The frustration of the Baltimore game still resides in me while writing this. A game that should've been won but was lost after a poor man's Derek Anderson, a D-IAA QB, a rookie burned our team and burned them badly.
This sucks because of a lot of reasons. We have possibly one of the better nose tackles in the league in Shaun Rogers, a couple of developing corners in Eric "Eazy-E" Wright and Brandon McDonald, and an offense that was probably one of the better offenses in the league. We're a team picked to make the playoffs that has lost very winnable games.
There are multiple reasons why the Browns are underpreforming, but there's one very basic one that needs to be solved before we got to the others. Leadership, and I believe that if we were able to lure Bill Cowher, or at least someone similar in his mold, we could finally have a shot at yet again chasing the "gleam" and maybe even finally getting it.
If you are like me, a few years back, you would be wondering why you would want the chin anywhere near the banks of Lake Erie in Brown and Orange. The guy was a coach for our biggest enemies in the sports world and led them to two Super Bowls and one NFL title. The man would have little interest in ever leading Cleveland to a Super Bowl.
Dig a little deeper though, and you discover the man has many connections to this franchise, witnessing what a lot of the hardcore Cleveland Browns fans have experienced, mirroring what a lot of them have seen and been through. A player for the Browns during the Kardiac Kids era of Browns football, he was witness to the joys of victory like the Dave Logan game, or the bitterness of defeat in RedRight 88.
His first coaching gig in the league came as an assistant to Marty Schottenheimer here during the Kosar and Dawg Pound era. Again, witnessing what many of us saw, the glories of a game like the 1986 New York Jets playoff game, and Elway breaking the hearts of an entire city twice.
Did I mention that he was in the running for the job that was eventually given to Belichick in 1990? Or that when the new Browns were brought back in '99, the Steelers were so paranoid that he might leave they offered him a contract extension. Even his former players such as Ben Roethlisberger have suggested that Cowher's next gig would be Cleveland.
Could Cowher come back to a team and a city that helped make him into the successful coach he is today? Why not? Randy Lerner is loaded with money and is pretty much willing to do whatever it takes to win. Even though he's not as vocal as say a Jerry Jones, this is not a money-making thing for him, but also a franchise he wants to see do well.
No one ever wants to own a loser. With that in mind, one source of frustration was that the Rooneys were very cheap and not willing to let him spend more money on getting the players that Cowher wanted.
Considering the success that Cowher had with that sort of owner, one can only imagine if Lerner hands him a blank check. And if Phil Savage decides to stick around to help "get the groceries," the Browns have the chance to be scary good.
He also would have little work to cut, as we're talented already on both sides of the ball. An O-line that needs little work, a group of running backs that are fit for the AFC North, a receiving corps that contains two Pro Bowlers, and a young QB that can easily be molded into a great player.
Not to mention a defense that just needs a little help in the secondary and linebacking corps, both of which just happen to be Cowhers speciality.
Sadly all of this seems all too perfect for a Cleveland fan. As much as I plead for him to come back to my Cleveland Browns, I can easily see him quietly saying no, and us asking what could have been, this time next year. But a man can dream, can't he?