"I'm afraid the Browns won't make it to the Super Bowl before I die."
If I had a dollar for every time someone said that to me, I could buy the Browns and at least die in the owner's box watching it never happen.
But just how realistic is our fear?
It's probably safe to assume that if you've been sentenced to be executed before 2012, you'll go without seeing Cleveland make it to the title game. But how about in the next 10 years? Is it really so unrealistic to think that the Browns just might make their first ever Super Bowl by 2021?
Maybe. After all, popular belief states that there's a curse afoot that will undo any legitimate chance that we can all die happy. But let's assume for the sake of argument that the curse is not actually all-powerful, and perhaps if the rest of the pieces were to fall into place, they might have a chance.
So, curse notwithstanding, I feel comfortable saying that yes, the Browns do have a shot to make it to the big dance some time in the next ten years.
Why? Well, part of it is admittedly that semi-deluded faith we all have in the team we love. But there are some good concrete reasons to think the Browns just might be Super Bowl bound in the next decade.
Following are six such reasons. These of course, don't guarantee it will happen, but they do increase the odds dramatically.
As always, please share your own reasons why you think (or don't think) the Browns have a shot to go for an NFL title in the Super Bowl by 2021.