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Cincinnati Bengals: 4 way too early predictions for the AFC North

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Cincinnati Bengals, Tyler Boyd(Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
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CINCINNATI, OHIO – DECEMBER 29: Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns celebrates after throwing a touchdown pass during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OHIO – DECEMBER 29: Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns celebrates after throwing a touchdown pass during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /

This isn’t a reach. The Cleveland Browns are bad for a lot of reasons. Perhaps another change at the head coaching position brings better fortune, but there is nothing in the organization’s DNA that says they know how to get it right. Quarterback Baker Mayfield didn’t just take a step back, he went back to the birth canal.

Baker is a mess, and it’s no easy fix. His footwork lent to all kinds of issues throwing the ball, and unless the next regime is able to fix it, he stands to become worse, thus putting the Browns in serious jeopardy. The track record also doesn’t help. Ownership is all over the place. They effectively stunted the growth shown in 2019 with a bad hire for a head coach, and the face of the organization, Mayfield, was better in commercials than on the football field.

2020 needs to lead to a master reset in Cleveland, but not before the wheels completely come off. In a division where they are rivaled only by the Bengals in dysfunction, Cincinnati actually shows more promise. What’s disappointing for Browns fans, is they have talent on both sides of the football, unfortunately, it just won’t matter. The cracks in this team’s foundation are significant and will keep Cleveland at the bottom of the division.

2020 record: 4-12

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