The Steelers don’t know what to expect against the Cleveland Browns. Here’s why preparation is essential.

” If we were completely healthy or had our complete group, there’s no possibility your team beats us!” An exclamation that reflects an argument almost every sports fan has actually had with another person; the Pittsburgh Steelers are actually in a position to have some validity in the declaration.

Anxiously awaiting Sunday night, the Steelers need to face the Cleveland Browns to open their 2020 playoff run, simply 7 days after playing them to close the routine season. The second of their two annual face-offs, the Browns 24-22 win, returns them to the playoffs for the very first time given that 2002.

As Pittsburgh aims to redeem their two-point loss, they bring in a reinforcement of names that might rather perhaps increase their chances in doing so. In the wake that Cleveland will lack some crucial contributors on and off the field, the chances stack up mightily versus them, leaving the Steelers in a weird position.

One would think that a team you played 2 times each year (consisting of 7 days prior to meeting once again in the playoffs) there would be enormous clearness in how to prepare for the video game. Paradoxically, the Steelers remain in for a night where they will not be, despite it being versus an extremely common opponent.

This secret isn’t to excuse this but to acknowledge it. Pittsburgh beat Cleveland by 30 plus points in week six, then lost by two to end the year (given various circumstances), and yet can’t pull much from either match in what Browns group they will see Sunday.

Led by QB Baker Mayfield and powered by the elite running back duo of Nick Chubb & Kareem Hunt, things are known and expected of what includes each gamer. Nevertheless, without head coach and play-caller Kevin Stefanski, how do the propensities of their offense modification? Or do they change much at all?

Reports tell Browns OC Alex Van Pelt plans to takeover playcalling responsibilities in the lack of Stefanski, while special groups coordinator, Mike Priefer, will become the acting head coach.

” My hope exists are few times where he’s screaming at his TV going, ‘What the heck are you doing?'” Van Pelt joked. “I have a great feel of Kevin and how he’s calling out throughout the course of the season. I want to stay true to his beliefs.”

Primarily a position coach over a profession that runs 15 plus years, Van Pelt had another instance in his time in the NFL in which he held the role of play-caller. In 2009 as a member of the Buffalo Expenses, they ranked 28th in points per video game as an offense (16.1 ).

I’m not attempting to demean by this, however it’s the only example we are offered. Being a close standby and the recommendation of Stefanski, can he replicate the offending success? And how does Priefer react in various minutes? Likewise, the Browns have actually not been permitted to physically gather the whole week due to a COVID outbreak, which will likewise allow nearly 10 gamers in total and two other coaches.

If anything, the Steelers need to undoubtedly approach with a significant focus, preparing themselves for anything. The Browns may be shorthanded, but Pittsburgh does not yet know what sort of group they will be facing.