Browns Fans Need To Remember Rule 76: No Excuses, Play Like a Champion

Michael TimmonsContributor ISeptember 30, 2009

BALTIMORE - SEPTEMBER 27:  Fans of the Cleveland Browns look on as their team loses against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on September 27, 2009 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Browns 34-3. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)

While listening to the excuses pile up for the Browns lack of success this season, I remember a situation in the 2005 Movie, "Wedding Crashers".

John Beckwith blames Jeremy Grey for his own mistake he made, but Jeremy responds by reciting Rule 76 of Chaz Reinhold's sacred rules of wedding crashing, declaring there are "no excuses, play like a champion".

Lately there have been way too many excuses made in Cleveland. Fans attempting to protect their own preferred players by blaming their failure on their circumstances.

While circumstances do play a part in success, great players find a way to rise above their circumstances. Players who require a perfect situation for their success are not great players.

While fans have made enough excuses defending either Quarterback's errors, we need to remember that excuses don't bring any improvement.

The only thing excuses do are allow you deny reality and rationalize failure.

I will admit that I made excuses following Derek Anderson's disappointing performance last season. I blamed his performance on his circumstances instead of just admitting that he simply wasn't very good at times.

However, I find it ironic that the same people who denied excuses for Anderson's poor performance have come up with a litany of excuses explaining the struggles of Brady Quinn.

The rules did not change when Brady Quinn won the job. Any excuses defending his poor performance are just as invalid as excuses defending Derek Anderson's 2008 success.

I am tired of excuses attempting to explain why Browns players have underperformed. Until we stop the excuses, we will continue to you deny reality and rationalize our team's failure.

While I honestly expect Derek Anderson to succeed this Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals, I will make no more excuses for him.

I will remember Rule 76 of Chaz Reinhold's sacred rules of wedding crashing... "No excuses, play like a champion".


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