CLEVELAND, OH – Ten games most seasons for the Browns, the big question is: Are they firing the coach after the season? Or do they fire the coach and the general manager?
Given the fact that no Browns coach has lasted more than two seasons since Romeo Crennel (2005-08), stop me when I lie about the winds of change that are blowing in Berea as December approaches.
But not this year.
Yes, there are six games left. In the COVID-1
So the browns (7-3) have a better record than the crows. Who would have believed that after being beaten 38-6 in Baltimore to open the season?
I know the Browns played a “poor schedule.” But I also know that this season they have not failed against a bad team. I know they have a rookie head coach who has overcome big obstacles without mini-camps or pre-season games to bring the browns to that position.
This man is Kevin Stefanski.
“He’s stable,” said the star, looking back Nick Chub. “It’s as if he’s not really worried about everything. … He knows he’ll be fine, so we all follow him. ”
Chub flashed for Stefanski.
“He’s a good adapter,” said the runner. “He’s a great caller. What he says he will call, he calls. He doesn’t get his mind elsewhere. It remains on the playlist. “
This is not always the case with head coaches, especially young people. Lagging behind in the game or facing adversity can lead to panic and strange coaching decisions. Stefanski remains calm.
Everything I write must be qualified with these words: Things can change.
But now Browns Dee and Jimmy Haslam owners have the “alignment” they’ve wanted for years. Chief Operating Officer Paul DePodesta leads the search that led to the city of GM Andrew Berry and Stefanski.
THE CALAHAN FACTOR
One of Stefanski’s first appointments was Bill Callahan, the former head coach of Washington and the Raiders. He also looks like the greatest offensive coach in the world. Callahan, 64, has an office right next to Stefanski, 38. That’s what the head coach wanted. They talk often.
Callahan was hired to install the zone blocking scheme, speed up the running game, and be a reassuring voice for a coach who knows this is necessary. He helped Jedrick Wills Jr. move from the right-wing fight in Alabama to the left in the NFL – a terrible correction for most. But Wills made it and was recently named offensive rookie of the week in the NFL.
When helping with the project, Callahan said he was confident Wills could be a solution for the left. The browns had wills rated their number 1 on board.
JUST WAIT, YOU WILL POP
“We have to hit them with patience.”
According to offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt, Callahan said this earlier in the week when he spoke about the Browns game.
“We just have to be patient,” Van Pelt said. “We know that eventually things will pop up.”
The Browns are number 3 in the rush attempts this season, and also third in the fastest yards of play. They switch off with Karim Hunt and Chub to get out patiently as the game continues.
A few numbers to highlight the ongoing game:
1. The Browners averaged 4.5 yards in the first half, 5.3 yards in the second half.
2. In the fourth quarter, Browns averaged 6.5 yards of wear. They rushed for five of their 10 fast TDs this season in the fourth quarter.
3. Then there’s Chubb, an average of 14.3 yards of wear in the fourth quarter! Yes, 14.3 yards of carrying with the line game.
4. In the fourth quarter, Hunt rushed for 5.3 yards of carry, better than any other quarter for the Willoughby South product.
THE WISE MAN
With his long gray beard and successful NFL playing and coaching career, 61-year-old Stump Mitchell seems to be a running guru. He has the title of “game launch coordinator”. Part of his job is to figure out when to play Hunt or Chub.
“He does a great job understanding these guys and where they are,” Stefanski said, explaining how he relies on Mitchell’s guidance regarding the division of noses between the two stars. But this is also the personality of Chub and Hunt and how they are ready to take advantage of the coaching of Mitchell and Stefanski.
“I can get into the game at any time,” Chub said. “(Hunt) can go at any time. We always switch and lose nothing. … Karim is an amazing player. “
Hunt rushed for 644 yards this season; Chubb is 575. Chubb missed four games with a knee injury. When they both play, the Browns average an average of 195 yards.
THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE TUBA PLAYER
As Stefanski calls for the plays, he relies on 50-year-old Van Pelt to help draw up the game’s plan. Van Pelt also works closely with Baker Mayfield, helping QB change the work of his legs as he prepares to snap from the center. He also had to change Mayfield’s way of thinking.
They broke through Mayfield throughout the season to stay away from interceptions.
“We call them handouts,” Van Pelt said. “We do not want to give anything to the defense. … You get what you emphasize. We talk a lot about making great decisions and dealing with incompleteness.
Van Pelt then explained that “there is always an open person.”
And who is this?
“The tuber,” Van Pelt said. “If something bad happens, the tuba player in the second row of the stands is always open. So we can just throw it at him. “
After throwing six interceptions in his first six games, Mayfield threw only one in the last four. The philosophy of Tuba Player works.
I can’t keep track of all the defensive injuries the Browns have received. It’s hard to remember that young defenders Grant Delpit (Achilles) and Greedy Williams (shoulder) were expected to start. Neither of them played a click. Delpit came out for the year; not a word about when Williams will return.
Miles Garrett (COVID-19) will miss his second match. Star defender Denzel Ward will be out for a few weeks with a calf injury. Linebacker Sione Takitaki and quarterback End Porter Gustin (both COVID) will also be out this week.
There were others who went missing at various times, including Ronnie Harrison, Carl Joseph, Kevin Johnson, Adrian Claiborne, McWilson, Jacob Phillips and Larry Ogunyobi.
No one will prove that browns have a dominant defense. But given the injuries and the early season in which they consistently gave up 30 points, it looked like a disaster. Defense Coordinator Joe Woods was an excellent juggler, changing lineups and schemes to keep things fair.
Because Stefanski calls offensive games and spends a lot of time with the offense, he depends on the 50-year-old Woods – who is as the head coach of the defense.
It’s the same with Mike Priefer, the 54-year-old specialty coach.
The Browns have found a way to get the front office and coaching staff to work together. Equally important, the coaches themselves have built strong relationships and stay away from the struggle, something that haunts the franchise at times.
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