Every NFL team sets goals for themselves going into each season. While of course, the ultimate prize is the Lombardi Trophy, there are many minor goals along the way that keep teams going throughout the long and grueling season.
Training camp is upon us, which means that soon, the preseason will be upon us, and finally of course, the regular season. Football is back, better than ever, and NFL fans are already angry at rule changes and referees. NFL teams, however, are far too busy building season agendas and setting goals for themselves.
Every team’s goal is to win the Super Bowl, but there’s more to a season than just trying to go undefeated and take home the gold. Milestones, story lines, and development for the future all factor into a successful season for the NFL, and each team has their own set of aspirations. With that in mind, let’s hop right in; what are the most realistic goals for the Cleveland Browns this season?
5. Make it out of the basement
This one is relatively simple, but the Browns have proven that it’s perhaps easier said than done. For the past decade or so, Cleveland has finished last in the AFC North every single year, except 2010. The Browns, for their own sake mentally, need to buck this trend.
The AFC North, visibly, is starting to show cracks in its armor. Once one of the premier divisions in football, it seems that the Bengals and Ravens both have closing windows of division contention, especially for the Bengals. In 2018, it will be time for the Cleveland Browns to capitalize on the division falling apart.
If Cleveland can get it done this year and really improve, the AFC North should be their’s for maybe the next decade. It all starts with one solid season, and the Browns should look to really make a move out of the divisional basement this season.