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Far Fetched Friday: The Cleveland Browns Finish 8-8
Far Fetched Friday: The Cleveland Browns finish the 2018-19 Season 8-8
Yes, you read that correctly. I am predicting the Cleveland Browns a team that just finished the season 0-16 will win more games next season than they have in the last 3 seasons combined. 8 wins will be more than they have recorded in each of the last 10 seasons, their best season since they finished the 2007 season 10-6.
So why am I confident the Browns will finish with 8 wins? It's the aggressive moves the Front Office has made so far, this offseason.
By acquiring Jarvis Landry, the Browns are acquiring the man
that led the NFL in catches (112) while finishing tied for 4th in
touchdown receptions last season with 8. The fact that Jarvis Landry is only 25
years old and not yet at his prime adds icing to the cake.
What is the one position the Browns have continually struggled with over the last decade? The Browns have fielded no less than 27 quarterbacks in the last 10 season.
So what if I could offer you a quarterback that has had 51 touchdowns to 16 interceptions in the last 3 years, a 62% completion ratio, and over 1,000 rushing yards along with 14 rushing touchdowns. That quarterback is Tyrod Taylor and he is the best dual threat quarterback in the NFL outside of former MVP, Cam Newton. On top of this, Tyrod is only 28 years old and just entering his peak. By pulling off the Tyrod Taylor deal, the Browns secure a great young starting quarterback while also freeing up some pressure on what direction to take with their 2018 first overall draft pick.
The Browns are now expected to select Penn State running back, Saquon Barkley with the first overall pick. With Barkley, the Browns are adding an elite running back prospect to an offense now full of explosive players anchored by Joe Thomas, a man that is widely regarded to as the best offensive tackle in the NFL.
Defensively, the Browns admittedly have some work to do but at the same time the Browns finished with the 14th best defense in the NFL last season while fielding an extremely young defense. With Myles Garrett 22, Joe Schobert 24, Emmanuel Ogbah 24, Christian Kirksey 25, and Jabrill Peppers 22, all adding another year of NFL experience I expect the Browns to finish with a top 10 defense next season up from 14th last year.
The Browns seem to be a cursed franchised but the tides are finally changing.
Do you think the Browns are finally turning the franchise around or are they doomed for failure? We look forward to reading your comments below.