CLEVELAND, Ohio — In this edition of Hey, Mary Kay! I answer your questions about the Browns offseason program, Odell Beckham Jr. and more.
Hey Mary Kay: The Browns could have nine new starters on defense this year. Do you think having a virtual off-season will handicap this defense from getting ahead this season? Can you see a scenario where JC Tretter and coach Kevin Stefanski get together and hash this out? They need to work together to succeed this season. Keep it up Mary Kay. #beatthechiefs — Jeff Lerner, Avon, Ohio
Hey, Jeff: Thanks! I think the Browns will make the most of the offseason even if it remains virtual for many of the veterans, who collectively decided to skip the in-person voluntary workouts. But I still think there’s a chance the players will work something out with the coaching staff that they all feel comfortable with, and that some of them will show up for at least some of the 10 voluntary OTAs [organized team activities], which begin this week. The Browns are planning on some light field work this week for whoever shows up, and will try to get some more substantial OTAs in over the following two weeks, with the mandatory minicamp set for June 15-17.
I think the Browns will do whatever it takes to stick together as a team during this disconnect over the voluntary sessions. As for the defense, the new players will learn the scheme virtually and and they’ll just have to work extra hard during minicamp. The teams that are participating fully in OTAs, such as the Chiefs, could have a jump on the teams that are skipping, so the Browns will have to be extremely efficient in training camp.
Hey, Mary Kay: I hope Odell Beckham Jr. pans out, I really do. However, if the offense looks shaky to start the season, what’s the over/under on how many games before he’d get traded? — David McClain, Bowling Green, Ohio
Hey, David: I highly doubt the offense will look shaky to start the season, considering they became an explosive, formidable unit down the stretch and will now have Beckham back in the fold. I’m of the mind that Beckham would have flourished in the second half once Baker Mayfield hit his stride. I think they’ll be dynamite together, especially now that Mayfield has the confidence to run this offense at a high level. Therefore, I don’t think the trade deadline, which will be in early November, will be an issue. The only way they’d trade him during the season is if a team makes the Browns a blockbuster offer that they can’t refuse, and I don’t see that happening. I think he’ll come back strong from the torn ACL and have an excellent year.
Hey, Mary Kay: When the Browns came back, I was against a domed stadium because I felt we had a “weather advantage” over incoming warm weather teams. Now everyone practices indoors in cold weather, so I don’t see an open air stadium as an advantage. What are your thoughts on this and do you see a dome here in the near future? — Craig, Huron, Ohio
Hey, Craig: The Haslams and the city of Cleveland unveiled plans last week to develop the lakefront property around FirstEnergy Stadium, and a dome is not part of the initial plan. Stadium revisions will take place,…