As I sit here at the quaint, yet modern, Philips Seafood at Bradley International Airport, I can’t help but wonder where it all went wrong. This is a thought I’ve had a lot this weekend after my 5 year high school reunion, but in this capacity, I am of course referring to my Cleveland Browns.
Spirits were high after a perfect preseason. The offense looked functional, the defense respectable, and for a fleeting moment I thought, “Hey, this could be a 6-10 team!” But since the Week 3 loss to Indianapolis, this team has looked like nothing other than more of the same.
Today’s loss was the type of loss that is all too familiar if you root for this team. They start up 3-0, give up a TD immediately, then shoot themselves in the foot. Today that bullet came in the form of Treggs, who was penalized for taunting with the Browns in the red zone. After that the offense stifled, and Gonzalez missed a 43 yard field goal wide left.
A fan of a normal team would view that as a setback, but for Cleveland, that’s the game. Another footnote in the almanac of despair that is Cleveland Browns football. And just because it’s familiar, doesn’t make it any less depressing.
There’s not much left to root for at this point for the Brownies. Either tank for a pick that we have a proclivity for getting wrong, or root for a win or two to save ourselves from total embarrassment. The only winnable games left on this schedule are home against the Packers and at Chicago on Christmas Eve, but if that Green Bay game is a loss then that’s it for the year.
These are dark times indeed for we Cleveland faithful, and they don’t appear to be changing soon. My faith is not lost, as no team can be this bad for this long. But until things start to turn, I’ll have another round please.