Best Browns team since ’99? Maybe

Posted by Vic Carucci on December 12, 2012 – 3:00 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:

John – I almost hesitate to say this, but … could this be the team we’ve been waiting for since 1999???  Dig in, boys! Let’s go for 4!!!!

It might very well be the Browns’ best team since 1999, John. I’m willing to go there.

True, the 10-6 team in 2007 is hard to ignore. So is the 9-7 club in 2002.

But the difference between those clubs and this one is the proliferation of youth on the current squad. The ’07 and ’02 editions had better records than the 2012 Browns would have if they win their final three games. They didn’t have better talent.

This Browns team has plenty of highly skilled players on both sides of the ball. They are much better at quarterback. Running back? Check. Wide receiver? Check. Offensive line? Check. Tight end? Check. Offensive line? Check. Defensive line? Check.

They have one of the game’s best cornerbacks, one of its top middle linebackers, and a solid safety.

The bottom line is that, unlike those ’07 and ’02 clubs, these Browns have a more legitimate chance to continue to improve through the years.

Santana – How about we beat a team that isn’t considered worse than us before celebrating?

I don’t think the Browns need to apologize for any of their victories, Santana.

If you’re considered better than the team you play, then it stands to reason that you should win, and that was exactly what the Browns did against the Chiefs and Raiders the past two weeks.

If you’re viewed as being considerably better than your opponent, then you should win big, as the Browns did against the Chiefs.

Given how balanced so much of the competition has been on a weekly basis throughout the league, the Browns have every reason to feel good about every victory they have and especially satisfied to be playing their best down the stretch. Their ability to win three games in a row and five of their last eight makes a resounding statement about just how far the many young players on the team have come since the 0-5 start.

Regardless of the opponents, those accomplishments are absolutely worth celebrating.

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