Browns offense becoming a concern
The Cleveland Browns offense was expected to be one of the most explosive units in the NFL because of the weapons they boast all over the offense. But after two games, there are several questions about the unit.
Cleveland’s offense has been unable to generate any rhythm through two games, except for a handful of drives. Even when they move the ball down the field, they struggle to maintain drives and the drive stalls.
Several times against the Jets, the Browns were getting to the line of scrimmage with less than 10 second on the play clock, forcing Baker Mayfield to rush to get the snap. The lack of urgency gave Mayfield limited time to read the defense before the snap, hurting him on several plays.
But even when the Browns had time to get lined up, Cleveland showed questionable playcalling. At times, the Browns show concepts which work, like the quick slant Odell Beckham Jr. took for an 89-yard touchdown. Other times, Mayfield is holding onto the ball far too long, allowing the Jets pressure to get in his face.
Last season, the Browns offense thrived with a quick passing concept, while showing plenty of play-action. But in 2019, both of those concepts have been lacking in Cleveland’s offense. Instead, they seem more keen on taking shots down the field that are not available.
The Browns involved Nick Chubb into the game more often against the Jets, helping control the ball. But at times, Freddie Kitchens and the Browns offense seemed to abandon the rushing game.
Cleveland has several weapons on the field, but have been unable to use those weapons to put together an offensive gameplan with rhythm. If the Browns continue to struggle to find their offensive identity, it could be a long season for the offense.