After claiming earlier in the off-season that the Browns will make the playoffs in 2018, linebacker Christian Kirksey is sticking by that statement.
Some of the Cleveland Browns players have been making bold statements throughout the off-season about the possibilities for the team this year.
Josh Gordon claimed that the Browns receiver group is best group of receivers in the NFL, with most of the players never playing a game together.
Earlier this week, Browns receiver Jarvis Landry believes that if the offense plays to their potential, Cleveland could win the Super Bowl this season.
But the first Brown to make a bold claim this off-season was Christian Kirksey. The linebacker said that he feels this is the year that the Cleveland makes it to the playoffs.
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Kirksey was asked about this statement before the Browns took the practice field on Friday and if he still believes the Browns will make the playoffs this season – via Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal.
"Just see the type of guys added onto the team – the draft picks and all that – it’s just a different feel. I think the coaching staff, the general manager – everyone is on the same page. I was very confident in that tweet, and I stick to it. I truly believe it.”"
With the improvements the Browns made to the roster this off-season, Cleveland has been a popular pick to be a surprise team in the playoffs.
For the Browns players to be making such bold proclamations is surprising. Not only have the Browns only won one game the past two seasons, but most of these players have not even played a game together.
Although the Browns have added plenty of talented players, it may take some time to build the chemistry the Browns need in order to win a bunch of games.
If the Browns were to make the playoffs, it would be their first appearance in the playoffs since 2002. Since the Browns returned to Cleveland in 1999, the Browns have only had two winning seasons.
For them to make it to the playoffs this season, it would break a long stretch of miserable football that Cleveland Browns fans have watched since 2002.