1. Browns will run it…there’s proof
The Browns possess Nick Chubb, arguably, the best running back in the league. For the final eight games of 2020, he was joined by former rushing champ Kareem Hunt. It’s a pretty lethal tandem that will give headaches to opposing offensive coordinators.
Even with this dynamic duo, the Browns ranked No. 22 in rushing attempts. Meanwhile, in Minnesota, Stefanski dialed up 476 rushing attempts as the Vikings offensive coordinator. This mark was the fourth highest total in the league.
While’s it’s easy to say “they’re going to run it more,” the Browns offseason moves back it up. Free agent addition Jack Conklin and rookie left tackle just don’t benefit Baker Mayfield. These guys can block and have been tapped because they possess the ability to operate in the new zone blocking scheme.
The addition of tight end Austin Hooper, in addition to retaining David Njoku, also are indicative of the Browns plan to use multiple tight-end sets. Some of those playcalls will be passes, but running the ball is certainly an option as well. With the Browns changes, though, the play call will be better disguised, in theory.