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Sport: Deshaun Watson suspension over: Why I’m willing to give him a fresh start with the Browns – Terry Pluto

Sick of how Browns are playing? Me too. Let’s look at the big picture – Terry Pluto

  Sick of how Browns are playing? Me too. Let’s look at the big picture – Terry Pluto CLEVELAND, Ohio — Once upon a time, the Browns were a tough, smart and accountable team. That was back in 2020 when GM Andrew Berry and coach Kevin Stefanski arrived. They inherited a talented but disjointed roster with a questionable culture. They took a 6-10 team to 11-5 and a playoff victory over Pittsburgh in their first season. Winning can cover flaws and cement some cracks in clubhouse chemistry. That is what happened in 2020, when QB Baker Mayfield grew together with the new coaching staff and the offense. A year later, things fell apart. There was a fracture between Mayfield, some players on offense and the coaching staff.

CLEVELAND, Ohio – For Deshaun Watson, his new football life begins now.

Browns’ Deshaun Watson prepares to face Texans © Dave Andersen/cleveland.com/TNS Browns’ Deshaun Watson prepares to face Texans

That was the theme of his Thursday press conference as the new Browns QB prepares to face the Houston Texans Sunday.

Some media members and fans won’t be happy with his refusal to answer questions about his conduct with massage therapists and settling 24 civil suits.

As you read what I write next, keep in mind that I’ve been one of the biggest critics of the trade bringing Watson to Cleveland from Houston. I was outraged over the $230 million contract – the largest guaranteed contract in NFL history.

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  Watching the loss to Buffalo, it’s obvious the Browns should replace defensive coordinator Joe Woods – Terry Pluto DETROIT, Michigan – You could feel it coming Sunday at Ford Field when the Browns faced Buffalo. Confession time: I hate writing stories like this. But if you follow the Browns, I bet you felt it, too. Cleveland had been playing well. Jacoby Brissett was hot. The Browns should have had a least another TD. Tight ends Harrison Bryant and Pharaoh Brown dropped TD passes on the same drive. The Browns settled for a field goal. That was when the uneasy feeling began. The Browns had a 10-6 lead with 1:54 left in the first half. Buffalo had the ball on its own 22-yard line. I said to the guy sitting next to me, “Watch Buffalo score and take the lead at the half.

The price of six draft picks – including three first-rounders – for a guy facing a suspension and who didn’t play in 2021 seemed far too rich.

By the way, the deal also gives Watson a no-trade clause. That’s what he had in Houston, which set up his ability to negotiate a new contract only a year after signing a five-year deal with the Texans.

I even wrote two columns before the deal was finalized begging the Browns not to do it. I didn’t like the deal for three reasons: a) The contract. b) The trade. c) The off-field problems that would fracture the fan base.

I’m not a Watson apologist, but I am a realist.

Anything he would have said about his off-field situation would probably satisfy almost no one.

Those who believe Watson deserves a fresh start would think there was no need for him to go back over that old road.

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Those who remain angry about Watson would be unhappy with whatever he said. It’s why I wasn’t surprised the Browns went with a “football only”-themed press conference. They needed to find a way for Watson to start fresh with the fan base.

IT IS A SECOND CHANCE

From the moment the Browns became engaged in the bidding for Watson, I was far more upset with the Browns than the quarterback. To be specific, this is an ownership decision.

Even if the football people begged for Watson, because of the baggage that comes with him – it’s not purely a football decision. It’s one that rests with ownership. Too many big issues involved.

The Browns had to endure months of negative headlines and stories as the civil cases became public followed by the 11-game suspension. These were all self-inflicted wounds.

Watson and the Browns both need to remember that.

Watson said he’s “always thankful” for what he has. He mentioned how his mother (a non-smoker) was diagnosed with stage 5 tongue cancer. That was when Watson was a 14-year-old high school sophomore.

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It’s extremely serious. I lost a close friend (also a non-smoker) to that disease. Watson’s mother beat it.

Watson’s point is he’s been through a lot in his life. At one point, seven people were living in their two-bedroom apartment.

Football has been his comfort zone. It’s lifted his family out of poverty. It has brought him tremendous fame because he is a three-time Pro Bowl QB.

Now, the Browns are giving him a shot to do what he does best – and also paying him as if he’s the among the best in the NFL.

HOW TO VIEW IT

I can’t tell anyone how they should deal with their emotions about Watson.

Assuming he continues to do well off the field as he reportedly has in the last year or so, then I’m going to write about him purely as a football player.

That’s why I’m going to suggest this to fans: Patience is in order.

He hasn’t played a regular-season game for 23 months. Watson can talk about doing lots of running, throwing, working out and now practicing with team.

But QBs wear a red “don’t touch me” jersey in practice. That doesn’t prepare you for walking into the middle of a NFL season where everyone has been playing full-speed, hit-‘em-hard football for three months.

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  Why are 10 of Deshaun Watson’s accusers attending his first game back for the Browns after suspension? According to their attorney, Watson’s accusers intend to show that despite any settlement, what happened to them is very much not OK.It’s been sometime since Deshaun Watson played in the NFL, but on Sunday he will be making his 2022 NFL debut after serving a length suspension for his part in a sexual misconduct case involving some 25 women. Interestingly, reports now confirm that several of the women who filed civil suits against him are planning to be in attendance at the game. According to attorney Tony Buzbee, who represented all of the plaintiffs in Watson’s case, at least 10 women will be in the stadium when Watson’s Cleveland Browns take on the Houston Texans.

Sunday, Watson finally plays. Sunday, the Browns and their fans finally will see what they have in their new QB. But Sunday is just one day, one game. Keep that in mind, especially if he looks ragged. From a football standpoint, he’s in a tough spot.

At least, that’s how I see it.

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