Playoffs NFL 2021 How did they go from a 0-16 season to being in the playoffs in 4 years?
El Sunday, Browns beat the Steelers 48-37 in the wild card round of the NFL playoffs. The win comes after they finished the regular season 11-5, their first winning season since 2007 and their first playoff appearance since the 2002 season. The Heiz victory is his first in the postseason since 1994.
It seems like forever ago that the Browns were 0-16, but that was only in 2017. In fact, between 2016 and 2017 they only achieved one victory and four years later they are a team that is in the divisional round. How was the miracle of the Browns accomplished?
In 2016, Paul DePodesta arrived as chief strategy officer and his first decision was to let Ray Farmer go to take over Sashi Brown’s as general manager. Hue Jackson, despite finishing 1-15 in his first year, returned as head coach, while the selection of offensive plays was left to Gregg Williams.
In the 2017 Draft they had three first-round picks. With the first overall selection they chose Myles Garrett, Jabrill Peppers with pick 24, David Njoku with pick 28 and in the second round who will be his starting quarterback, Deshaun Kizer. The team began to lay down a line good quality offense with Joel Bitonio (OG), Kevin Zeitler (OG) and Zach Banner (OT)
Despite having a roster with some notable players, the franchise fails, They did not win a game and since December 2017 the changes began to occur. They hired John Dorsey as general manager, the beginning of years of change.
Baker Mayfield was chosen with the first overall pick to be his new quarterbark, Denzell Ward (S), Nick Chubb (RB) and Austin Corbett (OT) They were selected in the first three rounds, so it looked like the rebuilding was on the right track. Between seasons they let go of more than 35 players in total and brought key pieces like Jarvis Landry (WR), Chris Hubbard (OT) and Damarious Randall (S).
As for the coaches, Hue Jackson had one last chance to shine with the Browns, despite starting with a draw against the Steelers, an overtime loss to the Saints and a victory against the Jets, where Mayfield debuted. By week 8, they had only had two wins and the team terminated Jackson’s contract. to put Gregg Williams, the defensive coordinator, in charge, and Freddie Kitchens took over as offensive coordinator.
The season was finished 7-8-1, four players reached the Pro-Bowl and two for the second All-Pro team, being a tremendous advance in just one year but the DePodesta project was beyond a good campaign.
Freddie Kitchens was named the new coach. He had arrived for the running back coach job in 2018, but in 2019 along with Todd Monken on offense and Steve Wilks on defense.
With the departure of another 20 players, they brought fundamental and specific pieces on both sides of the grid. Odell Beckam (WR), Justin MCGray (G), Sheldon Richardson (DT), Wyatt Teller (G) and Oliver Vernon (DE). With them the roster luca of fear and the expectations were high about the franchise and for the first time in 12 years they could pretend to go to the playoffs, but they finished the season 6-10, losing the last three games of the season and not attending another postseason.
The firing of Freddie Kitchens as head coach made them sign Kevin Stefanski, his third coach in three years.
They brought in Kwesi Adofo-Mensah as vice president of operations, influenced by data and analytics and working closely with Brad DeAngelis, who had been the director of the Football Information System on the team. Another move was that of Adam Al-Khayyal to be a scout for pro players, he was one of those who wanted to sign Jake Conklin (OT) in 2020; Landry, Tretter, Hunt, among others from the current roster.
Shaun Herock and Charles Walls came as scouts at the college level and the key decisions to strengthen the team.Jedrick Wills (OT) in first round, Jacob Phillips (LB) in third round, Harrison Bryant (TE) in fourth round, Donovan People, Jones (WR) in sixth round and Grant Delpit (S) in the second round, but the latter missed the campaign due to a cruciate ligament injury suffered in the preseason.
Joe Woods was the defensive coordinator after being part of the coaching staff of the champion Broncos in 2015. Alex Van Pelt came in as offensive coordinator after serving as the quarterback coach when Aaron Rodgers got his second MVP in 2014.
Paul DePodesta’s project, which was filling the patience of the Haslam, owners of the team since 2011, now has After 14 years of a winning season, they have a postseason appearance since 2002 and a win since Bill Bellichick was active in 1994.