NFL players say Browns are third least-desirable team to play for in the NFL

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At least we’re not… Oakland?

ESPN’s NFL Nation did a confidential survey of 82 players and Oakland was the team they’d least like to play for. That’s what the poll concluded after the prompted statement, “The only way I’d play for [team name] is if they doubled my salary.” The Browns came in third after the aforementioned Raiders and the Buffalo Bills. The Browns collected 16 percent of the vote.

The only surprise on the list for me was the Green Bay Packers coming in fifth. I just assumed all of the “top” teams would be big-time losers. Apparently there might be a bit of geographical bias when it’s an available option for an NFL player to be so picky and choosy.

That’s the real good news out of all this. The Browns’ best players haven’t bolted because the structure of the system enables the Browns to keep Joe Thomas, Joe Haden and Alex Mack, you know, providing the Browns in turn agree to make them very rich.

Now, if the Browns can start to consistently win and find more and more players worthy of being given giant contracts, I’m confident that they can get themselves out of the flunky five that NFL Nation came up with. As always, that’s a big “if.”

  • humboldt
  • mgbode

    Who is Up and why is he moving on?

  • nj0

    With a population of 1500 players (not counting the hundreds of practice squad, late signees, etc.), you would need to survey 429 players for a confidence level of 95% with a margin of error of +/-4%.

    I don’t expect rigor from a sports outlet. There’s no reason to give a darn about this “survey”. Other than to kill a talk show segment.

  • Guest

    I can see why Oakland would heads this list. Cleveland has had too many changes in key roles HC/GM. Let’s see if Banner is patient with Pettine and of course if Johnny Football develops into bonafide NFL starter. Browns fans in my opinion rank up there with the best of them.

  • http://footballsources.wordpress.com/ FBsources

    I can see why Oakland would head this list. Cleveland has had too many changes in key roles HC/GM. Let’s see if Banner is patient with Pettine and of course if Johnny Football develops into bonafide NFL starter. Browns fans in my opinion rank up there with the best of them.

  • matt underwood

    i happy with a 3rd place finish after finishing last every year elsewhere

  • The D

    For me it doesn’t matter how patient Banner is with Pettine… considering he was fired and all….

  • architrance

    If your not first your last

  • MrCleaveland

    More meaningless national-media click-bait, I guess.

    Speaking of which, SI just declared Pettine one of five coaches who are in the most danger of losing their jobs http://www.si.com/nfl/2014/08/22/nfl-coaches-hot-seat-2014

    This is, of course, ludicrous. No way is Haslam going to fire three coaches in three years. Pettine has the safest job in the world.

  • The_Real_Shamrock
  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I’m surprised it’s not worse the fact that GB is listed shows how worthless a poll though anyways.

  • MrCleaveland

    Ha haaa! Looks like it’s my turn to be stalked by the Sham man. That’s okay.

    Do you think I can’t handle it? Well do ya, punk?

  • humboldt

    Up is Bill Cowher, and he’s moving on to Strongsville because he hears Mike Pettine is already on the hot seat

  • The_Matt_Of_Akron

    I wonder how much has to do with crappy stadiums (shared with the baseball team) or outdoor winter stadiums?

  • cmm13
  • Petefranklin

    I’d rather have Marty

  • Petefranklin

    If only we would have beaten Denver in that Superbowl, things would be different around here.

  • Sam Gold

    Rigor kills hyperbole which kills “journalism” in this brave, new world.

  • mgbode

    is he buying his house back from Calipari?

  • mgbode

    I thought rigor happened after death, not before

  • Sam Gold

    Not if they’re zombies, which might explain this preseason.

  • humboldt

    Yes, and World Wide Wes is facilitating the transaction

  • woofersus

    I hear Rich Paul wants him here.

  • The_Matt_Of_Akron

    “Since then, the organization has become known for its instability.
    Dennis Allen is the team’s sixth different head coach since 2004.”

    If you count 2004, we’ve had 7. Ugh.

  • Garry_Owen

    So, 16% of players polled said something, and anyone cares what that something is? We’re talking about 16%. 16%. Not a majority. 16%. 13 players.

    But, but, but . . . we’re 3rd on the list!!!!! Third!!!1!11!11111!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    It’s 16%. 13 players.

  • WFNY_DP

    This is all interesting, but what are you guys hearing about Jake Locker and Ryan Mallett in next year’s draft?