The NFL off-season has hit its dead period. Free agency, the draft, OTAs, mini-camps and all the rest are all done. We patiently wait for actual football to hit the field. We at DPD have a countdown going to a few very important dates for Cleveland Browns Football and want to share where each of those countdowns sit as we right this on a Sunday at 1:05 PM, you know GAME TIME in the Fall!
27 Days - It is 27 days till the opening of training camp in Berea, Oh. The Browns officially take the field Saturday July 26th at 9:30 AM. We will start to get reports on how people are doing recovery from injuries, how players have learned the playbook during their time off and in what shape most of the players are in. Less then a month away!
34 Days - It is 34 days till Family Day. This year this fun event will be held at the University of Akron. These type of activities are huge for young fans to get their first taste of being close with the Browns team they will grow to passionately follow all the days of their lives.
41 Days - It is 41 days till the Browns first Pre-season game. The Browns travel to Detroit to take on the Lions in a Saturday night game with a 7:30 PM kickoff. How much will the team show? How will the offense look? Will the defense have come together already to show some dominance? Who will start that first Pre-season game at QB?
50 Days - It is 50 days till the Browns play on Monday Night Football, though it is in a Pre-season game and it is in Washington. How will the team play under the bright lights? Will Kyle Shanahan dial up something special for his old team, and in revenge for his father? How will the Redskins and RG3 look under the younger Gruden?
55 Days - It is 55 days until the all important 3rd Pre-season game, though it comes only 5 days after their Monday Night affair. This is the game where the teams tend to play their starters for most of the game to get them ready for the regular season. It is also the Browns first home Pre-season game against the also very young St. Louis Rams. How will the offensive line do against the Rams vaunted front 4?
60 Days - It is 60 days until the last Pre-season game. Will new head coach Mike Pettine do anything different then other coaches for this game? Will he play his starters longer? For fans the most interesting watch is some of the young players fighting for a roster spot. Could this game change the coaches mind?
70 Days - It is 70 days until the start of the Regular Season. 70 days till the Browns travel to Pittsburgh to look to put an early stamp on the new start to this version of the Browns. Can the defense carry the team and give Big Ben fits? Will Brian Hoyer or Johnny Manziel get the start? Will the starter have enough to make the big play when needed to get the win versus the vaunted rivals?
154 Days - It is 154 days until the Browns face off with the Buffalo Bills. We won’t know any other actual games, though many are important, but this one will have duel importance. The Browns own the Bills first and fourth round picks next year and will have their own motivation to win and motivation to have the Bills lose. Much like last year with the Colts, every Bills loss is a Browns win. The only NFL Draft consideration we hope the Browns, and the fans, are worried about this year is the Bills pick.
217 Days - It is 217 days until the 2015 NFL Super Bowl. Arizona will be the host city and the fans of Cleveland would flock their in droves and droves if the Browns were participants. Yet instead of counting down to the NFL Draft, which we in Cleveland have perfected, we choose to countdown to the end goal – The Browns in the Super Bowl.
What part of the NFL Schedule are you most excited for?