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Cleveland is Titletown – Meaning for the Browns

Cleveland is Titletown – Meaning for the Browns

I Got that Championship Feeling

I understand this is a Cleveland Browns’ blog, but I am going to touch on another subject for this week’s post.  The Cleveland Cavaliers did what many (including myself at many points) thought they would not be able to do – win the NBA Championship.  It was monumental for the city and was a warm, joyful, incredible feeling that many possessed while walking down the streets.  One could feel the tension, frustration, and anger (of the past fifty-two years) simply melt away immediately. So Cleveland, where do we go from here?

Under Pressure

They say the first one is often the hardest – that could not have been any truer for the wine and gold this year.  All the scrutiny, all the bashing by media (national and local alike), and hearing daily talk about the greatness of the Golden State Warriors had to be maddening. Follow that up with an incredible run through the Eastern Conference, only to be told you had no business playing the champs in a series. This was a bunch of overcomers and truly epitomized Cleveland.

That said, the pressure to deliver a title to the city is all but gone (but we will still gladly accept multiple championships).  Thus, the Indians and Browns (and the Cavs again) will not be mocked nationally for not getting it done.  Losing in dramatic fashion will not come with “a name”.  Playing loose in sports is vital to success, the Cavs performed that way and it showed.  Not saying that this will ultimately lead to multiple titles – but I expect improved play by the other two franchises.

Positive Thinking

It’s been a part of us all, but it is finally time to shed the negativity each and every time it’s available.  The worst will not always happen.  People will not jinx this or that.  The team will not always find a way to lose.  I have never been more positive about a
Cleveland team than I was heading into game seven.  It was a different feeling, but it was genuine and I anticipate this to continue watching Cleveland teams.  I hope the exorcism of other fans’ psyche occurs as well.  The fact that the stupid jersey with all the quarterbacks’ names on it since 1999 will be retired should help with this positive mentality.

Conclusion:  The curse is broken, the streak is over, and Cleveland is king.  I love the city, the fans, the teams and everything else associated with northeast Ohio.  That parade was an incredible display of overall awesomeness by the city. There have been a lot of positive articles over the past few months about Hue Jackson and the Cleveland Browns.  It is time to take steps forward and fall in line with this city.

 

 

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Can the Browns Mimic What the Cavs are Doing?

Can the Browns Mimic What the Cavs are Doing?

Look at the Hardwood

Unlike the Cleveland Browns; the basketball franchise for the city is in the midst of a deep playoff run.  There are a few things the football team can take from the Cavaliers – something the city would gladly embrace.  Obviously some tasks will be easier to accomplish than others, but let’s review several aspects (especially during the postseason) that can transform a good team into a great one.

Overcoming Injuries

The Cavaliers have now gone through the season without their starting center and power forward.  Fortunately, they were able to make a trade (and a shrewd one) to replace the man in the middle.  The loss to Kevin Love hurts greatly, but the team appears to have adapted to a new philosophy both offensively and defensively exceptionally.

In 2014, the Cleveland Browns lost a couple guys to injury for an extended period of time (Armonty Bryant, Phil Taylor, Miles Austin to name a few) and they were able to overcome those.  However, the loss to center Alex Mack completely changed the last half of the campaign. The offense was stagnant, as they were no longer winning at the point
of attack.  Hopefully the drafting of Cameron Erving will prevent this type of scenario playing out in 2015.

Stepping it Up

Whether it has been J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert, or Matthew Dellavadova – it seems like a guy or two rises to the occasion unexpectedly during the 2015 Cleveland Cavaliers’ playoff run.  Not having to rely on your superstars every single night is a luxury to have in the NBA, and it is unrealistic to believe that they will dominate every contest. Having other guys improve their game also puts doubt into the opposition’s mind.

Granted football is a different sport, but there were some similarities between the Cavs this year and the Browns last year. Taylor Gabriel (an undrafted free agent at the time) came up huge a few times during the early part of the season, and K’Waun Williams and
Buster Skrine filled in well in the secondary.  However, football requires many more players working together – therefore the actions of a few could not help wins games.  This is a difficult aspect to accomplish, but hopefully the Browns got enough stars in free agency and the draft that “stepping up” will be the norm in 2015.

Getting it Done in Crunch Time

This simply refers to finding ways to win games.  It can be excelling at forcing opponents miss shots, scoring at timely points, or not making a critical mistake – but the wine and gold have been coming out ahead during most contests this season.  This is a huge factor that teams must possess if they want to make the postseason and be the last franchise standing.

The opposite has largely been the case for the Cleveland Browns since 1999.  Turning the ball over late, not getting the key stop on defense, or failing to convert on third down has killed this franchise.  A few games last year (against the Saints, Titans, and Falcons – to name a few), the Browns finally seemed to turn the tide. I believe they can build upon that this season and get to a point where many expect them to pull out a win in a dire spot.

Conclusion:  While it would appear that the Browns are light years from the type of success that the Cavaliers are exhibiting – they might be closer than you think.  Injuries are a part of professional sports, and some teams deal with those better than others.  I believe the Browns are building depth and will be able to withstand those going forward.  Having a talented roster and being mentally tough are what the team needs – along with multiple athletes outplaying expectations and sealing key victories on a frequent basis.

 
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Posted by on May 27, 2015 in NFL Season, Offseason

 

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