This week, The Sporting News took a poll of NFL players which revealed that the Cleveland Browns are looked upon as the worst organization in pro football.
Having only two winning seasons since 1999 and going through coaches and general managers like some people go through underwear will get you that ranking.
It also doesn’t help that the franchise seems to be spinning its wheels currently either.
What frustrates Browns fans is the lack of progress in the win/loss record.
Most people would agree that from a talent standpoint, the Browns are better than they were a couple of years ago. But why hasn’t it translated into more wins?
The Indianapolis Colts finished 2-14 a year ago and allowed several veterans to leave via free agency. They did have the first pick in the draft and selected their franchise quarterback, Andrew Luck.
Right now, the Colts are 5-3. The Browns are 2-7.
The Rams had the second pick in last year’s draft with a 2-14 record. They are now 3-5.
Minnesota was 3-13 in 2011. They currently sit at 5-4.
Tampa Bay had the same record as the Browns at 4-12. They are 4-4 halfway through this season.
The question is then why can’t the Browns show the same improvement record wise?
The organization will tell you about how they have so many players with less than one year or one year experience, and that the schedule they play is difficult, with six divisional games against the Steelers, Ravens, and Bengals.
It is true that Cleveland is the third youngest team in the NFL. However, the Rams are the youngest. The Vikings are 4th and the Buccaneers are 6th.
So, it appears the age of the team doesn’t deter victories.
The Browns also can’t use the rookie quarterback excuse either, because of the Colts’ progress with Luck.
As for the scheduling issue, Indy has a win over the Green Bay Packers (6-2) and the Vikings. The Rams have beaten Seattle and handed the then unbeaten Cardinals their first loss.
Minnesota has a win over San Francisco (6-2) and also defeated a 2011 playoff team in Detroit. Tampa’s only quality win was against the Vikings, but they have won three of their last four.
So why don’t the Browns win more football games? It could be because those other teams show more aggressiveness, and that stems from the head coach.
Pat Shurmur may be a fine teacher and a great assistant coach, but he doesn’t appear to have what is takes to be a head coach in the NFL.
Here are a couple of things to ponder…
He spooked his own quarterback against the Ravens, talking about how he was afraid of Ed Reed. That made Weeden a dink and dunk passer for basically the whole game.
He had been very accurate on deep passes as of late, and his coach took that away from him.
Why not say that Reed is a future Hall of Famer, but you have to use good judgment in going after him?
And another thing, the Browns drafted Weeden because he had more arm strength than Colt McCoy. Why is the rookie’s average yards per attempt just slightly higher than McCoy’s was last year (6.2 vs. 5.9)?
You have to think the offensive scheme is the problem. Shurmur is making Weeden turn into McCoy.
You can understand the frustration of the fans with their football team. Teams make big turnarounds every season. This year, it’s the Colts, last year it was the 49ers.
Why can’t it be the Browns?
There is talent on this football team, so they can’t use that excuse anymore.
If Pat Shurmur can’t win games, then it’s time to bring in someone who can.