4. Browns finally have a coach
The Browns haven’t won at Heinz Field in 17 years. Why’s this time going to be different? Having a good coach helps.
Hue Jackson, Pat Shurmur, Romeo Crennel, Eric Mangini…these men were at one time, regarded to be at the top of their field as assistants. But when they came to Cleveland, the Factory of Sadness ate them up and spit them out like it has so many quarterbacks over the years.
As previously mentioned, Stefanski has the offense on a scoring roll. His Browns have scored at least 30 points in four straight games. The 1968 Browns did it in seven games.
And then there’s penalties, which were a calling card of one-and-done coach Freddie Kitchens. But under Stefanski, the Browns look much more disciplined, as infractions are going down by the week.
Eight yellow flags were thrown Cleveland’s way in Weeks 1 and 2. Since then, it’s six, five and then just two penalties against the Colts. To be a good team, and to beat a good team, you can’t shoot yourself in the foot.
So far, these Browns aren’t giving away yards, especially on offense, which undoubtedly has helped the offense run smoothly.