Latest Details Surrounding the Cleveland Browns
Instead of getting ready for the Super Bowl (like all other fifty-one times), the Browns are in the midst of their offseason. We are already aware of the hiring of the new general manager, and a few members who have recently joined his staff. However, the team recently added a guy to a role that has not been separate from the head coach (since Hue Jackson has been hired). Meanwhile, a very important week just concluded for the front office – which included an opportunity to get a closer look at possible new members of the club. Finally, a longtime veteran has been doing the rounds in the media; prompting the question – what does this mean?
A New Play Caller
Following his six seasons as offensive coordinator to a team east of the Browns (who wear black and yellow), Todd Haley’s contract was not renewed with that team. Just a few days later, the Cleveland Browns spoke to him to fill the same role with the orange and brown. Not a short while longer he accepted and for the first time since the Mike Pettine era, the Browns will have a head coach and an offensive coordinator who are two different people. There have been multiple rumblings that Haley is a difficult guy to work with and can get under players and other coaches’ skin. However, at this point I am not concerned about that; he seems like he knows what he is doing and that is good enough to feel that the Browns have made a solid hire.
The ever important week that occurs in Mobile, Alabama is wrapping up this evening following the playing of the Senior Bowl. The headliners were (at least that is what local media told me) Baker Mayfield and Josh Allen; a pair of signal callers who can still easily fall or climb in draft boards during the coming months. I hope that John Dorsey keeps an eye on a couple late round guys (where Travis Kelce and Kareem Hunt were selected in prior years) – who can vastly improve the team. Should they take a senior in the early rounds? I would be okay with that, as long that the value is worth the investment.
Joe Thomas Hitting the Circuit
In case you haven’t heard, but Joe Thomas has been a popular member of the media over the past several weeks. In addition to having his own podcast with Andrew Hawkins, he has been on multiple radio stations and television segments. A local radio guy even got worked into a fit that Joe (a former athlete) could actually excel in another industry. Personally, I think Joe is funny and knowledgable about multiple subjects beyond football. I would prefer he continue his professional career with the Browns for a few more seasons but completely understand him continuing his career off the field. Is (at least) one playoff game for Joe Thomas and the Browns too much to ask?
Conclusion: The Browns secured a solid offensive mind to their coaching staff, and are doing their due diligence with the upcoming draft class. I would like to say the arrow is pointing up for the franchise, but a tremendous amount of work still has to occur prior to any sort of success still occurring. Up next is the NFL Scouting Combine, where underclassmen will join the seniors in preparing themselves for the upcoming draft.