Today the Cleveland Browns started off another season with an opening game loss.
What’s that, you say? The game hasn’t been played yet?
So what? The Browns losing their opening game is more predictable than the sun rising in the east and setting in the west. Since coming back to the NFL, they have lost their first game with brutal, shocking consistency.
Does anyone really doubt that it will happen again this year? After all, the Browns will be starting a quarterback who apparently was born during the Eisenhower Administration and who has played for a number of teams without any distinction. Their back-up is a rag-armed ex-Heisman Trophy winner who is in the process of proving that the Heisman Jinx is alive and well. Their exciting offensive players have turned out to be either head cases or juvenile delinquents — or both — and now they’re heading into the season without any significant offensive threats. While I expect the defense to be reasonably stout, they inevitably will get worn down from being on the field constantly as individual games, and ultimately the long NFL season, progress to another bitter losing campaign for the Orange and Brown.
I try to be positive about the Browns, but this year it’s hard to be anything but harshly and protectively pessimistic. The NFL is a quarterback’s league, and the Browns really don’t have one. What has Josh McCown ever done to make the loyal Browns Backers think he will be anything other than the latest entry in the Browns’ revolving door list of QBs?
The only good thing about the inevitable loss today is that it is an away game, so at least the Browns won’t start the season with their perennial home opener loss.