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There’s been a lot going on this offseason with the Cleveland Browns as there were changes to the entire front office — again. With a new general manager in Andrew Berry and head coach in Kevin Stefanski, there has been no shortage of talking points for the Browns.
Stefanski also replaced the majority of the coaching staff as he brings in Alex Van Pelt as the offensive coordinator and Joe Woods to run the defense. All the changes have led to many interviews and discussions about what the plan in 2020 is.
What we haven’t had is a lot of talk from the players. Instead, they have all kept their heads down in preparation for the regular season. And that has to do with the stars buying in, which is exactly what Van Pelt says is going on with star receiver Odell Beckham, Jr.
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"“He’s all in,’’ offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt said on a Zoom call with Browns media Wednesday. “He’s bought in. He’s been there and it’s awesome. It’s good to have him there. It’s good for him.’’"
Last season, the talk was all positive as well. Not to be a pessimist, but we will need to see the team in action on the field before we know for sure how it will all work out.
The good news is, we have seen Stefanski’s play-calling have success in the NFL and that should give us all hope that we all will be buying in just as OBJ is.
"“For Mayfield, Keenum could be the most ideal backup quarterback in the league. He has experience — and plenty of success — with coach Kevin Stefanski, hired by the Browns in January after spending 14 seasons in various positions with the Minnesota Vikings.”"
Case Keenum nearly made it to the Super Bowl in 2017 and now, he’s a veteran mentor for Baker Mayfield. This gives Mayfield a great person to learn from and should they have to go to him in an emergency, he’s also capable of keeping the offense running.
"“There’s definitely a chance to do some things on offense that we’re excited to do,’’ Bitonio said on Tuesday’s Zoom call. “Baker, I think he works in this offense great. He’s going to be able to sell those runs and set up in the pocket. It’s not just drop-back passing 50 times a game, which is benefit to the O-line, too. If you can sell the run and play action, boot and run keepers off the run game, it is going to give Baker another second or two to have guys get open and run routes.’’"
It’s hard not to share Bitonio’s enthusiasm. The Browns offense had the tools last season but the offensive line and play-calling held them back. As long as each is better in 2020, Baker Mayfield and the entire offense should improve.
Greg Newland has some bold predictions for the Browns defense, including some lofty goals for defensive end Myles Garrett.