Cleveland Browns: Dear Kyle Shanahan, from your old team
Kyle Shanahan was the Cleveland Browns OC in 2014. After that season, he felt compelled to leave the team. This is the letter he should have received.
Dear Kyle Shanahan,
It has been years since we last saw each other. We know that it ended weirdly, and frankly, you deserved better. In the five years that have passed, we have had time to reflect on the brief amount of time that we were able to spend together.
First, we want to start by saying, we don’t blame you at all for leaving. You were absolutely justified in your actions. Actually; we would like to take this time to thank you.
While it hurt at the time, your 32-point presentation on why you wanted out of your contract with the Cleveland Browns was the first step in our recovery. We’re sorry we couldn’t see that at the time. Admittedly that recovery didn’t begin right away, it took three more years before we officially hit rock bottom.
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It turns out, the dysfunction you experienced was a deep routed infestation. Despite our most sincere efforts to cut it out the dysfunction remained embedded in our organization. Even removing our front office and coaching staff wasn’t enough to rid us of it. There were times that it would lay dormant only to flare right back up when we thought we were making progress.
Kyle, I am proud to announce that as of this season the dysfunction you experienced has been officially and completely eradicated. I know, I know, it sounds hard to believe, but it’s true. During the latest overhaul, John Dorsey was brought in to be the general manager and he was able to instill the stability that we had lacked for so so long.
Now we know what you are thinking. These are just words and it takes actions to truly prove that we are indeed not the same fundamentally flawed organization that you left five years ago. Luckily for us, we are being given the opportunity to prove it to you firsthand on Monday Night Football. The dysfunction you endured doesn’t live here anymore.
You will need no further proof of our recovery after you witness with your own eyes how far we have come since your departure. On the field, you notice that we solidified the most difficult position to attain, a franchise quarterback. I firmly believe that you will find Baker Mayfield to be the genuine article.
While we believe that it all begins with our young quarterback, that is definitely not where it ends. We have stockpiled top tier talent at almost every single position group. I think you will find our roster to be immensely impressive.
As we know you are aware, having the players alone is not enough. It takes someone to oversee everything, a leader of men if you will. If you take look across the sideline Monday night, you’ll see we have just that in Freddie Kitchens.
Now we know our past is our past and we can’t change that. But we think you’ll find our present is well prepared and our future is well secured.
Kyle, we know you didn’t expect this letter. But we felt compelled to apologize for the conditions you endured in 2014. We are glad that we were both able to move on and we wish you nothing but the best…well, except for on Monday night.
The Cleveland Browns