The main objective, especially after only 3 weeks of football, is to win games, not hurt your draft status. And if anything the Browns showed people Sunday their objective is not to tank this season.
How can anyone accuse the Browns, who have averaged 5 wins/season for the last 14 years, of purposely trying to tank the season? IMO, they don't have to try!
I'm a die-hard Browns fan, but I'm also a realist too (most Brown fans are).... this team (and organization) has been one HUGE comedy of errors for the last 14 years. We've only posted two winning seasons in that span (9-7, 10-6).
They continually have made so many changes that it appears they are always "starting from scratch". We're on our 6th head coach, and last count we've tried 11 different QBs.
And while a lot of teams can list first round picks that haven't panned out, and even been disasters, the Browns have had the worst of luck in this category with the likes of Courtney Brown, Gerard Warren, Willie Green, Winslow, Edwards, and Quinn (I'll stop there). They have done better in the last few years with Joe Thomas, Alex Mack, Joe Haden, and Phil Taylor (verdict is still out on rookie OLBer Mingo).
This organization's problem has been in properly, and successfully, scouting/evaluating, and drafting talent in key positions on the offense. They've done one heck of a job in building a top-rate defense. But they haven't been able to do it on the other side, and especially at very key positions (QB, RB, and WR).
I like the new owner. I like the coaching staff he has assembled. I understand what they are attempting to do from the offensive side too. I think they finally get it. Norv Turner, as far as offensive coordinator goes, is an excellent one. He and Chudzinski are on the same page as far as what they want to achieve, and the type of personnel needed. Richardson, and Weeden, don't fit that scheme.
They need a franchise QB and they know it. I'm willing to see what happens.
As Brown fans what do we have to lose?? LOL