‘Hard Knocks’ Should Show If Browns Are Still a Total Mess


In recent years, no one has bothered asking whether the Cleveland Browns still suck. They do. They have. No question.

Until this year — maybe.

It’s at least worth asking the question: are they still a total mess? They’re clearly a bit of a mess. While they star on HBO’s “Hard Knocks,” we may just see whether the Browns are still the picture of dysfunction. They may be a healing organization, but there will be plenty dysfunction to see.

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Here’s what we’re working with:

Their head coach Hue Jackson has a fetish for the phrase pied piper, and generally comes off as an idiot in front of cameras.
Their offensive coordinator Todd Haley once reportedly shattered his pelvis at the bar, Tequila Cowboy.
Their defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was at the middle of the Bountygate Scandal.
Their star receiver Josh Gordon, for a long time, couldn’t stop smoking pot.
Their supremely talented draft pick, Antonio Callaway, also had issues with pot. But that’s not even the least of Callaway’s worries (see: his charges for credit card fraud and sexual assault).
Their top draft pick, Baker Mayfield, may or may not be legitimately comparable to one of the Browns’ biggest draft busts in the team’s history in Johnny Manziel.
Their best player and left tackle Joe Thomas retired in an offseason when they drafted a quarterback at No. 1 overall. They’ve got to find a serviceable replacement, and there isn’t an obvious one.

Alright, deep breath. That’s a lot of messed up crap. We’ll get a front row seat with the help of HBO.

But there is reason to believe it won’t be all bad. After all, “Hard Knocks” has long done a good job painting fairly incompetent people, like former Rams coach …read more

Source:: The Big Lead

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