Browns in Super Bowl a pipe dream? Not necessarily

Posted by Vic Carucci on February 5, 2013 – 12:33 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:

Alexi – Can anyone honestly ever see the Browns being in the Super Bowl? It would be amazing to watch.

Yes, Alexi. I can.

I have no idea when, but I think it’s closer to reality than one might assume for a team that has won only 14 games in the past three seasons and has posted only two winning seasons since 1999.

The constant overhauling of NFL rosters makes it reasonable to think that a team that struggled one season can jump into contention the next. It happens routinely in a league designed to encourage competitive balance.

Key players change teams, clubs that have been contenders tend to hang onto certain players too long and suffer the consequences from an aging lineup (including a rapid infusion of youth), and, as we saw this offseason, the proliferation of coaching and front-office changes brings new ideas that can easily lead to quick turnarounds.

If you’re a team with a solid core of youth, as the Browns have, it’s fair to expect improvement. And if you’re able to build upon that youth with good drafting and free-agent signings, and if your new coaching staff (something the Browns also have) is able to draw the best out of those players, it’s equally fair to say that the improvement could be significant.

Consider how much of an impact rookie quarterbacks made during the 2012 season. Finding the right answer at that critical position isn’t easy, but it can happen more suddenly than it once did.

Could Brandon Weeden be that guy for the Browns? Perhaps. And if he isn’t, the chances of finding someone else who is are hardly remote.

Who could have ever imagined Colin Kaepernick being one of the starting quarterbacks in Super Bowl XLVII?

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