Physical Browns ‘dangerous’ opponent

Posted by Vic Carucci on December 11, 2012 – 3:55 am

By Vic Carucci, Senior Editor

You’ve got questions and comments that you submit to the Browns’ official Facebook and Twitter pages. Here’s what I have to say about what you have to say:

Rod – Everything you’ve been talking about all year is coming true. Impressive! The Browns are a dangerous team right now! Love that. It’s fun to watch them play again! I love the fact that the last three games are against teams fighting for the playoffs. Good for confidence and character-building for next year! Perfect ending would be to knock the Steelers out of the playoffs in Pittsburgh. That would be awesome!

Thanks, Rod.

I’m not all that sure about how truly prophetic I’ve been, but I have maintained a fairly high level of confidence that the many young players on this team would begin to find their way.

I had no idea exactly when that would happen, but it makes perfect sense to see the biggest strides made during the latter stages of the season. This is the time that all of the experience and knowledge gained from practices, meetings, and games should be paying off.

The Browns have become a very dangerous team, one that I don’t think other clubs look forward to facing. They are not only playing well in all phases, but they’re particularly physical on defense. Opposing offenses take a pounding in every game.

Yes, it’s fun to watch the Browns play because the offense is producing touchdowns, and the defense and special teams are making big plays.

Your point is well taken about it being good for the Browns’ confidence and character development to face teams dealing with postseason implications in the final three weeks. Dealing with high stakes is yet another important lesson for this youthful roster.

Mike – Do the Browns have an outside chance of making the playoffs with an 8-8 record?

Outside is a good way to put it, Mike.

Besides needing to win out, they also would need a good deal of help from other teams.

However, until the math officially says otherwise, the Browns absolutely need to approach their final games with the full intention of trying to reach the playoffs. That’s the only goal in the NFL.

Sure, teams play for pride. They play for jobs. But most of all, they play for the playoffs – for the chance to reach, and win, the Super Bowl.

Mandy – Seen so much improvement over the past few weeks, and maybe the new ownership is what’s helping. I think we will renew our season tickets yet again!

I think you’re making a valid point, Mandy.

The ownership change has brought a higher level of energy and urgency to the team.

Besides the arrival of chief executive officer Joe Banner and the departure of president Mike Holmgren, the greatest impact of Jimmy Haslam’s purchase of a majority stake of the Browns might very well just be that it prompts everyone in the building to try and make the best impression possible on the new people in charge.

And please do renew those season tickets!

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