COA's 2018 Browns Year in Review
Free Agents & Trades
- Baker Mayfield
- Denzel Ward
- Austin Corbett
- Nick Chubb
- Chad Thomas
- Antonio Calloway
- Gerard Avery
- Damion Ratley
- Simeon Thomas
2018 was a pivotal yr for the Browns. Drafted what looks to be the answer at QB finally after wandering in a sea of Weeden despair longer than the Jewish ppl searched for the promised land.As noted above Dorsey & company had a huge roster overhaul that resulted in a far better record than last yr's absymal 0-16, SMFH.
I wanted to evaluate the job that Dorsey did now, with hindsight vision. What did we learn, what did we crush, what do we hope to do better, and what do we hope for the future.
Drafting a franchise QB with a chip on his shoulder so big he almost falls down. Love the pick, and very happy Dorsey didn't fuck it up the way Sahsi/Farmer/Heckert/Kolkinis would have. (Side note, fun game, how would the 4 previous stooges have fucked up that pick?). I was all in on Baker from what I recall, IM092 let me know if I'm wrong.
Denzel Ward - I really wanted the browns to draft Harold Landry or Bradley Chubb here, as I thought a pass rusher opposite of Myles was needed. And I just dont believe in Ogbah. Didn't see CB as a need, and as much as I loved Ward at OSU didn't think he was l33t. Glad to say I think I was wrong here, just hope he learns how to tackle properly. Crushed the first two picks IMO.
Avery in the 5th is looking like one of the top steals of the draft. Just for the love of god, stop asking him to play in space. He's at his best rushing the QB. Let him do what he does best and I dont think 10 sacks is out of the question for him.
Nick Chubb - I thought this was a dumb pick at the time, esp with Landry still sitting there on the board. Safe to say, I'll eat some crow on this one. If the coaching staff had half a brain, we're probably looking at a 1400 yd 15td guy here. The excuses of him not being good in pass pro is fucking laughable.
Mitchel/Randall/Robinson/Carrie - First, I'll admit throwing Robinson on here is a bit of a reach. I think he ends up as our RT next season, with Bitonio at LT and Corbett getting some burn at LG. The rest, LMAO trading Kizer for a top 5 FS?!?! LOLOLOLOLOL. We actually got a legit secondary with reasonably priced FAs and solid depth.
Trading for TT has be viewed as dumb move, only made worse by our bonehead HC/OC not adjusting and benching his ass when it was clear Baker was the guy. Giving up a 3rd round pick for a clipboard holder is stupid any way you look at it. I do think he provided some leadership and stability in a shitty 0-16 environment, thus why it's in the meh category. I do like Dorsey hedging his bets, but if you're taking a QB number 1, he needs to play. Grow a pair and don't be a dipshit with valuable draft assets dipshit.
Trading and resigning Landry to a big contract. I love his attitude and speech on hard knocks as much as the next guy, but I don't have to squint that hard to see him not seeing the field next season. I personally think Higgins provides what Landry does, without the drops and more athleticism. I want Njoku, Callaway, and Chubb to get thrown more balls next season, plus a WR I hope we sign in FA/draft. Not a lot of balls to go to Landry going forward, esp given his propensity for drops and lack of athletic traits. Advanced stats are even less kind to him. He's also a guy that when things don't go his way, he pouts. I could easily see him QQing and being a problem next season, something to watch.
Corbett - Taking him at the top of the 2nd round and he plays like 30 snaps? Can't happen. Esp when we have needs at WR/Dline/Pass rush. He can still be a good player of course, but it's hard to justify this pick without him being a 5x pro bowler from here on out.
Chad Thomas - This guys is a fucking bum and can't play dead. He'll be gone next season, book it. Total wasted pick for no reason. He's not even an athletic freak, if you're going to take a reach, reach for traits! FUCK!
Keeping Hue Jackson - Outside of drafting a kicker in the first round, this was the worst thing a GM can do to a franchise. Keep a cancer who is also a fucking imbecile. He should have never been brought back.
Hiring Todd Hailey- Compounding the Hue Jackson mistake by breaking another idiot with an Ego the size of the sun into the mix.
Letting Hue start TT and Hyde- Dorsey needed to overule him here. Esp after the oakland game where Chubb had 100 yrds on 3 carries and Hyde is failing to get crucial playoff potential first downs.
Left Tackle - Letting the LT situation play out the way it did. It became serviceable by the end of the season, but that was more luck than anything. At one point we were starting an UDFA 265 lb LT. That can't happen in the NFL.
I think Dorsey has done a solid job in his first yr. He's set up the franchise with Baker as franchise QB. I'm optimistic, but he's also played a bit looser than I'd like with contracts and Draft capital. I'm almost to the point of trusting him, but he needs to hire the best HC candidate out there (kitchens IMO), and continue to not make same draft mistake (Chad Thomas, Corbett, etc...).
We have to get better at LBer, I would expect Kirksey & Collins to be on the hot seat for sure, sure up Dline, esp a pentrating 3tech, and continuing to build pass rush stable. Having Baker on a rookie contract is our best shot at building a SB winning team, this offseason is absolutely critical to making that happen.