Alright, for no reason at all it’s time to embarass myself with predictions.
The Browns were on Hard Knocks this year, and that tends to get a lot more people following the team a bit. They’ve been 1-31 in the last two seasons which is historically bad - as far as I know, the worst run in football ever.
But there’s an energy about this team. Significant roster turnover. Todd Haley was brought in to be the OC which ideally will leave Hue Jackson involved in fewer decisions. I know Pittsburgh fans love to shit on Haley, but the guy had a top 5 offense every year.
They’ve had a great preseason - and I know, “preseason doesn’t matter” - that’s not true, though. Who wins preseason games doesn’t matter. Whether your o-line can create holes or protect your QBs, whether your QBs can hit their targets, whether your defenders can tackle - all of that stuff is a reflection of the team’s real capabilities. And the Browns defense has looked dominant - Myles Garrett is looking like the prospect he was drafted as, and potential non-awful QB play is enough to get by on.
And really, QB play was such a huge determining factor in the last couple of years. I really don’t think the 0-16 Browns were as bad as the 0-16 Lions. They were in a lot of games they were doing well in until a Kizer redzone turnover. I don’t even really blame the kid - he had bad coaching, a bad situation, was too young, and too over his head. But he did hold back the team tremendously - the 2017 Browns were a lesson in how much bad QB play can drag down an otherwise somewhat decent team.
So I think Tyrod is a good pickup. He’s not going to lose games the way Kizer did. His steady hand combined with a good running game and good defense could very well lead to a team that competes week in and week out with anyone.
I’m also all on board the Mayfield train. I think if he was 3 inches taller we’d be talking about him as the best draft prospect in a generation, but between him not being the ideal size and a little bit of “lol Browns” he’s coming in underrated. But I think he’s smart, he’s worked hard for everything he’s earned, and wherever he goes his teammates seem to love him. I really do think he’s the guy.
So anyway, at the risk of embarassing myself, I’m gonna put it all on the line here: I think the Browns make one of the biggest turnarounds in sports and are a tough team no one wants to play this year. I’m not saying playoffs, but I think around 7 or 8 wins is definitely a possibility, along with being a team that no one wants to play.
So I’m inviting anyone who wants to be on board to join the bandwagon and keep track of the Browns season here.