3 tough separations that need to happen for Cleveland Browns in 2023

Cleveland Browns, Myles Garrett. Mandatory Credit: Kareem Elgazzar-USA TODAY Sports
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Cleveland Browns separation No. 1: Myles Garrett

Again, I’m not saying that Myles Garrett doesn’t play at an elite level for the Cleveland Browns, I just don’t love the fit. Garrett is the first one to help an opposing quarterback up and laugh shaking hands with the opponent after the game.

Sportsmanship is great, but I need a defensive end with a mean streak, a killer instinct, and who doesn’t take shots at the coaching staff.

What’s even worse for this team, the two best players on the defensive side of the ball are both passive-aggressive and quiet leaders. Two things that just don’t work well, especially when a unit is underperforming compared to expectations.

While Ward may take the right trade partner, there are teams that would likely give up multiple early-round picks to land a guy the Garrett who is under contract through 2026. Garrett is a bit of a generational talent, but there are always free agents who have the ability to rush the quarterback.

Kevin Stefanski is a great coach, but his weakness is leadership. There’s no one better this organization could hire at the moment, but this team (especially on defense) needs a huge lift on leadership, especially at the player level.

If Berry could get multiple first-round picks and a few late-round picks, the Browns could sign a few free agents with the cap space and continue to build their roster. We will see just how desperate Berry gets to improve this team.