Cleveland Browns 2017 Season Recap
To begin this new era of the Gridiron Eye, let us revisit the 2017 NFL season with capsules for every team. Here, there will a comparison between the records of 2016 to 2017, denoting win differential, then two synopses of what occurred in 2017 and an presumption of what 2018 and beyond holds. We shall start our series based on inverse finish. That means we start with the...
2016 Record: 1-15
2017 Record: 0-16
Win differential: -1
What happened? The inevitable conclusion to the demise of a professional football franchise that has been plagued with constant turnover at the coaching and executive levels for far too long. This, in turn, leaves players unable to function optimally and leaves a fan base exasperated as to truly wonder what in the world they're doing. Toward the end of the season, general manager Sashi Brown was relieved of his duties. In his place is John Dorsey, formerly of the Kansas City Chiefs. He inherits arguably the worst team in the NFL since the AFL era, winning only one game in two years.
What To Expect: Dorsey has been active in scrubbing the roster, with a full overhaul at the quarterback position. All three QB's that were active last year have been either traded away or left via free agency. In their place is Tyrod Taylor, acquired by trade from the Buffalo Bills, and Drew Stanton, who came from Arizona as a free agent. With $74 million in cap space and a bevy of picks in the upcoming draft, the fireworks may have not stopped. It may take three years for all this change to take hold. The question now is, will owner Jimmy Haslam give his GM the time to see this rebuilding project through? The Browns should be improved in 2018, but the true concern is will this organization stay the course.