Defensive coordinators do not want Beckham
CLEVELAND (AP) — The beer-fueled bash spilled into the streets around FirstEnergy Stadium as delirious Browns fans walked — some staggered — while chanting for their new hero Myles Garrett Jersey , the streak buster.“Ba-ker May-field,” they screamed.They’ve named their new starting quarterback. Coach Hue Jackson isn’t quite there yet.Jackson said he isn’t ready to “officially” identify his starter for next week’s game in Oakland, but all signs point to Mayfield taking over in Cleveland following his dazzling NFL debut on Thursday night.The No. 1 pick in this year’s draft replaced concussed starter Tyrod Taylor late in the first half and led the Browns (1-1-1) on four scoring drives as they erased a two-touchdown deficit to beat the New York Jets 21-17 and end Cleveland’s 19-game winless streak — the NFL’s second longest since 1970.Jackson seems to only be delaying the inevitable: Mayfield’s the guy.And if Jackson doesn’t’ pick the celebrated and uber-confident rookie, he won’t have to jump in Lake Erie again. Browns fans will throw him in. This one’s a no-brainer.Jackson, who gave his players the weekend off, wants to watch more tape and speak with his staff and general manager John Dorsey before making a decision that Mayfield has already made for him.Although Jackson wouldn’t publicly say Mayfield is his new starter, he gave strong indication he’s leaning that way by telling reporters on a conference call, “I think that you guys all feel good about where things are headed.”It’s Baker time.Out of respect for Taylor, who is in concussion protocol with his third head injury in 13 months, Jackson wants to tell his two quarterbacks his decision in person on Monday before sharing it with the world.Cleveland’s plan was to bring Mayfield along slowly and groom him under Taylor, who guided Buffalo to the playoffs last season. But Taylor’s injury along with his struggles in three starts has altered the Browns’ strategy.Taylor has completed 41 of 84 passes for 462 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions, adding 125 yards rushing on 16 carries.But even before he was knocked from Thursday’s game, Cleveland’s offense was going nowhere as Taylor was 4 of 14 for 19 yards and was sacked three times. Jackson sidestepped addressing whether he was going to pull Taylor at halftime, but it had to be running through his mind because anyone watching the game was thinking the same thing.Mayfield’s first regular-season game as a pro couldn’t have gone much better. He completed 17 of 23 passes for 201 yards and was sacked once in just a little more than one half. His stats could have been more impressive if not for a drop by sure-handed receiver Jarvis Landry, and rookie Antonio Callaway letting a long throw down the sideline slip through his hands.“He made some tremendous throws,” Jackson said. “Obviously, he was able to move the team. Played with some rhythm. Got the ball into the playmakers’ hands and gave them chances to make plays. There are some things that he has to clean up, obviously. We can’t have the ball out on the ground. There are some progression things that we will work through.“Overall for his first game out under the lights in that environment in that situation, he handled all of that extremely well and played well.”Most impressively, Mayfield did it on a short work week and without taking any snaps in practice with Cleveland’s first-team offense. In fact, the 2-point conversion try he caught in the third quarter came on the first time he had ever run the play.But just as he did while winning the Heisman Trophy at Oklahoma, Mayfield elevated everyone around him, and in turn electrified 60 Jim Brown Jersey White ,000 fans and a national TV audience.Mayfield took it all in stride, displaying humility that some wondered if he had after some questionable on-field antics while he starred for the Sooners. This game ranked with any of his wins.“This one is definitely up there, being the first NFL game that I have played in,” he said. “First regular-season one that actually counts. It is definitely up there for me. I have had some great memories, but I am just getting started.”NOTES: Other than Taylor, LB James Burgess (knee) was the only other notable injury against the Jets. Burgess started for LB Christian Kirksey, who missed his second straight game with an ankle injury. … Jackson said he’s not worried about giving his players so much freedom over the weekend. “We can’t follow them around. We can’t baby them,” he said. “At the same time, we know who the guys are who we have to have an idea of where they are and what they have been doing. They have been good about letting us know, and we will definitely stay in contact with the majority of the guys.” When Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey pulled the plug and traded with the New York Giants for wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., the internet blew up and suddenly Cleveland was a trendy pick as the AFC representative in the Super Bowl. OBJ was looked on as the savior, a missing link, or the final piece of the puzzle to get the Browns finally out of the “Wasteland Years.”The problem is, OBJ is having a below-average season and, so far, he ain’t saving anyone. On March 12, the Browns traded a first- and a third-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, along with safety Jabril Peppers, a former first-round selection, to the Giants for Beckham. OBJ was not seen as simply a rental because