The Cleveland Browns hope to be healthy upfront
The season certainly didn’t start the way Cleveland Brown’s fans had hoped, but trust me, there is only room for improvement. The good news is the Baltimore Ravens are a fantastic team and most knew it would be a stretch to steal a win on the road in week one. The bad news is no one expected to lose that badly, and the team still made the same critical mistakes as last season.
Unfortunately, the scoreboard was not the only place the Browns got beat up last week. As of Wednesday, the Browns have five starters questionable for the game Thursday, two of which are the starting tackles to protect Baker Mayfield.
While the offense struggled to get rolling and couldn’t pick up after getting down multiple scores, the offensive line was the least of the issues. At times they opened holes big enough for a semi to drive through. The quiet star running back, Nick Chubb, even mentioned to the media the running the ball wasn’t the problem. It’s just unfortunate you can’t run it when you are down three touchdowns.
Nathan Zegura shared on game day that he expects Jedrick Wills (left tackle) and Jack Conklin (right tackle) to start. While this is great news, it will be important to keep an eye on each to make sure they are healthy enough to stay effective. Last week the rookie Wills showed he is more than capable slowing down the speedy Mathew Judon.
The offense will certainly have a lot to prove tonight after a rough showing in week one but look for the coaches to use the loss as motivation. While Thursday night games are tough, look for the Browns to be motivated to get the bad taste out of their mouth and to come out firing on all cylinder in front of the 6,000 fans at First Energy Stadium.
While you want to see improvement, a win is all that matters in a short week. The real teaching moments can come next week before the Washington Redskins.