Why Coaches Shouldn't Shy Away From The Cleveland Browns Job
by Rick Bouch Scores & Statson
Since the team’s last playoff appearance in 2002, the Cleveland Browns have had seven different head coaches and two interim head coaches. The Browns job seems like a revolving door of coaches simply laid to waste by one of the NFL’s most moribund franchises.
Just last week, Hue Jackson became the latest fatality after accumulating a record of 3-36-1 in Cleveland over the last two-and-a-half seasons. With the job open again, is there a coach out there that would even think about attempting to turn around such a dismal organization? There should be. The Browns job might not be all that bad. In fact, those interested in a head coaching job in the NFL shouldn’t shy away from Cleveland.
The Quarterback The key to any successful franchise begins with the quarterback and Cleveland has had its share. There have been 18 quarterbacks including the likes of Charlie Frye, Seneca Wallace, Robert Griffin III, and Johnny Manziel prior to the drafting of Baker Mayfield earlier this year. Mayfield has had some struggles, but overall he has the type of presence and skill set that led some to believe he can be as good as a guy named Drew Brees. Coaches looking at the Browns job can be assured that the franchise has its quarterback for the future.
A Talented Roster In addition to Mayfield, the Browns roster is full of talent. Running back Nick Chubb, a second-round pick this year, has done well enough that Cleveland was forced to trade Carlos Hyde. Chubb has consecutive games of 80, 65, and 85 yards over the last three weeks and leads the Browns with 403 yards rushing.
Jarvis Landry and Antonio Callaway present Mayfield with quality receiving targets, and the defense is loaded. Myles Garrett was 2017’s top pick and hasn’t disappointed. Garrett has nine sacks this season forming a formidable duo with Emmanuel Ogbah, who is in his third NFL season. Corner Denzel Ward and safety Jabrill Peppers are former first-round picks that are extremely talented. The core is there to build an elite NFL defense.
The Front Office General manager John Dorsey is the guy behind the future of the Browns. He is a no-nonsense kind of guy that treats his people with respect. Dorsey doesn’t like drama either and that is why he let head coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley go on the same day last week. Dorsey overhauled the roster from last season as 60 percent of the players in 2017 were let go before the 2018 season.
Dorsey has drafted well – Mayfield and Chubb are just two of many successes – and he has something that not many franchises can claim. It is believed that Cleveland has roughly $59 million in salary cap space right now. With Mayfield under his rookie contract, Dorsey has plenty of options to build around him.
Dorsey has also put together a top-notch front office staff including Eliot Wolf and former NFL player Alonzo Highsmith, both of whom served time in the Packers’ front office. With so many key pieces to the puzzle in place, the Browns opening is something that coaches might actually want to pursue.