4. The Game is Won in the Trenches
It may not sell tickets or jerseys, and doesn’t make for riveting sports talk on the radio, but a strong offensive line is paramount to the success of any football team; and the Browns have that. Cleveland’s monster offensive line led by future Hall of Famer OT Joe Thomas, perennial Pro-Bowl center Alex Mack, and second year guard Joel Bitonio has arguably as much talent as any in the league. The Browns saw first hand how devastating a blow it was to lose Mack early last season and this offseason it was a point of emphasis to address depth on the o-line.
Ray Farmer and company selected lineman Cam Erving to add some depth in case of injury and to become a starter in the future for years to come. Although quarterback has been a question mark for what seems like an eternity in Cleveland, when the offensive line is playing up to its potential one thing is for certain; whoever is under center will be well protected and the running backs will have room to work.