Cleveland Browns football fans hope for better in 2016
The Cleveland Browns' 2015 season was atrocious. The Browns won a mere three games while conspiring to lose 13. Since returning to the NFL in 1999, the Dawg Pound has had little to cheer about. There has been a lot of optimism, but little in the way of tangible accomplishments. The Browns have made the AFC Playoffs once in 16 years, and few of the moves Cleveland have made this offseason give hope that they can return to the postseason this term.
The Browns have made moves to improve in 2016, but it won't be known until the NFL kicks off whether the moves will work.
Following the end of the 2015 season, the Browns fired general manager Ray Farmer. As the team's GM, Farmer assembled to consecutive losing teams. During his time, the Browns accumulate 10 wins and 22 losses. The GM position is now in the hands of Sashi Brown. The team also hired former New York Mets' executive Paul DePodesta to turn things around. Despite decades of work in Major League Baseball, DePodesta has never worked in the NFL.
Not only will the Browns go into 2016 with new men in the front office, but the team will also go into the season with a new head coach. After collecting a 10-22 record over two years, Mike Pettine was dismissed from the position. Cleveland hired cross-state rival Cincinnati's former offensive coordinator Hue Jackson to take over the reigns of the team.
It must be reminded that Cleveland has only had one winning season since returning to the league. The amount of players that have been brought in during the offseason may make many fans cringe as another year without playoffs goes by.
The addition of new quarterback Robert Griffin III was a gamble. Yet, after winning just three games a year ago, what else can the Browns do? In fact, experts have little faith in the Browns, and don't expect them to even match last year's win total.
RG3 had some good seasons in Washington, however, in each of his four years his numbers declined. From 20 touchdown passes in 2012 to four in an injury ravaged 2014. Griffin has been given a lot of money to try and rediscover that form he showed as a rookie. The team have given him $15 million for two years. However, it isn't just up to RG3 as he must get solid pass protection from his offensive line and a run game that will take the pressure off of him. He hasn't started a regular season game in over a year and with previous injury problems, Cleveland's gamble could go bust anytime.
Major football websites have ranked the Browns' run game as the 20th best in the NFL. That isn't terrible, but it isn't playoff caliber either. Duke Johnson and Isaiah Crowell will need an improved line to move the sticks regularly.
When it comes down to it, the Browns have little talent on the team and should finish well behind the Steelers, Ravens and Bengals.
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