Cleveland Browns: 3-Step blueprint to Week 2 victory over Jets
1. Don’t make it personal
There’s been a lot of back and forth between a couple of prominent members of the Browns and the Jets coaching staff. This isn’t shocking when you consider who is wearing the headsets in New York.
Head coach Adam Gase is there now but spent the past three seasons with the Miami Dolphins. While there, he had a tumultuous tenure where there were many feuds with players — including Jarvis Landry who was traded, by Gase, to the Browns ahead of the 2018 season.
According to Landry and other members of the Dolphins, Gase used to joke that he would send disgruntled players to Cleveland if they didn’t fall in line. Landry had a great response when asked about those comments ahead of this game.
There’s also been some talk about former interim head coach Gregg Williams. The fiery defensive coordinator for New York was with the Browns for two seasons and was 5-3 as the interim last year. But the talking isn’t coming from anyone who he coached during that time.
Instead, it’s Odell Beckham, Jr. who believes Williams tried to get players to injure him in 2017 while he was with the Giants. Williams responded by saying “Odell who?” before laughing that off and making a rather absurd claim, saying:
"“We don’t do that. Never done that anywhere I’ve been.” — Williams via SNYJets"
That’s a bold claim considering he was pointed out as the main reason for the New Orleans Bounty-Gate scandal which got his head coach suspended in 2012 and caused Williams to be out of football for two seasons. In those reports, it seemed plenty clear that Williams did want people to get hurt.
He continued from there telling the reporters to stop giving OBJ attention and said they were “cooperating” by doing so.
For the Browns, they have to ignore all this talk. They’re the better team and they can’t let the coaches on the other side of the ball make them play with any kind of anger. They need to be focused on the task at hand and let that be their revenge.
If they follow these steps, there’s no reason not to believe they will be 1-1 when the dust settles on Monday Night Football.