Dear Pat -
I am on your side. I want you to succeed, and was thrilled to finally have an offensive minded head coach. And we are Browns fans, many who have lived through red right 88, the drive, the fumble, the helmet toss, and the wheelie. We have had staph almost kill our returning hometown heroes, and a penalty flag blind one of our lineman. We have QBs that have cried, coaches that have lied, one who wouldn't tell us who are starting QB was, and one even flipped a coin to decide our starting QB. He even called a timeout to see if he wanted to challenge a play, lost the challenge, 2 timeouts and you guessed it - it cost an opportunity to win the game.
So here is some advice - relax - we can handle the goofy stuff you will do. What we really don't enjoy is the confusing jumble you spew every week. I got news for you, you either knew Alex Smith was in the game and made a really stupid call, or didn't know personnel. No problem, just tell us what happened and treat us like the adults we all want to be some day. The kick is either blocked or it wasn't. No big deal, we can handle either option, but hearing you handle the question like it is a matter of national security is tiring.
And on the field, we are used to losing. We have been back 13 seasons, will be under 500 in 11 of them, and made the playoffs 1 time. Here is a hint - all the fair weather plans have left for other teams. We aren't going anywhere. But we do appreciate coaches that try to win. When we couldn't complete 45% of our passes, Mangini said screw it and ran the ball like 80 times a game. Most fans would throw up watching the brand of football we played, not us, we celebrated every win. Be daring. Don't worry about criticism. Go for the end zone. Tell us what you were really thinking. Accept criticism better, get a thicker skin - you will need it to survive the screw stuff that will happen only to you. You got time to turn this baby around, but start with yourself, and it will go much smoother.