Written by: Matt Shock (@shockwave_music)
Edited by: Curt Ashcraft (@cashcraft740)
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That’s right, I said it. The Browns’ 24-6 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars is just what the doctor ordered. I know it sounds crazy, but hear me out.
After overcoming the largest road deficit in NFL history in Tennessee, then absolutely dominating the Pittsburgh Steelers at home, the Browns were beginning to feel a little invincible. Add to that the fact that they were beginning a string of games against some bad teams, and you’ve got a perfect trap game in the making.
Sure, trap games make you look stupid, but they serve a good purpose as well. You see, trap games like this one refocus a team. Trap games take teams down a peg. Frankly, the Browns needed that.
This may sound mean, but the Browns have no business feeling like a good team yet. They are right smack in the middle of a rebuild that has been going on ever since they re-entered the league. (Did everyone forget how many “head coaches” are currently receiving a check from the Browns? Come on. This is far from over.) Yes, they have some good pieces in place (and a P.O.S. as well), but they have a long way to go. So, being humbled by possibly the worst team in football has reminded the Browns that they’re not there yet. They’ve been reminded that they need to keep their nose to the grindstone. They’ve been reminded that a division title isn’t just going to be handed to them.
Again, this is just what the doctor ordered. Now, the Browns are driven. Shame can be a powerful motivator.
I won’t be shocked at all if the Browns bust off a couple of big home wins as they hone their skills against the Raiders and the Buccaneers, and then roll into Cincinnati ready to lay down the law.
Don’t get me wrong, key injuries that the team has suffered will make this difficult. But I truly think that this team is more than capable of going on a run that could last well into November. If that dream comes true, then we’re looking at a 9-3 Browns team that nobody thought was possible in Mike Pettine’s first year at the helm, and we’ll be looking back at this loss and laughing. (Oh yeah, Johnny Clipboard will still be riding the pine…just sayin’.) If not, well then things are back to normal in Cleveland.
Look, I understand that this article represents some biased and wishful thinking on my part. I won’t deny that. But what Browns fan out there hasn’t been waiting for this sort of thing for years?
If everything happens the way I think it should over the next few weeks, I won’t be surprised, but I will definitely be excited for this team…for the first time in a long time!