Cleveland Browns Offseason Review

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  1. akutozo

    akutozo Baby, I'm a Brown.

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    State of the Franchise:

    It all starts at the QB. Despite a disappointing first season, Zach Mettenberger's improvements post season 1 in Cleveland in his accuracy have the Browns feeling confident in the strong armed QB. If he can build off of his improved accuracy in season 2, Mett is likely to get the keys to the franchise and a long term deal.

    Overall, the talent around him outside of Josh Gordon and Coby Fleener didn't produce as expected and the Browns have made some radical changes. The coach staff knows they're in the hot seat this year if they're looking at the bottom of the league again.

    State of the Offense.

    Zach Mettenberger now has all the tools he needs to have a great year. Offseason acquisition Michael Floyd (87 OVR) is now lining up with Josh Gordon (89 OVR). Brian Quick (80 OVR) has been moved to the slot in rotation with Taylor Gabriel (72 OVR), giving the Browns the ability to rotate sure hands and pure speed. With Coby Fleener (90 OVR) playing like one of the best TEs in football, he's bolstered by a very decent Gary Barnidge (80 OVR).

    Behind an amazing offensive line featuring Joe Thomas (97 OVR), Alex Mack (90 OVR), Joel Bitonio (95 OVR) and upcomer Cameron Erving (84 OVR), opponents may be shocked to find themselves up against a stout Browns offense.

    State of the Defense:

    The Browns have made some big moves on defense, moving from the 3-4 to a 4-3.

    With Paul Kruger moving into a 4-3 LE position (99 OVR) he'll be featured alongside 1st round draft pick Aundre Riddick (80 OVR) as a dangerous pass rushing duo. In the middle, run stuffers Cedric Thornton (86 OVR) and Danny Shelton (80 OVR) can pile on any defender silly enough to come into the middle. On passing downs, 1st round craft pick Devrin Lofton (76 OVR) moves like a 270 pound man in 305 pound mans body and can create pure chaos with Kruger and Riddick on the edge.

    In the middle, the Browns made their biggest offseason move in acquiring the freaky athletic Mychal Kendricks (89 OVR). A huge upgrade to their LB core, he looks to lead the defense with Barkevious Mingo (86 OVR) playing a jack of all trades.

    In the secondary, Abdulai Adenjii (83 OVR) and K'Waun Williams (81 OVR) look to build off what the started in year 1 alongside Tashaun Gipson (90 OVR) and veteran Donte Whitner (86 OVR). Offseason pickups to completely remake the depth chart have left the Secondary with 9 players with 80+ zone coverage, creating a fierce nickel package when called upon. Look for offseason pickup Aaron Williams (75 OVR) to be used all over the field as CB (74), FS (78) and SS (75).


    Final thoughts:

    When management took over in season one, they talked about building a defense that could send chills down any offensive lines spine and a pick your poison offense and they believe that this defense achieves it.
     
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  2. Keller

    Keller The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

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    Trade for Romo and that roster is good enough to probably make a run at it during the sim season.
     

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