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Browns WRs coach confident Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry prioritize team success

Nate Ulrich, Akron Beacon Journal on

Published in Football

Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry are passionate competitors who want to help the Browns win.

And both standout wide receivers explained last season they believe there is often a greater chance for team success when the ball comes their way on a regular basis.

But a heavy dose of targets for Beckham and Landry could be unrealistic at times with first-year head coach Kevin Stefanski and new offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt using a system powered by an outside zone running game that is designed to set up play-action passing.

Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt form arguably the NFL's best one-two punch at running back, and new General Manager Andrew Berry signed two-time Pro Bowler Austin Hooper and drafted Harrison Bryant in the fourth round earlier this offseason, adding them to a tight end position also occupied by 2017 first-round choice David Njoku.

So new Browns wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator Chad O'Shea was presented Wednesday with a question about the importance of ensuring Beckham and Landry are happy and fed the ball enough, given the scheme and other weapons who will be featured in it.

"That's a great question, and I think that we're very fortunate offensively to have some players at each position that really have a lot of strengths," O'Shea said during a Zoom video conference with Browns beat writers. "Obviously, Odell and Jarvis have strengths, and what's most important to me and I know most important to our team and Coach Stefanski is that in everything we do, in every decision we make -- and those guys know this -- is that we're going to try to put the team first and we're going to try to put winning first.

 

"I think that they realize that, they embrace that, and I think that they're also aware that there's other players at other positions that will help us win games, that are capable to really help us. So I think that everybody's role is kind of what you make it, and I think that as a coaching staff, I see it as a real good problem to have, where you have a lot of opportunities and a lot of players that can really help us win."

Before O'Shea's brief stint as the offensive coordinator of the Miami Dolphins in 2019, he spent 10 seasons as a receivers coach with the New England Patriots. Having legendary quarterback Tom Brady certainly didn't hurt, but O'Shea pointed to the Patriots living by a team-first concept as a key to them winning three Super Bowls during his tenure.

"It's not something that just happens overnight," said O'Shea, who previously worked with Stefanski on the coaching staff of the Minnesota Vikings (2006-08). "There's not a magic wand you can wave. It's something that's truly built over time. I'm just extremely excited about Coach Stefanski, somebody I believe very strongly in. One of the reasons I believe very strongly in him is because of the value that he places on the team concept.

"I understand that in every decision that he makes, and I know him, he's going to put the team first, and he's going to really support the players on this team and have their back. I think that's the start of it is having a leader that really believes in the team concept, and from there, everybody follows."

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