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Happy New Year?

December 31, 2013 - Al Stephenson
It is now some three hours until we can drop the curtain on 2013 and ring in a new year full of the hope that 2014 will be different. It is the time in which we all resolve that we will exercise more, watch our diets and our sports teams will once again be in contention for a winning season and, dare we say it, a chance at a postseason berth.

In the last few days though, it is hard not to say it. Same old. Same old Cleveland Browns.

A year ago a new owner breathed hope into the Browns fan base. A new front office selected a new head coach and many believed that instability was a thing of the past. Then the season started. The front office decided to trade running back Trent Richardson for a first round draft pick NEXT YEAR. It was week 2 of the season and the prevailing thought was that the Browns were tanking the season. Then they won. Inexplicably they seemed improved, even after the trade. Coach Rob Chudzinski, a "who's he" when hired, became perhaps the coach who could turn this franchise around.

Unfortunately the Browns ended the season losing plenty. Final record 4-12. Oh well, the draft picks, the potential - maybe, just maybe, thought Browns fans - we have turned the corner.

Then on the night the regular season ended came word that the front office had fired Chudzinski. One and done. Didn't show enough improvement. Wasn't the right guy for the job.

What the...

Jimmy Haslam, Joe Banner and Mike Lombardi will have to forgive Browns fans when we stand up and say we've seen this act before. The new Browns owner and new front office staff have let us down. What, praytell are they thinking?

I talked to my friends who have rooted for the Browns all our lives and the feeling was that they must have somebody else in mind that suddenly became available. Exactly who that may be is anybody's guess. The name we keep hearing is Josh McDaniel. Hmmmm!

I'd like to think that I am as patient as any Browns fan. When Richardson was traded and everyone was screaming, I was a voice of calmness. Let's see how this plays out I suggested. I'm urging calm again. For now at least.

The view from my seat suggests that on the surface this move stinks. Perhaps it will work out. I'm willing to be patient again for now. I am however, very close to being permanently disillusioned. If the Browns management wants us to have a happy new year, they must show some stability. Firing the coach after just one year is not what I am talking about.

 
 

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Jan-01-14 10:17 PM

Jan-01-14 10:16 PM

Good luck Browns fans.

"It’s been two years and 10 months since Pat Bowlen fired Josh McDaniels, but that didn’t stop former NFL punter Mitch Berger from recently sharing his feelings on playing for McDaniels.

In an interview with 750 The Game in Portland, Berger said of his tenure in Denver: “It felt like I was playing for an equipment manager or something, [McDaniels] was like a little punk. He came in there and said that he wanted to hear a lot from me, he wanted to know what I thought about situations. He wanted to take advantage of my veteran leadership… he said all that. But as soon as I had a game that wasn’t up to his standards, he wouldn’t talk to you or look at you.”

Berger also highlighted the fact that McDaniels often “threw players under the bus in meetings,” specifically mentioning receiver Brandon Marshall. “I never played for a guy in my life who guys wanted to play for less,” Berger concluded. “He was just a guy you didn’t care about.”

 
 

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