1. Living up to the hype
The Browns had a great 2020 campaign, going 11-5, destroying the Pittsburgh Steelers in the playoffs, and nearly defeating the defending Super Bowl champions. There is no reason why this team shouldn’t improve, and no reason why it can’t be a legitimate championship contender for as long as Baker Mayfield plays well.
And with those great expectations comes immense pressure. It’s been a long time since this football team was in a position like this, and the fanbase is eager for a winner, one that deserves the hype it receives.
The AFC is competitive. Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen, and Lamar Jackson will be thorns in the Browns side for a while. Tom Brady still controls the NFC, and there are plenty of good young signal-callers who will challenge for supremacy. The window is open, but others are trying to fit through it.
The choice is not Super Bowl or bust, but it’s close. The city’s other two major sports teams aren’t in great spots moving forward, and Cleveland has always been a football town. There is so much riding on this roster and this coaching staff.
Are they up to the task? Based on everything we know, yes. And the reaction from the fanbase, and the world, at a Browns Super Bowl victory? Few things in sports could ever match that.