1. Fire Joe Woods
I said this three weeks ago, I said it two weeks ago, I said it last Sunday and I said it today. We needed to leave Joe Woods in New England. We needed to have Andrew Berry change his key card access and lock him out Jamal Adams style. I try to keep these as positive as possible, but this season has pushed me over the edge. In my 25 years of life (yes, 25 years of my life) on this planet, I cannot recall a time where the Browns front office ever did exactly what they were supposed to do. WE strengthened our secondary, extended our superstars and we went out and drafted the highest-rated rookie defensive player. IN THE SECOND ROUND (JOK before his injury). We are the 16th ranked defense in the NFL. This sounds alright on paper because we are middle-of-the-pack, but we do not have a middle-of-the-pack defense in all reality. The fact that we have the NFL sack leader in Myles Garret and we have given up 40 burgers to three separate teams, gave up 37 to the cardinals and 21 to the … TEXANS. really goes to show how inefficiently we are operating, and it comes down to the scheme.
2. Give Baker a week off.
These dudes hurt. If this week did not emphasize that enough for you via Emily Mayfield’s Instagram posts or Baker’s press conferences, he feels that his body is affecting his play. Honestly though, who are we to say that it is not? I’m not going to get into the fact that this in large part feels like the drama that we just tried to get rid of… when we have family members tweeting on behalf of NFL players. But does this feel like déjà vu for anyone? We looked for an easy out by essentially ganging together and trying to excommunicate Odell from the church of Cleveland and it felt good for a week until it didn’t. Looking at the remaining games of the schedule, we lost this luxury. Honestly, we screwed this up. We had a week we could have done this. There was no real need to have baker start against Detroit. The guy was less accurate than Michael J. Fox at an archery competition last week and I feel that it honestly was in large part due to injury. All I can say is, the bye week cannot come soon enough. Cleveland fans have seen what a healthy Baker can do… like win a playoff game… So, let’s get our guy as close to 100% as possible.
3. Win every single game from here on out.
The Browns no longer have the luxury of losing two more games. I know I said “Every game from here on out” but that may have been the Northeast Ohio inside me speaking. This week didn’t feel good. As sports fans, there is no better feeling than turning on the TV, the radio, or a podcast on Monday morning and hearing about how our team won just for that five minutes of clarity and feeling like you are on top of the world. This last week didn’t feel like a W, even though it was. I understand that the Ravens and Steelers barely beat the Lions as well, but regardless, we didn’t pass the eyeball test. With the AFC North playing as well as they are, we really can’t drop more than two games for the remainder of the year.
What I will say is that I feel confident in Baker and with our play-calling this week. Something about being an underdog brings out the best in our guys. When Baker is fired up he has a way of hitting every single “Real” Browns fan right in the jaw with his energy. Let’s not forget, WE have seen the 0-16 and 1-15 seasons. We HAVE seen our team leave. We have seen the coaching and quarterback carousel whip around faster than a Semi on Deadman’s Curve. The rest of the AFC North has not dealt with that. WE have. Something else I feel that we are overlooking right now is the fact that we don’t need to take a “step forward” because at the end of the day we are 6-5.
The Brownies are a four-point underdog on Sunday night football. The O/U is sitting around 46 right now. In my opinion, I think that Joe Woods shuts me up this week and we roll the Ravens, 27-10. Baker, if you’re reading this, we’ve got your back. We won’t make a peep while you are operating the offense from here on out. First Energy will be so silent you will be able to hear a pin drop while you’re under center and then louder than Woodstock when we’re on defense. ALL I have to say from here on out is simply DAWG.CHECK. #12-5.