Cleveland Browns: Where do we go from here?
Following another disappointing loss this season, the Cleveland Browns are at a crossroads. Is this going to be remembered as a “lost” season, or is there something worth salvaging for this team going forward?
The Cleveland Browns just lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ third-string quarterback. Yes, you read that correctly. The Browns winning streak came to a halt at just three, and it seems that their season is on the cusp of being considered “lost.”
With such high expectations during the spring following the trade for wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., it’s easy as a fan to be disappointed in where the team has been this year. From the lackluster offensive play during the first half of the season by a star-studded offense, to now having to watch a defense that has been ravaged by suspensions, injuries, and players not playing due to coaching decisions, it’s hard to measure where this team truly is.
The Browns were supposed to kick things off in the second half with a win against the Brandon Allen led Denver Broncos, but they fell flat on their faces. But consecutive wins against the Bills, Steelers, and Dolphins had fans believing in the team again. But after tonight’s ugly 20-13 loss in Pittsburgh, talk of this team making the postseason for the first time in 17 years is at a deafening-silence.
That begs many to ask the question: What are the Browns working towards this season? What will it be remembered as? Will it be remembered as franchise quarterback Baker Mayfield’s sophomore slump, where we thought his growth would continue with the addition of OBJ and running back Kareem Hunt?
Will it be remembered for the infamous brawl between Browns’ defensive end Myles Garrett and Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph, which led to Garrett’s indefinite suspension and the Browns losing their best player on defense for the rest of the year?
Listen, the Browns only have four games left this season. Two against the Cincinnati Bengals, a road matchup against a gritty Arizona Cardinals squad, and a matchup against league MVP-favorite, quarterback Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens.
Sitting now at 5-7 on the season, the Browns at best are looking at being 9-7 or 8-8. It’s hard to see them dropping both the lowly Bengals or against a Cardinals team that hasn’t had the best of seasons either. But on any given Sunday, anything is possible.
What are your thoughts on the team heading into the final four games of the regular season? Will there be any shot of the team making the playoffs with a 9-7 record at best in the AFC? What can John Dorsey do to help further this team and keep them growing? Is a coaching change necessary this offseason?
Are there any questions that haven’t been asked about this team going into the final month of the season? What’s the biggest roster spot this team needs headed into the draft? Offensive lineman or defensive back?
The Browns have a lot to play for still somehow, but if things don’t go well over the next month, you can consider this a “lost” football season. Onto the Bengals we go, let’s get back on the winning path for the final four games.