1. Seriously, Just Dumb Luck
Winning a Super Bowl isn’t easy; any team that’s actually climbed the mountain can tell you that. Take last year’s team for example. Try to put yourself back in the mindset of October 2017 and listen to what I’m about to tell you.
The Philadelphia Eagles are going to win the Super Bowl. However, they will not have Carson Wentz. Additionally, Nick Foles will outshine Tom Brady in the final game of the year. Oh yeah, the Eagles will also be down Jason Peters, Darren Sproles, Jordan Hicks, and Caleb Sturgis.
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That whole concept sounds insane, right? The Eagles had no chance, especially facing the incredible dynasty that is the New England Patriots. Without their star quarterback, and with a litany of other injuries, the Eagles shouldn’t have even been in the Super Bowl.
And yet, somehow, they ran the table — and nearly caused the fans to burn Philadelphia to the ground in the process. The Browns need some of that incredible luck.
With all their past failures, the Browns are due for a stroke of dumb luck about a mile long. If Cleveland can find a way to get the football gods on their side, just once, then they may have completed the first step in our five-step program.
2. Defense Wins Championships
It’s better to be lucky than good, but a team like the Browns has to be both in order to get the ultimate job done in 2019. Regardless of how many 50-50 moments swing their way, the Browns still need their defense to carry them through some games.
Every middle-aged dad’s favorite sports adage, “defense wins championships,” should certainly ring true here. The Browns’ top strength going into 2018 is their defense, it’s not even close, and they need to realize and utilize that.
Analysts have talked at length about the Browns’ front seven over the past couple of years. In 2018, with everyone on defense healthy, it is time to truly unleash the beast. Myles Garrett, Emmanuel Ogbah, and Larry Ogunjobi can almost certainly get the job done.
This all adds up to a star-studded defense, and a secondary that is steadily improving. If the Browns can keep on the same track of defensive talent that they’ve added in the past few years, they’re one step closer to taking home Mr. Lombardi in 2019.