The Cleveland Browns have not lived up to expectations in 2019 and 2021, here are the potential scapegoats if it happens in 2022.
The Cleveland Browns continue to prepare for the 2022 season, and it feels like we are moments away from a little more clarity. With 20 of 24 civil suits settled by Deshaun Watson, a looming decision for punishment from the NFL should occur soon.
It’s unclear how close the other four cases are to being closed, but the belief around the league is Watson has become motivated to put this issue behind him and move forward. Right or wrong, this was likely the best tactic for him to have a chance to play in 2022.
Hopes are high and expectations are higher for the Browns in 2022. There has been a ton of money spent in free agency, and multiple picks given up attaining players in trades. Should this season go south, it could turn into a real dumpster fire in Cleveland. Here are four possible scapegoats.
Cleveland Browns Scapegoat No. 4 – Kevin Stefanski
You’ll see a theme here, as I have more coaches and front office folks than players on my list, but that just tells you how crazy Cleveland Browns fans bleed brown and orange.
Let me be clear, I don’t agree with Kevin Stefanski for one second being a scapegoat, but if we see anything less than a playoff appearance (assuming a minimal suspension for Watson), fans will be ready to lose their minds.
One thing I will say, is I would like to see Stefanski give up the play calling. I think he does a nice job, but I would rather him focus more on the quarterback position specifically and managing the game plan.
After going through so many coaches and so many horrible seasons, it seems crazy to say that a guy that was NFL coach of the year in 2020 could be on the hot seat. But I do think if things don’t live up to expectations, there could be pressure to move on from Stefanski.