AFC North round-up: Baltimore Ravens end 2019 on 12-game win streak
December record: 1-4
2019 record: 6-10
AFC North standings: Third (3-3 record)
My, my, my… how unfortunate was 2019 for the Cleveland Browns? After so much hype surrounding the team, they simply fell flat on their face. No one can blame fans for getting excited for the 2019 Browns, as all their offseason moves had a lot of people thinking they could finally be competitive for the first time in who knows how long. The AFC North crown seemed like a gimme, and the Super Bowl even seemed in play.
Turns out games are won on the field, not paper. The Browns learned this the hard way in 2019. The talent was certainly there, but the coaching was not. Unsurprisingly, Freddie Kitchens has been relieved of his head coaching duties after just one season leading the team. General manager John Dorsey was also let goof.
Baker Mayfield regressed heavily in his sophomore season. Mayfield struggled with turnovers and couldn’t get out of his own way at times. Prized offseason addition Odell Beckham Jr. couldn’t have been a bigger dud for the team, while other offensive guys like Kareem Hunt and David Njoku couldn’t make significant impacts for the unit for one reason or another. And that offensive line? UGH!
There’s no need to dive into the Myles Garrett debacle, but the team is certainly hoping his indefinite suspension gets lifted and he can rejoin Cleveland for the 2020 season.
All in all, calling 2019 disappointing would be a massive understatement. The 2019 Cleveland Browns were putrid and there’s no debating otherwise. The AFC North is still attainable with all that talent they have, but the coaching has to get fixed this offseason. If they can get a proper staff in place, perhaps the team can contend.