Nov 24, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns fans cheer against the Pittsburgh Steelers at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
Is That All The Browns Need?
Of course not. The Browns need a lot of luck going forward. Whether that luck is finding the best talent in the 2016 draft, or bringing in a playmaker or QB who makes a difference, the Browns need some. I was always an advocate of bringing Colts QB Andrew Luck to Cleveland for the mere coincidence of his name. Yet the Browns won a few games late in 2011 and ended up with the No. 3 overall pick. They just missed the QB’s in Luck, and Robert Griffin III. They ended up with Trent Richardson, who was such a bad a player, he’s no longer in the league.
Thus the Browns need a lot of luck to go along with what I hope will be a new direction for the franchise. Let’s face it, it takes a lot to re-build a team, and the Browns have tried multiple times. However this time it has to be the right time. Interest in the team, in the franchise, and the players is waning.
Fans are starting to turn from this team, and future generations of Browns fans see the organization as a joke. Heck, even the bars don’t want to show Browns’ games anymore. While the fans who grew up during the 60’s-80’s have stories of championships, Jim Brown, and Bernie Kosar to brag about, the current generation only knows 24 different starting QB’s, Trent Richardson, and the one season we made the playoffs and another where we should have. That’s it Browns fans. Do you see why this franchise needs to be blown up from top to bottom?
The Browns are continually built to fail, again and again and it’s time to get it right. Winning franchises build continuity, but the only continuity that the Browns know is losing. The culture surrounding the franchise will never change as long as losing is tolerated, tension exists between the front office and coaching staff, and drafts are blown. If Ray Farmer had some success in his drafts, if the team showed improvement from last season to this season I’d be all for keeping things intact.
However, this franchise is currently in no better a position than they were 16 seasons ago in 1999. In order to get things right, it’s going to be up to Jimmy Haslam to hire the right people this time. I’m hoping and praying as a Browns fan that the next regime is the right one. I’m not sure how much more losing I can take.