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  1. Very good analysis. As a Browns' fan, I will make 2 observations. With regard to the tackling issues noted in the above analysis, Williams teaches "rip and strip". It's intended to created turnovers, but has the residual effect of causing poor tackling. I believe the Browns were last or 2nd last in tackling this year. So, the Jets better create turnovers, because the missed tackles will kill you otherwise and are frustrating as hell. In the first half of the season, the Browns were very successful in creating fumbles and INT's. Not so much in the 2nd half, and the poor tackling adversely impacted the defense. Williams doesn't like to be beaten deep. This approach has its benefits, but it also can result in WRs being given too much space underneath. A good offensive plan can take advantage of this tendency.
  2. The article held a different interest to me. I was more interested in how Dorsey went about scouting Mayfield, the process he used in making decisions on players, and how he went about identifying good scouts, all of which can be applied generically and not just to Mayfield.
  3. https://www.si.com/nfl/2019/01/24/2019-nfl-draft-cardinals-top-pick?utm_campaign=themmqb&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com
  4. I agree with you about Darnold. Only on this website do people have such certainty about his future notwithstanding his lack of playing time. He's got the ceiling and showed well over the last quarter of the season, but it's hard to make definitive conclusions based on a 4-game stretch. One thing I noticed is that while he can move in the pocket, he doesn't have a feel for the pocket. It will be interesting to see how teams adjust to defending against Jackson with an offseason and sufficient film to come up with a game plan. The Browns started using a 5-2 in the last half of the 4th quarter that seemed to slow Jackson down. Eventually, he's going to have to show he's a competent thrower. And while fumbling was a concern with Darnold coming into the season, it was an actual problem with Jackson. He had 12 fumbles over the 7 or 8 games he started.
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    Robby Anderson

    Grades don't tell everything about a player, but they do provide some context for this discussion. Here are PFF's grades and ranking for the Jets' WRs and TEs. Anderson - 68.3 (above average) #56 https://www.profootballfocus.com/nfl/players/robby-anderson/11254 Enunwa - 68.0 (above average) #60 Kearse - (62.7) (average) #85 Herndon - 74.1 (good) #11 Leggett - 65.8 (above average) #32 Tomlinson - 48.8 (below average) #69
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    Monken to Browns

    Yeah, I'm not getting the skepticism about Monken. Kitchens is a collaborator and doesn't appear to be ego driven. I don't see a problem with him working with another talented offensive mind. On a related note, the Browns hired James Campen as OL coach and Associate Head Coach. He's the Packers' longest tenured ass't coach. He appears to be another strong hire. http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-41052811-4
  7. https://247sports.com/nfl/cleveland-browns/Article/Browns-Cardinals-request-interview-Jets-Stump-Mitchell-127604576/
  8. PFF had the Browns defense ranked 27th. Clearly there was and is improvement to be made. Gregg Williams will be appreciated by Browns' fans for helping the Browns transition from Jackson and Haley. But, IMO and the opinion of many Browns' fans, there were and probably are other defensive minds out there that can improve on his work with the defense.
  9. PFF had the Browns' offense ranked #2 since the "takeover".
  10. I don't think there would have been a back-stabbing issue if the head coach had a defensive background. But, IMO it would make no sense to hire someone like McCarthy, who has his own ideas how to run an offense and coach a QB. That's why I would be skeptical of any report that said the Browns wanted to hire McCarthy.
  11. I agree that the Browns had to retain Kitchens. I was hoping they could find a defensive-oriented coach like the Colts' DC Matt Eberflus to agree to be the head coach with the proviso that Kitchens be retained as the OC, but knew that that might be a difficult sell, both for the head coach and Kitchens. I'm a little concerned with Kitchens' lack of experience, but the Browns couldn't let him walk. He's been around football long enough that he should be able to put together a quality staff. The DC position is going to be critical as it's that side of the ball that needs to improve the most and where I suspect most of 2019's draft capital will be spent.
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    Re-ranking the 2018 QBs

    That's a fair analysis. I really don't know how to evaluate the running QBs. They all can make an offense work, at least for a while. I don't know whether it can work over the long term, particularly given their heightened injury risk. It's interesting how perspective affects opinions. On the Browns' board, many feel the Browns need to draft a #1 WR with their #1 pick, or give up a 1st and 3rd in a trade with with the Giants for Odell Beckham.
  13. As a Browns' fan, all I can say is that Taylor was atrocious. He definitely would not have come close to what Mayfield achieved. PFF has Mayfield ranked as a top 10 QB. Taylor was ranked in the 30s and, if anything, was worse than his ranking.
  14. I don't have a good handle on the Jets' roster, but I would disagree about the alleged chasm in talent. There is no question that the Browns have drafted some quality talent in the last 2 years or so. However, the roster was bereft of talent prior to that time, notwithstanding the fact that they had high draft choices over mutliple years. The futility of their past drafts has been well documented. The high quality talent that the Browns have drafted recently only affects a few positions, i.e., QB, CB, RB, S, and TE. The quality of talent at the other positions is lacking, as the Browns have been using an astronomical amount of draft capital to acquire a FQB, to no avail until Mayfield. My guess is that the average talent of both rosters are comparable. The difference is that the Browns have a few more potential stars, but have less talent at other positions. Playoff teams obviously need a certain number of pro-bowl level talents, and star-quality players are necessary. However, that doesn't diminish the need to have decent talent levels at other positions. And I think the Browns are probably lacking in those areas vis-a-vis the Jets. But, I encourage others to discuss and disagree. What I do believe, and why I have confidence in the Browns' future, is that there is no doubt in Dorsey's ability to identify and draft talented players. He is responsible for the current Chiefs's roster, including the drafting of the most talented young QB in today's game, i.e., Mahomes. While Dorsey may have certain weaknesses as a GM, talent evaluation is not one of them.

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