We all had those moments, those of us lucky enough to have our own room as a child, where you can’t sleep, frustrated with the angst of being a hormone-fueled teenager, so you do the only logical thing you can think of: rearrange your room. You set about moving furniture by yourself that was meant for a tag-team effort. It all crystalizes in your head as you drag your dresser from one corner to the other, the headboard of the bed now…in the middle of the wall?? All of your things, your clothes, your possible desk, your TV all landing in different spots and you felt accomplished. The next morning, you wake up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, showing off your new digs to your parents, indicating that the new room meant a new you: you were gonna start doing laundry more, keeping the room tidy, working out or eating better. And sometimes it did! but just as often, given a week or more, you fell back in the same bad habits. Things like “the chair”, where clothes not deemed dirty enough to wash but too worn to go back in the dresser, happened all over again. Half filled cups of water littered your nightstand. Soon you were in the same mess you were in before.
I just described the 20 years of being a Browns fan since they returned to the NFL to you. Every year there is a build-up of varying degrees: a new coach in the locker room is the equivalent of your bed being moved to a different corner. Getting rid of your old clothes you don’t want anymore is the near-perennial roster rebuild. More often than not, the build-up has ended as badly as it did for Brennan and Dale in Step Brothers when the bond of newfound brotherhood had finally set in: what was set about with the best of intentions1 is met with utter demise, as the poorly-structured bunk beds nearly crushed poor Brennan.
But sometimes…it sticks. On the occasional, even-a-blind-squirrel-finds-a-nut-every-once-in-awhile opportunities, it works. The new room does give you more time in the morning to work out and motivates you. Sometimes the tanking and rebuilding reveals a Myles Garrett or Baker Mayfield. Maybe the cleaning out of the closet and reorganization was exactly what was needed, filling the closet with the proper methodology of how you store your shirts and how to utilize a dynamic defensive front or stable of wide receivers.
Tonight is a new night. The room has been shifted as much as possible. Smart people have designed exactly where the pieces fit. There was a brief hiccup in Week 1 where instead of the hamper, the dirty clothes kept getting tossed around, mimicking the yellow penalty flag that flew far too often. Tonight is the night where we figure out if this is the room change that made the difference, if we wake up tomorrow morning refreshed and excited, or ready to burn it all down again. On a national stage with the world watching, we will see if all the hoopla that was thrown upon the redesign worked…or if we are in for another few more weeks before we regret moving the bed again.