The Cleveland Browns have got to be the biggest pretenders on the planet. After an offseason in which we saw the Browns trade for Odell Beckham Jr. (aka, one of the best wide receiver talents of this generation) they got a lot of hype from Browns fans and other NFL fans who believed that they could be good. After all, the hype didn’t come to Cleveland for no reason. The Browns finished last season with nine wins, more than the franchise saw in their last three seasons before that combined. And in the world of the NFL, nine wins might just be enough to get the team into the postseason. So it seemed like it would make sense that an improved roster could do better this season, and possibly see their first postseason appearance since 2002.
Unfortunately, the Browns decided to live up to their reputation as a joke franchise and did what they did best over the last decade. They disappointed every single hopeful Browns fan. In a blowout 43-13 loss to the mediocre-at-best Titans, the Browns performed much like their 2017 self with the exception of their extremely early touchdown drive (which they looked great in). Baker Mayfield in particularly played awful. When I was watching the game, I saw a freaked out QB who was probably in his first NFL game, not a Rookie of the Year winner who was confident and “dangerous” according to himself. Beckham, however, did look nice in his seven receptions, so that’s a good thing. Sadly for Cleveland fans, they might have to deal with this for a little longer while the coaching from Freddie Kitchens improves.
Obviously, not all hope is lost for the Browns. Though I will say that I REALLY regret choosing the Browns to win the AFC North.
Do you have hope for the Browns? I know I really don’t.
By Hugo Vazquez, Senior, Brooks College Prep
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