I will start by stating that I am the most optimistic Browns fan anywhere. There is no way I will ever give up on my Cleveland Browns. I also pull no punches in my opinions of the team. So here goes.
How low does a football team have to sink while rebuilding? With the way the NFL is set up, parity shouldn’t be that hard to attain. After all, Miami, Atlanta, New Orleans, Baltimore, Arizona and Denver have went from terrible to pretty good in the past three years. All the aforementioned teams changed coaches and got immediate results. Why has Cleveland failed? Too many changes at once? Is Eric Mangini building this team through quantity instead of quality? Having depth is nice if they are backing up good players.
Offensively, this is the worst Cleveland team I have ever witnessed in my 48 years as a Browns fan. Nothing else comes close. Defensively, they are not much better. Where would we be without our special teams? Are John Lynch and I the only ones to question why Josh Cribbs is not getting the ball a lot more on offense?
I am at a loss to defend what we are trying to do on offense. I have given Mangini the benefit of doubt that he has a plan. When he says he sees improvement, I wonder where and how. Not at QB. Not at WR. Not at RB. Not in the o-line. Certainly not in the play calling.
Where is our aggressive “Bear Defense” we were promised? When will the tackling improve? When will we have a pass rush? Better yet, do we have any core players on either offense or defense? A lot of questions but so few answers.
Just two short years ago the Browns were 10-6. The talent level on that team couldn’t have been that bad. After last year’s 4-12 record, I thought we had hit bottom. So far this year, with a record of 1-6, we are still sinking. Where is the light at the end of the tunnel? How patient will owner Randy Lerner remain? Eric Mangini, for your sake and the sake of the entire Cleveland Browns football team, I hope we can see that light pretty soon.
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