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Anything Is Possible With Cleveland

The Browns are the most beautiful trainwreck ever.

October 30, 2018 - 10:47 am

The Browns are the most beautiful trainwreck ever: I mean, just a few weeks ago, I was on the set of the NFL on CBS calling them “America’s team.” Then they went out and did the Ravens. They were unbelievable. Their franchise Q.B. was electric. They had young studs flying around on defense, blowing suckas up and you couldn’t take your eyes off them. They were must see TV.

And now a few weeks later, they’re imploding right on schedule. Same as they ever were. And it’s awesome. And to the question of when it all does start to rip apart, who you fire, the head or the offensive coordinator, the answer is yes.

Credit, I guess, for moving as quickly as they did, but I have to ask, what the hell were they thinking putting those two together in the first place? Did anyone, anywhere think that was going to work? And what hell was ownership doing bringing back a head coach that won just one game in the prior two seasons combined? The question wasn’t if this thing would rip apart, it was when; and now we have our answer… before the end of October.

Gotta be honestly though: I’m gonna miss Haley and Jackson running each other under buses. But given that Baker Mayfield is way more important to the organization than either of those two, they did the right thing. I’m just hoping Haley catches on with either the Ravens or Bengals, so he can work for his third team in the division in less than a year. And as for Hue, get ready for that assistant’s life, because my man has no shot at another head coaching gig going forward.

The question is, who gets that gig now. Because, for the first time, pretty much ever; that’s a good a job. You have a potential franchise Q.B. in place. Some young killers on dee. And a community that supports and loves the team no matter what. That’s a good gig. So who’s going to get it?  Impossible to say right now. But I know who has the gig right now. A man who needs no introduction, but if you need one, here he is from hard knocks:

Gregg Freaking Williams. Three Gs, one lozenge, and a hell of a lot of venom. 

And if you don’t believe me, check these Gregg Williams quotes from back in the day.

"Kill the head and the body will die. Kill the head and the body will die."

"We need to find out in the first two series of the game, the little wide receiver, No. 10, about his concussion. We need to bleepin' put a lick on him." 

And then his greatest hit, his Stairway to Heaven:

"Every single one of you, before you get off the pile, affect the head. Early, affect the head. Continue to touch and affect the head."

Yep, the Gregg Williams who was caught on tape talking about actively seeking to create head trauma is now the head coach of the Cleveland Browns. And just when you thought the Cleveland Browns could not get more Cleveland Brown, they do this.

They tie themselves back to one of the uglier moments in recent NFL history. One of the few ugly moments in NFL history that didn’t involve the Browns, now involves the Browns.

If you go back to when that whole scandal went down, the thought was that Gregg Williams would never have another job in the NFL. Not only does he have another job, he has a head coaching job. One of the 32 most important jobs. And truthfully, it’s not just a garbage head coaching job on a garbage team. It’s the interim head coaching gig on a team with a lot of buzz, a lot of excitement, and a lot of juice. And don’t kid yourselves.  If they get it going, he could keep this job; and even if he doesn’t someone else might be willing to bring him in so he can coach their guys up by telling them to affect the head.  A league terrified and rightfully so by brain trauma and CTE, and the Browns have a head coach whose brand is AFFECT THE HEAD. WOW. 

How is that possible? Then again, with the Browns, anything is possible. And I cannot take my eyes off them. But this time it’s for all the wrong reasons.