Browns’ Dysfunction

I turned on the t.v. yesterday to watch the Cleveland Browns’ take on the Buffalo Bills in what I thought would surely be a Browns’ victory based on the somewhat decent play in their first 2 games of this 2012 season; I was wrong.As usual. Words can’t describe how pitiful a job -yet again- this team does in representing a fan base that is world-wide.This team has no business being in the NFL. What concerns me more than the decade+ losses is the lack of direction in this organization from top to bottom.When you’re already in next year’s draft talk after only 3 games,and have been in that talk for 13 years,Why come back as a team? A friend of mine said to me,we should have got a new team with a new name and new colors in 99′. Now it’s startin’ to make sense.

The Browns’ have had more difficulty since their return in 99′ trying to establish an identity as an organization,than any other NFL team I can recall.What’s really scary is that the coaches,players’,and front-office people my change,but the results are the same.Here are a few examples of what I mean:

(1) Childress/Shurmur -not sure which- have no feel for “GAMEFLOW” play calling.Understanding when to call the play is essential to that play’s execution more often than not.

(2) Weeden’s passing attempts after 3 games (115) vs. Richardson’s rushing attempts (50) makes me wonder why so many “play-action” passes were called.Play fakes don’t work if you’re not producing in the run game;or at least attempting to.

(3)Greg Little’s U-Sain Bolt impersonation after making a scoreless catch tells me that a)he suffers from delusional grandeur-itis,and b)has a false sense of entitlement. In which case it speaks more to the ineptitude of the coaching staff than Little’s overcompensatory so called self confidence.

(4)Just because Trent Richardson has the ability to make people miss doesn’t mean he should have to so on every play.Kinda hard sometimes to tell how bright the student is,or can be, if the teacher has brain lock.

(5)All the mental miscues,and not being prepared is a direct reflectionof the coaches.It’s high time the Browns’ brought in a coach who understands that maybe,just maybe, adapting his system to the player(s) is more beneficial than the player(s)to the system.

All in all, if the Browns’ are to ever experience true success as a winning organization, owner Jimmy Haslam’s shoulders must be strong enough to bare the burden of making it so.

PUT A LID ON IT

Whether you’re an average joe or someone from the local media, if you’re one of those people who think that somehow,someway, having a dome put on top Cleveland Browns’ Stadium is a bad thing for taxpayers’,- excuse my french – you’re a damn fool!!
I’m tired of hearing the same ole’ “who’s going to pay for it”, whoa is me,ye’ old taxpayer mantra; A mantra that has beleaguered this proud sports-town for far too long. No matter if you want to hear it or not, folks in this town were up in arms about the definite loss of revenue the city of Cleveland incurred (according to many)due to the “ultimate betrayal” of one said, LeBron James. Being dependent primarily on one player,or person to financially carry a city was, and will always be,– foolish!! Having a dome will attract the kind crowd with the kind of money that would allow the city to generate money in a way that used to be commonplace– by investing in it’s own.It’s unfortunate that I seem to be part of only a handful who feel that when it comes to the subject Cleveland’s Dome, what’s already understood need not be explained. Jerry Jones’ didn’t build ” Jerry’s World ” just for his Cowboys; He built it with intention of using it far more than 10 times a year. An investment you make with your own money looks alot different than one that’s inherited. Gilbert and Haslam’s approach for rebuilding this town and it’s teams’ (Indians are next)is very refreshing to a fan who still remembers Red Right 88.
I say the timing for putting a lid on Cleveland Browns Stadium couldn’t be better.With things like the Medical Mart, Horseshoe Casino,Lakefront Developement, and Convention Center, people coming to Cleveland will be coming for more than just a ” Domed Event”.

Who’s going to foot the bill for a new roof is not the question; How is it a Browns’ team that has been abysmal for more than a decade winds up being worth a billion dollars should be. I’d be far more willing to trust Jimmy and Gilbert with my taxpayer money than I would Russo and Dimora.At the end of the day,it’s not about how much it cost,more importantly, who’s doin the spendin.