As far to often has happened, the Cleveland Browns entered the December schedule with little to no hope of a playoff birth. For Browns fans this all to often starts the clock for next year, even spawning a very popular, and good, local website. Browns fans are terminally waiting for next year, yet the season still has games remaining. This often leads to a 2 sided Browns fan, or lovingly a 2 Faced Browns fan. You can almost see the villan from the Batman movies turning his head back and forth, one side rooting for positives, the other negatives.
The Positive Side/Face
The positive side of a Browns fan wants to see a competitive team win games in the NFL, something they have not often seen. Beating teams like the New England Patriots, Chicago Bears and hated Pittsburgh Steelers would feel good for the fan. This face of the fan wants to see improvement from the pass rush, continued dominance from Josh Gordon and a reemergence of Jordan Cameron. This side of the fan also, maybe blindly, hopes that Trick Shot QB Alex Tanney can be the next Brian Hoyer gem unearthed.
The Negative Side/Face
This side of the Browns fan wants to see failure on the field to achieve more success in the draft. While the fan is busy rooting for the above things to celebrate, inwardly they feel like they are betraying something, themselves perhaps. “But if they look good, if Tanney is the next Hoyer, they might win a game, or two, and miss out on a REAL Franchise QB.” This face starts to google 2014 NFL Mock Draft after the loss to the Bengals, hoping to see the Browns high on the list. Following the loss the Jaguars this side of the Browns fan looks to the Jags schedule hoping to find a win or two more to move the Browns up the draft boards (they found one Thursday night against the lowly Texans). This side of the Browns fan is looking forward to tomorrow’s post from FoS as we look at the teams they should root for, and against as the season winds to a close.
Being a Browns fan can be tough. For ever big play Gordon makes, the other side groans at the thought of the #10 instead of the #4 selection next year. With every big sack, forced turnover or plucky special teams play, the other side sits there, wringing its hands in concern about the draft, the next chance to turn the team around. As a counselor I wonder if the rates of schizophrenia are higher in Cleveland, or amongst Browns fans? (I kid, mostly) Either way the 2 Sided/Faced Browns fan will be there again on Sunday, cheering and worrying all at the same time.