The Cleveland Browns are looking for answers after a Week 1 loss
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before — this season was supposed to be different for the Cleveland Browns.
New head coach Kevin Stefanski and his wide zone running scheme was going to change the look of their offense. This was also going to help Baker Mayfield since a dominant running game would help free him up and allow him to hit the open receivers with ease.
Also, Joe Woods as the defensive coordinator was going to allow the defense to finally start cleaning up the mental miscues that plagued them for years. This is without even getting into the work done by first-year general manager Andrew Berry who added much-needed talent to both sides of the ball.
However, after Week 1, there are still more questions about this team and even fewer answers.
Cleveland was completely humiliated by the Baltimore Ravens in a lopsided 38-6 contest. The offense was sloppy and undisciplined and the defense couldn’t cover anyone. As if that wasn’t enough, their special teams play was even worse.
There was very little positive to take from this game, but the season is a marathon rather than a sprint. The Browns can turn it around, but sadly we still have more questions than answers.
Are the weapons really good?
We hear it time and time again. The Cleveland Browns offense is loaded and all they need is to find a way to get Baker Mayfield comfortable so he can distribute the ball to his plethora of weapons. The problem is, those weapons continue to come up flat.
Yes, Mayfield deserves blame for some of the bad plays — like his ill-advised interception on the opening drive — but not all is on him.
In this game, the supposed weapons couldn’t get open and when they did, they failed to deliver. None more so than No. 13, as Odell Beckham, Jr. had a day to forget.