by Andrew Parker
Over the last several years there's a stigma going around that we are living in a cupcake generation. Whether you agree with that statement or not, one phrase that usually follows shortly after that is the "I don't want to live in a world where..." or the "I don't want to live in a world that..." hyperbole. As much as I roll my eyes when someone goes to that sort of an extreme, I have one for you today.
I don't want to live in a world where the Browns are relevant again. The reason I say again is, of course, because I can't deny their glory days, no matter how ancient they seem. I was not around to witness such glory, but you can't just turn your head to the record books.
Anyways, back to the now. The Cleveland Browns are currently a game back in the AFC North at 2-2, just beneath Baltimore Ravens with the Steelers and Bengals lagging behind. Before I get too ahead of myself I have to preface this with, yes, I am aware that the season is about as fresh as a newborn baby. However, I don't see much of a chance that the Browns "success" lasts. The reason I put success in quotation marks is because for most teams in the National Football League, a 2-3 start is nothing to scream from the mountaintops about. Heck, 2, 3, even 4 years ago starting 2-3 would have prompted a parade down Cleveland's' proverbial broadway. Last season when they went 7-8-1 I placed my bets on whether the rock and roll capital of the world was even going to be left standing.
Let's now fast forward back to this year. The Browns are 2-3, the papers bags are coming off the heads of their loyal, heartbreak-loving fans, and thanks to the polarizing personality of their starting QB some people may believe they have a decent shot of actually making the playoffs. As true as all of that may be, let's pump the breaks. Don't put that paper sack too far out of reach, and if you threw yours away thinking your suffering had finally ended now might be a good time to schedule a trip to the grocery store to restock.
There's no doubt that after the next five games the Browns have a fairly favorable home stretch with 6 of the last 7 games coming against teams that are currently below .500. However, in order for that to matter they have to be within striking distance of the division lead or the wild card race, and I have a feeling they won't be. As of right now I have far more faith in the arm and legs of Lamar Jackson and Deshaun Watson, the dysfunctionality of the Raiders, and shockingly, the Buffalo Bills (who are somehow 4-1). I also think that the next four games (Seahawks, Patroits, Broncos, and Bills) will chew the Browns up and put them out of reach from the real contenders. The chip on Mayfield's shoulder and childish press conference remarks can only carry him so far, and this season that won't be enough. So it looks like the world I don't want to witness in will have to wait another year after all.