The Cleveland Browns get an early start to the offseason yet again and these are the three biggest needs for the team in order to be contenders in 2023.
For the second straight year, the Cleveland Browns get a head start on their offseason plans and hit the ground running on Monday morning. This team has a lot of talent to compete, but they need some window dressing to make sure 2023 doesn’t go south as the 2022 season did.
Over the next two months, there will be a lot of homework and restructuring of contracts leading up to NFL free agency where the Browns will look to sure up this roster. Then two months later, the NFL Draft arrives, where general manager Andrew Berry will get his fourth crack at making the right draft picks that can contribute early and develop for later seasons.
Here are the three biggest offseason needs for the Browns.
3 Biggest Offseason Needs for the Browns
3: Find a New Defensive Coordinator
Monday was a day many fans were heavily anticipating; defensive coordinator Joe Woods was fired, meaning the Browns are in the market for a new one. Woods spent the last three seasons with Cleveland, but in the past two years, the defense got off to slow starts and in 2022, it cost the team a playoff opportunity.
Woods became the scapegoat for the Browns’ failures, for better or for worse. The team definitely needed to go in a new direction as many players have come out and criticized the coaching staff on numerous occasions.
Head coach Kevin Stefanski and general manager Andrew Berry wasted no time in their search for a new man to lead the defensive unit. On Monday, the team requested to interview a bevy of big names including Steelers linebackers coach Brian Flores, Patriots linebackers coach Jerod Mayo, Seahawks associate head coach and defensive assistant Sean Desai, and Titans senior defensive assistant, Jim Schwartz.
Any of those names would be a breath of fresh air should the Browns be able to land one of them. Flores has been a name that fans have been salivating over during the course of the season. Cleveland must get this right which is step one in fixing this defense.