3 reasons the Cleveland Browns will roll this Sunday
The Cleveland Browns are entering the home stretch of the 2020 regular season with the postseason dead in their sights. The Browns will leave the friendly confines (with the exception of weather) of FirstEnergy Stadium for the first team in over a month when they travel to Jacksonville to take on the Jaguars. It will mark the third week in a row the Browns will face an opponent that they will be favored to beat.
2020 has taken its pound of flesh from the Browns. Their roster has been ravaged by a myriad of injuries and Covid-19 related illnesses that has left the team shorthanded at a critical time of the season. The Jaguars will not be feeling sorry for the Browns and will be looking to capitalize on their timely opportunity.
It’s next man up time in this must-win game for the Browns, and here are three reasons why they will beat the Jaguars on Sunday.
It has been quite some time since the Browns could go into games feeling they had the advantage on the sideline. However, head coach Kevin Stefanski has solidified that aspect of the Browns organization. Stefanski’s steadfast even-keeled demeanor has provided the Browns with the stability that they have sorely needed for so long.
Gone are the days of being under prepared, out coached, and out smarted on a game in and game out basis. Stefanski has ensured that his team will go into each game with a cohesive game plan with his coaching staff in lockstep with one another. That cohesion trickles down into the position groups and permeates on the football field.
Stefanski has utilized his coaching challenges wisely and his timeout usage (1st half of the Raiders game withstanding) has been impervious. While there are no plans for a statue in the works, Stefanski is by far the best rookie coach in the NFL in perhaps the most daunting set of circumstances imaginable for a first-time head coach.
On the opposite sideline, it is nothing short of pre-Christmas miracle that Doug Marrone has held on to his job as the Jaguars head coach. Entering his fourth campaign as the full-time head coach for the Jaguars, Marrone’s team is in a full-on tailspin. After going 10-6 in his first year in 2017, it has been all downhill with his team posting a 12-30 record. It is all but a foregone conclusion that these will be his final six games with this franchise, and will be handing in his whistle at the end of the 2020 season.
The coaching advantage goes to Kevin Stefanski, just as it has on several occasions this season.