Cleveland Browns: 3 reasons why the 2020 offseason was better than 2019’s

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The Cleveland Browns had a much better NFL offseason in 2020 than they did the year prior.

The Cleveland Browns made one big move in 2019 and the entire football blogosphere started exclaiming that they were winning the SuperBowl. Maybe, just maybe, a team acquiring an injury-plagued, prima donna wide receiver shouldn’t be the only thing one props up a team’s sudden SuperBowl worthiness. That’s merely one reason why their 2020 NFL offseason was so much more impressive.

The Browns gave up talent and draft capital to acquire veterans in 2019. Not the case in 2020.  Last year, that was seen as a good thing. It wasn’t so much the talent they got, but the fact that they had to sacrifice other positions of need to get them. That right there should’ve raised eyebrows.

Everyone was so high on the team for getting Odell Beckham Jr last year, that now the current Browns aren’t being given the credit they deserve. Sure, the 2019 season was lackluster and disappointing. That doesn’t mean 2020 will be as well.

In fact, looking at the two offseasons back to back, you can clearly see this year was about building a team, while last year was about building a scheme. Everything the Browns did last year was to maximize the passing attack at the expense of everyone else.

This year the organization is clearly and concisely building a full team. Sure that means that some guys the team wanted back were let go but that’s part how things are in the NFL. This year’s Browns team came in with a plan to get better across the board and in theory they did just that. That’s why ESPN had them at No. 2 in this year’s offseason grading.

So here are the three reasons why this year’s team had a better offseason than last year.