The national NFL media has never much been optimistic about the Cleveland Browns’ short- or long-term prospects and it appears things have not changed. A trio of ESPN experts [url=http://www.brownsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-emmanuel-ogbah-jersey]http://www.brownsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-emmanuel-ogbah-jersey[/url] , tasked “[t]o project which NFL franchises are in the best shape for the next three seasons,” and thus to (power) rank them accordingly, have a bleak perspective of where the Browns are headed.The numerical grades are compiled across five categories—Roster, Quarterback, Coaching, Draft and Front Office—and are on the following scale:The good news is that the Browns came in with an overall score of 70.8; the bad news, though, is that it puts the team at 31 out of 32 (only the Miami Dolphins rank worse). The roster was given a grade of 72.3 (rank: 27). The quarterback situation was graded a 77 (rank: 21). Coaching was the worst of the lot, with a 56.7 grade and a rank of 32. The Browns’ draft situation and prospects were the highest among the five categories [url=http://www.brownsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-duke-johnson-jersey]Duke Johnson Jersey[/url] , with a 76 score and a rank of 19. And finally, the front office came in with a ranking of 24th and a grade of 73.3. Yates wrote of the decision that, “[T]here are still players among that group whom we need to ‘see it to believe it,’ such as quarterback Baker Mayfield and wide receiver Josh Gordon (again). Most pressingly, there’s a massive debate about whether the Browns have the right coach in place, with Hue Jackson guiding his team to just one win in two years.”Riddick is also critical of the Browns’ coaching staff, wondering whether it “is good enough to take what is clearly an improved roster from a personnel standpoint and make it into a division contender, particularly as it pertains to the [quarterback] position.” Sando was a bit more moderate, explaining there was no choice but to rank the Browns last in coaching given the 1-31 record over the last two years [url=http://www.brownsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-christian-kirksey-jersey]Authentic Christian Kirksey Jersey[/url] , but conceded the crew could be underrated particularly “with veteran assistants Todd Haley and Ken Zampese joining forces.”Meanwhile, fellow ESPN NFL analyst Mike Clay pegged the Browns as a wild-card playoff sleeper for the 2018 season in May. Prognostication is a hallmark of the NFL offseason when all teams are 0-0 and anything remains possible. So, what say you? What are your three-year rankings and projections for the Browns based on ESPN’s five metrics?Cleveland Browns Podcast - Next Up On The DBN Network: The Browns Beat Ep. 3 with Hoag and Higdon The Browns Wire’s Jeff Risdon joins hosts Michael Hoag and Justin Higdon for The Browns Beat Podcast: Episode 3.Well, that ending in Oakland was less than ideal, and much more like the “old” Browns than the team we have seen so far in 2018. That’s not entirely true, because the tie in Week 1 and loss in Week 2 were both winnable games if not for tons of special teams lapses.So, the Browns are definitely better, and they have been competitive, but what’s going to happen next? How will they respond?Hoag and Higdon covered a ton this week [url=http://www.brownsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-chris-hubbard-jersey]Youth Chris Hubbard Jersey[/url] , but here’s a brief and digestible show recap:Carlos Hyde got a first down, and then the Browns won. But then the call was reversed, unconvincingly, and then the Browns lost insteadHoag said he'd stop talking about refereesBrowns vs. Oakland RecapBaker Mayfield’s first NFL start went OK, but he made one huge mistakeHoag said he’d stop talking about referees, but he didn’tJeff Risdon (@JeffRisdon) brought some positivity into our livesJeff also gave his prediction for this week’s game against BaltimoreMike and Justin’s key matchups and predictions for Week 5All the kicker content you’ll ever needJustin served up a Hot Take by Baker Mayfield’s unofficial—but kind of official—stalkerRisdon is a long-time NFL draft evaluator, writer, and friend of the show. It was great bringing him in to evaluate the Browns’ young players, and also get his takes on some of the most pressing issues facing the Browns moving forward.Enough of the talk [url=http://www.brownsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-terrance-mitchell-jersey]http://www.brownsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-terrance-mitchell-jersey[/url] , listen by clicking the link below, or at the widget below any DBN post. And be sure to follow @DawgsByNature and @TheBrownsBeat on Twitter for any and all show updates.We’ll be taking questions for the show every week, so send those to BrownsBeat before 2 p.m. on Monday, and we’ll get those on the air.Thanks as always for listening, and we’re looking forward to talking about the Browns getting back in the win column after their Week 5 home game against the Ravens.
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