Craig: It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Well, not for TD who prefers March Madness, but I digress. The holidays are here and it’s a confusing time to be a Browns fan. In the middle of fan appreciation week, there are lots of fans out there who probably don’t want the Browns to defend their home field this last time they play on it against Chicago this weekend.
Personally, I always want my team to compete and try to win. The chips will fall where they fall in terms of the draft and it’s up to the talent evaluators to make the most of their picks wherever they happen to land. That’s just my opinion on it though. I do see the downside of winning late, meaningless games at the end of the season.
The Browns ripped off four wins in a row in 2009, and while they ended up with Joe Haden, they also missed out on Sam Bradford as the number one pick. The Browns won five games in 2010 and ended up trading down in the 2011 draft to get Phil Taylor, but if they had been worse they might have gotten Cam Newton instead of the Panthers. We are all familiar with the Andrew Luck / RG3 draft too.
Right now the Browns have the sixth pick, but the Jags are streaking ahead of them and the Browns could move up simply by not winning. Anyway, you know where my opinion lies. Where’s everyone else on this topic? Do you want the Browns to make it a good fan appreciation week by winning or losing on Sunday against the Bears?
TD: Give me a great effort and a close loss. Losing to the Bears is nothing to be ashamed of. And with three games left, winning a meaningless game may be fun and all, but it will hurt prospects of potentially getting the QB they want in the draft. I know many people hate this line of thinking, but tell me, would you rather pick say, 4th or 7th? One extra win could be the difference.
Scott: I think we are being very presumptuous to act like winning or losing is solely up to the Browns. The Bears are a very good team. They have two 1,000-yard receivers, a 1,000-yard rusher who has also caught 70 balls out of the backfield, a quarterback who has thrown 13 touchdowns and just one interception…I mean they average 28 points per game, a mark the Browns haven’t topped but twice year.
Sure, the Browns showed they can “go toe-to-toe with anybody” but by no means do I think this is going to be a game that they can win by mere want-to.
Craig: That wasn’t the question Scott!
Andrew: I’m tired of losing. I hate seeing the toll that losing is taking on the players. I know the Browns need a QB, but I just can’t root for this team to not win. I really like Chud a lot and think he’s done a great job getting these players to play hard despite having nothing to play for. I would love nothing more than to see that hard work finally pay off in the form of a win this week.
Kirk: I never truly root for the team to do poorly. I will, however, not be as upset when they do lose. I’m going to my first game of the season on Sunday, and while I’d like to see them win, I’ll settle for playing well in a loss and helping the quarterback fund for next year.
I think there’s a decent chance the team loses its final three games.
Ryan: The NBA has brainwashed me into being a believer of full on tank mode.
While it’s impossible to outwardly root against the Browns I will walk away from a loss feeling unscathed which is quite different than the usual knife in the gut Sunday evening feeling that haunts me early in the season.
Best case scenarios individuals like Gordon and Mingo shine but the team loses a close one.
I really want that receiving yards crown for Gordon.
Rick: I can’t root against my team. Can’t do it. I really can’t even be satisfied after a loss that draft position is bettered.
After a season is finished, I can get excited about draft possibilities. You play to win the game.
Kirk: I get the “non losing culture” thing, but a garbage win against the Jets isn’t going to keep us warm at night in the offseason. Dreams of a higher pick might.
So, what say you?