Cleveland Browns: Three New Year's Resolutions for 2015
So, 2014 was a difficult year for the Cleveland Browns. They entered the NFL draft knowing they would be short a quality wide receiver. They left the draft with a less than quality quarterback.
They began the season with a glimmer of actual post-season aspirations. They ended the season with that glimmer rapidly fading into a very distant memory.
So now is the time to start fresh. This year, 2015 is a fresh start. And where do the Browns start? By making and keeping New Year's resolutions like the rest of us.
Here are three resolutions the Browns need to keep:
1. Lose weight
The Browns need to lose approximately 225 pounds. Yes it is going to be hard. Losing that excess weight always is. But this is added pounds that are just weighing them down.
Yes, I am talking about wide receiver Josh Gordon. Yes, he is good. When he is on the field. When he can be relied upon. You remember how slow and bloated that extra weight made them feel last year. Waiting and carrying that weight, ugh.
He missed the first half of the season due to league mandated suspension. Then he missed the last game due to team mandated suspension.
That extra weight isn't enhancing you. Lose it.
2. It is time to quit him
I know you worked so hard to get him. You gave up alot to have him. You are afraid of what others will say if you let him go. Sure they will comment on how you have had many before him. Okay, they will whisper about how you can't seem to find anyone good enough. They might even hint that he is too good for you. It's okay. It's time.
The Browns need to quit Johnny Manziel.
Admit you were distracted by the flash. It was all flash but really where is the substance? He isn't good for you. He will just leave you with bad memories and regrets.
It's time to quit him.
3. Seek quality investments
Running back Isaiah Crowell finished the season with 607 yards and eight touchdowns. Running back Terrance West completed the season with 673 yards and four touchdowns. Crowell averaged 4.1 yards a carry. West averaged 3.9 yards a carry.
Shutdown cornerback Joe Haden accounted for 73 tackles, 20 passes defended, one forced fumble and three interceptions. According to ProFootball Focus, Haden ranked sixth in lowest completion percentage for passes in his coverage area.
There are some good pieces for the Browns to work around. Crowell and West aren't going to be mistaken for Marshawn Lynch but they are a good start. Teams can win with a really good run game and a great defense.
Haden is a good investment for an excellent defense. If they can pull Justin Gilbert's head out of his posterior the secondary will be formidable.
The Browns need to invest in their future, that is find a quality steady quarterback.
Invest in what you have. Seek quality investments to acquire.
Resolutions are hard to keep. But if you stick with them, they are worth it.
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