What happened to the TE dominance?
When Kevin Stefanski took over, the Browns tight ends were supposed to dominate. However, after one game we have to ask what the deal was.
Outside of a couple of big plays from David Njoku, the tight ends were non-factors in Cleveland. Free-agent addition Austin Hooper had just two catches on two targets for 15 yards and while Harrison Bryant caught the first pass of the day, he also had only two passes — finishing with five yards on his lone opening play catch.
Njoku was able to make up for some of that, pulling in all three of his targets for 50 yards and a score, but when that’s all added up we have seven targets for 74 yards and a touchdown. And had Njoku not hauled in an impressive contested 28-yarder, it would have been much worse.
What that means is, the Stefanski offense that was supposed to make tight ends a nightmare to deal with was anything but.
So how do they fix it?
It feels like year after year, we ask ourselves how can we fix this? Well, sadly all we can do is be patient.
We knew the Browns could struggle early as they are once again installing a whole new coaching staff. And doing so without offseason work made it even more difficult.
Established coaching staffs will have an advantage early on so all we can do right now is hope they can learn from the loss. Find what worked and use that. Find what didn’t work and address it.
They have a short week as the Bengals are on the schedule for Thursday Night Football so hopefully, they can find something to build on.
Remember, it’s a long season so there’s no reason to throw in the towel. But still, there are a lot of questions to answer.