If Jets fans think they have it bad, try being a Browns fan these days.
Since the mid-1990s, it has been nothing but losing and heartache. From losing the franchise outright in 1995, when Art Modell moved the team to Baltimore, to suffering through what has happened since the Browns came back as an expansion team in 1999, there has been precious little to celebrate.
And now, it’s another case of wait-til-next year, only this time just two games into the season. The Browns pulled off a stunning trade, sending running back Trent Richardson, the third overall pick in last year’s draft, to the Indianapolis Colts for their 2014 first-round pick.
Talk about cashing in the rest of the season. The Browns just did. Not that they’d be a juggernaut this year, but when you deal away your best offensive player 18 games into his career, what does that tell you? It tells you that the front-office brain trust of team president Joe Banner and general manager Mike Lombardi are all about what happens in 2014, when they will presumably draft another quarterback high in the first round.
Teddy Bridgewater? Johnny Manziel? Brett Hundley? Or will Cleveland look to a defensive star such as Jadeveon Clowney, who is already being called a once-in-a-generation player?
Either way, Browns fans have been down this road before. Again and again and again. Since returning to Cleveland in 1999, the Browns have had seven different head coaches, 19 different starting quarterbacks and just one playoff appearance.
After seeing their star running back dealt away on Wednesday, it’s just more of the same. Basically the Browns are now a year away from being a year away from starting all over again.
Feel any better, Jets fans?