by: the Common Constitutionalist
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My apologies to all you Browns fans.
For regular readers, you know I use a lot of football analogies. Well – here’s another.
Say you get permission from the NFL to create an expansion team – a brand new professional football franchise.
You, the owner, do your due diligence and hire who you feel is the best available Coach and General Manager.
The League office encourages other teams to aid your new franchise, lending their expertise and advice on various issues regarding football operations, free agency, the draft, etc.
One day you sit down with your new General Manager and Coach and start making calls to other teams for guidance. So whom do you call? And who do you not?
If you’re smart, you call the proven winners – starting with the New England Patriots (of course), then move on to the Steelers, Broncos, Packers, Cowboys and Giants. You seek out the proven winners – franchises that show up in the playoffs either every year, or at least most years.
Who you don’t call is the Cleveland Browns, the Buffalo Bills, or Jacksonville Jaguars. No offence, but why would you or anyone take advice on building a winning franchise from teams that rarely, if ever, win.