- Dec 21, 2016
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Fully agree and I think it shows just how dynamic Stefanski's offense can be.I think, over the last 8 weeks or so, the Browns really started transforming their offense due to what teams were doing. And I would expect that Stefanski will keep morphing the offense.
I think this team was powered by their running attack early in the season and slow transitioned. By the end of the year, it was being powered by Baker. Remember what Berry said, he believes that this is a passing league. I don't think what the Browns did at the beginning of the year is their true philosophy on how to score points.
By the end of the year, the Browns offense looked like a mix between the Mike McCarthy passing attack of old and the systems you would see from a Shanahan offense. I think Van Pelt was brought in to help Stefanski develop his passing strategy even more than what he already had.
What I would expect is that this transition continues into the off season. While the Browns will still have a great rushing attack, I think we will continue to see more and more of passing concepts that would resemble WCO style routes and concepts and maybe even more.
It's truly incredible how Stefanski is able to meld all these different systems together into his system and continues to make it work. He took the power run game concepts from Callahan, he's taking concepts from Callahan, Van Pelt, Childress, and maybe even a dash of the Patriots under Brady via O'Shea. It's a brilliant offense that will continue to meld as different coaches come in and out from the Browns.
I believe Stefanski serving under different coaches from his time with the Vikings really helped him understand and adapt to what coaches do best. He's a jack of all trades in a way that few coaches in the NFL really could have ever done, understanding how to adapt his style to other coaches. He's absorbed all these different styles in such a short amount of time, and yet he's able to throw any sort of pitch in any count.
Stefanski is a unicorn of a head coach. The Browns are extremely lucky to have gotten a 2nd chance to hire him. Thank god Dorsey was removed and they got to hire Stefanski. The sky is truly the limit for him, IMO.
Although the wide zone and PA rollout is essentially our "identity", we must be capable of attacking in a variety of ways. We have to be able to deviate from that or teams will just stack the box to stop the run and contain Baker on the edge. Next year our offense will be more fluent and Baker will be more like 2nd half 2020 than 1st half.