Welcome to 2019 where players on the Cleveland Browns have felt compelled to start trash talking after having one of their best seasons in a very long time.
The Browns took a huge step towards qualifying for the postseason in 2018 and look to be a franchise that is trending in the right direction, going 7-8-1 a year after not winning a game.
They won five of their last seven games and went 3-2-1 in the division. In 2019, the team expects to be even better.
Damarious Randall, who was acquired just before the season, relayed this message to the rest of the division.
“We know what’s ahead,’’ Browns defensive back Damarious Randall said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “The NFL knows it’s in trouble; the AFC North knows it’s in trouble. We expect to win the AFC North next year; we expect to win a lot of games next year; and we’ve just got to get back to the drawing board and get some rest and get back to work.’’
The Browns haven’t finished with a winning record since 2007, haven’t gotten to the postseason since 2002, and their last playoff win came way back in 1994.
But Randall wasn’t done:
“We’re a force to be reckoned with,’’ Randall said. “At the end of the day, the AFC North is going to come through Cleveland from here on out, and I’m just kind of looking forward to it. The future is bright here.’’
The next step for the team now is to find a viable head coach to lead them to the promised land.