With Baker Mayfield giving the Panthers info on the Browns’ offense, how will Kevin Stefanski counter? Hey, Mary Kay!

CLEVELAND, Ohio — On Hey, Mary Kay! I reply questions on Baker Mayfield, Deshaun Watson, David Bell and extra.

Hello Mary Kay: Baker Mayfield’s data of the Browns’ offense will definitely assist the Panthers’ protection in Recreation 1 this season. How do you assume Kevin Stefanski will adapt his attacking philosophy and counter technique? —Bobby T., Solon, Ohio

Hello Bobby: The Browns have modified their passing offense considerably this season, so it will likely be totally different from what Mayfield has run previously two years. With Jacoby Brissett possible beginning the primary recreation, the sport plan will likely be tailor-made to his talent set. The Browns will even produce other proficient new gamers with their very own recreation packages, together with Amari Cooper and rookie David Bell. They’re going to do lots of the identical issues they’ve achieved for the previous two seasons, together with taking part in motion and operating round rather a lot, however they have time to put in some new wrinkles and new terminology. They’re going to additionally plan to line up and do what they do finest regardless of who is aware of what’s coming. Conversely, the Browns know all of Mayfield’s strengths and weaknesses, so they could have the sting on inside info.

Hello Mary Kay: When can the Browns anticipate to listen to about Deshaun Watson’s suspension and the way lengthy will it final? — Sean N, Chicago, Unwell.

Hello Sean: Publish-hearing briefs requested by NFL and NFL Gamers Affiliation disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson have been due Tuesday, and now it is as much as her to subject a written ruling with an in depth rationalization of her pondering. She’ll take on a regular basis she must get it proper, and that might stretch into Browns coaching camp week, which begins July 27, or past. Some in league circles assume he’ll be on the pitch in some unspecified time in the future this season, however that is not particular. Both group can nonetheless enchantment Robinson’s resolution, but when it is round eight video games, I feel each groups may stay with it.

Hello Mary Kay: Do you assume it is unrealistic to anticipate David Bell to grow to be WR2 or possibly even WR1 quickly sufficient in some unspecified time in the future this yr? Particularly when Watson returns to the sport? — Jordan, Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Hello Jordan: It isn’t unrealistic for Bell to maneuver to No. 2 receiver this season if he hits the educational curve as shortly because the Browns anticipate. Kevin Stefanski may be very smitten by Bell and all the pieces he can do. Deshaun Watson has already taken him below his wing and lockers subsequent to him. If Bell stays with Watson (till he is suspended if that is the case) and likewise absorbs all of the knowledge and data he can from Amari Cooper, he ought to be a giant contributor this season. He may have stiff competitors from Donovan Peoples-Jones for the No. 2 spot, and that may convey out the perfect of each. As for climbing to No. 1, he will not surpass Cooper, the four-time Professional Bowler and arguably the NFL’s premier street runner.

Hello Mary Kay: Some tipsters are speaking about Baker Mayfield as the favourite for Returning Participant of the 12 months. If Deshaun Watson isn’t taking part in, I feel Jacoby Brissett has the weapons round him to shock everybody. What do you assume are the probabilities of him successful us greater than 10 video games by taking part in it secure and managing video games? — John Reese, Charlotte, North Carolina

Hello John: I feel Brissett has sufficient expertise round him to play no less than .500 ball till Watson comes again, and that may simply be sufficient to get the Browns to the playoffs this season. If Watson is out greater than 10 video games, it will likely be a lot tougher to make the playoffs, however with nice protection, operating recreation, offensive line and talent positions, they need to nonetheless be on the hunt. If the suspension is lengthy and Brissett would not minimize it, the Browns may at all times re-evaluate their QB room earlier than the commerce deadline or change the backup they carry.

Hello Mary Kay: How a lot of NFL Deshaun Watson’s really helpful indefinite suspension (no less than one yr) is simply public relations optics? We nonetheless have not heard definitive proof that he is responsible of something. —Rico, Warren, Ohio

Hello Rico: The NFL doesn’t should show a participant responsible to droop him below the Private Conduct Coverage. One of many violations is “conduct that impairs or jeopardizes the integrity of the NFL, NFL golf equipment or NFL personnel.” It is a broad definition that might be utilized in Watson’s case regardless of the shortage of legal expenses and no proof that he coerced or coerced the therapeutic massage therapists into doing something. At this level, it appears to be like like he will likely be suspended for a finite variety of video games with sure circumstances that may have to be met, corresponding to persevering with counseling. He may additionally should donate to girls’s teams or resolve to do it himself.

Hello Mary Kay: With Deshaun Watson possible out for many, if not the entire first half of the season, wouldn’t it make sense to signal a extra full Will maybe, after coaching camp? It could give Watson a well-known face within the reception room and provides us a risk on the pitch if Schwartz would not carry out. —Zach Cleary, iCloud

Hello Mary Kay: If Deshaun Watson is suspended for a full season, do you assume Andrew Berry and Kevin Stefanski are able to trip with Jacoby Brissett? I can see them bringing in a backup for Brissett, however I do not see them bringing in somebody like Jimmy Garoppolo to interchange Brissett as starter this late within the course of. The Browns are already paying 10 million of Baker Mayfield’s wage in 2022. I simply do not see them bringing in one other high-priced QB, even when it is only for one season. —Steven C, Kettering, Ohio

Hello Steve: At the moment, there are not any plans to amass Garoppolo, however the Browns quarterback room is a fluid state of affairs. First they should learn how lengthy Watson’s suspension lasts, after which they’re going to go from there. If it is a quick suspension, they really feel fairly good about Brissett main them by means of these first 4 video games — arguably the simplest begin within the NFL. If it is eight video games, I feel they’re going to get a backup for Brissett. If the NFL will get its approach and he is out for the yr — which is beginning to look unlikely — the Browns will re-examine their QB state of affairs to ensure they really feel comfy with Brissett. If they do not, they are going to take into account all choices, however there aren’t many. For now, Brissett remains to be their QB1 in Watson’s absence, and they’ll discover their No. 2.

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