2. Offense can and will move quicker
The Browns have no choice other than to pick up the pace on offense.
Many fans used social media to grumble over how long it took the Browns to snap the ball on Monday Night Football. The play clock was usually ticking down to zero before J.C. Tretter snapped the ball, and the plays usually ended up being pass calls.
That won’t fly against the Rams, who boast a really good defense lead by all-world pass rusher Aaron Donald. Cleveland’s offensive line was better against the Jets, but it’s all relative, because it didn’t take much to better the performance they turned in against the Titans.
To give Mayfield a chance, the Browns have to get the ball out quicker and just play more up tempo, in general.
It was said he was forcing the ball to Odell Beckham in Week 1, and I didn’t want to believe it. However, after the Jets’ win, it does seem that Mayfield is trying a little to hard to get the ball to OBJ, mostly because he’s waiting for long routes to develop.
This isn’t to say the Browns shouldn’t attempt passes down field, rather, Freddie Kitchens has to adjust to get Mayfield into rhythm. It’s when the young quarterback is at his best and something his head coach is capable of doing.
Look no further than the first preseason game of the year when the Browns ran the no-huddle on the first drive, resulting in a touchdown. Mayfield didn’t even have Landry and Beckham, but he looked unstoppable distributing the ball around.
It can be done, and it will have to be done, if Baker is to stay away from Donald and the Rams pass rush.