Has the Cleveland Browns’ new offense been revealed?
The Cleveland Browns offense seemingly intends to be widely different in 2023, moving away from the run-first offense that the team has embraced under head coach Kevin Stefanski. Since his arrival as head coach, Stefanski has utilized Nick Chubb as his feature player and developed the offense around him.
Now, the Cleveland Browns’ new offense may have been revealed some, as rookie quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson revealed in an interview that the Browns’ playbook is similar to the one he had at UCLA, where Chip Kellyy was his head coach.
Kelly’s offense was hugely successful at Oregon, and his offense made men like Marcus Mariotta hot prospects. He came to Philadelphia after a few years at Oregon and could not replicate the success of the offense. Now, back in college at UCLA, many believe that Kelly’s offense is back on track.
Why? Well, because despite the Xs and Os of the schemes, Kelly’s offense really only works best when it has the speed needed to pull it off. As Billy Connelly, an SBNation writer, describes Kelly’s offense, “It’s a lot of read option, dish-and-dunk kind of stuff”, and he’s not wrong
Kelly’s offense is very similar to what a lot of teams run now with RPO, but instead of it being a run-pass-option, it’s more layered and relies more on pre-snap positioning than your traditional RPOs.
Can it work in the NFL? Well, maybe.
The Cleveland Browns offense may not be good but it’ll be different
I don’t know how the new high-octane, fast-paced, throw-always offense is going to go for the Cleveland Browns. It could be good, it could be bad until we see it play out, we have no idea. But, we can tell you that it’s going to be vastly different from anything Browns fans have seen.
The Browns offense is no longer going to be about clock-management as a Chip Kelly offense is about speed and tempo. It’s go-go-go all the time. And if the Browns are building a type of offense similar to Kelly’s at UCLA and then still implements things like clock management, then you’re going to hinder the possibility of the offense.
The Browns’ offense has got to be as fast as it can be. It has to look to score in two or three plays. The long, methodical, molasses-style playcalling has no play for an offense this up-tempo. If Stefanski tries to meld the two together, he’s going to nerf the potential of this offense going forward.