The Cleveland Browns will be watching another Super Bowl instead of playing in one as this NFL postseason comes to a close. The team has never been to a Super Bowl in 57 years. That’s a long time and it’s something that has aggravated the fanbase, but they keep coming back, hoping and cheering on their beloved Browns.
This past season was another struggle as they finished with a 7-10 record. Cleveland started with Jacoby Brissett under center as they waited for Deshaun Watson to take over in Week 13. From there, it was still painful to watch as Watson learned the ropes again after a lengthy absence from the NFL.
There’s always next season and that’s what Cleveland fans have to look forward to again in 2023. The Browns will look different with some new players and a few new coaches so we should expect to see some things that we haven’t seen so far.
3. Cleveland’s defense will be better
It’s out with Joe Woods and in with Jim Schwartz. Cleveland has a new defensive coordinator after Woods was fired the day after the season ended.
Woods struggled to get his players to work together, and the stars repeatedly criticized the system. After the last two years were been less than stellar, getting this defense back in order should be a priority. Schwartz now will have the opportunity to come in and hopefully get this group to play better. The former Detroit Lions head coach’s strengths include identifying and building up his defensive line so look for the team to try to really beef up that part.
Cleveland’s defense does have one of the best players in the league in Myles Garrett and that will help Schwartz as he builds up that side of the ball. Garrett has been pretty outspoken on various aspects of the previous defense but if he can get behind the new coordinator’s plans then that will go a long way to the improvement of the unit.
The Browns secondary also has a few very talented players, including Denzel Ward, Greg Newsome, and Martin Emerson. You add in safety Grant Delpit, and linebackers Jeremiah Owusu- Koramoah and Anthony Walker in the middle of the defense and you have a pretty talented group that just needs to play better.
There were multiple games early in the season where the Browns were winning late, but their defense broke down and they ended up losing. We all remember Cleveland surrendering a 13-point lead with under two minutes to go in a Week 2 battle against the New York Jets. If those types of mental lapses can be addressed this next season, then that losing season record will turn around into a winning one.