Brothers in Erie; 5 Questions about the Cleveland Browns Who is the Cleveland Browns? Philosophers disagree. Could the Browns be a thing Youth Marvin Jones Jr Jersey , or is something Brown, perhaps afflicted with this attribute?Pressing questions indeed, for when the football team of an Ohio metropolitan area happens to be the Cleveland Browns, this moral quandary takes a serious turn. It’s pressing still when this team faces the Detroit Lions on the last Thursday of August for something called the “Great Lakes Freighter Trophy,” clearly a rush week prank concocted by students at Miami University.This corporeal entity shares a similar stigma with the Lions, both teams having found no wins in a 16-game NFL schedule. This does not make them brothers, primarily because the ontological nature of the Browns is not yet clear.Thankfully, we have Chris Pokorny from the SB Nation blog Dawgs by Nature to help us understand these metaphysical implications. We didn’t ask about the trophy. It’s better that way.You can read our answers to Pokorny’s questions over on Dawgs by Nature.1. Can the Browns be improved by winning?CP: If you asked former Browns GM Sashi Brown, they could only be improved by losing. 1-31 over the past two seasons has been painful as a fan and as a blogger. Can you imagine how in the past 32 regular season games, I have only been able to blog about one victory? Or go to work Monday morning with an extra pep in my step because Cleveland won over the weekend? Worst of all, I started getting apathetic to the losses, whereas even in all of the other losing seasons since 1999, I used to be just so devastated after any loss for a 24-hour period. All of Cleveland’s losing did set things up very well for new GM John Dorsey this offseason, though. So before, when they didn’t have enough talent to win, they could only be improved by losing. Now, they can only improve if they find stability on the coaching staff, and that’ll only happen if Hue Jackson starts winning.2. What is the least frustrating dimension about this current Browns roster?CP: As crazy as it may sound, I will say the quarterback position. We’ve had so many years of frustration, quarterback controversy, poor handling of the position, etc. This year, it has been clear from Day 1, and the entire locker room has been happily accepting of it: Tyrod Taylor is the starter this year, but Baker Mayfield is the future who everyone loves and is excited about. That is a new feeling for Browns fans Color Rush Devon Kennard Jersey , so the position has become the opposite of frustrating for once.3. In a three-way cage fight death match between Punished “Venom” Tyrod Taylor, Michigan State semi-god Drew Stanton and some idiot from Oklahoma named Baker Mayfield, who wins if I arm each of them with a two-by-four? Also, I guess... Who is probably the Browns quarterback by week 8?CP: Haha, man, you weren’t kidding when you said these questions would be weird. WWE-style, when all three quarterbacks are squaring off, the commissioner will come out to announce a fourth entrant -- Brogan Roback. With a name like that, he is built for the business and easily becomes the favorite to win. As far as who the Browns’ quarterback is by Week 8, if everyone stays healthy, the feeling right now is that I’m 99% confident that Taylor would still be the starter.4. What fills the metaphorical hole of Joe Thomas? Also, the literal hole.CP: Metaphorically, nothing can fill the hole left by Joe Thomas. He was and still is a God. The literal hole will be filled by Joel Bitonio, the team’s starting left guard the past four years. Moving Bitonio to left tackle has been something fans have speculated on for years, because he is the team’s next-best lineman. This offseason, Bitonio stayed at left guard while Cleveland pilot-tested a few players at left guard. They quickly saw it was a disaster near the beginning of camp, so they moved Bitonio to left tackle and inserted rookie Austin Corbett in at left guard. Bitonio has more than held his own at left tackle during the preseason.5. Give hope.CP: Jarvis Landry and Josh Gordon could be the best one-two receiving punch in the NFL. Myles Garrett has been a monster this preseason. The Browns have lacked star-power for many years, and now they have it. You can feel the national attention growing due to Hard Knocks, and this may finally be the year Cleveland becomes a contender.Thanks to Chris Pokorny for putting up with our nonsense. Welcome back to 5 Questions, everybody. It’s an exciting time to be a football fan. The NFL has never been stronger, and now we’re about to hit a potential jackpot with not one, but two new football leagues. If you’ve been following along, you should be no stranger to new leagues. The FXFL, or Fall Experimental Football League, attempted to become a developmental league for the NFL but folded in 2016 after only two seasons. In 2020 http://www.authenticsdetroitlions.com/cheap-ricky-wagner-jersey , we’re going to witness the rebirth of Vince McMahon’s XFL, but before that happens the Alliance of American Football will be fielding eight teams with around 500 players, and one team in particular will have several coaches that should be familiar to Lions fans. The San Diego Fleet, one of the eight franchises the new league will be launching, will hit the field with their new head coach, Mike Martz. Martz was the Detroit Lions offensive coordinator during the 2006 and 2007 seasons before getting fired after the team’s collapse following a 6-2 start that season. With Martz now at the helm, San Diego should prepare itself for about one hundred seven-step drops a game, am I right, fellas? (Editor’s note: please remove references that will appear dated to modern fans).Former Lions quarterback, and Mike Martz disciple, Jon Kitna will be the team’s offensive coordinator. Considering the beating he took under Martz, maybe he’ll quash the seven-step drop altogether, but that remains to be seen. Kitna is joined by his brother, Mike, who will act as the team’s assistant offensive line coach. The inclusion of both Kitnas opens the door to some potential drama, since they were both involved in some pretty crazy shenanigans as high school coaches recently. Former Lions Pro Bowl defensive back Dre’ Bly will also join the Fleet, acting as defensive backs coach. Bly, an All Pro in 2003, was a fan favorite during his tenure with the Lions, and even attempted to make a comeback with the team in 2010, though it was unsuccessful. This isn’t Bly’s first foray into the coaching arena, but it will be his first time doing so with professionals at any level. On the other side of the ball, former Lions receiver and the first Lion to score a touchdown at Ford Field, Az-Zahir Hakim, is taking over as the Fleet’s wide receivers coach. A college receivers coach Color Rush Michael Roberts Jersey , Hakim is also making his first jump into the professional arena. One of the more electric receivers to play in Detroit, Hakim was a fan favorite when he played for the Lions both for his receiving ability and for his work as a punt returner. If you’re interested in seeing who they’ll be coaching, including former Lions pre-season linebacker Al-Rasheed Benton, check it out here. So what else will the new league bring to the table besides some long-retired Lions? Well, as detailed here, kickoffs are gone. Instead, teams will start at their own 25. Late in the game and wish you could go for an onside kick? Sorry, you can’t, but teams have the option to instead start at their own 35 on fourth-and-10. Extra points, also gone (Kickers in the AAF are apparently not people, too). Instead, teams will be forced to do what NFL teams should have been doing all along anyway, go for two every time. There’s a shorter play clock, so uptempo offenses are likely to be more prevalent.Players won’t be going at this thing for free. As noted by ESPN:With the recent legal changes in the United States regarding gambling, the AAF isn’t screwing around, instead putting all their chips into the betting markets. Banking on the appeal of big-named former players (other teams landed former NFL stars like Michael Vick) and exciting local talents in their charter cities, the league is hoping to give opportunities to football players who may have simply missed their first shot at the NFL, while giving others a chance to develop into players that could appeal to the granddaddy NFL. With Charlie Ebersol leading the charge and Bill Polian pulling talent, this new league may be a lot of fun. They’ve already released their rosters and coaching staffs but also showcased some pretty sweet logos and team colors for their inaugural squads. It’s an interesting, but workable financial model for the players, and when adding in the gambling stuff, we’re probably not going to see a USFL type of collapse. I’m just excited to have football starting in February, which is normally when we mourn the end of football for half a year.