These are the 3 keys to success for the Cleveland Browns in 2020
The Cleveland Browns are officially less than two weeks away from the start of the 2020 season. After a disappointing 2019 season even after the addition of a ton of talent, the entire organization is out for redemption in 2020. The team was humbled, and many figured out that talent alone doesn’t equal wins in the NFL, you must earn them.
Not only will the Browns be dealing with a completely new coaching staff and general manager for the 2020 season, but they will also have to deal with the effects of COVID-19. If having a completely new staff wasn’t enough, now the squad will be limited on how much face-to-face interaction they will have before the season starts. Not to mention the four missing preseason games to brush off all the dust and finalize the installation of new systems on each side of the ball.
First-year head coach Kevin Stefanski has been adamant from the beginning that none of these challenges would be excuses for losing. Man, what a refreshing change Stefanski has been from Freddie Kitchens. All we got from that guy was ‘whoopty hell’.
While the team certainly didn’t live up to expectations in 2019, neither did the coaching. Both Kitchens and Steve Wilks (defensive coordinator) looked puzzled at times, and it appeared they lost control in the locker room quickly. One thing every player can control is the effort they give, and there were plenty of games last season where effort was a question.
General manager Andrew Berry, Stefanski, and the team are more ready than anyone to get this season underway which means 2019 is officially in the past. After weeks of competing at training camp, it is almost time for meaningful live action games.
While the Browns are still expected to be a competitive team in 2020, the expectations are lower this year because of the failure in 2019. If the following three things come true, look for the team to fly under the radar and be a playoff contender come December.