The most significant issue that this team struggle within 2019 was discipline, on and off the field. The face above could have been found multiple times a game when it came to the football team. The team reflects the coach and incidents off the field by Freddie Kitchens proved that he did not provide the needed discipline in the locker room.
As the head coach, you can’t be wearing a “Pittsburgh started it” shirt or constantly make excuses about not coaching penalties or undisciplined play. Stories about players asking other teams to come to get them or blow-ups in the media by the quarterback point to issues we as fans and media never hear. It all starts at the top.
Coach Stefanski has already shown that he comes in well prepared and organized. Now we need to see that translate to game day. Players need to know what position they are supposed to be in. They need to reduce penalties and confusion. Stefanski must be disciplined enough to stay with the gameplan they drew up and listen to his coaches.
When the game doesn’t go the way it is expected, or a big decision needs to be made, Stefanski needs to be ready to make that decision. It will happen, and a draw on fourth and nine is not the answer. The fundamentals of this game are where you win and lose each week, and it is up to the head coach to drill that into his team.
Win or lose Sunday; the hope is that we see a team ready to play and have a chance in the end to beat one of the best teams in the NFL. If that is the case, this Cleveland Browns regime will be light years ahead of the previous.