The Cleveland Browns once again have a lot of hype surrounding them but they need to overcome these five obstacles in order to have a successful season in 2020
Last season, nearly all of the Dawg Pound was buying the hype. General manager John Dorsey had turned over a huge percentage of the roster in just two offseasons and the Cleveland Browns were suddenly full of talent.
Quarterback Baker Mayfield was coming off his record-setting rookie season and now he had Odell Beckham, Jr. to pair with Jarvis Landry. This was in addition to Nick Chubb, and Kareem Hunt who was going to be back for the second half of the season after serving an eight-game suspension.
Their stars weren’t only on defense either. They also had Myles Garrett, Olivier Vernon, and Sheldon Richardson on their revamped line and drafted Greedy Williams to pair with Denzel Ward. And to top it all off, we had Freddie Kitchens leading the way as the rookie head coach off his hot half-season as a play-caller.
Sadly, things went bad and it happened quickly. The team was 6-10 and both Dorsey and Kitchens are now gone. In their place are Andrew Berry and Kevin Stefanski respectively, and fans want to buy in once more.
Berry is making smart moves as a GM and just landed a great haul in the draft. Stefanski has more experience as a play-caller than Kitchens did and was highly regarding coming out of Minnesota. Plus, they landed Jack Conklin, Austin Hooper, and Karl Joseph in free agency.
Even with all those moves, it’s hard to get too excited until the Browns can prove themselves. With all that being said, we now look at the five biggest challenges Cleveland faces as they look to prove themselves to be contenders in 2020.