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The Next Step Forward

The Browns have a very real opportunity here, after the Braylon Edwards deal, to create an atmosphere in the locker room that promotes unity and chemistry. There are no superstars here. There are no ego problems here. The only thing this team has is a group of players who can choose to work together in order to get better. Everything has been stripped away, everything but the football.

The team has leaders on both sides of the ball. Derek Anderson, regardless of his penchant for throwing interceptions, is the quarterback. His strong arm gives him instant credibility and with this new group of receivers he has a real opportunity to begin something credible here. The difficulty will be with the style of receivers he has. These are not speed guys. These are route running possession receivers with one having the ability to break open. Anderson will have to work on his touch if he expects to keep his job, but he is in the right place at the right time.

On defense, they are getting better. Their effort was surprising against the Bengals and from a fans standpoint, something to hang your hat on. They fought hard and worked together. They need to fix some glaring deficiencies in the run stopping game, but overall they are making progress. Again, there are no stars here. Every guy who takes the field on defense knows that they must get better or might be out of a job next year.

We can talk all we want about Mangini’s style of coaching. We can lambast him for his excessive fines and his arrogance. One thing is for certain though, he does have a vision. Unlike his predecessors, Mangini has little patience for selfish players or “me first” attitudes. He is paving the way in this first year for a team oriented system that will one day be able to flourish regardless of the players making up the unit. Hopefully very much like the Steelers and Patriots. The price that has to be paid though may come in the form of a deplorable 2009 season.

So, with Braylon Edwards gone, it seems that hopes are once again on the rise. Along with his leaving, hopefully inconsistency and selfishness at the WR position are gone too. There are five guys here now that want to work hard to prove that what wins games in this league is not superb talent but superb preparation, hard work and effort. The journey continues against Buffalo this Sunday. Don’t expect a miracle, but maybe for the first time in a long time we can all be proud of the team this organization fields. Go Browns.


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  1. […] Browns Gab breaks down the future of the team from here on out sans Braylon… “The Browns have a very real opportunity here, after the Braylon Edwards deal, to create an atmosphere in the locker room that promotes unity and chemistry. There are no superstars here. There are no ego problems here. The only thing this team has is a group of players who can choose to work together in order to get better. Everything has been stripped away, everything but the football.” [J. Paul Norton] […]

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