Oct 18, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Robert Turbin (27) stiff arms Denver Broncos cornerbackChris Harris
(25) during the first half at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
If you have been tracking the countless story lines the Browns have created since last April, you have noticed a lot of plans going all over the place. The Browns have a huge lack of consistency within the organization after watching coaching changes being made, game plans altered from April to now, and their quarterback controversy being played out.
Not to mention the multiple issues that surrounded wide receivers Dwayne Bowe, Terrelle Pryor, and running back Robert Turbin. Keeping stability and letting things develop is important in putting together a good franchise.
Many of the plans that were set out months ago have fallen flat and were abandoned very early this season. The worst part about that, is that this is nothing new to the Browns organization. Look down the road to Cincinnati.
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The Cincinnati Bengals have a plan. They brought in QB Andy Dalton and put weapons around him. The Bengals beefed up their defense with lengthy corners, aggressive linebackers and tough defensive linemen. Those additions really helped the team, but more importantly than anything else is that the Bengals stuck to their plan.
Cincinnati stayed with Dalton through his rough patches and did not sub him out for another QB. The organization also kept head coach Marvin Lewis despite his rough playoff history. The Bengals plans’ are stable. The Browns plans are not.
That is one of the main differences between the 8-1 playoff contenders and the 2-8 team that may be drafting No. 1 overall next year.
The Browns need stability in the near future if they plan on ever contending for a championship. Although it is not ever a good idea to remain with a bad plan or with bad people, the Browns need to realize that even the best people and the best plans go through tough times.
If they plan on improving anytime soon they will need to embrace those rough patches and push through them, rather than turning to the next option and abandoning what they initially went with.
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