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Why the Cleveland Browns can’t afford to screw up anymore

The Cleveland Browns have been historically one of the worst teams in the league for the last two decades. The Browns have tied the Buffalo Bills for most consecutive seasons of not making the playoffs. The Browns have not made the Playoffs in 17 years. The last time they were in the playoffs was in 2002 where they lost in the wildcard.

The Browns have also been one of the worst drafting teams in the league as well as hiring a coaching staff.

The Browns have never made it to the Super Bowl and who knows when they will.

The Browns have dealt with many quarterbacks and a lot of terrible years. In 2017, the Cleveland Browns became the second team of all-time to go 0-16. They actually had a chance to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in that last game and in typical Browns fashion they blew the game and lost.

There was even a point in time where the Browns were selling tickets for $5. Imagine being an NFL team in a major city such as Cleveland, that you have to sell tickets for $5 so people will come.

Ever since Tim Couch, the Browns have not had a relevant and consistent QB. There has been memes and merchandise made about the Browns awful QB’s. Their quarterbacks are Doug Pederson, Ty Detmer, Spergon Wynn, Kelly Holcomb, Jeff Garcia, and Luke McCown. Hold on it gets much worse. The Browns also had, Derek Anderson, Charlie Frye, Trent Dilfer, Brady Quinn, Ken Dorsey, and Bruce Gradkowski. Unfortunately for the Browns and Browns fans the list continues. They also had, Colt McCoy, Jake Delhomme, and Seneca Wallace. They also had Brandon Weeden, Thad Lewis, Jason Campbell, Brian Hoyer, Johnny Manziel, Josh McCown, Austin Davis, and Connor Shaw. Joining them are Cody Kessler, Robert Griffin III, DeShone Kizer, and Kevin Hogan. The Browns also had Tyrod Taylor. Most of these guys are busts and some players I have never even heard of. I truly feel bad for Browns fans and the city of Cleveland.

However, the Browns have faith in former #1 Pick Baker Mayfield to break out. In his rookie season he threw for 3,725 yards with 27 touchdowns and 14 interceptions where he finished second in Offensive Rookie of the Year behind Saquon Barkley. Last season however he had a pretty bad year that he would like to forget. Baker’s completion percentage was under 60% with 3,827 yards, 22 touchdowns and 21 interceptions.

However, the Browns are poised to be finally be successful or at least they should and need to. They made moves in the offseason such as drafting Jedrick Wills Jr. to give Baker some more time as well as signing Jack Conklin. The Browns also signed Austin Hooper. Even though David Njoku asked for a trade, if they can keep him on the team that would be a lethal offense. The Browns would have Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt at running back, Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry at wide receiver. They also have Njoku and Hooper at tight end. The Browns should have a much better offensive line with means Baker should perform better.

The Browns also have some good players on defense such as Myles Garrett and Olivier Vernon that provides the pass rush. They also have a good secondary with Karl Joseph, Andrew Sendejo, Denzel Ward, and Greedy Williams.

The Browns cannot afford to waste more of their young talent. Even though Baltimore will be the clear frontrunner in the division for a long time the Browns can still compete. The Bengals are rebuilding around Joe Burrow and who knows how long Big Ben can play for. With this updated team and the Steelers declining as well as more teams being allowed in the Playoffs the Browns need to make a splash like in the Draft Day movie. Cleveland finally deserves a good football team and they have the potential to do it.

Hopefully next year, Baker Mayfield can wake up feeling dangerous before every game.


Published by Brian Ramos

I am a student at Marist College. I love baseball, basketball, football, hockey, and wrestling.

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