02:48 PM - January 15, 2014 by MMChrisS
Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam has informed season ticket holders that the organization is being patient with their search for the correct replacement at head coach for the team. Patience is something fans of Cleveland sports know as well as any group in American professional sports. At what point, however, does patience spin into a taste of insanity?
Patience assumes that the positive outcome is on the horizon because the proper steps for success have been taken. Asking for patience in the midst of the same failed approach is more like a guise to cover up the insanity atop the organization. Cleveland hasn't been in the playoffs since 2002, and before that 1994. They have three winning seasons in the past twenty years (if you count the pre-Baltimore Ravens years as belonging to the Browns). But history can be overcome if you're willing to find new methods -- if.
If there is any saving grace it's in the ten draft picks (including two first-rounders) that the Browns have for this year's draft. If the past tells us anything, Cleveland needs a fresh set of eyes in the draft room or coaches with the ability to pull out the talent expected of first-round picks. If the Browns could get a hold of a sure-fire star at quarterback it might be enough to put them over the top. But then again, there are no guarantees they would keep one if they did.
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Sports Headlines for January 15, 2014
- If you weren't excited for this year's Winter Olympics, watching this video might just be the prescription you need. [Video]
- An ESPN poll of Americans regarding their weather related preference for Super Bowl venues might as well read "Is it cold where you live?" [Image]
- Maybe the NFL and other sports will follow suit? The Arena Football League is introducing in-helmet cameras to give viewers a first-person view of live on-field action.
- Nailing a three-pointer at the buzzer is pretty exciting, but it's hard to top Michael Qualls' slam-dunk put-back with .02 seconds remaining.
- Minnesota is planning to hire Mike Zimmer as the Vikings' next head coach, according to ESPN.