CLEVELAND, Ohio – When GM Andrew Berry and coach Kevin Stefanski took over the Browns exactly a year ago, they had major discussions about what do to in the offseason.
They inherited a talented but disorganized group of players who were 6-10 in 2019. They came to a franchise that hadn’t had a winning season since 2007. The last playoff appearance was 2002.
Aside from losses since 1999, the Browns probably led the NFL not only in hirings and firings of GMs and coaches, but also of plans. Looking at the rosters, it seems the Browns tried almost everything to assemble a winning team, but didn’t concentrate one or two major areas.
The Browns believed they had the right leadership team in Chief Strategy Officer Paul DePodesta along with Berry and Stefanski. But the new regime realized the quarterback question had to be answered.
One of the reasons Berry took the GM job was he liked Baker Mayfield. He had scouted Mayfield for the Browns in 2016-17, his first tour of duty in Cleveland when he was the assistant GM to Sashi Brown.
But the QB question hung over the franchise: How good is Mayfield? Can you win with him and reach the playoffs?
Here was the plan:
1. YOU CAN’T FIX EVERYTHING
The Browns had significant weaknesses on offense and defense. In the past, some front offices divided their draft picks and free agent signings trying to plug a…