Cleveland Browns Need to Stop Rebuilding, and Just Build

By Michael Collins
David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

How many years are Cleveland Browns fans going to have to hear the “it’s a rebuilding year” rhetoric? When has it not been a rebuilding year in Cleveland? It’s time for the Browns’ front office to face an unpleasant fact. You can’t rebuild until you’ve actually built, and right from the beginning, this team was not solidly built.

The lifespan of a Browns quarterback is slightly longer than a Kardashian love affair, and a head coach doesn’t last much longer. With constant turnovers in front office, management, and key players is it any wonder this team continues to labor and plod along?

Owner Jimmy Haslam is now mired in the middle of a Federal investigation involving fraud within the family-owned Pilot Flying J truck stop chain, which only adds to the misery of this forlorn franchise.

The saddest part of it all is that the Browns have some of the most passionate and loyal fans in the NFL, and these poor suckers are getting kidney punched at every turn by the team they support.

Well it’s time for the Browns to get serious. Right now. Just go out in the 2013 NFL Draft and get the best players they can to build around. Don’t rebuild…don’t even mention that word. Just build from the ground up as if they had never played a game at all, and wipe the slate clean.

It doesn’t have to be a quarterback…heck, it doesn’t even have to be an offensive player. In 2006, the Houston Texans drafted Mario Williams in what was fairly surprising move, and just started building their team around him. I can’t say that the fans in Houston are at all upset with the progress the team has made since then.

Two years ago the Browns took essentially an entire season’s worth of picks from the Atlanta Falcons so that Thomas Dimitroff could go grab Julio Jones. Usually teams that get that many picks in deals such as that one end up with a lot to show for it. Two years later, the Falcons almost went to the Super Bowl. The Browns…well…

Cleveland fans have suffered, and suffered a lot. As someone who has supported teams from Atlanta my entire life, I can sense that pain from across the country. Stability and accountability within the ranks of the front office are what turned things around here in Atlanta. Hopefully Cleveland will get the same from their new owner.


Michael Collins is a Rant Sports Senior Writer, and Atlanta sports columnist. Follow him @GaSportsCraze on Twitter and here on Facebook


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