Miss the Cleveland Browns with this slow-rebuild talk.
After narrowly avoiding a winless season in 2016 and, by all accounts, nailing the 2017 NFL Draft, Browns executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown said his team expects an immediate turnaround.
“For us, it’s win the AFC North, get into the playoffs, and see what happens from there,” Brown said Friday on WKNR 850 AM in Cleveland, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “We do understand where our roster is, but no, our expectations are high. And the expectation is to win and win now and I think when you buy into, ‘we’re going to take a year off,’ you’re adopting a losing mentality and we’re not going to do that here.”
Brown and head coach Hue Jackson have made painstaking steps to change the culture in the Browns facility. That is likely what has necessitated the lofty and bold statements.
The reality is Cleveland remains a long way from being competitive. For instance, the team has yet to settle on a quarterback out of sophomores Cody Kessler and Kevin Hogan, deposed starter Brock Osweiler, and second-round pick DeShone Kizer.
Large holes remain throughout the rest of the roster as well, but the Browns aren’t making excuses for their poor results.
“We go out to win, and we’re not judging how good we are based on a draft class or a free agency class or anything on paper,” Brown said. “For us, it’s out there between the lines. That’s where the buck stops, period. We are here to win games.”
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