If yesterday’s win over the Jaguars proved anything at all it is that Browns fans are very reasonable. I know I have been preaching patience all season, much to the chagrin of many. I have been very critical of Pat Shurmur’s offense, but when my conclusion turns to, “But they still have time to figure it out” a lot of you would groan and get mad at me. I understand why. We were promised competent offense in such a way that in most of our minds it would render the last few years of video evidence obsolete. Then, when it looked like a lot more of the same with short passes failing to convert on third down and a quarterback running for his life, it was only too easy to fear another extended stay in Stinktown for Browns fans.
And then the Browns finally started showing some competence. Despite being derailed by injuries to Peyton Hillis and realizing that it wasn’t Brian Daboll’s fault after-all that Brian Robiskie is Brian Robiskie, the Browns started to play decent offense. They didn’t explode the scoreboard and they weren’t exactly playing the greatest teams in the world. Still, the Browns found some chemistry and a bit of a comfort zone moving the ball the last two weeks in a loss to the Rams and yesterday’s win over Jacksonville.
It wasn’t without compromise. Colt McCoy was finally dropped into the shotgun a bit more. Pat Shurmur had to run the play where Alex Smith motions back into the offset fullback spot half as much as he did in prior weeks (thank goodness.) It just goes to show how low the bar is for Browns fans to perceive progress.
Browns fans would like nothing more than the disappearance of hack fake statistics that all the Browns beat reporters like to invent to talk about touchdown droughts. It even got so bad yesterday that they were all tweeting about the Browns losing 10 coin tosses this season. Talk about an unnecessary and silly way to “capitalize” on the fake curse story-line regarding Cleveland sports.
And by the way, did you know it has been 734 minutes of game time since the Browns scored a touchdown at home? Yes, that is a fake stat, but reporters were only having all too much fun converting that to other units to try to make it funny or sad or interesting or something. I’m still not quite sure what the point is. It is football’s version of saying a guy who hits a home run in the first game of the season is on-pace for 162 homers this season! *** (Bwahahahaha!)
Point being that all it takes is two touchdowns in a game and some of the negative things become a distant memory because they are as unimportant as they should be. Even without a win, the first quarter scoring drought wouldn’t have seemed nearly as important if the Browns were putting the ball in the end zone on occasion in their losses. Or even just moving the ball consistently with legitimate looking plays. So much of this is about passing the subjective eye test. The Browns have been doing that for the past two weeks. That is good enough for most fans right now.
*** Yes, I’ve probably done it too. I’m not proud of it. I won’t do it again.