to make.
One of the key factors in how teams conduct their business is based on how much cap space they have. The NFL have raised the base salary cap for each team from $177,200,000 last year to $190,000,000 for the 2019 season.
Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins and Denver Broncos all hired first-time head coaches this offseason in Freddie Kitchens, Vic Fangio and Brian Flores.
It has been a question asked for many a month now, but we finally have an answer - Kyler Murray wants to play in the NFL. This is despite only last year being selected 9th overall by the Oakland Athletics in the MLB Draft.