I don't know about you guys but we are still building. Not rebuilding. We've missed Myles. He'll be back. Vernon will be back. Kirko will be back. We should resign Joe the Show and Kareem Hunt and keep this thing intact. I want to see them run this one back. Not time to blow it all up again. It's time to continue to build, we are very close. We need a couple of Offensive Linemen and an impact LB, possibly another Safety. But honestly, we are one of the youngest teams in the NFL. We've got 2 games left and we're still in the hunt. I know we probably won't make it but damn we were close. A couple of wins here and there, wins that were there to be had and we're in this thing. The injuries and the suspensions killed us this year and didn't allow us to reach our potential.
Kirksey, Garrett, Njoku, Tretter, Ward and Greedy for like 5 weeks, Vernon, the misuse of Higgins, the whole Randall debacle... The flags and penalties killed us. We shot ourselves in the foot. But, that's fixable. I see a great young team that is growing. We've got our QB of the Future. Baker Mayfield. We've got the NFL's leading rusher, a guy that's made me forget about Saquon Barkley, in Nick Chubb. We've got a second workhorse at runningback that is 3 times the player Duke Johnson was in Hunt. We've got some decent pieces on the OL to build off of. We've got several decent TE's, that really got the chance to grow with Njoku being hurt- that will bode well for next season when he's healthy. We've got a cupboard full of talented and still relatively young savvy veteran WRs. The offense is nearly complete. I would keep these guys together no matter what and continue to add to that OL.
The Defense is in good shape, Myles will be back. And I'd wager that he's going to be a pissed off force to be reckoned with next year. My god, I pity the fool that has to line up against him, he's probably pumping iron and chewing on screws right now! The rest of the line should be back, we'll need a backup/replacement for Vernon- I don't know the significance of his injury but the season is long and we need to be solid on both sides of the line all year. I like the idea of adding another linebacker but I don't want to lose any of our guys. Kirksey, Shobert, and Wilson are pretty good and next year will be better. The secondary is still young but those boys can fly. When the pressure on the QB was there they were locking it down. Without the pressure they have to cover longer and guys are getting open.
In reality, we all knew we were a another draft away. We all hoped, as we always do that this could be there year... it might still be, but it's certainly one of the best young rosters to start out with next year, adding a few crucial pieces will completely overhaul this team into a contender. I'm more optimistic than I've ever been about our future. Am I disappointed? Yeah, but I've also been watching the Browns for a long time and the failings of this team didn't happen in a vacuum, the reasons have been clear. Penalties, Suspensions and Injuries have been reason for our woes. Next year we start with a clean fresh slate and I for one pity the team that draws us for week 1.