For years, one of the storied rivalries in the NFL has been the Cleveland Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Within the past several seasons however, the grit of that rivalry has subsided a bit, and there really is only one reason behind that.
Where is Cleveland?
The Browns simply just have not been a valid part of it. Whether it is because of the coaches or a lack of talent or other reasons, the contest has usually been lopsided, and almost always in Pittsburgh's favor.
On the occasions the Browns did win, it was clear that the Steelers took the day off, or were too confident. Cleveland, however, may have a solution. A new coach by the name of Eric Mangini.
Eric has blown the reveille for the long time struggling Browns; and it may remind you of high school football, not the NFL.
Yes, that's right folks, Mangini has the team running.
Last season, under Romeo, the Browns were one of, if not the highest pre-snap offender. False-starts, offsides, illegal formations, the whole works.
That may not be the case this season though, if Coach Mangini has his way. For each and every one of those mistakes, players hear a phrase similar to the one that no football player likes too much; "take a lap."
From the newest rookie to this year's quarterbacks, most of the team has been subject to Mangini's new rule.
Take that, and a level of intensity the Brown's camp has not seen for awhile, and football fans may see a different Cleveland team this season.