Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Give Thanks Your 0-2 Team Could Be the Cleveland Browns

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Give Thanks Your 0-2 Team Could Be the Cleveland Browns

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The Cleveland Browns, who often can be relied upon in these matters, came through again Wednesday when they traded Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts for a first-round draft choice.

It might not be a bad trade. The point, however, is that the Browns change ownership/management/coaches/philosophies/systems so often that they never have a chance to build consistency.

Say what you want about the 0-2 pickle the Steelers find themselves in today, but it's a rare event. It is rare because they HAVE developed consistency through the years. If you stay with the same head coach and he stays mostly with the same systems on offense and defense, the consistency that brings can work wonders.

Scouts look at players knowing whether they fit into their coaches' philosophies and systems. For example, the Steelers have played a 3-4 defense since 1982. The scouts know what to look for to fit that system, knowing they are not looking for a 4-3 outside linebacker, which is different than a 3-4 outside linebacker, etc.

The Browns traded Richardson, the No. 3 overall pick in 2012, because he wasn't the back Cleveland's new front office wants or that new coach Rob Chudzinski wants. Forget that Richardson WAS the back the previous regime wanted in 2012.

Since then, the Browns have a new owner, new front office and new coach. But how long will the new owner give the new front office and new coach to turn this thing around before he follows the path of previous owners and changes it up? Then, the new management/coach will want different players to fit their own philosophies and systems.

It's a nonstop merry-go-round that never has a chance.

The Steelers are in "total panic" because they lost their first two games for the first time since 2002. They've lost their first three only three times since the 1970 merger. The Browns, who also lost their first two this year, lost their first five last year, their first three in 2010, their first four in '09 and their first three in '08. They have gone five consecutive seasons with no more than five victories in one year. They've had one winning record (10- 6 in 2007) in the past 10 and other than that never closer than 6- 10.

Joe Banner, Cleveland's new CEO (the Steelers don't have one of those either), said, "I think we feel good about where we're at moving forward." Again, this might be a good move for the future Browns, provided they don't change coaches and/or management again in the next few years. I don't think anyone can say it's a great move for the 2013 Browns. Surely, the Steelers of 2013 applaud it because now they don't have to try to stop Trent Richardson twice.

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