CLEVELAND — All good things must come to an end, right?
That was true in more ways that one Sunday, as the Browns played their final game of the 2021 season and we also said farewell to a legend as longtime player and broadcaster Doug Dieken officially retired from the radio booth. It was an emotional day as Cleveland beat the Cincinnati Bengals 21-16, but it was still a somewhat hollow accomplishment.
In truth, many won't see this Browns season as a "good thing," for they missed the playoffs entirely after entering the year as one of the Super Bowl favorites. There are also a lot of questions surrounding the future of the team, especially when it comes to quarterback Baker Mayfield.
As she has done all season long, 3News' Stephanie Haney spoke with "Voice of the Browns" and WKYC sports anchor Jim Donovan about the biggest topics surrounding the squad in their weekly podcast "3 Things About the Browns." You can watch their entire conversation in the player below:
Among the things Jimmy and Steph discussed on this Monday were:
- The significance of ending the season with a win, even with the postseason out of the picture.
- Backup QB Case Keenum's performance, and if the Browns could've made the playoffs had he been starting since Mayfield's Week 2 injury.
- Kevin Stefanski's regression from Coach of the Year in 2020 to 8-9 in 2021, and what adjustments he'll have to make.
- Players who could possibly leave in free agency or be cut for salary cap reasons, including fan favorite Jarvis Landry.
- What it was like for Jimmy to call one more game with Doug Dieken and to work with him for 23 years.