For the first time ever during the new regime of Eric Mangini and George Kokinis, I can see light at the end of the tunnel, a flicker of faith in the new regime. Only a flicker, mind you!
This is from an article in the Dayton Daily News.
And my sources in Cleveland tell me that Eric Steinbach is in deep trouble. Eric Mangini likes big, bruising maulers on the offensive line. Steinbach doesn’t fit the mold. He’s more finesse.
I look for Steinbach to get released after the 2009 season. If fact, with his fat contract, he’ll be fortunate to make the 53-man roster. Don’t be shocked if he gets terminated before the ‘09 opener.
For my liking I think the Mankok team made a grave error NOT selecting Andre Smith and then dumping or trading Eric Steinbach immediately!
I can live with the trade down for the selection of Alex Mack, but it's still unforgivable that they then selected two wide receivers consecutively in the second round, given the talent available at greater areas of need, players like Rey Maualuga, Everette Brown, Clint Sintim.
It's refreshing to see Mangini sending the signals that he will go more to the ground game and not relying solely on the passing game. When considering the Cleveland weather late in the season, it was moronic that Phil Savage drafted and signed players specifically for an expansive passing game!
If the Mankok team can curb their desires for picking Wide Receivers and continue to build the defense and running game, i can see light at the end of the tunnel, however dim.
BUT I fear the ghosts of christmas'es past will haunt the Browns this year; Browns fans will face what might have been, what could have been, in the very first game no less:
There is NO more hiding, kiddies! There is gonna be hiding to hell!
1. Adrian Peterson is coming to Cleveland first up!
2. Andre Smith and Rey Maualuga will be faced twice a year for the next 10 years
3. Michael Oher will be faced twice a year for the next 10 years.
That's only the "what could have been" part...The browns will still face the top two defenses in Pittsburg and Baltimore, their chistmas'es present.
And their Christmas'es future: May Alex Mack have the career we all envision for him.
Thats the best I have for Cleveland fans for optimism; don't hate me.