After playing in just six games last season, Deshaun Watson expects the Cleveland Browns offense to get "rolling" in 2023
When the Cleveland Browns made the move for Deshaun Watson, they knew it would be tough in year one. They understood Watson would be suspended by the NFL but were unsure of the length.
Eventually, Watson and the NFL settled on an 11-game suspension and he was back by Week 13 against the Houston Texans. He played six games and the Browns were 3-3 in those contests, but it was clear Watson was shaking off some rust.
While on Quincy Avery's Online Radio Show, Watson also admitted there parts of the offense tailored to Jacoby Brissett that had to be altered midseason, which wasn't easy.
"“(The coaches) also had to tailor the offense to what Jacoby (Brissett) was comfortable with and what would allow him to be his best. It was a big change (when I came in), honestly, for both me and Kevin (Stefanski) and it was tough doing it in the middle of the season.”"- Watson
Watson also said he needed to learn to play in the cold, something he's not used to since he grew up in Georgia, played collegiately at Clemson, and spent the first part of his NFL career in Houston.
Now, Watson is focused on the season ahead and during this same interview, he praised Kevin Stefanksi, calling him a premier play-caller. He added that he expects the offense to get "rolling" once they're able to put everything together.
Deshaun Watson could have more help in 2023
One thing that could really help out this Browns team in 2023 would be improved play on defense. Cleveland is hoping for this as they moved on from Joe Woods and added Jim Schwartz as defensive coordinator. There are still holes to fill but Schwartz has had success everywhere he's gone.
They also fired Mike Priefer and brought in Bubba Ventrone to coach special teams. Cleveland has had more than their share of missed field goals and penalties on special teams over the past few seasons, so this move is also expected to help their chances going forward.