Over at NFL.com, Elliot Harrison posted 32 bold predictions about the upcoming NFL season, one for each team. He acknowledges that these aren’t your standard, boring predictions like “Bruce Arians will be a coach-of-the-year candidate” or “the Bengals will lose in the wildcard round of the playoffs” again. He’s talking “Tony Romo will actually play an entire season” bold.
Here is what Harrison boldly predicted for the Browns:
Cleveland Browns: Hue Jackson doubles the 2015 win total in Year 1.
Granted, it might not be that hard for the Browns to do, given that Cleveland only won three games last season. Yet, most of my colleagues at NFL Network don't see the Browns sniffing even six wins. I think we could all be surprised by a 7-9 campaign. Hue Jackson was a wonderful hire, and he should do much not only for Robert Griffin III but the running game, as well. Look for running back Duke Johnson to be more of a contributor in both the ground and air attack. And what's not to love about Coachocinco?
Seven wins? Sign me up!
As for his other bold predictions in the division:
- The Bengals will miss the playoffs for the first time in six years.
- Antonio Brown will be the MVP of the NFL in 2016.
- Steve Smith will join Jerry Rice as the only player to have a 1,000+ yard season after year 15 of his career.