There is no question that professional football is treated differently in Cleveland, Ohio.
About a year ago, Terry Francona was hired as the new manager of the Cleveland Indians. He didn’t get to claim that the players already on the roster were not his and therefore he could not be expected to win right away.
A few months ago, the Cavaliers hired Mike Brown as their new head coach, and Brown said he expected to get the wine and gold back to the playoffs.
In both cases, the respective front offices made moves to upgrade the rosters and at least in the Indians’ case, it has translated in to post-season contention.
The Browns hired a new head coach in Rob Chudzinski after the season, and brought in a new GM before the draft, and yet, their actions are telling the fans that this is yet another rebuilding season, their umpteenth in a row.
And then they dropped this bomb on its fan base, trading Trent Richardson, probably the team’s best skill position player to the Colts for a first round pick in 2014.
The “we have to get our own guys” argument is tiring. In no other sport does this occur. Both the Indians and Cavaliers made additions to their roster, as well they should considering they were terrible last season. They did not blow up the team though.
Hire a coach and have that guy get the best out of the current players. That’s what should be done. A lot of experts felt there was enough talent on this roster to finish 7-9 or 8-8, which would have been progress.
It is a sign of weak management to come in and condemn the entire organization, pretty much saying that they did nothing right.
There is just no accountability for the Browns’ coaches, management, or players.
Isn’t the object of the game to win?
Why isn’t anyone in the organization concerned that it appears only one player picked in last year’s draft, first round pick Barkevious Mingo, can get on the field consistently?
Mike Lombardi criticized several Browns’ choices over the years in his position at NFL Network, yet in his first shot choosing players, he comes up with one guy who can play on a team that won only five games a year ago!
And fans should be enthused that he now has two first round picks in next spring’s draft?
All that argument does is buy time for the new people coming in. Meanwhile, the fans are treated to more years of crappy football.
And this year, Jimmy Haslam, Joe Banner, and Michael Lombardi are telling the rabid Browns fandom that they aren’t trying to win this year, just two games into the season.
It would serve them right if not one person goes to First Energy Stadium a week from Sunday. Why should we care if they don’t.
People who are outspoken about Mike Holmgren’s regime are entitled to their opinion, but “The Big Show” never did something like this.
It’s time to hold the Cleveland Browns management accountable for the junk we see every Sunday afternoon. We shouldn’t care that they all are relatively new.
As the late Al Davis said, “Just win, baby! That’s all that matters.