The Cleveland Browns are limping to the finish line of the season, as has been the case with so many of their teams from the past. And just like those teams, the starting quarterback at the beginning of the season might not be able to finish the year.
The team currently sits at 4-9, heading into Arizona on Sunday to take on the surging Cardinals, who still have a shot at making the playoffs. After that, the Browns once again go into an AFC North buzzsaw, playing the Ravens in Baltimore and the Pittsburgh Steelers at home. With quarterback Colt McCoy out with a concussion – after a lack of success with him actually in the lineup – this begs the question: do the Browns win another game this season?
They certainly won’t be winning any shootouts, that’s for sure. This team’s saving grace has been the defense, which has kept them in nearly every game. The only question is whether or not the offense can put any points up on the board.
Back-up quarterback Seneca Wallace will be taking over in Arizona as McCoy recovers from the concussion he suffered against the Pittsburgh Steelers. But will that make a difference? Wallace certainly has experience in the West Coast offense, but it won’t do much good when he doesn’t have any weapons to work with.
It certainly puts Browns fans in an awkward position. A 4-12 season obviously gives the team a better draft position than 5-11 or 6-10, should they inexplicably manage to get to that point. But it comes at the cost of watching the team lose its last six games in a row and nine of their last ten games. That’s not going to be an easy pill to swallow, at least until April.
No one should be hoping for the Browns to lose out the rest of the way just for a better draft pick. Beating the Ravens or Steelers – and sure, even the Cardinals – would do a lot for the psyche of a team that must feel like scoring a touchdown is akin to figuring out the mysteries of the universe.
It can happen – the Browns certainly can win another game this season. But will it? The cards are certainly stacked against them but, for the sake of the team and its fans, let’s hope it happens.