Can the Browns Follow in the Cleveland Cavs footsteps?
Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
The Cleveland Browns have football betting odds of +22000 of winning Super Bowl LI. However, Cleveland fans who bet on NFL are hoping against hope that the Browns can take a book out of the Cavaliers’ page and bring a second major sports title to the city. LeBron James and company broke the curse that kept Cleveland championship-less for 52 years – does that mean that the floodgates are now open and the trophies will come flushing in? The answer to that question would be a resounding yes, if we were talking about an actual curse. But this isn’t an episode of Charmed, or whatever witchcraft-centric TV show kids watch these days.
Coincidentally, and as football betting fans might recall, it was the Browns that won a title last, when they defeated the Baltimore Colts 27-0 in the 1964 National Football League championship game. Which is literally football pre-history – the Super Bowl as we know it now was only played for the first time in 1967. And while basketball and football are two completely different sports, Browns cornerback Joe Haden believes that James and the Cavs have shown the way out of darkness and into the light.
Haden writes in TheMMQB.com that when the “Cavs were down 3-1 nobody gave them chance.” Kind of like people who bet on NFL don’t give the Browns much of a chance either. However, the Browns have a new coach in Hue Jackson, many new coaches on the staff, and “so much new blood” that Haden us convinced the team is going to be competitive. But they have to work as hard as LeBron and the Cavaliers did. Haden has spent seven years in his “adopted city” as a Cleveland Brown, and has always had a sweet spot for LeBron, even admitting to being a closet Miami Heat fan.
The Browns have their work cut out for them, though. Both head coach Mike Pettine and general manager Ray Farmer were fired after a disastrous 3-13 2015 season – their worst since 2000 and the worst in the league along with the Tennessee Titans. Cleveland last appearance in a Super Bowl was in 1969 when they lost to Minnesota. Moreover, the Browns have not made the playoffs since 2002. The 2016 season will be their first under coach Jackson and de facto GM Sashi Brown. The Browns released Dwayne Bowe, Karlos Dansby, Johnny Manziel, Donte Whitner, and Brian Hartline, and signed Alvin Bayley, Demario Davis, Robert Griffin Jr., Rahim Moore, and Justin Tuggle. Additionally, they drafted the 15th overall pick in the first round of the 2016 draft wide receiver Corey Coleman. Perhaps they should try and recruit LeBron himself in order to boost their football betting odds.