3 biggest Cleveland Browns disappointments heading into Week 16

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Dec 17, 2022; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Baltimore Ravens linebacker Roquan Smith (18) and linebacker Patrick Queen (6) tackle Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 2 – Poor play on the Cleveland Browns offensive line

Cleveland started this season with a huge loss when Nick Harris went down. After letting J.C Tretter walk, Harris was the biggest wildcard on the unit but had shown a ton of promise. Ethan Pocic stepped in and played at an elite level, but after missing four weeks with his own injury, this unit has struggled.

Not only has Jedrick Wills continued to be inconsistent on the left side of the line, but Jack Conklin has also regressed as well, and Deshaun Watson has been under a ton of pressure all three games that he has played this season. Teams have been able to get pressure with no issues only bringing four and sometimes five guys.

The interior of the line has been bad as well. Wyatt Teller started the year playing at an elite level but has really regressed in recent weeks. He had a calf injury roughly a month ago that may be holding him up, but he has really struggled in pass protection and handing off guys during stunts. Hjalte Froholdt was thrown into a horrible situation as the third center, but he hasn’t helped at all either.

Nick Chubb continues to make something out of nothing from time to time, but it’s also becoming evident that the holes are becoming smaller and smaller with more runs that are going for negative gains than the ones for 20-plus yards.

Bill Callahan is as good as they come so I think this issue will get corrected, but this is a unit that could go through some turnover this offseason to make sure their franchise quarterback is fully protected.