BEREA — The browns season When it was barely over an hour deshawn watson One of his top priorities has been made clear.
“I’m going to go there and meet[coach]Kevin[Stefanski]and sit down and watch the tapes,” Watson said. Season finale in Pittsburgh“What can we do? What’s the plan? What do I like, what does he like?”
No two of the Browns’ coaching staff or players need to be on the same page after this season. Watson and StefanskiBecause those two hold the key to the future of the offense.
last 6 games Browns’ 7-10 season After missing the first 11 games when Watson was still a quarterback for the Houston Texans, he was suspended for more than 20 accusations of sexual misconduct and assault during a massage appointment. It was all about re-acclimating Watson to the game. Besides, he had to learn a whole new system after being traded from the Texans to the Browns last March.
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That re-acclimation period ended with a loss to the Steelers. The process of getting quarterbacks and coaches on the same page both now and in the future exit interview monday.
“We’re going to have a one-on-one conversation, nothing negative or anything like that,” Watson said Monday. The next step in leading a team and taking on that leadership role is really stepping up and having this whole locker room under my wing. Even outside the building, it’s been a bit of a challenge with all the changes and unknowns. I think I have a chance and it’s a role that I challenge myself to take over.”
The offense the Browns have run in their final six games will almost certainly look different when they kick off next season in September. There is no doubt that many will appear.
How Watson was used in the final six games was not indicative of what the end would look like. There was a flash, a very brief glimpse of the possibilities—see later in Washington—that held.
But the whole package of that attack is something that both Watson and Stefanski hope to explore.
“I want quarterbacks to always be involved in high-level discussions about their offense and what they’re doing,” Stefanski said. It’s been that way ever since he started, it’s been done with all the starting quarterbacks, he wants to be involved, he’s in town, we have a lot of time together. – As far as I can tell, I should say.
Stefanski and Watson weren’t given as much time as they were given in their first year after the March 18 trade. That’s because of a suspension in which the two were unable to speak from the time Watson had to leave the building on August 30th until he was allowed to return on October 10th.
The suspension was always expected to affect Watson’s growth. Not only did it prevent him from playing in a regular season game, it also marked his last play on January 3, 2021, before the Browns debuted on December 4. After that.
“Whatever you do can be anything from personal to work activities. rice field. Swings, adversity, all the different things you can think of mentally, but when you live in it and ride it full speed ahead, it’s different.
That’s why Watson, both this season and beyond, has tried to avoid making grandiose statements about where he expects to be. It has been repeatedly asked when fans can expect to see a 2019 or 2020 version of him, the version that has earned his place in the conversation.
Watson has repeatedly responded that he doesn’t want to set some sort of timetable as to when or when that version will return. He completed 58.2% of passes for 1,102 yards and had 5 interceptions for 7 touchdowns.
Now that Watson has gone through its first reboot phase, he knows some people may return to its high expectations. He doesn’t berate his fans for their right to do so, but he wasn’t willing to join them either.
“It was hard to step into a new situation after taking a vacation,” Watson said. “I’m not saying it can’t be done, nor did I ever plan to be able to do it, but as a realist, I knew there would be some challenges and ups and downs. Looking ahead to 2023, I knew these expectations. Expectations have to be high because yeah, we have the talent, the potential, the people and the parts that can meet those expectations. And all I can do consistently week after week.”
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This article originally appeared in the Akron Beacon Journal. Browns QB Deshawn Watson wants ‘one-on-one’ meeting with Kevin Stefanski