AFC North round-up: Baltimore Ravens close 2019 season in heartbreaking fashion
Could the Cleveland Browns 2019 season have gone any worse than it did? The team had serious Super Bowl hopes after adding guys like Odell Beckham Jr. and Olivier Vernon in the offseason to go along with Baker Mayfield, Myles Garrett, and company. Instead, they looked undisciplined and uncoordinated en route to a 6-10 record. The result? Both Freddie Kitchens and John Dorsey were subsequently fired.
This is a very important offseason for the Browns. we say this far too often, but Cleveland has never had this much talent on their roster. There are Pro Bowl-level guys littered throughout this team. If they can find the right voice in the locker room they can be contenders. I say this as one of the Browns harshest critics, regardless of my allegiance to the Baltimore Ravens.
Cleveland does have some nice capital for this offseason in the forms of the tenth overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft and just shy of ~$50 million in cap space. Without a ton of key players to resign, the Browns can make some splashy signings and get some high-level players in the upcoming draft. Perhaps the Browns can turn this ship around quicker than expected.
That’s a lot of optimism, however. The fact is the Browns may be the most talented team in the AFC North, but they’re the third-best team after the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers. Games are won because of continuity and chemistry, not just talent. Cleveland has no continuity right now and the product on the field didn’t leave me believing that there was any real chemistry.
The Cleveland Browns have a lot to figure out this offseason. If they can somehow dot all their I’s and cross all their T’s, they can perhaps turn this thing around in a hurry.