Editor's note: Tony Grossi covers the Cleveland Browns for ESPN 850 WKNR.
Hey Tony: Why would anyone have a problem with Odell Beckham saying Baker Mayfield will be in the hall of fame and he is going to try to help the Browns win Super Bowls? Isn't that what you want in a player? He expressed his hopes.
-- Michele, Westlake, OH
Hey Michele: Honestly, I didn’t have a problem with it. His spirit is high. That’s all good. I would think Freddie Kitchens and John Dorsey might have a problem with it. Kitchens has preached “no predictions.” Dorsey has said, “I hate hype.” Beckham apparently didn’t get the memo because he is still away from the team. Beckham has raised the bar even higher than giddy fans by saying he wants to help turn the Browns into “the new Patriots.” He bypassed one Super Bowl and went right to the dynasty card. It makes fans feel good, but by straying 180 degrees from the messages of Kitchens and Dorsey, Beckham has put his bosses in the position of granting him an exemption from what they believe should be the team mentality.
Hey Tony: With many of the fans and media expecting playoffs and some even the Super Bowl based upon the talent on this team, do you think that this maybe putting too much pressure on someone starting their first ever head coaching job?
-- John, Silver Lake, OH
Hey John: Let’s leave the fans and media out of it. Beckham has raised the theme to “dynasty or bust.”
Hey Tony: What day 3 rookie do you see making the biggest impact for the Browns this year?
-- Justin, San Diego, CA
Hey Justin: I’d have to say kicker Austin Seibert. If he’s as good as the Browns believe, he could have a greater impact in winning games than many of the established starters. People who say taking a kicker is a waste of a draft choice weren’t watching the games last year.
Hey Tony: I know it's super early but what do you think of Freddie Kitchens as a head coach up to this point? He seems very comfortable in front of the press and seems to give answers that are concise and to the point without losing his "realness."
-- Jeff, Willoughby, OH
Hey Jeff: Everyone likes Kitchens. My only issue with him is he is unusually defensive for someone who has not lost a game yet. He will grow into the role of chief spokesman for the team with the daily media. I see some Bill Parcells in his ability to interact with players, and that is a good thing.
Hey Tony: Browns have arguably the best running back room in football - why would they break that up? Do you think the 2020 roster will have either or even both Duke Johnson and Kareem Hunt?
-- Jason, Weeki Wachee, FL
Hey Jason: When the Browns signed Hunt, my immediate thought was that Johnson would be traded in 2020. I believe Johnson felt slighted by Dorsey’s “not yet” comment when the GM was asked if Hunt’s acquisition made Johnson “available.” It was an unfortunate slip of the tongue, but told Johnson everything he needed to know. In other words, the Browns would trade Johnson when they're ready to trade him. I don’t think Johnson wants to suffer the same fate as Carlos Hyde – being traded in the middle of the season – and that’s why he asked for a trade now. Dorsey has been trying to squeeze the toothpaste back into the tube ever since.
Hey Tony: What are the chances Joe Schobert is traded or released before training camp?
-- Rick, Lancashire, England
Hey Rick: I don’t see that happening.
Hey Tony: Does John Dorsey have interest in Eric Berry for a discounted rate?
-- LaCroy, Cleveland Heights, OH
Hey Tony: Cleveland, Houston, Indianapolis and Kansas City all seem to be talented teams with young franchise QBs. Who do you see as the best of these teams moving forward?
-- Harry, Colorado Springs, CO
Hey Harry: In my first-ever preseason NFL power rankings, I ranked these teams thusly: 4. Indianapolis, 5. Kansas City, 9. Cleveland, 10. Houston.
Hey Tony: Will the Browns sign another veteran QB this year to add depth prior to the upcoming season?
-- Bill, Beckley, WV
Hey Tony: Do you think the Browns have enough depth at the QB position in case Mr. Dangerous gets injured? Remember Mike Pagel and Don Strock had to start games in the 80s because #19 was injured.
-- Robert, Danville, CA
Hey Robert: In 1988, the Browns plowed through Bernie Kosar, Gary Danielson, Mike Pagel, Don Strock, and then had to circle back to Pagel in the wild card loss to Houston when Strock was hurt. I think Mayfield is one of those rare quarterbacks with a sense for avoiding injury. An accident can always happen, but I don’t foresee another QB being added until necessary.
Hey Tony: How concerned are you about this coaching staff?
-- Chris, Fort Myers, FL
Hey Chris: No more concerned than I would be with any staff assembled around a first-time head coach.
Hey Tony: What positions do you think lacks depth?
-- Jim, Dover, OH
Hey Jim: Tight end.
Hey Tony: Do you think there will be a big change in offense/play calling or can we expect to see what we did in the second half of the season last year?
-- Mike, Columbus, OH
Hey Mike: I think the change will come in play selection rather than play calling. We will see different plays and formations introduced by new coordinator Todd Monken, who has experience in the college Air Raid offense. Expect to see more of these RPOs popularized by the Chiefs and Eagles. It’s something very familiar to Mayfield from his Oklahoma days.
Hey Tony: Would Ndamukong Suh's on the field attitude and reputation give the Browns the defensive edge it needs for third downs?
-- Nic, Atlanta, OH
Hey Nic: Naw. I’m good.
Hey Tony: Have Browns done enough to address their depth in defensive backfield?
-- Chris Mentor, OH
Hey Chris: I think they want to identify a solid fifth cornerback after Denzel Ward, Terrance Mitchell, T.J. Carrie and Greedy Williams. I may turn out to be Phillip Gaines, Donnie Lewis Jr. or Jhavonte Dean. Or it may be somebody else.
Hey Tony: When you were growing up, was there a sports journalist that you followed avidly? Who today is your “go-to” sports journalist?
--Chris, Lakewood, OH
Hey Chris: I grew up in a golden age of Cleveland sportswriters. I read them all every single day. They inspired me to get into the business of sportswriting. I could not single out anyone because I truly devoured them all and appreciated them all. As for now, it’s sad that wordsmithing and storytelling has been replaced by … aw, don’t get me started. In my day, telling the story of a game was an art form. Now you can’t even find a comprehensive game story in newspapers or national Websites. Everything is fed to readers in quick bullet points, like fast food. And they balance that with a heavy dose of mostly grossly over-written feature stories. I was fortunate to write the game story of Len Barker's perfect game in 1981. Nowadays, the only record of it would be headlined: Five reasons Barker was perfect. End of soap box.