The Browns season was pronounced dead by many including myself following the Trent Richardson trade last week. However, the team found new life behind third string quarterback and Cleveland native Brian Hoyer. The hometown combination of Hoyer and fellow Clevelander Coach Ron Chudzinski will try their best to keep this season alive and to keep Cleveland fans interested in football for more than a month.
For the most part, Hoyer looked like a competent quarterback. He was not afraid to air it out leading to three touchdowns, and three interceptions, but those are just minor details. He remained confident all game culminating in this game winning touchdown pass, something Browns fans have not been a part of in quite some time. Jordan Cameron caught two touchdown passes and is now finally starting to perform up to the media’s expectations for him.
But the most impressive performer was Josh Gordon who was returning from a two game suspension for violating the league’s drug policy. However, the same fate that Trent Richardson faced from the Browns last week, may also be in store for the talented second year wide receiver. If Gordon is indeed traded, the Browns may soon be confronted with a situation very similar to what the Houston Astros just experienced.
The Browns franchise has been alienating fans for years, and this fire sale of talent from the team may just be enough to permanently drive these mistreated fans away for good. It is understandable that the Browns new coach and management are trying to rebuild the team from top to bottom, and that is absolutely what needs to be done here. But if they are not careful some Browns fans may spurn the team forever, especially with the in state Bengals surging atop the AFC North. If the Browns are not careful, they might soon be as good as dead to this fan base.