A pretty crazy end to the NFL regular season yesterday wasn’t it? Nothing says “thank goodness for the offseason more than a 1.0 quarterback rating from Bruce Gradkoswskihadski.” Well, maybe “Jamal Lewis gaining 1,000 yards in a season in which he never had a 100-yard rushing game.” Or how about “not scoring an offensive touchdown in six games, or not even coming close to scoring one in the last two games.” I think all us Browns fans can be happy this season is over. GFB said it best yesterday when he said something along these lines, “I used to think an 18-game schedule would be awesome. But after this season, I’m glad it’s only 16.”
2008 is by far the worst season in Browns history since their “glorious” return in 1999. That’s a bold statement I know, but it’s the truth. In the first few years, you expected the Browns to be bad. Even their playoff appearance didn’t give you any confidence for the future. But last year did. The 10-6 season was suppose to lead to great things this year. Instead, we were left with Bruce Gradcosashoiski tripping and following over his over feet not once but twice, the Steelers playing all back-ups in the fourth quarter and still dominating the game and wondering, realistically, if the Browns could stop Oklahoma or Florida or score on USC. (Seriously, would they? Who would be favored in those match-ups? Also, when a quarterback is 5-for-16 for 18 yards and two interceptions, how is that a 1.0 rating? Shouldn’t it be in the negatives? I mean, it doesn’t get any worse than that does it?)
One last thing on the Browns. Time for another rebuilding project. There is going to be a lot of talk this week about who the Browns should bring in as GM/VP of football operations and coach. Cowher, Pioli, Parcells are the top names the Browns will/should go after. But I think all are a stretch to come to Cleveland. That would leave the Browns looking at assistant coaches for head coach and guys with front office experience who haven’t been as successful as Savage in the GM spot. They could find a gem like Baltimore did with John Harbaugh or the Steelers with Mike Tomlin, but let’s be honest. This is the Browns and whatever move they make will probably leave them in the same spot they are now in four years.
As for the rest of the games yesterday, Congratulations to us all. I’m so happy to say I was alive to see the first 0-16 team in NFL history. What a treat the Detroit Lions have been this year. It almost makes you feel good as a Browns fan until you realize the Lions would score 48 points on the Browns and the only reason they are winless is because they didn’t play Cleveland.
Damn you Jacksonville for having an equally disappointing season as the Browns and not being able to beat Baltimore. Now the Steelers and the Ravens are in the playoffs and if the met in the AFC title game, I’m joining the Taliban and pushing for a plan to get Heinz Field.
What’s going to be more talked about this week; the actual games to be played Saturday and Sunday or what is going to happen in Dallas?
How about the Dolphins? If Parcells can make a 10-win improvement with them in one year, what do you think he could do with the Browns? A two-win improvement? Wouldn’t that be the equivalent?
Is Denver’s late season collapse the worst even in NFL? Who got to try very hard to blow a four game lead with four games to play and never being not in first place until the season ended.
Maybe Tampa Bay’s who was 9-3 and lost their last four games.
Brees needed just 16 more yards to set the single season NFL pass record. I don’t know if I feel bad he didn’t get it or happy because he annoys me because Seal always has him on his fantasy team. The last two years, Brees has been like A-Rod when he was on Texas, putting up great numbers on a team that isn’t any good.
Did anyone think the Falcons, Titans, Arizona, Miami or Baltimore would be in the playoffs at the beginning of the year? Or the Chargers after being 4-8 or the Eagles after tying the Bengals? Or the Colts after a 21-31 lost to Tennessee left them 3-4 on the year?
An interesting regular season should lead the way to a very interesting post season. Always right-on Beanie predictions coming Friday.