Heading into the 2019 season, the Cleveland Browns were the offseason champs with the amount of moves they made to make the team look like a Super Bowl champ on paper. Their overconfidence led to struggles right out of the gate and they never really recovered.
Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb appeared on the Jim Rome Show and talked about all things Browns related when he revealed there was some arrogance in the air around the team. That feeling had the team not putting in the proper work like they should have.
“I said it before, I think we thought we were a lot better than we were … We thought it was going to just happen for us, we didn’t actually put the work in.
We got this guy, and this guy, you know we’re straight, so we don’t need to actually work, it’s going to happen for us … Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work. I think that’s exactly what it was with us. We had all the talent in the world, but didn’t put the work into it.”
The Browns were blown out in the season opener, and even though they destroyed the Ravens in Week 2, they would never actually look like the team people expected them to. The Browns finished with a 6-10 record and ultimately fired coach Freddie Kitchens after just one season.
The franchise has since hired former Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski, added more pieces and have a healthy Odell Beckham Jr as well. The team still has the talent, but it’s just a matter of putting in the work to bring it together and be successful.