The Cleveland Browns were once a successful franchise. They won four AAFC championships in the 1940’s and four NFL championships in the 1950’s. They won four NFL Eastern Conference titles in the 1960’s too. In recent years though, the Cleveland Browns have become a joke among NFL fans and analysts. Their last division title was in 1989. Between 1995 & 1999 they didn’t even exist as Art Modell moved the team to Baltimore. Since returning the Browns have made the playoffs just once, in 2002. They have been at the bottom of the AFC North every year since 2011 and have claimed just one win in the last two seasons. They come into 2018 as the epitome of failure in the NFL, but with that failure has come high draft picks and some youthful promise. The roster is full of young and hungry players keen to turn the franchise around. Can you bring success back to Cleveland?
*All stats correct at time of writing
The Cleveland Browns have a solid 80 overall as a team in Madden 19. This is a huge improvement over previous years and puts them ahead of 11 teams. As individual units the Browns impress too. Their offense gets an 83 rating, ranking it 14th in Madden 19. Defensively they also have an 83 rating which is good for 12th. It is only a lack of depth that keeps the Browns so low in the overall, meaning if you want to play a one-off game then they are a sneakily good team to choose.
Myles Garrett, Defensive End (OVR 93)
Development Trait: Superstar
Contract: 3 years/$23.13 million
2018 Cap Hit: $7.41 million
Best Stats: Strength (96), Power Moves (92), Play Recognition (90), Acceleration (90), Block Shedding (87), Finesse Moves (86)
Myles Garrett was the #1 overall pick for the Cleveland Browns in 2017. He was a dominant force at Texas A&M, racking up 31 sacks and 47 tackles for loss across three seasons in the SEC. Injury slowed his rookie campaign, but in 11 games Garrett picked up an impressive 7 sacks, 18 QB hits, and 9 tackles for loss. He comes into 2018 as a good pass rusher with the potential to be a great one for years to come. He will be a cornerstone for the Browns defense over the next decade if all goes well.
Denzel Ward, Cornerback (OVR 87)
Development Trait: Superstar
Contract: 4 years/$29.15 million
2018 Cap Hit: $7.08 million
Best Stats: Speed (95), Agility (95), Acceleration (95), Jumping (92), Press (89), Man Coverage (88), Zone Coverage (84), Play Recognition (81)
The Browns took Denzel Ward fourth overall in 2018 after a stellar college career at Ohio State. Ward was a true lockdown cornerback in college and consistently forced quarterbacks to throw away from his side of the field. He deflected 24 passes in his last two years with the Buckeyes and picked off two passes. At the Combine, Ward provided the measurements to go along with his impressive play, clocking a 4.32-second 40-yard dash and hitting 11 feet 4 inches on the broad jump.
Jarvis Landry, Wide Receiver (OVR 85)
Development Trait: Quick
Contract: 5 years/$67.9 million
2018 Cap Hit: $12.8 million
Best Stats: Spectacular Catch (92), Agility (92), Acceleration (91), Catching (91), Catch In Traffic (88), Jumping (88), Short Route (87)
Jarvis Landry came into the NFL as a second-round pick for the Miami Dolphins in 2014. He immediately became a key piece of the Dolphins offense, making 84 catches as a rookie and flashing serious talent as a route runner. In his second season he caught 110 passes for 1,157 yards and established himself as one of the best underneath receivers around. Landry was a safety blanket and first-down machine for the Dolphins, and when his contract expired after the 2017 season the Browns threw a huge contract at him to entice him to Cleveland.
Baker Mayfield, Quarterback (OVR 83)
Development Trait: Star
Contract: 4 years/$32.67 million
2018 Cap Hit: $7.94 million
Best Stats: Throw Power (95), Throw Under Pressure (89), Play Action (88), Throw On Run (88), Short Accuracy (88), Acceleration (86), Break Sack (85), Agility (84), Deep Accuracy (83), Speed (82)
The Cleveland Browns made Baker Mayfield the #1 overall pick in the 2018 draft after his remarkable college career at Oklahoma. In three years as the starter, Mayfield completed 70 percent of his passes for 12,292 yards, 119 touchdowns and just 21 interceptions. Mayfield’s status as the #1 pick was no sure thing due to his lack of ideal size and not playing against the NCAA’s best defenses. However, he was an incredible playmaker who paired athleticism with a terrific arm talent and the Browns are unlikely to regret their choice.
