The Cleveland Browns fullback was loving the ground game
The Cleveland Browns rushing attack was fantastic on Thursday night as they took out the Cincinnati Bengals, but one player thinks they could have done even more.
Fullback Andy Janovich spoke on the team’s first win of the season and he was thrilled with how they performed on the ground. It was easy to see why he was happy as the running back tandem led by Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt managed to gain 215 yards rushing.
Janovich called it “gratifying” to be able to impose your will on an opponent in the ground game but feels as though they could have done even more. According to him, Cleveland could have gone for 300 or even 400 yards on the ground if they wanted to do that.
"“We could’ve ran all over them all night if we wanted, which we did, but we could have had 300 or 400 yards if we wanted. It’s really gratifying for something like that to happen.” — Janovich said via Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com"
The Browns get a lot of love for their two running backs but one of their more overlooked players happens to be Janovich, who was added in a trade with the Denver Broncos this offseason. In exchange for a late-round pick, Cleveland added a throwback run blocker who is great at opening up running lanes and is considered one of the best fullbacks in the game.
On Thursday night, he showed why head coach Kevin Stefanski was thrilled to add him to the roster as he routinely took his guy out of the play, which helped either Chubb or Hunt find room to operate.
Historically, Cleveland football has centered on the ground game. Having a good passing attack is excellent but when the weather turns cold, running the ball will determine who wins and loses in FirstEnergy Stadium.
The 2020 Browns are a team built to win this way and Janovich will play a major part in that.