I did not want to let this weekend slip by without noting the things that I am very grateful for regarding the football team we all love dearly.
Through thick and thin, we stand by our brown and orange clad heroes. More than any other NFL fan base, we were tormented by false promises of good seasons yet to come, only to have the reality of bad football smack us in the face time and time again over the last 20 years. Yet we never wavered. Our Fandom stood mighty and true. And you, my brothers and sisters, stood right there with me. That is the first thing I am grateful for.
Next, I am thankful to the Haslams for having the intestinal fortitude to make sweeping organizational change after just one season of the previous regime. I can only imagine the details that they knew about behind closed doors when it was so apparent to us fans on the outside that this organization had gone horribly awry. The result of that decision was a true leader for this franchise was brought in, and more importantly, Jimmy and Deb then stepped out of the limelight and let the people they put their trust in do their jobs. Thank you Jimmy and Dee.
The biggest thing I am grateful for is having Kevin Stefanski lead this team. We are all well aware of the challenges the NFL, and the world faced in 2020. First thing that Kevin did was put together an incredible staff. These are dedicated and successful professionals who are changing the culture on the North Coast. Just stop and appreciate this staff. I honestly cannot remember the last time we had a slew of presnap penalties. That was every other series in 2019. I remember seeing Baker last season, IN WEEK THIRTEEN, having to redirect Odell, who had lined in in the wrong spot because the offensive design was such a cluster..... That is totally gone this year. Guys are prepared and ready for each and every play. That is on the coaches - good job.
But when in the last 20 years has a Browns team, at any point in the season, had twice as many wins as losses? There have been a few, but not many.
And lastly. I am really thankful for the insight and wisdom of Andrew Berry and everyone under him. The best thing Andrew has done to date is not to jettison players simply because they were brought in under the old regime. Can you imagine where this team would be without Teller, Hunt, and Chubb just to name a few? Wow. An awful lot to be grateful for.
Who knows where this season ends up? I hope it is in the playoffs. We have the talent to do so. We'll see.
But sharing these forums and games with all you knuckleheads on a weekly basis is great.
Simply, THANK YOU for all of the above.