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The Browns Get Their Man

January 26, 2014 - Al Stephenson
I consider myself a sports fan in general and a Cleveland sports fan in particular. I do not live and die with the feats of Cleveland's pro athletes, but I do follow their fortunes. In order, my sports preferences go this way; Indians, Browns and Cavaliers. I watch the Indians a lot. I follow the Browns occasionally, though the concept of fantasy football has made watching the sport a much different experience.

The NBA does not excite me, but I follow the Cavaliers simply because, as I said, I am a Cleveland sports fan. When - and it will happen - a Cleveland sports team wins a championship, I will be among the many celebrants. That is, if it happens in my lifetime!

So I have followed the Browns search for a new coach with interest, if not with the trepidation the diehards exhibit. The Browns have got their man or at least settled on the umpteenth candidate they interviewed. A big welcome to Mike Pettine. Yes I know. To be brutally honest, I never heard of him either. I'm sure the diehards had, but it was a new name for me.

From what I have gathered since the hire, he seems to be a good choice. He has said the right things and his track record as a defensive coach is pretty sound. Will he finally turn around a moribund franchise? Time will tell, but I am willing to give him a chance. Seems to me that there is only one direction for the Browns to go and that is up.

I like that he said the Browns had a great fan base. That is very true and probably very irrelevant to the success of the team. What it does mean is that if successful, Mike Pettine will own the city. He was also brutally honest about the fact that there are only 32 head coaching jobs in the NFL. Other jobs might be more enticing, but none will be more satisfying when that championship happens.

The view from my seat suggests that the Browns front office consider giving Pettine more than one year to reach success. It would really be a shame to have one of those 32 head coaching positions and not be able to fine ANYONE to fill it!


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