"A factory of sadness."
The city of Cleveland is in great need of a hero.
Their last, LeBron James, abandoned them for sunnier skies and a better chance at an NBA title.
That bitter taste has yet to leave the mouths of Cleveland’s finest, and they want nothing more than to be blessed with another hero to fall in love with.
The city has suffered through a title drought for 48 years. Not since 1964, when the Browns won the NFL Championship, has Cleveland celebrated a professional title.
It’s still early, and though there are many pieces yet to be placed, the Browns have what could be the centerpieces to a championship franchise. Hope is there, yes, but the title itself is in the distant future.
Richardson will be a great back for many years; building around him is a necessity.
A good defense and running game can carry a team farther than anyone imagined. A quick example of that is last year’s San Francisco 49ers. Who honestly expected a 13-3 record and a fumbled punt return return away from a Super Bowl appearance out of them? With their quarterback?
Other than 49ers fans, probably no one.
It can come from nowhere if the right pieces are in place. It seems the Browns organization is attempting to build on that model.
The defense is good enough to keep them in most games. Richardson is the titan which holds the rock that is their football world. He can help carry them to prominence.
The city of Cleveland will love him as long as he remembers it’s for them, not him.