Sometimes things have to get worse before they get better. Al Dannity says Cleveland fans should expect some bad results in yet another rebuilding year.
Off-season changes Free agency brought mixed blessings to the Browns as Jake Delhomme and Scott Fujita arrived in Cleveland. Fujita is a proven worker who beefs up the Browns’ linebacker corps but isn’t the kind of fleet-footed player who can improve Cleveland’s pass-rush. Delhomme comes with far more baggage. Unwanted in Carolina, the quarterback has picked up the interception bug, indicative of a signal caller whose ability to read opposing defenses is waning.
That particular facet won’t be much use to quarterback-of-the-future Colt McCoy. The former Texas standout was horribly under-rated entering the draft and promises much. Joe Haden, who Cleveland picked in the first round, offers plenty of potential at cornerback. On the whole this was a solid draft by the Browns, one which bodes well for the future.
Mark your calendar Two of the Browns best chances to win come in the opening two weeks of the season. Cleveland starts 2010 at Tampa Bay before facing Kansas City at home in week 2. The visit of the Jets in week 10 should make some headlines as it will pit Eric Mangini against his former team. The Jets are on the rise but Mangini would like nothing more than to pull off an upset against the team that fired him.
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NFL betting fans know the unpredictability of the Jaguars means the Browns will have a fighting chance when they travel to Jacksonville in week 11. I also like the week 12 game at home to Carolina and the week 14 trip to Buffalo as games where Cleveland has the potential to win.
The verdict Cleveland fans, that is to say all sports fans in Cleveland, know all about suffering. LeBron skipped town, the Indians stink, and the Browns appear to be going nowhere. The last thing I want to tell anyone from that town is to prepare for more hardship. Unfortunately 2010 will not be a year of cheer for Browns fans.
Jake Delhomme is done as a game-changing NFL quarterback. That combined with an inadequate level of talent in skill positions makes for a most unpleasant picture in Cleveland. There is hope. Joe Thomas is a phenomenal tackle, Joe Haden has promise, and having Mike Holmgren in the front office bodes well for the future. The short-term picture is however quite miserable, I like the Browns to go 4-12 in 2010.