5. Kevin Stefanski
Kevin Stefanski’s debut as head coach of the Cleveland Browns felt like a Freddie Kitchens coached game.
Stefanski quite on the running game as soon as the Browns were down 10-0. Nick Chubb had 10 carries. That simply can’t be the case. Kitchens failed when he operated this way, and Stefanski will as well if he doesn’t change.
The Browns offense actually looked decent, until Stefanski and/or Baker started forcing the ball to OBJ. The effort into get No. 13 the rock took everyone else out of the game. Chubb disappeared, as did Jarvis Landry, who was actually catching the ball, had to take a backseat to Beckham. Plus, despite all the talk about getting the balls to tight ends, Cleveland really didn’t make a concerted effort to do so.
Big free-agent signing Austin Hooper had two catches for two yards. Rookie Harrison Bryant caught one pass on two targets. David Njoku of all people had the best game, catching a 1-yard touchdown pass.
All-in-all, and Stefanski’s tight ends had seven total targets.
Is the burden of calling plays going too much for a first-year head coach? It’s a question that will continue to be asked if the Browns don’t improve, quickly.