Thoughts of a Wandering Mind

Is it a curse? Is it just the City of Cleveland? Is it the Browns organization has little patience since the expansion year and did not have a leader to ensure the team was headed in the right direction? Something tells me the Browns are going to be changing.

0-3 is 0-3 regardless how well a team performs. A loss is a loss and the Browns are in a customary position.

Winless and now at a crucial stage of the season, the Browns could dive deeper into the depth of the AFC North division with a loss to the Baltimore Ravens, Thursday night in prime-time.

With the hopes of a competitive team, potentially one approaching the .500 mark, the Browns have yet again pulled the rug out from under a fan-base believing progress would be something viewed in the 2012 season.

The early issue is, the Browns are a more talented team than a season ago. Added were potential dynamics with the names of Richardson, Weeden and Gordon, the remaining problem is there are issues within the roster and/or coaching staff which leaves much to be desired on game-day.

The youth of the team is an easy scape-goat for what ails the Cleveland Browns. But, when I look at the performance of the team, I see something other than the youth being the issue holding back the team.

Outside of the season opener rookie QB Brandon Weeden has played fairly well. If the rookie QB completes a couple long balls along the way, he would be getting heaps of praise, rather than criticism for missing the deep ball and his inability to master the pocket at this time.

Trent Richardson, when he had legitimate running lanes ran well against the Cincinnati Bengals. Facing aggressive and quick defensive front-seven's such as the Philadelphia Eagles and Buffalo Bills, the running game never started. Play-calling, scheme and personnel issue within the ranks of the offensive line each factor into the inadequacies.

Every year Browns fans have raised expectations. After watching the team make moves to fill obvious voids within the talent base, hopes were high the team wouldn't be wading in the deep water just three weeks into the season.

Sunday at Cleveland Browns Stadium was an embarrassment. The head coach did not appear to have a feel for the flow of the game, a game which the Browns were still in through the early stages of the fourth quarter.

Buffalo fans littered the stands and were vocal. Browns fans, with little to be excited about just may be on the verge of giving up on what once was a proud franchise.

Pat Shurmur must find it within his make-up, within his offensive scheme to find the flexibility to get this team into a position to maximize their talents. The spread is rarely used. The two-minute drill is nearly an afterthought. Both are aspects which the rookie QB excelled at the collegiate level.

Not to say this is Oklahoma State, but this rookie QB in that environment displays the ability to find a receiver and get the ball out.

So why not? It's not conventional? It's not what the scheme is? Is there something wrong with making a defense actually have to change their direction and attempt to stop the Browns offense?

Have I lost faith in the head coach? As someone writing about the team, I don't like what I have been seeing. The lack of execution is alarming, the lack of discipline has been worrisome, the lack of urgency is troubling.

As a fan of the Browns, I am leaning that way. Maybe my expectations are too high. Maybe, just maybe I compare other teams around the league and sense something isn't right in Cleveland.

We will see what Shurmur is made of in the coming weeks as the schedule gets tougher for the Browns. If Shurmur hasn't played all his cards yet, then he better start using the entire deck.

Patience only lasts so long and the Browns could be on life support without a turnaround.

The most motivation or excitement you see from this team is when they enter the field prior to the kickoff. No, I am not being sarcastic, it happen week-in and week-out. The Browns rarely come out of the gate quickly and keep the foot on the pedal. The execution is poor, the play-calling is predictable and the team lacks fire.

When numerous fans following the team, myself included can sit back and cherry-pick what play(s) the Browns are going to run based on formation and being accustomed to the play-calling, there is an issue.

The present struggles of the Cleveland Browns stems back to what has been the common practice over the past 12-13 years.

There has been no continuity and the likelihood there will be following the 2012 season is in serious jeopardy.

A new team owner in Jimmy Haslam has witnessed poor football before. But, maybe not more so than his short time hanging out with the team, on the road and in the training facility in Berea, Ohio.

Rather than gain continuity in growing and utilizing the talent, this organization has consistently blown-up the entire organization and started over.

Every three years the Browns are an expansion team. Can Jimmy Haslam be the man to put an end to the charade known as the continuous rebuilding of the Cleveland Browns?

I have been a Browns fan since I can remember. While my job is to write on the team, the organization, I often sit aimlessly in front of the monitor wondering why this once proud organization can't seem to get it right.

It really is a freaking joke and a sad one at that. The history and heritage of the Cleveland Browns isn't looked upon as anything special, they have become an after-thought and a topic of great disrespect.

It would be a different story if those coming in changed the culture and supplemented the roster with capable personnel, but they have not.

Again, Jimmy Haslam is a different breed. Haslam is a man that is investing himself into the Cleveland Browns. He will be hands-on and just maybe that is what this organization requires at this time.

At some point, this organization needs leaders to grab this issue by the throat and run with the ball, rather than using the safety net in saying they have to change the personnel due to their beliefs.

The constant change in the front office and coaching staff is a built-in two year excuse. Something tells me, the Holmgren five-year plan will be out the window and Haslam will be looking for the Browns to become respectable much sooner than later.

This organization needs to see an owner, a GM and a head coach that come in to Cleveland, get the talent in the position to succeed and supplement the roster.

Whether team president Mike Holmgren, general manager Tom Heckert and head coach Pat Shurmur remain throughout the season, or even into the 2013 season, the feeling is things are on the verge of changing again.

The more the Browns change, the more they really stay the same.

But, Jimmy Haslam deserves a chance………..everybody else trotted through Cleveland was given that much.

The clock is ticking, Mr. Haslam.

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