Playoffs? The Browns are prohibitive underdogs against getting anywhere close, but given what is going on in the rest of the AFC, the thought is not as absurd as it would be in most other years. Pat Shurmur, for one, says it’s time for the Browns to get “greedy.”
Is someone who never imbibes more susceptible to getting drunk if he suddenly downs a few?
Is it like that for a team that never wins?
Might the end of an 11-game losing streak make the Browns a little giddy?
It’s a thought.
Even before the Browns faced the Giants recently, with an 0-4 record, wideout Greg Little dreamed a far-out dream out loud.
“Twelve and four sounds good,” he said.
That went down the tubes with a loss that sank the Browns to 0-5, but now they are coming off a win.
“We’ve got to build off this,” said tight end Jordan Cameron, “and let it steamroll.”
The team is better positioned to win now that Joe Haden’s four-game suspension has ended. He loved what he saw from his vantage point on the field against Cincinnati.
“We were just relentless,” he said.
He could not curb his enthusiasm even though he got beat for a 57-yard touchdown by A.J. Green, and despite a 381-yard passing day by Andy Dalton.
“We have so much talent,” Haden said.
Their record is still so bad.
Yet, if one must be 1-5, this is the year to do it.
The only two teams in the AFC with records better than 3-3 are Baltimore and Houston.
Next best heading into Monday night’s Denver-San Diego game (both teams were 2-3) were five 3-3 teams, the Jets, New England, Miami, Buffalo and Cincinnati.
Thus, the Browns were two games behind the best of the teams in the early wild-card discussion, with 10 games to play.
Obviously, the Browns have no room to crow about anything.
They are heartened, though, by their 34-24 conquest of Cincinnati, and they are headed into a stretch of games they can win if, indeed, they are on the verge of a breakthrough.
Records of the Browns remaining opponents, listing them in order:
At Indianapolis (2-3), San Diego (3-2), Baltimore (5-1), at Dallas (2-3), Pittsburgh (2-3), at Oakland (1-4), Kansas City (1-5), Washington (3-3), at Denver (2-3), at Pittsburgh (2-3).
The combined record of the remaining foes (counting Pittsburgh twice) is 25-33.
The final 10 games will be played under new ownership, assuming Jimmy Haslam is rubber stamped at the owners meeting Tuesday in Chicago.
Haslam is not expected to making any coaching changes before the end of the season, but it only stands to reason that Pat Shurmur needs plenty more wins to save his job.
D’Qwell Jackson, the Browns’ defensive captain, came away saying the Cincinnati game was huge for Shurmur.
“He needed it,” Jackson said.
Page 2 of 2 - Responding to the comment Monday, Shurmur said, “I think WE needed it.”
Shurmur extended the thought:
“You guys have known me long enough to know this isn’t about me. This is about our players. This is about our city.
“I’ve sat here and told you guys we’re getting better. Now that we’ve won, I want our players to get greedy with that feeling.”