2. The defense was fired up
It might have been in part due to the weather but the Cleveland Browns offense was shut down for the majority of the game. They were dropping passes and just couldn’t get anything going. There was also a play where Odell Beckham, Jr. got wide open deep but was missed by several yards as Baker Mayfield sailed one over his head.
Of course, not all of the issues were due to the weather. The defense was doing their job as they were clamping down on the offensive players for the most part — which included Kevin Johnson forcing a fumble out of Nick Chubb. The combination of solid play from the defenders and the poor conditions surely frustrated the offense.
It was a stark contrast from what the offense had shown in the first couple of practices but the ups and downs are to be expected during an offseason where so much change is taking place. Kevin Stefanski isn’t the only new coach as he changed over many of the positional coaches including both the offensive and defensive coordinator.
Alex Van Pelt is in charge of the offense and Joe Woods is calling shots on the defense. Both have had plenty of success in the past with Woods spending time with the Denver Broncos — where he won a Super Bowl — and the San Francisco 49ers — where they made it to the Super Bowl but lost to Kansas City. He’s a high-energy coach with a great resume and Monday was a win for him.