Cleveland Browns need to make a trade because of tough schedule
The Cleveland Browns were embarrassed in week one by the Tennessee Titans defensive line. It doesn’t let up, the next five defenses they play all have good pass rushes.
It was only one game and there is a lot of time to improve, but Cleveland Browns fans were not encouraged by what they saw in the season opener. The Titans came to Cleveland and beat the Browns 43-13.
The biggest problem was penalties, as Cleveland committed 18 of them. Part of the blame goes to head coach Freddie Kitchens and part of it is on the players to have more discipline.
But the next biggest problem was the offensive line. It didn’t help that starting left tackle Greg Robinson got ejected in the first half for kicking a player in the face, part of the undisciplined play.
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They can make a move to address the offensive line and make them Super Bowl contenders: Trade for Washington Redskins left tackle Trent Williams. Williams may be the best tackle in the NFL and he is currently holding out from the Redskins for a variety of reasons.
The Browns need to trade two first-round picks for Williams or whatever the Redskins want because they have to protect Baker Mayfield. The offensive line will face a test in the next five games because they will be facing some incredible defensive lines.
The Browns will visit the New York Jets on Monday night, which is a virtual must win for the Browns. Mainly because the Jets will be without their starting quarterback Sam Darnold who has mono. Jets middle linebacker C.J. Mosley is also not healthy, and neither is first-round pick defensive tackle Quinnen Williams with a knee injury.
Two players you always have to account for is defensive end Leonard Williams and All-Pro safety Jamal Adams. The Browns are going to have to slide some protections to deal with Williams.
This is a must win for the Browns against an injury riddled Jets because their schedule is much tougher from here. Teams who start 0-2 only have a nine percent chance to make the playoffs. Next they play the defending NFC champion Los Angeles Rams. They will have to find a way to deal with two-time Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald.
Donald is far from the only force on their line with defensive end Michael Brockers and Dante Fowler Jr., who made two sacks in Week One. They also signed Clay Matthews in the offseason. You have to score points to beat the Rams and you need to run the ball to do it. They gave up 127 yards rushing and 27 points against a suspect Panthers offense. If the Browns can get Nick Chubb going and give Mayfield a little bit of time they should have a chance to win this game.
After the Rams is divisional opponent, the Baltimore Ravens, who always seem to have one of the best defenses in the league. They lost their all-time leader in sacks Terrelle Suggs, but they still have talented pass rushers.
Linebacker Matt Judon looked great in Week One even though it was against the Dolphins. Pernell McPhee is a veteran and Tim Williams is a pass rush specialist who can bend the corner and get to the quarterback. The Baltimore defense only allowed 21 rushing yards in Week One so they will have to attack this defense through the air.
After Baltimore, the Browns will travel to San Francisco to take on the 49ers. They are not the most talented team, but they do have a very good defensive line. They acquired Dee Ford in the offseason, who had 13 sacks and seven forced fumbles last year with the Chiefs.
They also feature four first-round picks on the defensive line: Deforest Buckner, Arik Armstead, Solomon Thomas and 2019 second-overall pick Nick Bosa. Ford, Armstead and Buckner all recorded sacks Week One. This a young group that can play the run and pass so it will be a good test for the Browns offensive line, but they can have success in this matchup.
The last game in this brutal stretch is against the Seattle Seahawks, whose strength is more in their front-seven, not just their defensive line. The newly acquired Jadeveon Clowney is a force and they pair him with the talented rookie defensive tackle Poona Ford, defensive ends Ziggy Ansah and Quinton Jefferson.
Seattle might have the best linebacker core in the league with Bobby Wagner, Mychal Kendricks and K.J. Wright. Seattle does have a very suspect secondary. In their first game they allowed 395 yards passing to Andy Dalton and the Bengals, who were not expected to have a good offense. The Seahawks did get five sacks and four quarterback hits.
Trent Williams will solve a lot of these problems for Cleveland. When you add a piece like that it has a way of making the other players better as well.