Here is a summary of how the Cleveland Browns are viewed across mainstream media outlets heading into Week 1 Power Rankings of the NFL season.
I just can't see Josh McCown taking this team much higher in these rankings. Until you solve the quarterback issue, nothing else really matters.
The Browns enter 2015 with one of the least explosive offenses in recent memory, and they just cut fourth-round rookie wide receiver Vince Mayle. When Johnny Manziel gets healthy, maybe there will be a glimmer of hope.
Why are the Browns this low? Too many question marks. At least the questions about John Football don't revolve around his desire, but rather his health. Not that that's a great thing, but Manziel's play in the preseason quieted some critics. Browns defensive coordinator Jim O'Neil is going to have to turn a decent unit into a top-10 group in order for the Brownies to compete.
The skill position talent on this team is frighteningly bad. The best skill-position player the Browns have is who, Isaiah Crowell? Duke Johnson logged all of two touches in the preseason before getting hurt again. How did the front office allow the offense to get so bad?
Last years starting QB, Brian Hoyer, was the only Cleveland QB this century to compile a winning record. This years QB, Josh McCown, went 1-10 as a starter in Tampa last year.
Listed below is a summary table of where teams in the AFC North are ranked this week.
|Average:||11.1 ||28 ||8.6 ||7.9