David Diehl To OBJ: Slow Down

Odell Beckham Jr. wants to turn the Browns into the Patriots. Fair enough, but how about winning the division first?

Tiki and Tierney
May 08, 2019 - 6:28 pm
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The Patriots and Browns have been on completely opposite paths over the last, oh, 20 years, with New England winning six Super Bowls (and playing for three others) while Cleveland . . . made the playoffs . . . once . . . in 2002.

Nevertheless, Odell Beckham Jr. says he wants to turn the Browns “into the new Patriots.”

David Diehl’s response? OBJ, bro, slow down.

“You already have the pressure on yourselves,” Diehl said in studio on Tiki & Tierney. “Now you’re comparing yourselves to the Patriots, to Bill Belichick, and you’re still a team that – don’t get me wrong, you proved a lot of people wrong last year. But you still didn’t make the playoffs. You didn’t win the division.”

One year after going 0-16, the Browns went 7-8-1 last season. Baker Mayfield was a big reason why. Since then, well, John Dorsey has been busy, acquiring Beckham, Kareem Hunt, Olivier Vernon, and Sheldon Richardson, among others.

“When you look at them on paper, they are one of the best football teams in the NFL,” Diehl said. “The amount of first-round draft picks on both sides of the ball and the way that they’ve been able to do things with John Dorsey – he has a vision for the football team. There are those expectations. But at the same time, when you think about Odell Beckham Jr., what’s the one thing you always think of about having that asset? It’s about durability. It’s about having him out there each and every game, even when the playoffs aren’t involved.”

Beckham, 26, has played in just 16 games over the last two seasons and has, to put it mildly, been a bit of a wild card off the field. He also did not attend the Browns’ voluntary minicamp in April.

“It’s not mandatory, but if he would just be there in Cleveland, he would put all of this to bed,” Diehl said. “Nobody would have anything to talk about. He’s going to train on his own, and you know when he steps on the football field, he’s the most prepared, he’s physically ready and he practices that way day in and day out. But that’s not the point. The point is you could take all these distractions away and for once finally say that you’re happy to be somewhere."