In the midst of a chaotic week, the Cleveland Browns dropped Episode 11 of its docuseries Building The Browns.
The episode spans the time from early November until last Sunday’s win over the Baltimore Ravens.
Here are the highlights from the current episode.
1. Contract Extensions Of Wyatt Teller And Joel Bitonio
— Zachary Martin (@CLEZach) December 19, 2021
The episode opens with the signings of Wyatt Teller and Joel Bitonio.
The behind-the-scenes contract negotiations were over, and both players’ extensions were made official one day apart.
Each expressed his gratitude to the Browns for the opportunity.
For Wyatt Teller, this is his first contract extension.
He is a newlywed; he married his wife Carly in the offseason.
Joel Bitonio is the longest-tenured Brown, and he and his wife and two kids are grateful for another 4 years in Cleveland.
Teller and Bitonio are a winning combination that is hard to beat; their success is why the Browns are the best offensive line in football.
Highest-graded #Browns through 13 games (min. 325 snaps):
1️⃣ Joel Bitonio, OG- 92.7
2️⃣ Myles Garrett, EDGE- 92.1
3️⃣ Wyatt Teller, OG- 85.2
4️⃣ Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB- 79.7
5️⃣ Denzel Ward, CB- 79.5 pic.twitter.com/6SjNC8c4ma
— PFF CLE Browns (@PFF_Browns) December 14, 2021
The friendship between these two and an interview they did with Browns legend Joe Thomas shows us a different side, more laid back, of all three as they interact together.
In the end, the three discuss plans for a wing eating contest that Bitonio already predicts Thomas will win.
2. Salute To Service
The flyovers that we see as fans at NFL stadiums look effortless but are very well coordinated.
There was time focused in the episode showing the extensive logistics required to make the flyover happen successfully and timely.
Watching the flyover from different views (beginning at the 13:25 point of the episode) including from the plane, the sideline, and the stadium is absolutely amazing.
3. Detroit Lions Game
Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah talks about the brotherhood that he shares with his Browns teammates.
He shares an acronym from his Notre Dame days “FTB” which means for the brotherhood.
He enjoys a reunion with his former Notre Dame teammates that are now members of the Detroit Lions after the game.
4. Both Baltimore Ravens Games
The frustration of the first game with the Ravens is well documented.
Not capitalizing on those four turnovers for offensive points was the takeaway from the game.
The bye came at a good time for players to get mentally and physically rested up to challenge the Ravens for the second time.
Myles Garrett‘s leadership is on display getting the team hyped and ready with a sideline speech before the second game.
Uhh more like who is going to be able to actually play the game? RT @Browns: 🗣 "Who's going to make the game winning play!?"
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— Heidi (@HiDLine) December 16, 2021
In light of this week’s COVID-19 issues, it is a treat to watch highlights of the Week 14 Ravens victory.
It feels like it happened months ago and not just last week.
Coach Stefanski’s speech at the end of the episode (and the end of the Week 14 Ravens game) is certainly poignant given the week’s events.
Here is an excerpt of what Stefanski said just last week:
“We need that resiliency…That’s what the NFL is guys. It’s never easy okay…It’s hard…It’s hard, that’s what we want. Okay. If we stick together and we share in these wins, we have a chance.”
Let’s hope that is the case on Monday against the Raiders.