The Bye Week Blues: Cleveland Browns
Another midseason break and the Browns do not have a win to their name – just like the 2016 squad. Despite not playing a contest this weekend, negative news continued to trickle out around Berea. Both local and national media continue to pile on the orange and brown (and probably rightly so). The train has gone off the rails (or further from the rails, depending on who you ask) and the dissension within the ranks is becoming more apparent. Now, let’s take a look at some of the recent happenings for the team.
Trade that Didn’t Occur
A second and a third round selection for a backup quarterback (who is not named Steve Young)? That was the apparent asking price for A.J. McCarron by the Cincinnati Bengals – and the Browns were inches from pulling the trigger on the deal. There have been conflicting reports of who supported the swap and who didn’t, but I am glad the team did not approve the trade. Honestly I don’t care who did what – but I am concerned that ONCE AGAIN the front office and the coaches appear to not be on the same page. I am glad the team did not throw away a pair of selections for a mediocre signal caller, but more of the same for this franchise.
Josh Gordon Reinstatement
The second bit of news to hit the news is the suspension being lifted for troubled wide out Josh Gordon. The Browns’ star had a tremendous campaign in 2013, but has largely been held out of games in his professional career – due to drug and other substance abuse infractions. Personally, I anticipate he will not play a snap for the orange and brown (and a release might be granted in the near future). Having said that, my expectations are low if he does appear in a contest for the Browns. I understand he is only twenty-six years old, but all those games off will keep him ill-prepared for the rigors of the NFL. Stay tuned, Browns fans.
Where We Go from Here?
The Browns are staring down the barrel of a defeated season with the coach stating that they have to play perfectly to win a game. Other than that, all is well in Browns town. I don’t know what the team is planning on doing for the rest of the season or this offseason, but I would just love to witness several wins (more than two is probably asking too much). Avoiding an 0-16 season would be ideal.
Conclusion: I’m not going to lie, these past three and a half seasons have taken a toll on me as a Browns’ fan and blogger. They used to play poor football and would still win a few games – making those Sundays enjoyable. Now, it’s sheer misery each and every week with this team. I try not to pile on (like everyone else), but they are making it extremely difficult. When will things finally improve?