Along with the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Cleveland Browns have been a consistent find in the bottom tier of Madden teams and unfortunately Madden 25 will be no different. We have the full team breakdown below.
Team: Cleveland Browns
Offensive Strategy: Power run. Trent Richardson is easily a top 5 Madden 25 running back with his unreal combination of speed and strength. Brandon Weeden isn’t all that good to begin with but is even worse in Madden making talented receivers Josh Gordon and Greg Little fairly useless.
Defensive Strategy: 3-4 Base. The Browns defense really isn’t all that bad in terms of Madden. They have one of the top young DT duos in Ahtyba Rubin and Phil Taylor who pretty much shut down any sort of up the middle run. Jabaal Sheard, Paul Kruger, and rookie Barkevious Mingo are all highly skilled pass rushers as well. Add in T.J. Ward and Joe Haden is the secondary and that makes a solid young Madden defense.
Impact Players: HB Trent Richardson, WR Josh Gordon, DE Barkevious Mingo, CB Joe Haden
Key Newcomers: DE Barkevious Mingo, DE Paul Kruger
Biggest Strength: Running game and defense. Running back Trent Richardson is a poor man’s Adrian Peterson in Madden games. The young defense is 1 or 2 players away from being extremely scary (on the level of the 49ers or Seahawks) in Madden 25.
Biggest Weakness: Quarterback. The Browns would have an above average Madden team if you gave them an above average quarterback like Big Ben or Matt Schuab. Unfortunately they are stuck with Brandon Weeden and that doesn’t bode well for a position that has always been the most important in the game.
Rating: Bad. The addition of a few pass rushers in the offseason saved the Browns from receiving the dreaded “terribe rating” in Madden 25. Should the Cleveland Browns start slow in September, they could fall back into that category after a few roster updates.
Browns fans, if we missed something feel free to let us know in the comments section.
Add dqwell jackson to impact players and the offense is going to be deep threat not power run. Other than that seems pretty accurate.
Agreed on Dqwell Jackson but the Weeden’s deep throw accuracy rating will be so low that throwing deep with any sort of consistency will be tough
Thats ridiculous considering Weeden’s only real success was throwing the deep ball. I don’t understand the Weeden hatred, he didn’t have a bad season.
It’s not ridiculous. Weeden missed open receivers a lot last year. Remember ailing it 15 yards OOB over Massaquoi’s head in the opener? There were at least 5 times he missed WIDE open receivers downfield last year.
Add buster skrine hes insainly fast and plays the ball well good enough to shutdown the wr he covers
I agree with Dwell Jackson. Brandon Weeden had a typical rookie season. Nothing real special but I wouldn’t say he was bad. With Davone Bess added plus an offense that suits Weeden better than the West coast offense Weeden will have a better year. I think he should start ranked around 73-75 and will prove all the Weeden nay Sayers that he is much better.
This would be an awesome franchise team to pick if you got 1 dynamic LB, QB, and WR. Am I right?
Yes they would be very very good if you could have 2 or 3 drafts to pick up guys like that.
I agree with Jackson on impact players. Another possibility is adding Bess and Bryant to key newcomers. Bess is underrated very similar to how Welker was underrated before the patriots. Plus, i traded for him on Madden 13 and he catches everything and gets open all the time(I’m playing on all-madden and his overall is about 75). Also, T.J. Ward is a difference maker in the run game and is above average in pass coverage so he should be an impact player. Finally, add in the Brown’s offensive line to the review with Thomas, Greco, Mack and Schwartz and you have a decent team, minus the QB. Areas of need would be G, TE, ILB, S, QB, and CB. ILB only because Jackson’s the only one there.
Start Hoyer and target Gordon early and often