4 impactful storylines heading into Cleveland Browns Week 11 matchup with Buffalo

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Browns, Myles Garrett
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No. 2: Do the Browns have a true leader on the roster?

The Browns are nine games into the season and the fact that this question needs to be asked would lead you to believe that they do not. What the Browns do have is a core group of elite players that lead by example: Nick Chubb, Joel Bitonio, Amari Cooper, and Myles Garrett. While having players that are all about action are great to have, that’s not what this team needs right now.

Of the four players mentioned above, only Garrett has attempted any form of vocal leadership. However, Garrett’s words often miss their mark and come off as passive-aggressive when speaking to the media. This isn’t to say that Garrett is being disingenuous, I believe that he’s truly trying to provide leadership but that’s not something that can be manufactured.

The truth is real leadership happens behind the scenes and isn’t something that people do because it’s expected of them. A real leader leads because they are compelled to do so from within. At the end of the day, these players are people, and people can tell when someone is trying to be something that they are not.

When Anthony Walker went down in Week 3 with a season-ending injury, this team lost more than just a starting linebacker. The Browns lost their voice in the locker room. Now it’s up to one of the 53 men in the locker room to grab the reigns and rally these young men.

If there isn’t a true leader amongst them, then all the Browns’ eggs are literally and figuratively in the Deshaun Watson basket. It could be a rough two weeks.