BEREA, Ohio – At this time of year, you can not believe anything. Even the weather is lying to you. The calendar says it's spring, but the snow and the cold on Tuesday have certainly told a different story.
There are of course the rumors in the draft. More and more people claim to know what makes Brown's GM John Dorsey the # 1 overall pick in just over a week. Head coach Hue Jackson claims he is not one of them.
"When I say that John Dorsey gets dark, he's getting dark," Jackson said during his first off-season news briefing on Tuesday. "Whoever thinks they will find John Dorsey trust me, you do not find him, so I think there are a lot of things that are said, that I know that's not true, and when there's been a consensus "That John would have & # 39; I came at this point, he would have told me, so I know that's not the case."
Maybe you believe that. Maybe not. Just as you may believe, Jackson told his players during a team meeting on Monday in a video posted on the team's Twitter account.
"Winning starts here," Jackson said in the video. "Winning starts today, start right now."
Much of it was repeated on Tuesday.
It's fair to be cynical, hearing those words from a head coach who once won during his two seasons in Cleveland. The off-season programs of the NFL teams are as ripe for the unbelievable as the rest of the season. No one is lying, of course. Everyone is really optimistic. Nobody has lost a game or a job. Teams can not compete for a month on the practice grounds. This is the football equivalent of the old baseball spring training line: Everyone is 0: 0
When you're looking for a topic, even though the Browns open their spring program, it's changing perception ̵
"Let's face it, here we are," Jackson said. "We have been an organization focused on 1-31 over the past two years and I think it's time to win, I think our fans deserve to see something different, and I think our organization deserves something different I think our players should expect it. " play differently and differently. "
There are the last two seasons we've heard so often, or maybe you're more in 4-44 in the last three seasons, or, if you really hate, go ten years deep, a span, The Browns have seen them go 38-122 after a 10-6 season in 2007.
Make this record behind them in the first place – so Jackson's winning speech: How much profit is to be determined, but even 4-12 Whatever we've seen in the past two years could feel like a monumental achievement.
Whatever wins will come because players with a perception here have their own issues. "Jarvis Landry spoke on Tuesday, a few days ago after signing a $ 75 million five-year contract that raised its eyebrows and asked more than a few people, "Jarvis Landry has how much?"
"I'll tell you something, I got set up on that," Landry said about the newly discovered attention, ie e was accompanied by his new deal. "I've been built in this kind of environment, I live for it, somehow I've always managed to make it out and make it up, and again I'm thrilled with the opportunity." I understand the challenge, but very excited about it. I understand it's just up here, so we'll see. "
It was a wild month plus Landry, the Browns agreed to the deal that brought him here just over five weeks ago, Miami had put the franchise tag on the fishing machine and now he is a member of the Browns and he has this brand new contract.
The reason that his contract got so much reaction is that while Landry led the league in receptions one season ago, he came in at No. 17 in length, one of only three players in the top 50, who receive yards with an average single-digit yardage per catch, and now get paid like DeAndre Hopkins and AJ Green, but Landry is not interested in hearing from a slot receiver.
"If you look at the Looking at things I've done, I've had the opportunity to play multiple positions, "Landry said." I came from the backfield, I was number 1, X, I was the Z, I was the third receiver inside , It somehow shows my versatility. "[WealsoheardfromTyrodTayloronTuesdaythathewasboughtforthe#65overallselectionnotlongafterLandry'sMiamidealwassignedinInthreeseasonsasaBuffalostarterhewentdown2220threwfor8857yardsandracedforanother1575throwingonly16interceptionsduringthistimestartingtheBills'firstplayoffgamesince1999afewmonthsbeforebeingtraded
"He's a guy with Tyrod who will not go out there and make many mistakes. Www.mjfriendship.de/de/index.php?op…39&Itemid=32 His thoughts and the weapons we possibly have on the offensive would be great for me, in my opinion him, "said linebacker Christian Kirksey." He's a guy who is mobile, he rarely turns the ball over, so that's definitely good for a defensive player when you see a quarterback does not turn the ball over, It keeps you out of the field longer, so it's exciting for me But Tyrod, he came in and you can just say he's a leader and I'm excited to see him.
This is an action that speaks more than the words of the league, and the Bills, a team that had been in quarterback purgatory for almost as long as the Browns, were ready to team up with Taylor for a third round They have signed AJ McCarron and are now likely to try to bring their designs into a trade-up, giving them everything they need to know about what they have long held for Taylor.
The Browns, of course, hope that the bills have misunderstood, but even they are ready to take Taylor's potential replacement after his contract expires after this season 19659002] "I'm here to lead this team and organization, focusing on playing football and that Taylor says, "Another person coming in will definitely not distract me from it."
Taylor is already the starting quarterback, a sure sign of progress It's part of a team that has had more quarterbacks than winning in the last two years. He probably will not receive the same treatment that Landry has made in the form of an almost immediate contract extension. He will have to play in a future after 2018.
Even Myles Garrett sounded like a man who wanted to leave the past behind, despite a rookie season that was going well in the face of the injuries he was struggling with. He finished with seven sacks, including one in his last two games.
"It does not matter if I have ten or twelve bags, I want better and I want more," Garrett said. "I see the opportunities where I could have ended a game, or maybe I could have shaken hands with him and get the ball out, or I could have finished with an o-lineman or a quarterback and made a big game that could have changed the pace of the game. "
This week, the Browns officially turn the page down to 0-16. What is expected on the next page is unclear, but it certainly has to be better, and frankly, which better group should try to exceed expectations than a group of players that have been written off by their former teams.
"Why did you come back here today?" Jackson asked in this video. "Two years of pain and suffering, where tenacity and determination were built."
"The profit starts here, starts today, starts right now."
First team meeting: pic.twitter.com/gUGjSOR7Hu
– Cleveland Browns (@Browns) April 16, 2018
For the Browns as an organization, for Jackson as coach For players like Taylor and Landry 2018 will be a chance to change perceptions. It's a chance to calm that whisper. Is this building just a breeding ground for losses? Are you just a coach? Are you just a bridge quarterback or just a well paid slot receiver?
Can you change the perception? We will not know for sure until the 2019 calendar. However, this week is the beginning to find the answer.
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