The Browns Offense
Jacoby Brissett completed just 46% of his passes, threw two interceptions, and couldn’t push the ball downfield. The offensive line couldn’t get separation, with even the announcers pointing out Ethan Pocic’s poor play. Kareem Hunt was taken down by arm tackles and Nick Chubb was made ineffective by the widening lead the Patriots were putting up.
The Browns Defense
Joe Woods calls the plays, Kevin Stefanski implements the schemes and philosophy, while the position coaches train the players. You can blame Woods, but that doesn’t excuse that the players are bad at executing and that the talent the Browns have isn’t good. It’s easier to just blame Woods than admit Stefanski’s philosophy and Andrew Berry’s drafting are actually the issues. This was a system that was a Top 10-ranked team last year. What changed? Players were discarded and replaced, and those players aren’t playing as well as past players. In fact, in 2020, they had one of the best run defenses in the league. Clearly, the scheme can work when it has the players it needs. That’s on the GM.
The Browns Coaching
Just from top to bottom, the coaching is bad. Kevin Stefanski’s offensive and defensive schemes only work well against subpar teams. His play calling is abhorrent, 45 times passing with Jacoby Brissett? Why? Passing up easy points that can change the direction of a game, and after three years of not being a blitzing team, still refusing to blitz. All that’s on Stefanski. We can mention how the defensive position coaches have failed their players. Watching Grant Delpit break out of his back peddle and eat grass is embarrassing and shouldn’t happen. Then again, this is not a very talented team, so what can you really expect? I will say this, and I mean it as much as I can mean anything; this will be the last year Kevin Stefanski and his staff or Andrew Berry is in Cleveland together.
Either Stefanski’s philosophies for the offense and defense are at fault, or Berry’s inability to get this team talent is.