It is that time of year again…back to school, everything pumpkin flavored, fantasy football leagues and the return of football. Just like baseball, the first home game of the football season is full of hope and fun for fans. The Cleveland Browns are no exception to this rule. Fans come out in droves for the first tailgating of the season and to enjoy the pageantry of the first game. On the first home game for any sport, there is hope for a good season and happiness shared amongst all the fans. In the case of the Cleveland Indians the hope for a good season is actually true as the team has been on top of the American League Central Division since June and will hopefully be taking that lead into the playoffs in October!
It’s All About Football
Clevelander love football in all forms including, flag football leagues, Friday night high school games, Ohio State Buckeye games and professional competitions. Cleveland Browns fans are a die-hard and hearty bunch sticking with the team through ups and downs. Unfortunately, there has been more downs since the team returned to the NFL in 1999, but the fans still come to the games and hope that the new season will be better than the last. The Cleveland Browns are like the city of Cleveland. Fans are rugged and have been through quite a lot over the years, but they recover after losing seasons and go on to build great things.
2016 Cleveland Browns Team Predictions
The Cleveland Browns are led by new head coach, Hue Jackson, formerly the Offensive Coach for the Cincinnati Bengals. Jackson is coaching a very young team. The head office of the Cleveland Browns are relying on the “Moneyball” technique for players, which is based on analytics and match-up and is not focused on experience. The Browns traded away their top draft picks in order to get players that match up analytically. This formula was very successful for baseball teams, such as the Oakland Athletes and Boston Red Sox.
This year’s Cleveland Browns team is comprised of 27 new players including 17 rookies playing with a mixture of seasoned veterans like Joe Thomas and Joe Haden. Robert Griffin III was chosen as the opening day quarterback. Griffin was the 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year with the Washington Redskins, but has struggled since with injuries. Because of such a young and unexperienced team, the Cleveland Brown are not expected to have a winning season. In fact, some sports writers predict that the Browns will not win any games. Many are considering this season a re-building year with a better chance for a winning season in the next two years. Of course, this will depend if the Brown’s management will stay with the coaching staff and the analytical approach.
The Cleveland Browns opened the season this past Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles in Philadelphia. The Eagles defeated the Browns 29-10. It was a rough loss as Robert Griffin III injured his shoulder and will miss up to eight games. The coaches have yet to determine who will be the backup quarterback while Griffin recovers. The bright spot is most fans thought the Browns did better than they expected. The Cleveland Browns home opener is this coming Sunday, September 18th at First Energy Stadium against Central Division rivals, Baltimore Ravens.
A Brief Browns History
The Cleveland Browns has had a rich history of great games, playoff runs and excitement in their nearly 70-year history. The Browns were named after a former coach, Paul Brown, and are the only team in the NFL without a logo on their helmet. The team was founded in 1945 and originally played in independent leagues. The team joined the National Football League in 1950. The Browns won 4 league championships in 1950, 1954, 1955 and 1964. They have made the playoffs 14 times, but have yet to appear in a Super Bowl. Art Modell bought the Cleveland Browns in 1961 and was owner of the team until 1996 when he moved the team to Baltimore. During Modell’s time there were many great seasons including the late 1970s and early 80’s with the Kardiac Kids, led by quarterback Brian Sipe, and the mid 1980’s lead by quarterback, Bernie Kosar. The Cleveland Browns returned as an expansion team in 1999 at their new stadium, now called First Energy Stadium. Since that time the Browns have been through many quarterbacks and coaches. The Cleveland Browns might be struggling, but they won’t give up, just like the city of Cleveland!
Tailgating parties are a big part of the game day experience in Cleveland with a carnival-like atmosphere in many big parking lots near the stadium. Browns fans will come out to support their team through good times and bad. To keep track of your favorite football team, keep an eye on ESPN.com for the latest news, game summaries, interviews with coaches and players and more. Good Luck to the Cleveland Browns for the 2016 season from Men’s Cuts.