The Cleveland Browns are in a very interesting spot just under halfway through the season. They sit at 2-4 and currently have a bye week. They come out of the bye week to face the undefeated New England Patriots.
Coming into this season they were favorites to dethrone the perennial AFC Championship team, the New England Patriots and represent the AFC in the Super Bowl. Analysts all over the place also had them winning the Super Bowl.
The most talented team on paper this season still have a lot of question marks. Baker Mayfield has underproduced with a 56.6 completion percentage, 1,496 yards, 5 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions. He has also been sacked a total of 16 times.
The bright spot of this offense so far has been second year running back Nick Chubb. He has 607 yards on 114 attempts this season. The key factor for him is his 6 touchdowns. He also has 20 receptions that have gone for 128 yards.
Jarvis Landry has 25 receptions for 439 yards. He only has one game this season where he totaled over 100 yards. He also suffered an ankle injury that may force him to miss the upcoming game against the Patriots. Odell Beckham Jr currently has 29 receptions for 436 yards and a single touchdown.
The Browns offense is currently 18th in the league. They are also 18th in pass yards and 10th in rush yards. They have a lot of work to do to improve if they want to continue to talk about even just a potential playoff berth.
The bright spot of this defense is DE Myles Garrett. He is tied for first in the league in sacks. Joe Shobert is also tied for the league lead in an important stat. He has 62 tackles so far this season.
They have only beat the New York Jets without Sam Darnold and the Baltimore Ravens who have been falling apart as the season has gone on. They have lost to the Tennessee Titans, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, and Seattle Seahawks. Only two of those four teams have any chance of being anything this year.
A lot of the issue has to fall on Mayfield for underperforming with such a talented group of guys around him. Kitchens is not the savior coach that the Browns desperately need. He’s apparently an offensive guru but he can’t seem to piece this team together.
According to John Clayton of ESPN, Kitchens was almost fired after their week 6 loss to the Seahawks. Clayton went on to say “the way it’s heading there, there’s no way you’re going to have Kitchens back next year”.
Freddie Kitchens was an awful pick from the start who only got the job because Mayfield took a liking to him. He may be in over his head and have zero control of his team, but a first year coach should at least make it through the end of the year. If he can’t turn around this offense, I don’t expect him back next year.
For advertising and sponsorship opportunities with The Game Changer Sports Network please contact Jake at Info@GameChangerSportsNetwork.com
Picture Source: Brownswire.com