As the clock ticks down to what appears to be an inevitable work stoppage, many experts are suggesting that the Cleveland Browns will fare worse than most NFL teams.
A new coach, new offensive and defensive schemes and new players all suggest that a shortened, or non-existent, preseason would hurt a young team with a lot to learn.
But if we know one thing about the NFL, it’s that the experts are frequently wrong. To win in this league requires talent along with a generous amount of luck and opportunity.
For the first time since returning in 1999, the Browns may have finally removed the dysfunction that was always bubbling beneath the surface. Mike Holmgren is firmly exerting his control on this team. And with a general manager and head coach pulling in the same direction, the Cleveland Browns may be a lot better off than the experts think.
This slide show will give you five things to consider and discuss as we wait for the players and owners to reach an agreement that will make all the debating meaningless.