Full Roster & Depth Chart
|QB||OVR||Speed||Throw Power||Short Accuracy||Medium Accuracy||Deep Accuracy||Throw Under Pressure||Play Action|
|Duke Johnson Jr||82||90||94||85||82||91||74|
|WR||OVR||Speed||Agility||Catching||Short Route||Medium Route||Deep Route||Catch In Traffic||Spectacular Catch||Release||Jumping|
|TE||OVR||Speed||Agility||Catching||Short Route||Medium Route||Deep Route||Run Block|
|OL||OVR||Speed||Strength||Pass Block||Run Block||Lead Block||Impact Block|
|DE||OVR||Speed||Agility||Power Moves||Finesse Moves||Block Shedding|
|DT||OVR||Speed||Strength||Power Moves||Finesse Moves||Block Shedding||Impact Block|
|OLB||OVR||Speed||Agility||Tackle||Hit Power||Play Recognition||Pursuit||Man Coverage||Zone Coverage|
|Jamie Collins Sr||76||85||86||78||85||84||81||62||69|
|MLB||OVR||Speed||Agility||Tackle||Hit Power||Play Recognition||Pursuit||Man Coverage||Zone Coverage|
|CB||OVR||Speed||Acceleration||Agility||Man Coverage||Zone Coverage||Press|
|FS||OVR||Speed||Acceleration||Agility||Play Recognition||Man Coverage||Zone Coverage|
|SS||OVR||Speed||Acceleration||Tackle||Play Recognition||Man Coverage||Zone Coverage|
|ST||OVR||Kick Power||Kick Accuracy|
|Britton Colquitt (P)||78||89||88|
|Greg Joseph (K)||74||92||81|
The Cleveland Browns roster is stacked with young players. It all starts with Baker Mayfield (95 throw power, 88 short accuracy) at quarterback, but around him there is plenty to like too. At wide receiver you have the precise play of Jarvis Landry (92 spectacular catch, 92 agility) and the raw explosiveness of Antonio Callaway (92 speed, 82 deep route). Rookie running back Nick Chubb (90 speed, 90 carrying) is more than capable of creating yards on the ground and being part of the passing game while tight end David Njoku (90 acceleration, 84 spectacular catch) provides a threat inside. Up front the Browns are strong too, thanks to their guards Kevin Zeitler (92 pass block, 91 strength) and Joel Bitonio (91 pass block, 86 strength).
Defensively the Browns are strong too. Myles Garrett (96 strength, 92 power moves) leads the charge up front while Emmanuel Ogbah (81 tackle, 79 power moves) and Larry Ogunjobi (88 strength, 85 power moves) provide support. At linebacker the Browns have depth, with Joe Schobert (87 play recognition,83 speed) and Christian Kirksey (84 pursuit, 83 play recognition) leading the way while Jamie Collins (89 acceleration, 85 hit power) and Genard Avery (89 acceleration, 84 strength) can hold their own in rotation too.
In the secondary Denzel Ward (95 speed, 88 man coverage) is the star at cornerback while Terrance Mitchell (95 agility, 83 press) and EJ Gaines (90 acceleration, 79 zone coverage) can be solid in coverage. There are also options at safety where Demetrious Randall (91 agility, 85 zone coverage), Jabrill Peppers (93 acceleration, 88 hit power) and Briean Boddy-Calhoun (90 speed, 79 zone coverage) can all make plays.
Cleveland Browns Playbook – Offense
I Form Pro
I Form Slot
I Form Tight
I Form Twin TE
Strong I Pro
Weak I Wing
Singleback Ace Pair
Singleback Deuce Close
Singleback Dice Slot
Singleback Wing Pair
Singleback Wing Slot
Singleback Wing Stack
Singleback Wing Tight
Pistol Open Slot
Pistol Strong Slot
Pistol Wing Slot
Shotgun Ace Offset
Shotgun Doubles Offset Wk
Shotgun Doubles Y-Flex
Shotgun Empty Trey Flex
Shotgun Empty Y-Flex
Shotgun Monster Stack
Shotgun Snugs Flip
Shotgun Split Flex
Shotgun Trey Open
Shotgun Trips TE
Shotgun Wing Tight
Shotgun Y Off Trips
Shotgun Y Trips Wk
The Cleveland Browns offensive playbook is fairly well balanced. It has a good number of I formation sets but also three Pistol looks and plenty of shotgun. It also has some trickery potential thanks to the Shotgun Monster and Shotgun Monster Stack formations which spread the offensive tackles out and will cause some confusion for your opponent. The Shotgun Trips TE formation includes the money play PA Shot Post while Y Off Trips creates some angles you can play with both for running and passing.
Cleveland Browns Playbook – Defense
4-3 Over Plus
4-3 Wide 9
Nickel Double A Gap
Nickel 3-3-5 Wide
Big Nickel Over G
Quarter 3 Deep
Goal Line Defense 5-3-3
Goal Line Defense 5-4-2
The Cleveland Browns defensive playbook is a pretty standard 4-3 one, but there are some nice wrinkles. You get the 4-4 Split formation which is very good for bringing pressure and disguising coverage. You also have a 3-3-5 nickel formation which is rare for 4-3 defenses. This lets you get some of the talented defensive backs on the field and mud up the coverages over the middle of the field.
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