Thursday, February 2, 2023

Browns, Watson reorganize after difficult season

BERIA, Ohio ( Associated Press) – Deshaun Watson is dealing with another walkout, this one not as personal or punitive as the last one.

His short first season with the Cleveland Browns is over and another long layoff is coming.

They lost 28–14 at Pittsburgh a day later. Watson and his teammates cleaned out their locker rooms and tried to make sense of everything that went wrong in a 7-10 season that was worsened by an 11-game suspension for alleged sexual misconduct.

In a way, Brown played two seasons. With Jason Brissett starting during Watson’s suspension and another in six games with the $230 million quarterback he hopes the franchise’s fortunes will turn around.

Going 3-3 over that stretch, Watson caught glimpses of the quarterback who was a three-time Pro Bowl selection and led the league with Houston. But after not playing for nearly 700 days, he naturally had his tough moments as well.

Watson knew it would be a challenge and wanted to keep at it.

“Expectations should be high for 2023 because we have the talent,” Watson said. “We have the capability, the people and the parts to meet those expectations.”

Watson is one of the players who claimed that the team’s fall to fourth place in the AFC North was due to a lack of attention to detail. But above all it was a long absence.

When he traded for Watson in March, Brown understood his risk of legal troubles after two dozen women accused him of sexual assault and battery during massage therapy.

After being suspended for violating the league’s personal conduct policy, Cleveland’s season turned from promising to troubled.

Watson’s performance in six games gave the Browns hope for the following season.

on the defensive

The Browns’ first decision of the off-season came when Stefanski fired defensive coordinator Joe Woods after three seasons.

Stefanski quickly began the search for his replacement, seeking permission to interview Pittsburgh assistant Brian Flores, New England linebackers coach Jerrod Mayo, Seattle associate coach Sean Desai and Tennessee defensive assistant Jim Schwartz.

it’s bent

Before leaving, Brissett, who is seeking a starting fight elsewhere, signed several No. 7 jerseys with personal messages and left them in his teammates’ locker rooms.

Like Brissett, running back Kareem Hunt, linebacker Anthony Walker Jr., defensive end Jadevon Clooney, cornerback Greedy Williams and linebacker Zion Takitaki will not be under contract for next season.

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