Out with the Old…
Another offseason and yet another overhaul for the orange and brown. That is not surprising, considering what the franchise has become over the past few seasons. I remember a younger version of myself where I used to think “now they have it right with (enter new general manager, head coach, etc)”. However, I cannot get hyped anymore regarding changes with this team – at least until they can show consistent winning – and deep playoff runs. Nevertheless, let’s look further into a few tweaks to the members of the franchise.
New Guys in the Front Office
Following the replacement of Sashi Brown for John Dorsey – they also added Alonzo Highsmith (for the role of Vice President of Player Personnel) and Eliot Wolf (as the assistant General Manager). The Browns are putting together a front office that is full of “football guys” after years of having members without much experience with the league or football in general. They don’t have to do much to improve upon their predecessors and can trip and fall over that low bar.
Turnover in Coaching Ranks
Looking at the offensive side of the football, Ken Zampese replaces David Lee as the Browns’ quarterback coach. Zampese has worked multiple years with coach Jackson in Cincinnati – but was ousted as offensive coordinator last season amid a struggling offense. That position remains open for the orange and brown and many are wondering if coach Jackson is willing to give up play calling duties. Stayed tuned to see what route the Browns take for their 2018 campaign and beyond.
After spending seven years under multiple coaches and general managers, the special teams will no longer be headed by Chris Tabor. I wish him the best as he seems like a nice guy and a passionate coach – but they Browns were not winning games because of this aspect of their team. I would be surprised (and disappointed) if the special teams takes a step back under their new coach.
The new front office will be busy over the next few weeks attending several collegiate all-star games across the country. It’s well-known about their assets in the upcoming draft; it would be nice to see the men selecting draft picks actually take franchise-changing athletes who can significantly improve this team. Five selections in the first two rounds does not come around every year, thus the Browns must take advantage.
Conclusion: The anger, frustration, and parade are fortunately over for the 2017 Browns and I am moving forward. I look for a strong increase in talent and play next fall, but many correct decisions must be made by John Dorsey and Company before that happens.