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Top Three Reasons to Be Excited About the Cleveland Browns Right Now: Fan Take
In addition to the season being over and no more losses being able to be added to their record, there are three other reasons that we fans can be excited about our Cleveland Browns right now. This excitement really won't be fully felt until the Browns hit the field again, but we can start thinking about these to help heal the wounds from this season.
The Browns are Getting Better
Yes, they really are. Okay, so their record, if we just looked at this, would say otherwise, but let's look at the actual games. The Browns lost to Cincinnati by three points, to Baltimore by six points and then to the Steelers by four points. All of these games could have and should have been wins, but the Browns simply were not effective in closing out the game. Now, this coming season is not locked out so the team will have plenty of time to practice and hopefully resolve some of their deficiencies. A major deficiency is choking in the fourth quarter (sounds like someone else who used to play in Cleveland…). If they can correct this, they should have a much better season.
Throughout the season, we watched Peyton Hillis make headlines for not playing, and we saw headlines for the Browns earning the record for most drops. We may not have Hillis next season and if we do, he will likely be straightened out and ready to play like he did at the end of this season. As for that record that no one should be proud of, Greg Little did improve throughout the season. Our other receivers will have plenty of time to practice. Also, if miracles are real, the Browns will have a shot at drafting Justin Blackmon.
Experience has Been Gained
This applies to many of the players, but the one I am most excited about is Chris Ogbonnaya. Personally, I would like to see him in place of Peyton Hillis. When the Browns brought him on, he went for 334 rushing yards. He also just moves and has this "I want to play and get better" attitude about him. He has gained a little experience this year and I am excited to see him next season. I think we can be excited about the experiences (both good and bad) gained overall by this team. They will take these onto the practice field and hopefully turn them into something that will help them win games. No more, "maybe next year." 2012 needs to be "the year" for the Cleveland Browns.
R. Elizabeth C. Kitchen is a lifelong Browns fan who grew up in a household of Browns' fans. She was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and still lives there. Regardless of the trials and tribulations the Browns have been through, she remains loyal, albeit honest about her home team. Follow Rose on Twitter @Rose_Kitchen
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