If you were to list the key elements to a possibly successful season for the Cleveland Browns, you would point out many areas where the team tallies strengths. It might be short, it might be lengthy, but it would undoubtedly involve things like players and coaches. Nowhere would the beat writer for The Plain Dealer be included.
Yet, when Browns beat reporter Tony Grossi penned an answer for his mailbag column on Sunday, he included the media in reasons why there is hope for the Browns. Besides writing lazy game recaps, regurgitating dull and agendafied quotes from agents, buying every XXL beige polo Target stocks, and piling their press-room lunch buffet plates high, we're not sure what they do, but we sure as hell know it does not involve winning or losing games. See for yourself:
Q: Hey, Tony: Be objective for a second and look at the Browns as an outsider coming into this season. The coach is beyond a no name coordinator. The GM admits he had no final say at all in Philly; all picks were up to Andy Reid. The O cord. . . oops, forgot, no O cord for this rookie coach. The D cord is the very definition of a journeyman. The team president has never done this job, and decided in year two of his regime to not only change coaches but to change the entire D and O on a year he knew 100% there would be a lock out. As a season ticket holder, tell me why any of this should excite me.
— Michael Spitale, Galena
A: Hey, Michael: I would counter that: 1. The coach is offensive-minded and has been trained for many years by one of the best head coaches in the NFL (Reid). 2. The GM had an outstanding first draft in Cleveland in 2010 and at least contributed to some outstanding drafts in Philadelphia. 3. The no-offensive coordinator issue is overblown, in my opinion, when the head coach is from the offensive side. 4. The defensive coordinator (Dick Jauron) is highly respected and liked by players he has coached. 5. The president (Mike Holmgren) is a smart man who has coached two teams to the Super Bowl. And I would add 6. the team is constantly monitored and kept on its toes by an excellent and seasoned group of media.
For more reaction, please read Cleveland Frowns' take. He's spot on.