The Cleveland Browns are the subject of one of the latest pieces published by Sports Illustrated’s new Peter King-led website appropriately called “Monday Morning Quarterback.”
Greg Bedard goes deep into what he affectionately calls Browns 6.0, wondering why, this time, should fans believe that things are actually different? Where Grantland’s Chuck Klosterman was walled off from Browns CEO Joe Banner, the team apparently realized their pre-draft fumble—Bedard received plenty of intel.
“I do have a little more power in the sense that in Philly the head coach worked with me closely but was not a direct report to me, and he is here,” Banner said to Bedard. “In the execution, that’s really not as big a difference as it sounds, but it is a difference. And if one was defining the extent of power [and] control—I hate to even use those words—there is a little bit of a difference.
“Off-the-field business, on-field performance, all of it—there’s a lot of room for growth,” Banner said of the Browns. “Some of the people from other organizations, I told them: ‘You can be part of one of the more conspicuous turnarounds that anyone has ever been a part of.’”
The entire feature, running several thousand words, discusses the roles of general manager Mike Lombardi as well as first-time head coach Rob Chudzinski, offensive coordinator Norv Turner and defensive coordinator Ray Horton. While the entire feature is worth the read, the money quote may have come from veteran linebacker D’Qwell Jackson who says that this Browns team is no longer “waiting.”
“What’s new to me is I haven’t been around an offensive coordinator, defensive and head coach that want to attack,” said Jackson. “Everyone has a sense that we’re not waiting around for people. We’re going to live and die by how we play. We’re not going to let the offense dictate what we do on defense, and vice versa. That is what any player wants. You want to be able to be aggressive. As a defensive player, that’s the mentality you have and that’s how you want to play it.”