Hey guys so I wanted to ramble on a bit and figured I'd start a thread where we could all kind of share a few things in regards to our fandom. The Browns have a rabid fan-base and that's sometimes hard to live with when the team has just been so, so bad. Now say what you will, I know this is, yet again, another new start and there's reason to see light at the end of the tunnel, at least I'm sure that's what some of you will tell me. Let's take a walk back with me shall we? It's the 2014 season. We just went 7-9. In spite of that fact, and having just drafted JOHNNY FOOTBALL, the season featured something that would taint the franchise, Textgate, as a indictment of things to come... Enter 2015: Gordon suspended, Manziel in rehab, Farmer is suspended, Oh yeah we got some dope new uniforms (does this sound familiar? oh man, I am so bitter). We go 3-13, winning what would be three of the only four wins we would see as Browns fans for the next THREE seasons. Now it's the 2018 off-season. We've just drafted Baker Mayfield, again there's reason to be excited, I mean hell we just went 0-18 how much worse could it really get, really? Like Manziel wasn't bad enough, we had to go 0-18 like fuck right off (sorry I like to use salty language sometimes let me know if it is a problem and I will contain myself). We also landed Denzel Ward and Nick Chubb, players who would quickly assert themselves as cornerstones of the current team. The one player who hasn't is the first player I have mentioned. We fire Hue, we go one-and-done again with Coach Kitchens who was a lame-duck hire right out of the gates and frankly probably never should have been hired to begin with. From a pure coaching experience stand point he was so starkly not ready for what he was undertaking. I look at the fact that we went 6-10 last year and that could probably have swayed one or two wins one way OR the other as a reflection of that inexperience. The single greatest casualty was Baker Mayfield. That player we drafted in 2018, three seasons ago. Baker will be entering his third NFL season with his third NFL head coach, his third NFL offensive coordinator, etc. I'm already veering off course let me go back a second. WHY DID WE EVER LET FREDDY KITCHENS COACH THIS TEAM?! A team is always going to be a reflection of its head coach. Kitchens, who had about 11 years experience as a positional coach in the NFL, had never been a coordinator prior to 2018. I mean you guys can please gloss over it as you will but I just do not see how this hire ever made it past the general manager, or anyone who is running this team. Back to Baker, so third coach, third OC, etc, he's looked exactly like I would expect a sophomore player with a new coach to look, like a mess. It's the reason I am questioning what he will look like when we see him play next. Just what are we going to get? Have the Browns sabotaged another QB? What I am merely trying to illustrate you guys is my "History of Violence" so to speak in regards to Browns fandom, just in the last like half-decade lmao. I am shell-shocked. I feel like I have PTSD. To say I am jaded is almost kind but football is my favourite and I just love it so I know if and when the NFL engine starts up again so too will my curiosity for my Brownies. As it stands, I see a team in flux where I wish I saw a team that was turning the corner and ready to thrive. We're looking to another rookie head coach, who like Coach Kitchens before him has the same years of NFL experience with one season of coordinating offense under his belt and no head-coaching experience. I know he's a smart guy and he's been in the hunt for coaching jobs but we passed him over last time and now we got him. I am just not very excited about the hire, not very excited about the team and feel like we're well on our way to ruining another QB.