A short quiz designed to determine what type of Cleveland Browns fan you are — we all may be a part of the problem with the culture.
What type of fool still roots for a 1-31 NFL team like the Cleveland Browns?
Or, put another way, what type of eternal optimist still believes that, after 18 seasons, a professional football team that’s lost 216 of the 288 games they’ve played can actually turn themselves around? The Browns have lost 75% of their games since returning to the league in 1999 and yet somehow they have millions of boneheads who still follow them.
If you’re reading (or writing) this article, that means you.
Examine comments left by Browns backers on social media and you’ll see that many of these fans are damaged goods. They’ve been burned season after season by the team they love and they’re angry, doubtful and sometimes just a wee bit negative. Say anything remotely positive about the Browns these days and you’ll get plenty of so-called fans calling you an idiot.
And don’t think a few wins will change their attitude.
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Most of these poor folks don’t even realize how overly pessimistic they’ve become. Even in an off season led by a brand new Browns front office that’s undeniably better-than-ever equipped to evaluate talent and with the salary cap to make moves.
Even with a brand new offensive coordinator and approach to developing and coaching the offense. Even with a starting quarterback, his backup and at least five key offensive weapons already named in March.
Even with two of the top four picks and more in the upcoming draft, these followers are eternally gloomy about their team’s future. After what the Browns have repeatedly failed to do, a downbeat fan base is inevitable, but it’s also highly unhelpful to the players and coaches whose job it is to turn this team around.
Think you’re better than that, Browns fan?
Sure, you could be. Like a new franchise quarterback and a beefed up defensive secondary, your hungry-and-hopeful positive Browns energy might be part of the solution to Cleveland’s football woes. But, it’s possible that your current attitude towards the Browns is actually part of the problem, like a parent who always expects his troubled kid to be bad.
With a complete lack of support, that child usually disappoints.
Take this short quiz and find out what type of Browns fan you are.
1. When Joe Thomas announced his retirement recently, you:
a. Felt sad to lose a future hall-of-famer on the O-line.
b. Hoped he would stick around Cleveland and announce some games.
c. Were happy he was leaving, because with him playing, the team kept losing.
2. When you found out Hue Jackson was keeping his job after going 1-31, you thought:
a. That makes sense, since the front office told him he’d be retained throughout this slow and painful rebuild.
b. I get it, not his fault we got rid of all those veterans and replaced them with inexperienced rookies.
c. Who cares what he was promised or that no one else would ever want his job, any team that keeps a winless coach is a diseased organization.
3. When John Dorsey was hired as the new GM, you knew:
a. Things were about to get better.
b. He’s an experienced talent evaluator who brings with him a proven record of winning.
c. He’s just going to screw up the perfect free agent and drafting situation, abandon ‘the plan’ and ruin another rookie qb like they all do.
4. When Todd Haley was hired as the offensive coordinator, it seemed that:
a. It was a good move by Jackson to delegate the play calling to someone with that kind of experience.
b. It was a lucky break, since OC’s of his caliber are rarely available.
c. Once again the Browns are taking another team’s reject – nobody wants the Steelers’ sloppy seconds.
5. After Tyrod Taylor was acquired, you knew:
a. Having a quarterback who’s taken his team to the playoffs is exactly what the Browns need.
b. He’s the perfect veteran to mentor whatever young quarterback gets drafted.
c. He’s just another mediocre-skill-level quarterback that the Browns always get stuck with because the good ones like Kurt Cousins never want to come here.
6. After watching the Browns Hype Video that wide receiver Jarvis Landry posted to Twitter, your first reaction was:
a. Holy crap, these guys are ready to play.
b. Holy crap, this is as inspiring as the one the Cavs made before they won it all.
c. Holy crap, how embarrassing – this is a spoof, right?
If you’re an ‘a’ or a ‘b’ – congratulations for doing your best to see the Browns mug half full of better moves, of potential wins and of memorable Sunday moments that are now much more possible.
If you’re a ‘c’, however, you best check yourself. Stop being the ‘yeah, but’ guy (or gal), the rainstorm on the Browns turnaround parade, it’s not helpful. Being a ‘c’ is too easy – how hard is it to point out flaws?
Challenge yourself to look for the positives like every Browns player will have to do this season to become a winner. You might feel like a fool at first, but when the Browns start winning you can say, ‘I told you so’ with the rest of us instead of being surprised and embarrassed that you were wrong.
The Browns are 0-0 right now like every other team – time for all Browns fans to start acting like it.