The Browns sucked in their first home game, and they sucked even worse in their second game. After starting the season 0-2 and scoring precisely one touchdown, the Browns today traded their only legitimate offensive skill player, running back Trent Richardson.
When I heard about the trade on the radio driving home tonight, the announcers acted surprised. They shouldn’t have been. Trading Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts for a first-round draft choice means the Browns have given up on the season after only two games of futility — which is just a little bit earlier than in past seasons. This week they will start a third-stringer at quarterback, cast-offs and nobodies at running back, and receivers who can’t catch the ball. They’re clearly aiming to break the Seattle Seahawks’ record for fewest points scored by an NFL team in a 16-game season — 140 points. Does anyone honestly see this Browns team scoring 140 points?
This Browns organization is laughable, but the real joke is on me, Russell, and the rest of the poor diehard fans and Browns Backers who shelled out for season tickets this year. What fools we were! We should have realized what everybody else knows — this franchise is the most inept, dysfunctional, pathetic, mismanaged team in the history of professional sports. It’s appalling that they’ve taken the money of season ticket holders and given us a product that could well be the worst offensive team in modern NFL history — and then driven home the spike even farther by trading away the one player who gave us a glimmer of hope.
The Browns organization and front office could not have done more to completely crush the hopes and aspirations of Browns fans than making the trade they did today. They clearly are counting on the loyalty of Browns fans, who have patiently endured season after season of train wrecks and stuck with the team because it’s in their orange-and-brown blood. I’m one of those poor, hopelessly hooked fans, and in the past I’ve shook my head and laughed off the blunders and the mishaps and cursed bad luck. But not today.
The trade today reveals a team that doesn’t give a shit about its fans, or the money they’ve spent. The way this team is treating its loyal fans is unconscionable. The Cleveland Browns organization just sucks.