Cleveland Browns 2016 Season Preview
2015 Season Review (3-13)
2015 Pass Attempts 609 – Rank: 11th
2015 Rush Attempts 380 – Rank: 27th
2015 Total Offensive Plays 1,042 – Rank: 14th
2015 Yards Per Play 5.1 – Rank: 28th
Full disclosure, if you see the term “we” when I refer to the Browns, its not by mistake. I’ve been a Season ticket holder in the Dawg Pound since 2007 (insert stereotypical Cleveland joke here) and my Brownies are near and dear to my heart. For the sake of this article, I’ll be as objective as possible, but, I’m warning you now, it might not be *wink*
The biggest Off Season acquisition for the Browns was signing Bengals former Offensive Coordinator Hue Jackson to be the team’s new head coach. Hue is known throughout the league as a “QB Whisperer” of sorts, and I don’t think there is anyone that would argue against the fact that he squeezed about as much out of Andy Dalton in Cincinnati as anyone could have imagined. It will be interesting to see the type of gameplan Jackson can build around newly acquired Robert Griffin III.
The selection of Corey Coleman will be a great one in my opinion as it gives the Browns a game breaker at the WR Position they have lacked since the Josh Gordon days. Coleman is an absolute burner and the 2015 Biletnikoff Award winner. He is going to be the focal point of the entire offense, and again, my fandom aside, my Browns will probably be playing from behind most of the time, which should lead to 10+ targets per game for Coleman.
Josh Gordon’s return in Week 5 could be a godsend, if he can get (and keep) his act together long enough to actually stay on the football field. Gary Barnidge, or “Big Play Gar” as we like to call him, came out of nowhere last year, and now, looks like a legit fantasy threat week in and week out. Duke Johnson has been pegged by many to have a breakout Season in Hue Jackson’s Offense. He will surely overtake Isiah Crowell as the team’s feature Back and should excel in Jackson’s Offense which has ranked in the Top 7 in rush attempts and touchdowns every year over the last 4 seasons.
The line setters in Vegas have the Browns pegged at just 4.5 wins this season, which, is the lowest in the NFL. Fandom aside, I can’t see the Browns being “that bad” again this Season as I feel like we’ve made tremendous upgrades to the Offensive side of the ball. Hue Jackson is an extreme upgrade at the Head Coach position where the team has been lacking true leadership for the better part of the last 15 years.
I will admit whole heartedly, at least on paper, there isn’t much to like. They don’t have any sufficient WR’s other than 1st round draft pick Corey Coleman, unless, somehow by the grace of god Josh Gordon can get his act together and actually play in every game after his four game suspension. They also lost their Pro Bowl Center Alex Mack to the Atlanta Falcons in Free Agency, and, their starting QB RGIII is often injured. So, again, it’s not looking good on paper. I’m an optimistic person however, which sort of comes with the territory of being a Cleveland Sports fan, so I’m going with the OVER on 4.5 wins this year. That being said, thank god for the Cavs and Indians, because it could be a long year again for my Brownies.
|Cleveland Browns Depth Chart|
|QB||Robert Griffin III||Josh McCown||Cody Kessler||Austin Davis||Connor Shaw|
|RB||Isaiah Crowell||Duke Johnson||Glenn Winston||Raheem Mostert||Terrell Watson|
|WR||Josh Gordon||Corey Coleman||Terrelle Pryor||Rashard Higgins||Andrew Hawkins||Taylor Gabriel||Darius Jennings||Ricardo Louis||Jordan Payton|
|TE||Gary Barnidge||E.J. Bibbs||Seth DeValve||Randall Telfer|
|K||Travis Coons||Patrick Murray|
The Core by xBenJamminx
#Believeland Hahahaha. Sorry, I just break out laughing when I see RG3’s name next to Projected Starting Lineup. My father and my business partner are both Brown’s fans, and I love ripping on the Browns. It’s a perfect situation for myself. If they do well, I can help cheer, when they don’t, I hilariously ridicule, it’s fantastic.
I don’t think this is the core of wide receivers that Robert Griffin III needs, although when Josh Gordon gets back, it may be a different story. We know there is quickness to this WR core, but the size is very limited. Andrew Hawkins and Taylor Gabriel are both literally the same height as me, and that’s not saying much at all, as I’m 5’8. I even have an inch on AH. Corey Coleman is a rookie speedster coming from a spread offense like Baylor who has good potential, but we don’t know what to expect here. Will RG3 stay under center? Will they move him around in more of a boot/play-action style? I think it’s going to be hard for them to find consistency with a passing attack. Fortunately for DFS, we can assume they’ll be behind a lot, forcing them to throw the ball. I would consider them all more or less, PPR style WRs with a boom/bust deep ball nature we MAY get from Coleman. Duke Johnson is a slippery running back who made a splash last year after coming out of the U of Miami. I don’t think he’s going to get the room to run that he needs, so I’ll be waiting to see if that position is even solidified before jumping in. Gary Barnidge was one of the biggest surprises of the 2015 NFL season, ending as the #2 TE in fantasy scoring with 9 rec TDs and #2 TE in targets totaling over 10 targets in 5 separate games throughout the season.
Cash Thoughts: There isn’t much to go to here for cash, besides rolling the dice with Gary Barnidge but that’s more or less hoping for a 5-6 catches and a receiving touchdown. It’s going to take a few games for me to gain any sort of trust for this offense.
GPP Thoughts: This is where NFL gets fun, because we know that any one of these guys have the POTENTIAL for a big week. If you want to be really risky, and can’t find a good ole game of Russian roulette, I’d look into a few different stacks here, based on the opposing defenses coverage strength. I’d have to analyze the opposing defense, the WRs here would eat up bigger CBs like Antonio Cromartie for example, but more or less for PPR. But my go to stacks would be RG3/Barnidge as my QB/TE and then possibly look towards a QB/WR1/WR2 combo with Coleman/Hawkins or Coleman/Gabriel. Duke Johnson may end up being a good player, but I’ll take a wait and see approach.