Around the AFC North: Post-Week 8 Notes

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Nov 1, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) carries the ball as Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker Markus Golden (44) and defensive end Frostee Rucker (92) tackle during the fourth quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Cardinals won 34-20. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Browns (2-6)

The Cleveland Browns have easily been one of the league’s most frustrating teams in 2015. Cleveland has lost five of their last six games. The Browns lost by one possession in three of those five losses, and they led at halftime on Sunday. So really, the Browns could have hypothetically been a six-and-two team if they could’ve gotten the job done on any given Sunday in 2015. That being said, the fact that they haven’t gotten the job done is something that hasn’t changed on a season-to-season basis and needs to be addressed.

Is the Browns’ problem in the coaching? Probably not. Our colleagues at Dawg Pound Daily don’t believe that Mike Pettine, or coaching in general, is the reason for the Browns’ failure. So the question must be asked: What do the Browns need to do to be good?

Answer 1: Stop the run. Drafting Danny Shelton was a good first step for Cleveland, but crafting a defensive scheme that focuses on stopping the run first is a necessity for the Browns.

Answer 2: Rebuild.

The Browns have a solid offensive line, a nice wide receiver in Travis Benjamin and an above-average secondary. That’s about it. In order to rebuild, the Browns are going to have to draft wisely, develop their players and maintain continuity in the coaching staff.

For the rest of the season, Cleveland needs to see what it has in Johnny ManzielIsaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson. The Browns also needs to make it very clear that Mike Pettine’s job is safe and that his job is to revamp the franchise for the next era of Browns football.

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