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.