Fix the Cleveland Browns identity crisis
One of the major problems this season has been the attitude of former Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. His friend and former teammate Jarvis Landry has been known to have an attitude as well. This offseason, Jarvis’ actions were used in a video to teach NFL officials the type of behavior they wanted to eliminate from the league.
I know, I know. Jarvis changed the culture. But did he really? Are the Browns really better off after Jarvis’ attitude change? Or is the team better off because of the influx of talent via free agency and the draft? Are the Browns even better off? So enough of the changed the culture crap. It’s old. It’s tired. It’s not true.
If you want to persist in this, I will shut up when Jarvis plays well. Before Week 12, when was his last 100-yard receiving game? Oh yeah, that must be Baker’s fault. When was the last time he made a major impact in the game? Oh yeah, Stefanski doesn’t call plays to include him in the game.
I thought changing the culture was the end of these excuses? But they are all still being made to describe why he is not productive.
I have another explanation. Ready? Jarvis Landry is no longer a good football player. He consistently drops passes. He cannot get open against man coverage.
Special plays have to be created to get him involved. He makes “business decisions”, aka protects himself over making a play, when the ball is thrown over the middle. Don’t give me that “it’s Baker’s fault” crap either.
Not only is he not a good football player, but his ego is also getting in the way of other player’s development. His demands for the ball, his diplomatic complaining about not getting it, his time on the field making business decisions instead of getting first downs, these actions dictate that he should be benched. Then, he should either be traded or cut this offseason.
For the rest of the season, the Browns should play younger, faster, better players who are not toxic to the team culture. Why not use Felton at slot receiver?
Or wide receiver Anthony Schwartz, when healthy, to open up the box by running go routes? Who cares if he catches them or not? The point is the threat. After all, OBJ ran routes to threaten defenses but never caught a single one of them.
The myth of Jarvis Landry is just that, a myth. It’s time to minimize distractions. Give the younger better players a chance. If the team cannot get pumped up without him, then there is a different problem on the team.
It’s time for the Browns to get off the roller coaster. Instead of making Cleveland a city of controversy. It’s time the Browns made Cleveland a paradise city.