Several changes will be needed for the Cleveland Browns this offseason if the team is going to get back to competing for a Super Bowl
If you’re a fan of the Cleveland Browns, there’s never a dull moment. That again has been the case this season. Despite the team not making it back to the playoffs in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1999, there are still stories and drama to keep all of us engaged in that annual “there’s always next year” mentality. This offseason there will be many decisions and changes to the team that will have all of us debating each other until we’re blue in the face.
This past week has been very engaging as Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield has been firing back at local sports media personalities on social platforms accusing them of simply writing things that aren’t true to get clicks on their articles. Who would ever do that?
The fact is that Mayfield has been injured all season long and the team has struggled much of that time because he wasn’t very good and hurt the team by playing. His coach, Kevin Stefanski kept telling us all season long that Mayfield was healthy enough to go out and play on Sundays.
Obviously, there is a big disconnect between these two powerful personalities on the team. How it all plays out before we begin the next season is anyone’s guess.
It seems the biggest question right now is will Mayfield and Stefanski manage to work out their issues or will there be a change at the quarterback position before all is said and done?
When last year ended, and the Browns had made a run into the playoffs, the thought of the team struggling as they have this season was far from anyone’s minds. However, losing has a way of creating problems.
A similar season occurred for the Browns in 2019 after they had started showing signs of life in 2018. That 2019 season, got their one-and-done head coach Freddie Kitchens fired. That’s not believed to be the fate of Stefanski this offseason, but things need to be evaluated and changed going into the 2022 season if this squad is going to get back to the playoffs and a push to a Super Bowl.
Let’s tackle a few areas that must be addressed moving forward.