For the most part, the Cleveland Browns have had a pretty successful training camp. They’ve won both of their preseason games, and it seems a lot of their young players look to be players.
That doesn’t mean Browns’ fans have nothing to worry about. In fact, if the team ever won the Super Bowl, many supporters would be concerned about repeating the following year.
That’s just the way it is.
Anyway, here are some comments on what is weighing on the minds of fans of the orange helmet.
Colt McCoy. While it is clear that Brandon Weeden will be the starter when the Eagles visit on September 9th, who will be the back up quarterback?
Most think the Browns will deal McCoy for a low round draft pick, but should they?
The only reason for doing so would be so that if Weeden struggles, the crowds at Cleveland Browns’ Stadium can’t start chanting his name.
And that seems silly, but it’s tough on a rookie to have a divided fan base.
McCoy is probably better than veteran Seneca Wallace, and probably gives the team a better chance to win if something happens to Weeden.
Plus, McCoy seems to be more engaged in the games than Wallace, who hasn’t been seen wearing a headset during exhibition play.
GM Tom Heckert and president Mike Holmgren will likely deal McCoy after the last preseason game next week, but it’s for the wrong reasons.
It’s an emotional decision rather than a football one.
Playing the Eagles twice in three weeks. The answer here is that the Browns need to do what is good for the Browns, and they can’t worry about injuries and showing the opponents too much.
This is not to say Pat Shurmur should use the same game plan he is going to use on September 9th this Friday against the Eagles, but it shouldn’t affect anyone’s playing time.
The rookies and young veterans on this squad need playing time and need to be prepared to play four quarters when the opening bell rings.
Use a basic offense and defense and keep the starters in for three quarters. That’s what is beneficial for the Browns.
New Owner Jimmy Haslam. After Randy Lerner’s ownership, a guy like Larry Dolan might look like Redskins’ meddling owner Dan Snyder, which Browns fans are fearing Haslam may turn into.
Why? Because he’s gone to a few practices? He’s had the audacity to be seen at games?
Those are things most owners in the NFL do.
Now, if Haslam starts standing on the sidelines during games, like the Cowboys’ Jerry Jones, then it’s time to be a little concerned.
If he starts sitting in the war room on draft day and tells Heckert who to pick, then Browns’ fans should be worried.
If he goes over the GM’s head and starts spending huge amounts of cash on marginal free agents, then he’s turning into Snyder.
So far, he hasn’t done any of that, he’s just watching the team he paid one billion dollars for practice. And in that regard, he’s the same as the thousands who attend training camp in Berea everyday.
If Haslam learned anything from his partnership with the Steelers, it should be to let his football people do their job.
If he wants to truly be a part of the city and become one with the fans, he’ll start to worry about insignificant things.