The Cleveland Browns Colossal, Franchise Altering Win Shocked and Awed. Now, Kansas City

When match-ups against a supposed rival end in a pummeling for five decades, swapping coaches every other season while they stack playoff wins and Super Bowl trophies, it grows tiresome. Not only your losing, but their successes. Smug faces in black and gold, touting victories they had nothing to do with, celebrating your pain asContinue reading “The Cleveland Browns Colossal, Franchise Altering Win Shocked and Awed. Now, Kansas City”

The Arduous Wait Has Ended. A Breakthrough Season Derailed by COVID in Cleveland?

The Cleveland Browns get to dance. Sunday night at 8:20 a playoff game will kickoff in Pittsburgh. The Browns will take part. For the first time in 18 years the disjointed, woebegone franchise, run amok for so long by poor management and neophyte leadership, will co-star alongside their rival, a game considered the jewel ofContinue reading “The Arduous Wait Has Ended. A Breakthrough Season Derailed by COVID in Cleveland?”

Yes, Another Startling Cleveland Disaster. But Wait, Here Comes Pittsburgh

Excuses. They’ve run thick since Sunday, all trying to brush aside the Cleveland Browns’ latest debacle. A 23-16 loss to the one-win Jets. But their offensive line was missing two starters. But they placed their top four wide receivers on the COVID-19 list on Saturday, delaying the plane to New York by four hours. ButContinue reading “Yes, Another Startling Cleveland Disaster. But Wait, Here Comes Pittsburgh”

Introducing the New Cleveland Browns. They’re Finally Boring

The Cleveland Browns are dull. Not a compliment on its face, but for this franchise, it’s a proclamation. No longer unprepared or arrogant, the Browns’ focus on the opponent, and how to defeat them, has become the thing. Sunday’s dismantling of the New York Giants wasn’t a surprise, nor was it flashy. Cleveland didn’t earnContinue reading “Introducing the New Cleveland Browns. They’re Finally Boring”

A Fumbled Opportunity against Baltimore. A Valuable Lesson, or a Mammoth Failure?

Kevin Stefanski and Baker Mayfield wanted no part of the “moral victory” discussion after Monday night’s harsh loss against the Ravens, and they shouldn’t. The Cleveland Browns have been an embarrassment for twenty years, but keeping games close isn’t the goal. Playoff teams don’t celebrate not getting blown out. For the organization to graduate fromContinue reading “A Fumbled Opportunity against Baltimore. A Valuable Lesson, or a Mammoth Failure?”

A Romp in Nashville. Playoffs Guaranteed. What is the Ceiling?

The Cleveland Browns’ win in Nashville Sunday, the franchise’s biggest since 2007, changed the narrative. They’re no longer beating up on poor teams, or a benefactor of a weak schedule. If Baker Mayfield can sling it for the rest of the season the way he did Sunday, they can rattle the top AFC teams inContinue reading “A Romp in Nashville. Playoffs Guaranteed. What is the Ceiling?”

Kevin Stefanski has Discovered Something. Is his New Style Changing the Browns?

The Cleveland Browns trudged their way to a victory Sunday in Jacksonville, unimpressive yet important. A loss to a one win team on their 3rd string quarterback is a grim look for a team with realistic, for once, playoff aspirations. The Browns own the first wild card slot after 11 games, poised to break anContinue reading “Kevin Stefanski has Discovered Something. Is his New Style Changing the Browns?”

Add a Little Defense With Pressure, Guarantee the Playoffs?

After being exposed as the weak link, the reason the team wouldn’t reach their ceiling, the Cleveland Browns defense has taken a turn. Torched early, the D gave up 31.5 points per game in the first seven contests this season. But defensive coordinator Joe Woods’ unit has clamped offenses since, allowing only 13 per. HasContinue reading “Add a Little Defense With Pressure, Guarantee the Playoffs?”

When the Rest Fail, Call on Nick Chubb

Over the 22 seasons and 12 head coaches since the Cleveland Browns franchise returned in 1999, they’ve searched for many elusive things. A starting quarterback? Sure. Reliable offensive linemen? Yes. Capable pass rushers? Of course. But the one ingredient that makes the thing work, that turns a franchise from a laughingstock into a contender, isContinue reading “When the Rest Fail, Call on Nick Chubb”

Because They’re the Cleveland Browns, This One is a Must Win

Aside from Steeler week, the most important game of the Cleveland Browns season is upon them. After a disappointing loss two weeks ago to Las Vegas when the team underperformed, played disjointed, and seemed unmotivated, the Browns need a victory against Houston. The Texans are record poor but talent strong. Deshaun Watson remains one ofContinue reading “Because They’re the Cleveland Browns, This One is a Must Win”