Offseason division gesturing is a common thing in the NFL world, especially in the vaunted AFC North that has won several championships and placed at least two playoff teams for most of the last decade.
Because of that, it was a bit of a surprise to see Marvin Lewis’ comments about the Browns and Rob Chudzinski yesterday. These comments made their way via Lewis’ most recent press conference with the Cincinnati media. Let’s take a look:
(Thoughts on the Browns)- “They are inheriting a much better football team. They’ve done a nice job over the last couple of years of the addition of guys through the draft and watching them grow. Rob (Chudzinski) has been a productive guy as a coordinator. His coordinators are experienced.
Mike Lombardi has had great experience in the NFL, Joe Banner. They have put together a group of people that have been successful and you come together and bring some ideas together. They are a much better football team than what their record showed. It was a team that was improving. In my mind they were going in the right direction. We have a tough division and have to play great football.”
So yes, Lewis doesn’t say anything too controversial and was fairly diplomatic in his comments. But still, comments like these are always appreciated in Cleveland.
My favorite part here? The fact that the nicest thing Lewis could think of with Lombardi and Banner is just that they have “great experience.” Nothing about great “success” or that they are good people. But that only fuels the fire for the Cleveland conspiracy side of things. … Overall, this was just some nice Browns talk being heard from the opposite corner of the state.
Jacob Rosen is a long-time contributor to WaitingForNextYear. He's also a writer online at SportsAnalyticsBlog and Nylon Calculus . An Akron native, Jacob is a current MBA student at the University of Oregon's Warsaw Sports Marketing Center. You can follow him on Twitter @WFNYJacob or e-mail him at udjrosen(at)gmail(dot)com.