Mike Holmgren and Pat Shurmur were supposed to bring a new era of offensive efficiency to Cleveland.
Instead, Colt McCoy has regressed this year and the offense is worse than it was than when Eric Mangini was the head coach. Michael Lombardi of NFL.com gives a great example of Cleveland’s predictability.
Lombardi says each week, he calls a former coach on the phone and plays a game with him.
“I tell my friend the personnel group, the formation, where the ball is located on the field and what hash mark and describe the motion — if there is any — and ask him to tell me the exact play that will be run. He is correct about 95 percent of the time. No lie.
“The Browns are so integrated into the West Coast system that their predictability is becoming legendary around the league,” Lombardi writes.
The Browns are running the purest West Coast offense in the league. Other successful teams run West Coast offenses, but they mix up their systems a lot more.
If a coach on the phone knows what play is coming from the Browns, you can be sure opposing defensive coordinators know what’s coming too.