Some of my fellow Browns fans say I have been too harsh on the Browns. That is not true. I do think that the team has been at a disadvantage because of financial problems in the ownership, and now that they have a new owner, things are going to get better. For 2012, they are definitely in the top 5 of football teams in Ohio, right behind the Bengals, Ohio State Buckeyes, UC Bearcats and Miami Redhawks.
Some of you object to my prediction that the Browns will draft a quarterback in the first round next year in order to replace the aging Brandon Weeden, who will be stuck as the number two quarterback, while Seneca Wallace finishes the year as the number one quarterback.
Well, we seem on course for that to happen, as we now understand the Browns strategy of drafting offensive position players this year in order to pump up the value of the franchise and prepare it for sale. When they have to play games, however, it will become all too apparent the Browns just don't have enough talent.
Nevertheless, I've decided to be a good sport and issue some story lines to make my faithful readers (and there are probably about ten of you out there) happy. Here we go:
Number One: The Browns can easily afford to give up a 4th, 5th and 7th round pick to move up one spot in the first round for Trent Richardson, and they won't miss a number 2 in 2013 for a wide recieiver with a drug history, because the Browns are so deep that only future Hall of Famers have a chance to make their roster.
This Cleveland Browns fan is literally crying with joy at the news that the Browns were able to trade four draft picks for Trent Richardson.
Number Two: AFC Central Quarterbacks Roethlisberger, Flacco and Dalton have combined for 21 playoff games, including 6 AFC Championship Games and 3 Super Bowls. But we think that being a minor league baseball pitcher like Brandon Weeden was actually better preparation!
Number Three: After the Browns' Peyton Hillis totalled 1654 yards from scrimmage in 2010, we think the Browns are vastly improved by getting rid of him!
Number Four: After finishing 4-12, the Browns were smart not to sign any free agents, because their roster is just LOADED with TALENT!
Number Five: The Browns rebuilding program is going so well, it is not necessary to add payroll. Spending way under the salary cap is the logical move for a team in this position!
Number Six: The Browns have an excellent training program, and losing two regulars during training should not be a concern, especially since their spectacular depth will cover the loss of Phil Taylor and Chris Gocong.
Number 7: Goldman Sachs will place bets on the Browns with Las Vegas rather than investing in their usual stocks and bonds, because it is so certain that the Browns will win this year.
Number 8: The Browns are developing a more sophisticated offense than any other team in the league, thanks to he ingenious Brad Childress, who was Brett Favre's favorite coach.
Brad Childress explains how his new offensive schemes are certain to eclipse his achievements with Brett Favre and the Vikings.
Number 9: Then there's Pat Shurmur, who helped the St Louis Rams score the 26th most points in the NFL in 2010 as their offensive coordinator. With this kind of brilliant record, he is just the guy to lead the Browns on their Super Bowl charge in 2012!
Browns fans are giddy, anticipating a return to the playoffs in 2012.
Number 10: The Browns biggest advantage is stability, with Mike Holmgren, Tom Heckert and Pat Shurmur all expected to stay for long careers in Cleveland.
So there you have it, faithful fans. Ten positive story lines about the Cleveland Browns. There is no reason to be anything but optimistic for the upcoming season.