It’s the time of year where all the “experts” and idiots alike make their bold predictions that mean absolutely nothing. Other than to make faces and say neener neener in December there really is no point in predicting anything at this time of year. Players are at home resting, playing Madden, chillaxing and not even considering what NFL team they will play for in 2014. Still, it’s my job as a fan and a writer to make bold ridiculous statements and hope that it just might come true.
My bold statement for the day is; I believe if the Browns draft Johnny Manziel, they won’t only be a playoff team but a top ten team in the NFL. It took me a while to come around to this (OK, more like a week) but I think I’m really starting to believe that this team could turn it around. There are several reasons why I believe in this crazy absurd theory that the hapless Browns just COULD be not only competitive but downright good this coming year.
Reason #1: Right now on paper (unless they lose a bunch of players to free agency) this defense is pretty dang good. They were top ten in the NFL in most categories last season and they have a big time defensively minded coach taking over. Pettine was the coach of a pounding defense in New York under Rex Ryan and I expect him to bring that fire and grit to Cleveland’s D. In other words, if the team doesn’t have a fire sale on defense and if they add a few solid players (particularly pass rushers) this defense could be one of the top five in the league.
Reason #2: Kyle Shanahan is a great fit with this offense. He is a hot head and not always well liked but he is widely considered to be an offensive mastermind and that’s what they need. He also worked the last two years with Robert Griffin III and the read option and zone blocking scheme which brings me to my last and biggest point.
Reason#3: Johnny “Football” Manziel is a winner. He’s small and may have some off the field issues but on the field he’s a gem. He’s a leader, he’s a playmaker and most importantly he’s a good QB. He doesn’t quite have the arm of a Cam Newton or Joe Flacco but the dude is eye popping in terms of keeping plays alive and making things happen. He wouldn’t only bring excitement and ticket sales back to Cleveland but he would bring a winning attitude AND a load of talent. In Kyle Shanahan’s offensive scheme he could be downright lethal. Mix that with Josh Gordon, Jordan Cameron and (please please please) a beastly #2 receiver and a solid running game…wow! Run enough Zone read plays with Manziel that the defense is scared of it and use your run game and play action to just terrorize the opposing defense. Good gosh I’m getting excited for the possibility of this kid in C town!
So, that’s it. That’s why I’m excited and why YOU should be too! This is the time to get that hope in the back of your brain that this team, our team, could be a powerhouse next season. We can watch for their offseason moves and see step by step if they will build a successful team or not. First step is to sign some of their key free agents and the biggest step is to sign Mr Football himself, Johnny Manziel.
You can also read Eric the Caveman’s thoughts on the Browns and their need for a play making QB