Browns coaching re/search 2019 Part 2

It was posted today that the Browns ownership will turn over the head coach search to GM John Dorsey. As I understand it’s not the entire story, Dorsey will put together a team from the existing upper management and the group will conduct the search together.

While I do not know how many members will make up this group, I believe GM John Dorsey, Executive Vice President JW Johnson, and Chief Strategy Officer Paul DePodesta will be the three main members.

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Chiefs vs Browns Week 9 match-up

The Game: A dark cloud of dysfunction has been lifted from the Browns this week with the release of Hue Jackson. While nothing about this game will come easy it’s also not out of reach. The Browns will only need to look too week 4 game between the Broncos and Chiefs. A close 27 to 23 victory for the Chiefs could be the blueprint for a win Sunday. With a record of 2-5-1, this team can finally play with no pressure.

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Browns coaching re/search 2019

This is going to be a long process that’s currently in the beginning stages. So everything I’m reporting on right now could have a short shelf life as the season moves forward. I will start with the current staff and then each coach I feel could be in play or not.

Overall Plan: As I understand right now GM John Dorsey is leaning more to the college coach while owner Jimmy Haslam more to someone with NFL experience. What is best for Baker Mayfield is the most important aspect of this search. No matter what direction they go the plan is to retain coach Williams as the 2019 Defensive coordinator. Dysfunction is the keyword and any coach they believe has an ego or wouldn’t be a team player will not get a second look. Continue reading “Browns coaching re/search 2019”

Next man up at defensive end

Once again, the Browns find themselves with a key injury early in the season with #90 Emmanuel Ogbah. While the Browns are reporting that Ogbah will miss some time due to his ankle injury, others have reported seeing him in a high walking boot. This leads to speculation that #90 may have a high ankle sprain, an injury that could require up to 6 weeks to heal.

The Browns released Carl Nassib during the 53-man roster cuts. This leaves the newly-signed veteran #50 Chris Smith as that “next man up.” During preseason #50 logged 127 snaps and finished with a PFF overall grade of 55.3. While that grade in itself is less than ideal, what did stand out was his tackling grade of 67.4 and run defensive grade of 72.3. His preseason game against the Bills started poorly, but was able to recover and finish strong.

During the week 1 game against the Steelers, Smith logged a total of 58 snaps, so he at least has in-game experience with Greg Williams’s defense, should his number be called. The Browns do have other options, though: third-round draft choice #92 Chad Thomas, newly-signed #97 Anthony Zettel, and #91 Ifeadi Odenigbo (that’s Oh-Den-Oh-Bo for those of you keeping track at home).

Zettel brings much of the same skill set as Nassib, and would be mostly used in rotation. The most intriguing of the group is Odenigbo. #91 was with the Minnesota Vikings for all of  this preseason, as he was elevated from the 2017 practice squad. During his 4-game stretch with the Vikings, Ifeadi Odenigbo played for a total of 111 snaps and finished with a PFF overall grade of 72.8. With a total of eight pressures, five hits, one hurry, and two sacks, most in the NFL media found it surprising he was released.

Ifeadi, a 24-year-old, 6’3 258-pound defensive end born in Bayonne, New Jersey, played his high school football at Centerville High School, right here in Ohio. Ifeadi then went on to Northwestern college and played very well. In four short years, Ifeadi racked up 61 total tackles and 25.5 sacks (wow).

One sign that I like to see from players coming out of college is improvement each year and Ifeadi was able to do that. Being that he spent a year on the Vikings practice squad, and played that many snaps in preseason, I believe that Ifeadi will be ready to take the next step in his NFL journey.

The Browns will be facing the Saints in week 2, coming off a devastating defeat by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Going over the numbers, the Saints have a weak link in the offensive line with Larry Warford at right guard and Ryan Ramczyk at right tackle. This will give the Browns an advantage with both positions for either Smith or Odenigbo.

For the Browns to slow down Drew Brees they will need to get pressure quickly as he doesn’t hold on to the ball for long. With the Saints weak on the right side, Myles Garrett on the left, and Ogunjobi applying pressure up the middle, the Browns could see another top defensive performance from the front four again this Sunday.

Making the 53

The final week for every player on the bubble to make a case for the 53-man roster starts this week. On September 1st at 4pm, all 32 teams will have to trim the roster from the 90 they have now. After the 4 pm deadline, the waiver wire will also be open for teams to claim any player released. This year like last, the Browns will have the first right to claim any player released by another team. Providing the perfect opportunity for John Dorsey to try and find help for the offensive line that in its current state lacks the depth needed for the 2018 season. In my opinion, a starting Continue reading “Making the 53”