In the Cleveland Browns‘ three wins, the team made plays in all three facets of the game.
To be fair, the offensive efforts have been pretty good all season long because Nick Chubb has tried to carry this team on his back whenever he is given the opportunity.
#Browns offense is top 10. Skill positions on offense are top 10. Defense is not top 10. Fix the defense. Thank you.
— Dave @ BIGPLAY (@BIGPLAY_Dave) November 21, 2022
Aside from Carolina, Pittsburgh, and Cincinnati, the defensive and special teams’ efforts have been below expectations.
There is probably plenty of blame to go around, but it starts with Coach Kevin Stefanski and his coordinators: DC Joe Woods and special teams coordinator Mike Priefer.
Woods and Priefer have left the team down numerous times.
In the case of Woods, the hashtag #FireJoeWoods has been regularly trending on Twitter after the Browns’ losses.
Here are the ways Woods and Priefer have fallen short and failed the team.
Woods: Miscommunications And Blown Coverages
The infamous defensive miscommunications in the early games of the season cost the Browns dearly.
Now, we have blown coverages or players just looking unprepared.
There is the #browns defense we know and love. Completely lost in coverage
— Ryan Angelo (@RyanAngeloCLE) November 20, 2022
Yes, some of that is the responsibility of the players, but the coaches are supposed to be orchestrating practices and preparing players accordingly.
Priefer: Hands Team Malfunctions And Blocked Field Goals
The hands’ team for the Browns has been mostly ineffective.
They have been called on several times this season and never look like they are ready.
I ain't gonna lie when they said Cleveland's hands team was on the field I was scared #Browns
— Tre Switzer (@SwitzerTre) November 1, 2022
Then, there are the blocked field goals.
While when Cade York gets time to kick, and the line blocks well and makes sure the other team doesn’t get their hands up, he’s a pretty good kicker #Browns
— DonnyTheKingReturns (@LuffyLsd) November 1, 2022
If there are blocking issues on special teams that are creating an advantage for the opponent to block field goals, fix it.
No one has job security in the NFL if a team is losing, but given the circumstances surrounding the 2022 Browns, both Woods and Priefer are especially vulnerable to losing their jobs at the end of the season.