3. Utilize New Talent
The Browns made some serious waves in the early offseason, enough to make even Adam Schefter’s head spin. It started on an unassuming Friday night with a blockbuster acquisition of Jarvis Landry. And then it didn’t stop…for a while.
Cleveland will walk into 2018 without Joe Thomas, but with a roster that has seemingly entirely turned over. Not bad for a team that went 0-16 just last fall. They need to utilize this talent, and keep competition on the roster as tight and as vicious as it can get.
53 guys all competing for the top 22 spots on the roster will keep things exciting, fluid, and fresh. Iron sharpens iron, and that is especially true for a roster that could be the most competitive in football.
I’d be willing to bet that this season could be the best Corey Coleman fans have seen since his time at Baylor. The Browns have so much new talent, and they had best be willing to use it if they want to have a shot at the Super Bowl.
4. Get Over The AFC North Hump
The Cleveland Browns last led the AFC North in week 10 of 2014. They were 7-4, and riding of the high of what would unfortunately be a fluke year. The Browns have not made the NFL playoffs since 2002, quarterbacked by Kelly Holcomb in a wild card loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
This has to change in 2018. The Browns need to win at least one, if not many, many more, of their divisional games. Luckily for them, it seems like the AFC North, outside of Cleveland, is on its way down.
Week one at home could be a great way to get on the right foot for 2018. The Browns will take on the Pittsburgh Steelers from FirstEnergy stadium for the first game of the season. Having not won their opening game since 2004, Cleveland will have a massive task ahead of them.
Everything, absolutely everything, about this game says that the Steelers should shellack the Browns like normal. But, as fans know, anything can happen on any given Sunday. If the Browns can find a way to take down Pittsburgh, Baltimore, and Cincinnati once each, they’ve got a shot at making the playoffs.