Ep: 105: The Browns should plan to build their dream team

The Los Angeles Rams built their version of a dream team in 2018 and it pushed them into a Super Bowl.

Adding veterans through trades and free agency around a core of drafted talent led by quarterback Jared Goff, running back Todd Gurley and defensive lineman Aaron Donald, the Rams went from 4-12 in 2016; to 11-5 and a first-round playoff loss in 2017; to 13-3 and the Super Bowl this season.

Neil Paine of fivethirtyeight.com detailed the Rams strategy in a story this week titled “The Rams Went Shopping for a Super Bowl -- And It Worked."

It’s a great read on an NFL blueprint that hasn’t worked for some teams, but absolutely can work for the right team in this era.
And when I read it and thought about Goff, Gurley and Donald, all I could do was think about the Browns and Baker Mayfield, Nick Chubb and Myles Garrett.

So Neil was kind enough to join us for a second time, after taking part in our Browns season preview before the 2018 season.
On this episode of Takes By The Lake, we talked about the Rams executed their plan and how the Browns could be in position to follow a version of that plan this offseason.

If you’re tired of comparisons between the Rams and the Browns, this is not the place for you. If you’re continually enthused and curious about how the Browns could mirror the Rams' success, stick around for a discussion of how a dream team in Cleveland could be just what the Browns are heading toward.

Thanks again for listening to Takes By The Lake with Doug Lesmerises of cleveland.com.


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