he is signed through the 2023 season. The addition of OBJ sparked great interest because the Browns already had quarterback Baker Mayfield, wide receiver Jarvis Landry, tight end David Njoku and running backs Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. And each player is young, meaning the franchise had a nucleus that could grow Bernie Kosar Jersey White , be successful and make the Cleveland Browns relevant again.But matters with the talented receiver have become stale. Currently, Beckham is the 33rd-rated receiver in the league. He has a single touchdown after seven games. There are seven tight ends ranked higher than him, plus five running backs. Ahead of Beckham are names such as Chris Godwin, Darren Waller, John Brown, Mark Andrews and Austin Hooper. No doubt you had to look up those names. What happened to all that talent?There are also two trains of thoughts when it comes to answering that question: is head coach Freddie Kitchens using Beckham correctly, and how does a mediocre offensive line come into play for Beckham’s numbers?In Sunday’s 27-13 loss to the New England Patriots, Beckham was targeted seven times and made five catches for 52 yards and zero scores. The game’s only touchdown was a 21-yard strike from quarterback Baker Mayfield to tight end Demetrius Harris to close the game to 17-7.Patriots Stephon Gilmore takes on OBJAfter Sunday’s turnover and penalty-laden loss to the Patriots, Beckham spoke about his production, the Browns lack of offense, and if Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore had basically shut him down (quotes via Pro Football Talk):What Beckham is basically saying is that the play callers are not calling my number as much as they should; or perhaps, the quarterback is ignoring me a little too much. What should be, and should always be, the priority is to throw the football to whomever is open, regardless of his jersey number. Jarvis Landry was targeted 10 times against the Patriots and also had five receptions, but for 65 yards. Currently, Landry is ranked number 46 among receivers in the league. As far as the offensive line issues have gone, other than guard Joel Bitonio and center JC Tretter, this unit has been a roller coaster all season. Both tackle positions have not been very good, and right guard Eric Kush has struggled as the starter. All of this means that Mayfield has been flushed from the pocket quite a bit, which means that every receiver’s pattern is suddenly now jail break and “get open.” Which in itself has affected every receiver’s stats and targets. Asked about Beckham’s comments on Tuesday, Kitchens responded with this, according to clevelandbrowns.com: The bottom line is that Beckham is not having another Pro Bowl year and Jarvis Landry Jersey White , in fact, is not having a great season at all. Part of that may be that he is not getting the ball enough, and in such a scenario that could be justification of the Browns losing record. A look into this year’s receiver statistics may provide some answers. Beckham is ranked fifth in targets not caught. He is 23rd in total receiving yards (488), which is second on the team behind Landry. He doesn’t even lead the Browns much less the NFL. Beckham’s average yards per catch is third on the Browns behind Landry and wide receiver Rashard Higgins, and ranked 78th in the league with 14.4. His yards per game is also behind Landry and listed at No. 27 with a 69.7 average. Tight end Ricky Seals-Jones even has more touchdowns than Beckham.OBJ: Top-20 NFL Receiving category Most targets ranked 14th (61)Passes not caught ranked fifth (27)OBJ: Omitted from Top-20 NFL Receiving categoryYards After Catch (YAC) Receiving first-downsReceptions inside the Red Zone3rd down catches for first downsCatches 25-yards or more Total receptionsBeckham gets a ton of attention on and off the field. On game day, defenses key on him and often lean a safety in his direction. Rarely does he not get double-teamed, which should open up the offense for another receiver to be open or covered with man. However, against the Patriots, Gilmore was mostly man-to-man on Beckham. In pre-game warmups at home as well as one the road, Beckham will dazzle the early birds with one-handed catches and backhand grabs. Yet in the game, he will drop several passes that hit both of his gloves. If you could have only one wide receiver between DeAndre Hopkins, Julio Jones, Michael Thomas and OBJ, Beckham is just the better athlete and an enhanced route runner. But so far this year, he is not producing to defend that assumption. Defensive coordinators do not want Beckham to destroy their game plans. There is always help in covering him. So why isn’t the Browns offense abusing that attention? If Beckham is always covered, doesn’t that mean somebody else is open? Or maybe more plays should be called his way and basically say our man is better than your man and see if you can stop him. Where is the Beckham that has had this great receiving career so far? In his first three seasons with the Giants he gained more than 1,300 receiving yards each season, with 1,450 yards his second season, and averaged 96 catches each year. He scored 45 touchdowns in five years in New York and passed for another. He has been named to three Pro Bowls and was the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2014.One thing is for certain, there is a direct connection between Beckham not getting enough catches and Kitchens not getting enough wins.



posted Jan-20-2020 @ 06:24 by linchao