The Process: Who Did It Better?
The Cleveland Browns made one of the biggest splashes in free agency yesterday when it was reported that they would be trading for Odell Beckham Jr.
The lovable and laughable “losers” of the NFL have seemingly shifted the narrative behind them in just two seasons.
In 2016, the Browns finished 1-15. 2017 saw them actually do worse as they went 0-16.
Last season the Browns actually looked like a team that wanted to win as they finished 7-8-1. They even finished the season with a 5-3 record after parting ways with Coach Hue Jackson.
The Browns already had added Kareem Hunt to their team, but he almost guaranteed to miss some amount of time for his off-field behavior.
When he does become eligible to play, the Browns will have an offense that includes Hunt, Nick Chubb, Jarvis Landry, Odell Beckham Jr, David Njoku, and their fearless leader Baker Mayfield.
If the defense can play slightly better this year, the Browns are a team that should easily win the AFC North.
The Browns seem to have adapted “The Process” that the Philadelphia 76ers made ever so famous.
The 76ers are currently 43-25, which is tied for the 5th best record in the NBA.
Last season, they made the playoffs after missing them the five previous seasons.
They finished last season with 52 wins. That was just two seasons after finishing 10-72.
The 76ers weren’t content with last season though as this year they made even more big moves.
The first move came in November when they traded with the Timberwolves to acquire Jimmy Butler. Butler known as both a great defender and a relentless competitor, brought both leadership and playoff experience that this time will need.
February brought about another trade for the 76ers. They acquired Tobias Harris. Harris is averaging a career-high in points per game and rebounds per game.
Then there was the offseason addition of J.J. Redick.
Also, they have current NBA legend, Boban Marjanovic.
The 76ers are one of the teams to beat in the Eastern Conference as they look to avenge their loss in the playoffs last season to the Boston Celtics.
As long as they can go into the playoffs healthy, there is no reason that they shouldn’t be able to make it to the Eastern Conference Finals.
So the question remains, what will the sports world do if both the Cleveland Browns and the Philadelphia 76ers are both relevant teams that are winning games?
Who will be the new laughing-stock of their respective leagues?
Will Hell freeze over if the 76ers and Browns both manage to win a championship this season?
One thing is for sure, the fans of both of these franchises DESERVE to see their teams be successful. I can’t imagine what it has been like watching these struggles for so many years.
It is now a race to see which “Process” can bring a championship home first.