“Everything’s fine! Would you prefer they settled on a coach who failed his way into a record worse than Pat Shurmur’s? It might be painful and a tiny bit embarrassing, but not nearly as embarrassing as settling for less. This is just proof that Jimmy Haslam won’t stand for such pitiful displays as what the Browns put up in 2013!”
In this corner, we’ve got the “Same old Browns!”
“Nothing is fine. They may not have been responsible for all the failures of the past, but the smell emanating from Berea is the same right now! Who fires a coach after just one year and expects to be able to find a decent candidate just a year later? Arrogance, ineptitude and failure will continue to rule the day!”
I know I’ve referenced it at other times at this very website, but I’m going to do it again today. Browns fans, it’s not your fault. I mean it. It’s not your fault. Even if I disagree with 100% of your opinion, it’s not your fault and vice versa.
Yet, still it seems there’s nothing to do but fight among ourselves. We accuse each other of being more or less real as fans. We wield the word “faith” like a stratifying dagger.
As if the uncertainty that’s been delivered by the collection of people that currently masquerade as our historically favorite football team wasn’t bad enough, we must torture ourselves further by beating each other up. The burden of proof lies in those revamped Berea offices, not out here where we all presumably want the same basic things.
Just remember that given how little we actually know, nobody can know if they’re right or wrong. Even the most plugged in people with sources, know a very little bit about what’s actually happening. In good times, when things are going well, that serves as a comfort to fans. When things are decidedly bad or uncertain, it escalates negativity and paranoia. Even the most enlightened commentators that you trust have mere shades of the truth.
Remember that in the comments, on Facebook and on Twitter as you try to follow along with this team as it tries to become worthy of all of our love.