Cleveland Browns Accomplishment No. 2 – Figure out the coaching staff
Let me be crystal clear, when I say figure out the coaching staff, I’m not referring to Kevin Stefanski at all. He should absolutely be the head coach of the Cleveland Browns for the 2022 season, as he continues to prove he is the long-term answer.
However, I’m not as sold on any of the coordinator positions. The special teams started out great, but under Mike Priefer they have really digressed the last five to six weeks of the season. I’m not sure a new special teams’ coach will make a field goal kicker not struggle, but Stefanski and Berry should at least consider a change.
Priefer has a good chance of hanging around, I’m not sure either of the coordinators will though. Alex Van Pelt will likely find a home where he can call plays. As much as I would like to see Stefanski give up play-calling duties and keep Van Pelt another season, I just don’t know if that will happen. There were too many golden opportunities for Stefanski to step down this year, and it never happened.
Statistically, Joe Woods had a great defense in 2021, but we all know statistics aren’t the only thing that matter. Far too often, Woods was happy to play it safe and gave up a third down and long conversion, or a second and goal from the 10-yard line touchdown.
Part of the reason for the struggle was injuries at times, but I’m not sure that will buy him another year with the Browns. Berry spent a fortune on that defense the last offseason, and it’s safe to say that more was expected from it this year.