Oh man, could you imagine if the Cleveland Browns won the Super Bowl? That is certainly a scenario in which all NFL lines experts would collectively lose their minds, especially with how much of a nuthouse this team continues to become a day in and day out.
Cleveland winning the NFL title is a topic that has so many variants within itself that the conversation could go on for days, weeks, months, and years. Yet still, the Browns would most likely not make it to the Super Bowl, nor win it of course.
If you’ve been keeping up with the latest NFL odds Vegas, the Browns were slated as one of the favorite teams in the AFC to give a true and honest run for the conference title this season, especially after signing former Texans QB DeShaun Watson. But then what happened? Cleveland got yet another dose of their usual “back to square one” medicine as the chances of Watson suiting up for the Browns this season have continued to diminish as time progresses.
Was letting Baker Mayfield walk truly the best option for the team? Who knows in the long run, but as of right now, the answer seems like a redundant “NO”, even if that meant keeping the ungovernable Mayfield around. Will we see guys like Myles Garrett and Denzel Ward, two of the best players in their respective positions get a chance to go for the Lombardi trophy? If it was up to NFL fans, the answer would be a definite yes. Just as Joe Thomas deserved a better break during his tenure in Cleveland, so do players like Garrett and Ward as well.
For now, let’s break down a couple of the reasons holding the Browns back from making it and winning the Super Bowl and if there is a real chance for that accolade to ever happen.
Inept QB Decision Making
Yes, maybe Baker Mayfield wasn’t the most qualified candidate to be Cleveland’s franchise QB for the future, especially when thinking about wanting to make it to the Super Bowl, but let’s get real for a second here. Two main trains of thought come to mind. One is that while Mayfield did have his issues, the man also was the one that was able to revive the team’s offense and give it a gritty but efficient style of playing. The other is that he was the driving force on offense behind the team making it to the playoffs back in 2020, being the first time the team made it there since 2002.
Yet still, here we are, with Mayfield now gearing up for what looks to be a new starting gig in Carolina, while the Browns are wondering where in their right minds signing DeShaun Watson, a player riddled with off-the-field legal issues was going to work out in the best way possible for their immediate plans. Sure, Watson has a boatload of potential and if given the right tools to work with could become a top-tier QB in the league.
Still, you cannot avoid the fact that this is a man whose character off the field will surely end up leading to somewhat of a downfall.
Stagnant Strides Towards the Future
In the NFL you are only as good as your last move, be it on the field or on the managerial side of the game. For the Browns, stagnant might just be the best term to call their decision-making skillset. It’s not like they haven’t had success before, look at Myles Garrett, Nick Chubb, Denzel Ward, and David Njoku. But then again, look at their head coaching and general manager decisions, with Kevin Stefanski and Andrew Berry having to deal with putting out more fires than actually being able to build a winning football team.
It’s no secret that the level of competition in the AFC continues to grow more and more each day, which ultimately leads Browns fans to want their team to actually get it right for a change. With Cincinnati now becoming a true threat in their division, on top of having to deal with the Ravens and Steelers, two teams that excel at game-changing decision-making to benefit their squads, the time for Cleveland is running out and it’s running out fast.
The Browns seriously need to start making better moves. At the end of the day, if they work, great, if they don’t, it’s not like the team isn’t used to flunking here and there every now and again. Not only for the sake of the team but the fans as well. Browns fans deserve a break.
So, Will the Browns Ever Win the Super Bowl?
The Browns are bound to get better. If DeShaun Watson gets a chance to play and he shows his true potential then we could be talking about a Super Bowl-worthy team, but today, tomorrow and for the time being, it’s hard to imagine a foreseeable future in which Cleveland can accomplish the biggest feat that all football teams strive for, winning the Lombardi trophy.
I’m sure there will be a day in which all NFL fans will look back on Cleveland and say “man, remember when the Browns used to be a joke? Look at them now”. For now, though, celebrating Myles Garrett winning Defensive Player of the Year might just end up being the closest that the team will get to savoring what winning a title is like.