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Thoughts (Or Lack Thereof) on the Browns Head Coaching Search

Originally posted to theclevelandfan.com on January 10, 2014

Quick, without looking him up, think of everything you know about Cleveland Browns head coach candidate Dan Quinn. Here’s what I know: Read More…

Chudzinski, Banner, Haslam, and Firing a First Year Head Coach

Originally posted to theclevelandfan.com on January 2, 2014

The firing of Rob Chudzinski after only one year at the helm of the Cleveland Browns was anything but fair. Chudzinski was saddled with Brandon Weeden as his starting quarterback to enter the season, likely at the behest of the front office to “see what the team had” in Weeden. His best quarterback option was injured for the season during his third start, at a time when the team was actually beginning to show some promise. Chudzinski was forced to play musical chairs at running back after the Trent Richardson trade, and the bottom of the roster was constantly being churned by the front office, making continuity especially difficult on defense and special teams. In short, the Cleveland Browns were not a team that was expected to be any good in 2013. Read More…

The Cleveland Browns and Fantanking

Originally posted to theclevelandfan.com on December 26, 2013

The Cleveland Browns lost last Sunday, and this is a bad thing. We want to see the Browns win on Sundays so we can feel vindicated investing not only the three hours spent watching the game, but all the hours spent watching training camp practices and preseason games and reading about who the new gunner will be on punt coverage and all the other minutiae involved in religiously following an NFL team. When the Browns lose it makes us feel…whatever the opposite of vindicated is. Read More…

Brian Hoyer and Keanu Reeves

Originally posted to theclevelandfan.com on October 2, 2013

Take a second to list all of the “elite” quarterbacks in the NFL, however you define elite. Here’s my list, in no particular order: Read More…

Why the Trent Richardson Trade is a Good Move

Originally posted to theclevelandfan.com on September 19, 2013

The night is always darkest just before the dawn.

Yeah, I know that’s a terribly hackneyed quip, especially coming after the Browns shockingly dealt former third overall pick Trent Richardson to the Colts for a 2014 first round pick. But no other cliché better illustrates how Browns fans should feel after the team seemingly waved the white flag on the next fourteen games of the season. Read More…

The Cleveland Browns and The Making of an Identity

Originally posted to theclevelandfan.com on September 18, 2013

Since the reincarnation of the Browns in 1999, the one criticism that has constantly been levied against them is that they are a team without an identity, which is really just a euphemism for saying that they stink in all phases of the game. Aside from possibly the almost-magical 2007 season (sometimes dreams do come true), the Browns really haven’t had a season in which they’ve been, you know,  “good” at anything; their identity has always been that they don’t have an identity. However, in 2013, despite being amidst the slog of another 0-2 start where even the most menial tasks on a football field seem like exercises in futility, the Browns may have finally discovered the makings of the what is beginning to look like an identity. Yes, the Browns may have finally found an identity in the ferocious and aggressive play of the defensive front seven. Read More…

Three (Non-Quarterback) Things To Watch In Week 2

Originally posted to theclevelandfan.com on September 15, 2013

All eyes will be on Brandon Weeden when the Browns travel to Baltimore to take on the Ravens. Here are three other things to watch for. Read More…