Cleveland Browns: The competing views from fans on Sashi Brown
Cleveland Browns fans either love or hate Sashi Brown, and those feelings were once again clear during his press conference on Monday.
Sashi Brown took the podium this afternoon and Cleveland Browns fans demanded answers.
What happened with the A.J. McCarron trade? Was it sabotaged? Is there a rift in the organization?
As expected, Brown didn’t provide any in-depth answers and played it politically. Honestly, that should be expected. There was a zero percent chance he was going to come out and discuss the failed trade in much detail, and he certainly wasn’t going to throw Hue Jackson or anyone else under the bus for the 0-8 start.
The interesting thing from today is the way fans on Twitter either passionately defended or openly bashed Brown. At this point in time when the team is 1-23 since Brown took over, it is easy to see how both sides feel.
Those who defend Brown knew this rebuild would take time and never expected things to be perfect in 2017. And those who hate him see players like Carson Wentz, Jared Goff, Deshaun Watson, and others shining elsewhere after being passed over by the Browns.
People on both sides are firmly entrenched in their views, and nothing Brown says will change much.
The only thing that will ever bring both sides together is some success on the field, and perhaps something as rare as a winning season. What a novel concept.
Right now, the most important thing to do is find a quarterback. And even though those who hate Brown may never believe him, he at least appears to have a plan.
If the plan was always to take a quarterback in the 2018 draft class, then kudos to Brown for being so patient. However, taking Cody Kessler and DeShone Kizer doesn’t make too much sense when using that viewpoint.
The problem with such statements as the ones shared in the above tweet is that fans don’t know if Brown is covering for missed picks or if he is actually sticking to a plan he came up with in 2016. The truth of that may not matter if he hits on a franchise quarterback in 2018, with the same being true if he misses because I don’t see Jimmy Haslam suffering through another season of false promises.
All this talk about job security becomes even more painful when realizing there are still eight games remaining this season. And who knows, maybe the team goes 4-4 and finishes with a somewhat acceptable record of 4-12. Did anyone expect much better?
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That seems far-fetched after the 0-8 start, but it isn’t impossible given the way the team has started a few games this season. Is it enough to save Brown’s job? That answer depends on which side of the aisle the Haslams fall on.