Should Cleveland Browns’ Preseason Rushing Performance Be Cause for Concern?

September 1, 2015   ·     ·   Jump to comments

One of the big expectations for the Cleveland Browns offense in 2015 was that it would see a renaissance in the run game. With the return of center Alex Mack from his 2014 leg fracture and the installation of a ball-control offense created by coordinator John DeFilippo, it seemed like running the ball early, often and well would have been a high priority.
Instead, it looks like the Browns' offensive plans are revolving more around the passing game than previously thought. This is more of a dink-and-dunk-style passing offense, one that relies on quarterback Josh McCown throwing screen passes and underneath throws into the flat, with the occasional deep pass thrown in.
But in order to make this passing offense hum, the Browns need more production out of their run game. And through three preseason games, we haven't seen that happen often enough. While the preseason is not a time for teams to tip their true, regular-season plans in any phase of the game, it is surprising that the...

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