If the Cleveland Browns want to make a run like the 2021 Bengals, they have a lot of difficult questions they need to figure out quickly.
The Cleveland Browns 2021 season was a complete flop. This roster has so much talent on it yet struggled to give any type of output. So many times, a game was within grasps, and each time the Browns found a way to lose.
The losing certainly made it hard, especially after the rebuild of this defense last offseason. But let’s not fool ourselves as fans. Watching the Bengals completely turn the corner and make it to the Super Bowl has been even harder to watch.
I’m not going to lie, I’m the so-called “fake fan” that doesn’t mind watching the Bengals make it. I would have been fine with them losing the first week against the Raiders and keeping their post-season losing streak alive. But after that was over, seeing them beat an overrated Titans team and keeping Patrick Mahomes out of the Super Bowl were both okay by me.
It feels like the Browns just shook off the Pittsburgh Steelers who finally lost Ben Roethlisberger, and the Baltimore Ravens aren’t nearly as intimidating as years past. The league has finally figured out (somewhat) how to at least slow down Lamar Jackson.
You see that relief, and then boom, Joe Burrow ruins everything. I don’t think he is nearly as talented as Mahomes or a guy like Aaron Rodgers, but he is a natural-born leader, and that can be huge for an organization. No matter the situation, no matter the score, that team believes Burrow can lead them to victory.
With the new leader in the AFC North, the Cleveland Browns have a lot of questions that need to be answered, and here are the three big ones.