AFC North Notes: Browns, Steelers, Bell

The Browns overhauled much of their roster this offseason, but questions remain about how they will fill the void left by Joe Thomas‘ retirement, Dan Labbe of writes. Shon Coleman will likely open training camp at No. 1, but there is a group waiting behind him, including second-round pick Austin Corbett, undrafted free agent Desmond Harrison, and new addition Greg Robinson.

If the Browns do not feel comfortable with any of those options, they could consider moving Joel Bitonio from guard to tackle. Bitonio played left tackle at Nevada, and the Browns have experimented with him at tackle in practice this offseason, but that transition would take one of the best guards in the game away from his best position.

Just because you’re the best guy doesn’t mean you’re in the best spot,” offensive line coach Bob Wylie said. “Joel is an elite left guard. Could he play tackle? Sure, but it would take a while for him to learn the nuances. If he’s the best lineman, is he really the best left tackle? Not necessarily.”

In theory, the Browns could also explore out-of-house left tackle options, though the free agent market has mostly dried up at this stage of the offseason.

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  1. Neither Lewis or Jackson should be NFL head coaches. I think they’ve both had their shot and proved that they are not the men to run NFL teams.

    • captainchaos55

      Both are very good leaders that were probably best left as coordinators. Lewis has some strong years as a head coach but it has passed him by. He’s watching the train roll away. It’s time to move on. I believe they both have great value at the coordinator level but not as a head coach.

      • After watching a season of Hue Jackson and a rookie QB that he constantly benched or made him throw 50 times a game, I would disagree that he is a good OC. Hue gets too much credit for what he did in Cincy. If he was good at calling plays and maximizing the offense with what’s on the roster, Todd Haley wouldn’t be calling plays or wouldn’t have been hired. Hue’s only responsibility this year is deciding when to call time outs during the two minute drill, challenging calls on the field or when to go for it on 4th down. Expectations are not very high for Mr Jackson.


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