The Cleveland Browns have gone a combined 14-34 in the last three years. They’ve been to the playoffs once since returning to the NFL as an expansion team in 1999, and they haven’t won a playoff game since coach Bill Belichick led the previous incarnation of the franchise to an AFC wild card victory over the New England Patriots on New Year’s Day 1995. Just getting to .500 would be progress.
But Browns running back Peyton Hillis wants a lot more than just getting to .500.
“I’m not going to be happy until Cleveland wins a Super Bowl,” Hillis told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “Those individual goals come and go, but Super Bowls and the relationships you make with coaches, teammates and fans last forever.”
I can’t help but think that if Hillis isn’t going to be happy until Cleveland wins a Super Bowl, he isn’t going to be happy for a long time. But it’s clear that between Hillis’s comments and Colt McCoy insisting that no one will accept another 5-11 season, the Browns are a confident bunch.
We’ll just have to wait a few months to see whether their record matches their confidence.