Browns’ fans wallow in swamp of misery
FJets fans think they have it bad, try being a Browns fan. Since the mid- 1990s, it has been nothing but heartache. From losing the franchise outright in 1995, when Art Modell moved the team to Baltimore, to suffering through what has happened since the Browns came back as an expansion team in 1999, there has been precious little to celebrate.
And now, it’s another case of wait- till- next year — this time only two games into the season. The Browns pulled off a stunning trade, sending running back Trent Richardson, the third overall pick in last year’s draft, to the Indianapolis Colts for a 2014 first- round pick.
Talk about cashing in the rest of the season. Not that the Browns were thought to be a juggernaut this year, but when you deal away your best offensive player 18 games into his career, what does that tell you?
It tells you that the brain trust of team president Joe Banner and general manager Mike Lombardi are all about what happens in 2014, when they presumably will draft another quarterback high in the first round.
Teddy Bridgewater? Johnny Manziel? Brett Hundley? Or will Cleveland look to a defensive star such as Jadeveon Clowney, who already is being called a once- in- a- generation player?
Either way, Browns fans have been down this road before. Again and again and again. Since returning to Cleveland in 1999, the Browns have had seven head coaches, 19 starting quarterbacks... and one playoff game.
After seeing their star running back dealt away Wednesday, it’s more of the same. Basically the Browns are a year away from being a year away from starting all over again.
Feel any better, Jets fans?
Reid’s masterpiece: 2- 14 to 3- 0
IT isn’t often a 2- 14 team makes the playoffs the following season, but it sure looks like the Chiefs are headed in that direction. Thanks to the arrival of new coach Andy Reid and new quarterback Alex Smith, as well as a reinvigorated defence using mostly the same players that were there last year, the Chiefs are 3- 0 and the surprise team of the season so far.
Then again, maybe we shouldn’t be surprised. We had Kansas City as an AFC wildcard team this year, in large part because Reid knows what he’s doing when he has the right roster. After flaming out in Philly last year, Reid inherited a situation in which he got a terrific game manager as his quarterback, a franchise running back in Jamaal Charles and a defence that has performed exceptionally well under new co- ordinator Bob Sutton, the former Jets’ linebackers coach.
It’s a terrific combination, and it gave Reid a memorable trip back to Philadelphia on Thursday night, when he beat his old team in convincing fashion.
Chip doesn’t have time for that
MOST NFL coaches will tell you it’s important to make sure you have a reasonably balanced time of possession during games, lest the defense stay on the field too long and get tired as the game goes on. Not Chip Kelly. “Time of possession means nothing,” he said. “It’s ( the number of) plays run.”
The Eagles are next- to- last in time of possession, averaging only 24: 25 per game. Which means the defence has been on the field more than 35 minutes a game, putting plenty of pressure on that side of the ball.
It’s an issue that Kelly’s critics pointed to before the start of the season, and the Eagles’ 1- 2 start makes you wonder whether they can keep this up much longer.
Kelly has never been one to pay attention to conventional wisdom, but if he finds his defence continues to struggle the way it has the last 10 quarters, he might have to make some changes.
Is it possible new Colts running back Trent Richardson was happy to escape Cleveland?