The Cleveland Browns ended their 2022 season with a losing effort against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
It was a disappointing end to a disappointing season.
Here are three things we either learned or relearned on Sunday afternoon.
1. Watson Is Trying To Do Too Much
Deshaun Watson is holding the ball too long.
Either hand off, run, or pass, it is that simple.
Deshaun Watson hasn’t played as bad as people have made him out to be…but also not as good as people have made him out to be. No excuses next season…When your given the best contract in NFL History your expected to play at a high level and elevate a team week in and week out.
— Joe Pennington (@TruthSportsShow) January 8, 2023
The dancing around to try and extend the play ends up with a sack, incomplete pass, or a Browns’ penalty.
2. Browns Cannot Get Out Of Their Own Way
The Browns started the game well with some big plays and turnovers.
However, there were significant penalties that either extended the Steelers’ offensive drives or shortened the Browns’ offensive drives.
#Browns offensive line leads the league in penalties. Nothing different today as James Hudson picks up first flag less than 2 minutes into the game.
— Noah Weiskopf (@BrownsWithNoah) January 8, 2023
Even Jim Donovan quipped on the radio that Jedrick Wills Jr. had his weekly holding penalty early in the game.
Everyone knows it; the mistakes are too big and inexcusable for a team as young and talented as we think this team is.
It is either a lack of discipline or sloppy play, but it really does not matter what it is, this has been a season-long problem.
3. Significant Coaching Changes Are Necessary
The only way to fix the Browns is to start at the top.
The #Browns went 7-10 with a roster that most coaches could’ve taken deep into the playoffs. Another lost season in Cleveland. Go Cavs!
— Mike Vielhaber (@MVielhaber) January 8, 2023
You could argue that Kevin Stefanski could be fired, but his 2020 rookie performance probably buys him another year assuming he gets a new and better staff, including offensive, defensive, and special teams coordinators, that clean up the deficiencies in this roster, and the new offensive coordinator must take over playcalling duties.
The 2020 Cinderella season feels like it was a decade ago; the Browns need to find the magic in 2023 or an even bigger overhaul will occur in 2024.
the browns will not progress until changes are made in the front office. they draft poorly, they trade poorly and. very few of their free agency signing pan out.
the organization is very poorly run from ownership on down. the coaching is the least of there problems.
last season we had the worst QB int he division, baker mayfield. this year we have the worst QB in the division. it only cost us 230 million and 3 1st round draft deals. great job front office.
watson is the not the answer at QB and we will never win in this division if we cannot stop the run.
maybe it’s time we got rid Paul DePodesta and the haslam’s and moved on. they have brought us nothing but broken promises and disappoint.
Coaching changes are definitely needed across-the-board.
Rick Z says
Please Mr & Mrs Haslam sell the browns to a competent individual or group. You do not have the ability to run an NFL franchise. You hire and fire people on a whim, therefore the team lacks stability. I have suffered with this team since the early sixties. Don’t blame your coaches and players. You do not have what it takes to mold an organization. Pleas, the city of Cleveland and I deserve better. Im Canadian.
You already seen what Watson is going to look like. Expect much more RPO options which eliminates the offensive line from grabbing anyone or moving because they won’t know if it is a run or a pass or which way it is going. Never has worked well in the NFL. Too much defensive speed.
But what do I know, I’ve only been watching football since 1967