We wrap up the first week of the NFL preview here at THE Ultimate Sports Blog with a look at perhaps the most sorry franchise in the NFL. The city of Cleveland is coming off cloud nine following the Cavaliers first ever NBA title win a few months back. So here come the Cleveland Browns to remind everyone just how shitty of a sports town you live in. So, how crappy are things going to be in Cleveland this season?
Can new head coach Hue Jackson do the unthinkable and bring the Browns back to NFL relevancy?
Can Robert Griffin III rejuvenate his NFL career with a change of scenery?
Are the Browns REALLY going to let the city down after the high they just experienced?
Let’s find out!
Record Last Ten Seasons: 3-13 (2015), 7-9 (2014), 4-12 (2013), 5-11 (2012), 4-12 (2011), 5-11 (2010), 5-11 (2009), 4-12 (2008), 10-6 (2007), 4-12 (2006)
Last Playoff Appearance: 2002 Wildcard vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Last Playoff Win: 1994 Wildcard vs. New England Patriots
Super Bowl Titles Won: 0
Passing Leader for 2015: Josh McCown (2,109 yards, 12 touchdowns, 4 interceptions)
Rushing Leader for 2015: Isaiah Crowell (706 yards, 4 touchdowns)
Receiving Leader for 2015: Gary Barnidge (1,043 yards, 9 touchdowns)
The Head Coach:
Overall Record (as a head coach): 8-8
Record With Team: 0-0
Previous NFL Jobs: Washington Redskins Running Back Coach (2001-2002), Washington Redskins Offensive Coordinator (2003), Cincinnati Bengals Wide Receivers Coach (2004-2006), Atlanta Falcons Offensive Coordinator (2007), Baltimore Ravens Quarterbacks Coach (2008-2009), Oakland Raiders Offensive Coordinator (2010), Oakland Raiders Head Coach (2011), Cincinnati Bengals Secondary Assistant and Special Teams Coach (2012), Cincinnati Bengals Running Backs Coach (2013), Cincinnati Bengals Offensive Coordinator (2014-2015)
My Grade: C+
(Depth Charts will change as training camps progress obviously….)
Player Grade Guide:
Blue = Elite Player
Green = Really Good Player
Orange = Average Player
Pink = Meh
Red = NO THANKS
Gray = Rookie
QB: Robert Griffin III
RB: Isaiah Crowell
FB: Malcolm Johnson
WR: Corey Coleman
WR: Terrelle Pryor
TE: Gary Barnidge
OC: Cameron Erving
OG: John Greco
OG: Joel Bitonio
OT: Joe Thomas
OT: Austin Pasztor
DE: John Hughes
DT: Danny Shelton
DE: Xavier Cooper
LB: Paul Kruger
LB: Emmanuel Ogbah
LB: Christian Kirksey
LB: Demario Davis
CB: Tramon Williams
CB: Joe Haden
SS: Ibraheim Campbell
FS: Jordan Poyer
vs. @ Philadelphia Eagles (September 11)
vs. Baltimore Ravens (September 18)
vs. @ Miami Dolphins (September 25)
vs. @ Washington Redskins (October 2)
vs. New England Patriots (October 9)
vs. @ Tennessee Titans (October 16)
vs. @ Cincinnati Bengals (October 23)
vs. New York Jets (October 30)
vs. Dallas Cowboys (November 6)
vs. @ Baltimore Ravens (November 10)
vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (November 20)
vs. New York Giants (November 27)
vs. Cincinnati Bengals (December 11)
vs. @ Buffalo Bills (December 18)
vs. San Diego Chargers (December 24)
vs. @ Pittsburgh Steelers (January 1)
The Cleveland Browns are not a good football team. Let’s not beat around the bush here people. With no dis-respect meant towards Browns fans, your team hasn’t been very good since the late 80’s. Sure, you guys have had your flash in the pan seasons every once in a while (1994 and 2007 for example), but for the most part….you have been a joke of an NFL franchise. Let’s just say that it’s not a good thing when the running joke in your town is a jersey on display in a store window with the GIGANTIC list of former Browns QB’s. All who have sucked tremendous ass. It boggles my mind how teams like the New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, and Green Bay Packers for example can have constant quality play at the quarterback position year-in and year-out, but the poor bastards in Cleveland can’t even find a guy to have one! With a new head coach and a new QB in town…is this finally the year the Browns get it turned around?
Keep dreaming Browns fans. I’m a fan of Hue Jackson’s. I think the guy is one of the smartest offensive minds in the NFL, but he’s inheriting a boat that has a lot of holes on it. He’s bringing in former second overall pick Robert Griffin III to be the Browns’ new franchise QB, but that just sounds like it’s the perfect recipe for disaster, doesn’t it? A town that is struggling to find a franchise QB brings in a guy who has already struggled to play in the league. Ummm yeah. Not to mention, RG III isn’t going to have a whole lot of weapons to work with. The running game is not that good and the wide receivers have been disgusting. The good news for RG III is that Corey Coleman could blossom into a star this year and set the league on fire. Plus, if Josh Gordon can return to his old form? Yikes. That’s a scary one-two punch, especially when you put them together with Gary Barnidge who had a break-out year last season. The Browns may not be good on offense, but they will be entertaining.
On the defensive side of the ball, it’s a whole different story. The Browns defense is a dumpster fire and something tells me it won’t be entertaining to watch at all. First of all, there isn’t a single starter who I would deem to be an “elite/very good” player on this defense. Joe Haden was once one of the best corners in the league, but he regressed so bad last season that he very well could be done as far as being a top player is concerned. The front seven isn’t very good either as Danny Shelton was disappointing in his rookie campaign. The team had better hope that rookie Emmanuel Ogbah could come in and be a difference maker from the start. Otherwise it could end up being another long season on the defensive side of the ball for Cleveland. Ahhh, who are we kidding? It’s going to be another long season for these guys.
So, what we have learned today? We have learned that once again the Cleveland Browns are expected to be one of the worst teams in the NFL. The one thing that Browns fans should be hoping for this next season is progress. You want to see Hue Jackson make a difference in his first season. You want to see RG III get a change in scenery and blossom into a potential star (tee hee). You want to see Corey Coleman come into the league and become “Josh Gordon with his head on straight”. It could be a long year for Browns fans, but at least it won’t be boring.