The Cleveland Browns' second-ranked pass defense is a mirage and common misconception by sports media sources.
Whether you agree with the notion that the Cleveland Browns have an elite pass defense or not, it is a reality that the mainstream sports media has perpetuated.
This misconception has captured Browns' fans spirits and can be best attributed to the desire for them to see something positive—anything positive—from a defense that struggled mightily a season ago.
Sometimes everything is not always as it appears. With the Cleveland Browns, that is more than often the case. See for example: Derek Anderson and the high-flying Browns offense of 2007.
What else is there circulating that the media has completely missed on about this Browns team?
Brandon Weeden has been repeatedly been asked if he is planning on holding out from training camp if the team and his agent cannot come to an agreement about a guaranteed fourth year on his contract. ESPN has taken the bait and has reported Weeden is holding out.
However, if he were holding out, it would have to be from something. Right now, the lull in team activities has Weeden in a holding pattern until an agreement can be made. But he certainly isn’t and doesn’t plan to “hold out” from the Browns offseason activities.
"It'll get done,'' he said. (via ESPN) "We're working. It takes two sides, though.''
Nothing to see there.
So what else is there that the media has just gotten completely wrong about the Browns this year?