Death, taxes, and the Cleveland Browns firing members of their coaching staff.
All three of these items seem inevitable at this point, as the Browns finished the season below .500 for the fourth time in the past five seasons.
Something needs to change within the organization, as evidenced by their recent firing.
Joe Woods has been relieved of his duties as defensive coordinator. pic.twitter.com/m7nMjLGaTT
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) January 9, 2023
Joe Woods has been the defensive coordinator for the Browns for the past three seasons, where they have achieved varying successes.
However, the NFL has turned into a “What have you done for me lately?” kind of league when it comes to coaches, and the Browns’ defense certainly did not meet the organization’s expectations.
The defense ended the 2022-2023 NFL campaign averaging 22.3 points allowed per game, the 20th-worst mark in the league.
While this number doesn’t immediately jump off the page as being a horrible, coach-firing-worthy offense, the Browns’ offense only scored 21.2 points per game.
It’s pretty difficult for a struggling offense to have any confidence when their defense is allowing more points than they can score.
Deshaun Watson was a huge offseason signing for the Browns, and it’s hard to say whether his play will improve in 2023.
We’d imagine that head coach Kevin Stefanski will also be on the hot seat if the team is unable to turn it around next season.
In an increasingly difficult division and conference as a whole, the Browns will want to make some serious changes overall if they want to have any chance at a divisional title in the next few seasons.