The Cleveland Browns have some new pieces on the roster, but also a mostly new coaching staff. Could their lack of chemistry hinder the Browns in 2019?
The Cleveland Browns are entering their most anticipated season since the team’s first season back in Cleveland in 1999. But the anticipation is for a much different reason than a homecoming season.
With the roster the Browns have built over the past couple of offseasons, they are expected to be playoff contenders in 2019. And there are some who believe the Browns could even be threats for the AFC Championship.
One of the biggest questions about the Browns is if first-time head coach Freddie Kitchens can manage the expectations surrounding the team and still guide them to a successful season. But based on early indications, Kitchens appears to have the personality to be able to do so.
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Also, when Kitchens hired rest of his coaching staff this offseason, he surrounded himself with plenty of experience. By hiring coaches who have either previously been a head coach or have extended experience as a coordinator, Kitchens has several coaches he can lean on if he has any issues during his first-year as a head coach.
However, Terry Pluto of cleveland.com believes that the team’s chemistry, whether it be the players or the coaching staff, could hinder the Browns’ hopes for being one of the top teams in the AFC in 2019.
"Q: Are you really going to start taking about team chemistry?You better believe it. Finding the right roles for players and convincing them to do the job with enthusiasm isn’t easy on a team with zero history of recent success.Q: What about last year?I’m not done yet. The coaching staff also needs chemistry. Think back to last July. Freddie Kitchens was the Browns running backs coach at this point last season. Todd Monken was offensive coordinator in Tampa Bay. Steve Wilks was head coach in Arizona. Now Kitchens is the head coach, Wilks the defensive coordinator and Monken the offensive coordinator. There are other major changes on the coaching staff.- Pluto, Cleveland.com"
Pluto mentions that in order to get the best from the roster, the coaches are going to need to be able to work together. If they are unable to work together and have different points of view about what roles best suit the players, then it could create some problems on the field.
There is little doubt that the Browns have one of the most talented rosters the franchise has had in a long time. However, there have been several teams before that have boasted plenty of talent but it did not result in having a successful season.
If the Browns want to have a successful season, the coaches will have to iron out the kinks before the regular season starts. There will be some tough decisions to make on the roster, whether it be playing time or the roles players will be filling, so the coaching staff will need to be on point to make group decisions.
For the Browns, there should not be many chemistry concerns with the players, as the Browns return several of their key players. They did make some big additions this offseason, such as Odell Beckham Jr. and Olivier Vernon, but they should not negatively affect the team’s on-field chemistry.
It is obvious the Browns have enough talent to be contenders in 2019, but the question is if they can turn that talent into a unit and play as a team. If the coaching staff can do that, then the Browns should be able to live up to some of their expectations for the upcoming season.