Browns Fans, Don't Panic: It's Just Preseason

Scott MilesSenior Analyst IAugust 24, 2008

In 2007, the Cleveland Cavaliers went 1-6 in the preseason, including losses of 19, 16, 33 and 25. The lone win came in overtime. That team wound up winning 45 games and taking the eventual champion Celtics to the brink.

In 2006, the Cleveland Indians went 20-12 in spring training to begin a season with high hopes. They did reach October – the final regular season game, a win over Tampa Bay, played in front of 22,000 fans at the Jake on Oct. 1 to give the Tribe a mark of 78-84.

And, in 2005, the Cleveland Browns won three of their four preseason games en route to a 6-10 mark, highlighted by a 41-0 beatdown by the Pittsburgh F-ing Steelers on Christmas Eve.

So, for the 82 distraught Browns fans who thus far have posted on Tony Grossi’s diatribe on the 26-6 PRESEASON loss to the Lions yesterday, I say: Give me a break.

You can’t judge anything from a preseason game, you really can’t. Especially not one in which your number one quarterback, number one receiver, and number one running back don’t play. In all, seven projected starters didn’t suit up.

The only thing that should concern fans is that all of those players return healthy. That is going to determine how the Browns fare against one of the toughest schedules in the league, not a meaningless game in Detroit.