The Cleveland Browns have lots of problems.
They are 0-7 for the second straight season. The quarterback situation is very unstable. Head coach Hue Jackson do not seem to be motivating the team in ways that are needed.
After a relatively strong showing in a Week 1 loss against the Pittsburgh Steelers, things have gone south for the Browns. Losses against the Indianapolis Colts, the New York Jets, and more recently the Tennessee Titans show that this team is not at the place many thought they would be before the season started.
The main problem the Browns are having this season has come on the offensive side of the ball. Starting, first, with the quarterback position that is ever changing. Rookie second round pick DeShone Kizer started the season, beating out Cody Kessler and Brock Osweiler (who was eventually traded to the Denver Broncos). He was eventually benched in favor of Kevin Hogan– who was the 28th starting quarterback since the Browns came back to the NFL in 1999. Kessler did eventually get time, too, in the second half of the game against the Titans.
Everyone knows, to be successful in the NFL, you need to have a starting quarterback. One that starts every week and does not get benched half way through the game. If Hue Jackson is saying that Kizer is his guy and the QB of the future, he needs to play and learn. He will not be doing that if he is on the sideline.
No matter which quarterback is playing, however, he is not getting much help. Promising young receiver Corey Coleman suffered a broken hand for a second straight season and was placed on IR. Veteran free agent signing Kenny Britt has dealt with injuries and has had problems with dropping passes. The rest of the receiving corps is pretty young. Isaiah Crowell does not have a game this season with over 100 yards nor does he have any touchdowns to show for. Duke Johnson and rookie tight end David Njoku have both shown flashes of what they are capable of, but neither of them have shown consistency within the offense.
Some of the offensive problems have come because the line has struggled. In the offseason, Cleveland signed guard Kevin Zeitler from the Cincinnati Bengals to help bolster the line. That has not been the case.
In addition, All- Pro left tackle Joe Thomas missed his first snap on Sunday in his 11 year NFL career. As it turns out, he will be missing more than a game or two. Thomas tore his left triceps and will be out for the rest of the season. Because of this, he is considering retirement from the NFL.
On the other side of the ball, new defensive coordination Gregg Williams has done a decent job with what he has and what he has dealt with. The first overall pick, Myles Garrett, was out for the first four games. Since his return, he has looked like a number one pick. The secondary has been suspect at times, but that is mainly due to injuries and the departure of Joe Haden.
Defense is not the main problem of this team, the offense is more of a problem. And even more so than the offense is the head coach and front office.
If this franchise was put in the hands of an owner and general manager who know the game of football well, and let them hire a capable head coach who will then hire his own staff, things may be a little bit different. The Browns just need to find some consistency, and that starts up top and works its way down. Hue Jackson needs to try and figure it out or he will be out of a job sooner than later.