It seems like every year we can safely pencil in the Browns to have a losing season. In fact, if you take a look at the past, it would be pretty safe to use some permanent marker.
The Browns have 15 wins in the past four seasons. They’ve finished in the bottom half of their division 17 of the last 19 years. From their never-ending quarterback/head coach carousel to their seemingly endless missteps in the draft, the Browns’ organizational follies have been well-documented and are recognized by any football fan.
This year though they might surprise the majority.
To say they’ll improve on last year isn’t really saying much, considering they were victorious once. However, it wouldn’t surprise me to see them go 8-8.
They had a phenomenal draft, taking Myles Garrett, Jabrill Peppers and former Miami tight end David Njoku in the first round, as well as DeShone Kizer, who some had as the number one QB in this year’s draft in the second round. They also added Calvin Pryor via trade and signed Jason McCourty to help bolster their defense and former All-Pro guard Kevin Zeitler to help form a pretty underrated offensive line.
While yes, they did lose their number one receiver, Terrelle Pryor in free agency, they added veteran Kenny Britt to fill the outside role and will hope to see a big leap from former first-rounder Corey Coleman in his second-year. Word around camp is that running back Duke Johnson is the front-runner to be the Browns starting slot receiver, which is a position change with a lot of potential, considering Johnson has had 74 targets and over 500 receiving yards in each of his first two NFL seasons out of the backfield.
I’m not saying this is a playoff team, by any means. There are still plenty of question marks and holes that need to be filled. However, they definitely are not the same old lowly Browns, on paper at least.
It’s still fair to ask who will start at QB, and just how well said QB will do, but their situation at the helm could be worse. Kizer has a ton of potential, Cody Kessler could make strides in his second season, and Brock Osweiler could find his 2015 magic with the change in scenery. Or, they could all bust.
Overall though, the Browns finally are starting to look a bit more talented, and if you think they’ll be at the bottom of the NFL again, you’re mistaken… they can’t be worse than the Jets.