On New Year’s Day, we bring you five resolutions for the Cleveland Browns as they hope to make 2023 a better year than 2022.
It’s now officially 2023 and while the Cleveland Browns have one more game to play, they already know their season is ending after their Week 18 matchup with Pittsburgh. That means they’re once again looking forward to the new year.
With that being the case, we decide to join them and help out with these five New Year’s Resolutions as the Browns aim to make 2023 the year fans can finally celebrate.
Browns New Year’s Resolution No. 5: Figure out what to do at defensive coordinator
Joe Woods entered the season on a rather warm seat but it’s on fire at this point. Cleveland had a lot of problems this season but a majority of those issues began with the defense failing them time and again.
Early in the season, Woods’ unit was struggling to stay on the same page and they nearly allowed Baker Mayfield and the Carolina Panthers to steal a comeback win in Week 1. They did give up a two-score lead the following week in a shocking one-point loss to the New York Jets and had major communication concerns in a loss to Atlanta.
They have been playing better as of late and Woods has had a lot thrown at him — including losing nearly every linebacker on the team due to an injury. Still, it’s been the same every year as they struggle out of the gate and improve when it’s too late.
With that being the case, the first New Year’s Resolution has to be figuring out what to do with the defensive coordinator position. Clearly, head coach Kevin Stefanski likes Woods but if he doesn’t make a change, he’s tying his own future to the success — or lack thereof — of Woods.