It is the season of eternal sports hope. Baseball spring training is underway, and the NFL has the scouting combine in Indianapolis. In the NFL, this is a week filled with news and speculation. The Cleveland Browns are no stranger to this concept.
It seems every year the Browns enter the combine with a high draft pick and dreams of escaping the prison of NFL mediocrity. Unfortunately, it seems that every year the Browns end up incorrectly evaluating a good portion of their selections.
It is now first-time general manager Ray Farmer’s turn to run the show. He has a chance to prove he is unlike anyone who has done his job in Cleveland since 1999. If he can put together a consistently competitive team he will be a legend.
If he cannot then he will join the long list of former coaches, general managers, CEOs and presidents who are getting paid to take a vacation.
The Browns seemed to make more news than normal at the combine this week. While some of it actually had to do with the players who are being evaluated, most of it did not. Leave it to the Browns to make waves about their coaching search a few weeks after it concludes.
Let’s take a look at the news from the past few days in Indianapolis. It’s been a whirlwind if you’re a Browns fan.