Karlos Dansby loves the Browns, and Karlos Dansby

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One of the more underrated players and personalities in the NFL over the past decade or so has been linebacker Karlos Dansby.  Now that he has joined the Browns after stops with the Cardinals, Dolphins, and Cardinals again, Dansby has plenty of confidence in his abilities — and in his new team’s potential.

“The plan was to go to the best division in football and show the world what I got, and how I measure up,” Dansby told Takeo Spikes and Alex Marvez of SiriusXM NFL Radio regarding Dansby’s decision to sign with the Cardinals last year after being cut by Miami.  “Totally dominated the whole division.  Totally dominated.  Took a team that was 5-11 and they probably like ranked last in run defense.  And we went from last to No. 1 in run defense.  That’s pretty stellar, man.  I thought I was going to win the [NFL] defensive player of the year, to be honest.”

Actually, the Cardinals were 28th in 2012 against the run.  But they were indeed No. 1 in 2013.

So why did he pick the Browns?

“Me going to Cleveland, the money was sweet,” Dansby said.  “The money was unexpected.  Let’s get it straight, the money was unexpected.  I wasn’t expecting that money.  But they gave it to me because they respect me.”

And how will the Browns fare in 2014?

“We’re loaded, man,” Dansby said.  “We’re really loaded, man.  And I can’t wait until we get going to show the world what we really have in Cleveland.  We’ve got something special.  Really special.”

It’s been a long, long time since that’s been the case in Cleveland.  It’s overdue and deserved, and maybe it’s time for the Browns to finally rise.

55 responses to “Karlos Dansby loves the Browns, and Karlos Dansby

  1. I love when players are honest about their free agency choices. He went to the team that offered the most money. No shame in admitting that. I’d take the job that offers me the most money as well.

    Also love his ridiculously irrational confidence.

  2. Last time I checked Karlos, football is a team sport and though you contributed big, there are ten other players that allowed you to do what you do that you seem to forget to mention. Glad your arrogance is gone. We’ll see how special you are in Cleveland.

  3. Oh good, one of my beloved Cleveland Browns players is running his mouth. Because as a die-hard Browns fan, I can attest to how stellar this team is year-in and year-out. Our fans and players totally have the right to talk trash with our continued dominance of the AFC North…

  4. The Brown indeed appear to have bettered themselves. But Karlos needs to realize this is a team game. Hopefully someone can gently break that to him, maybe during his pre-game mani-pedi.

  5. 5 of the Browns 6 pro bowl players last year were young. Sometimes you have to pay for an experienced leader.

  6. I hope The Browns have a good season and really shake up the AFC North. Dansby obviously will assist in that in a big way and I bet the Cardinals wish they still had him.

  7. Darnell Dockett doesn’t miss a chance to call this guy out as selfish, running for the money, and Dockett’s been a good friend of his for a long time. It’s not like 99.5% of us wouldn’t cash in when the chance presents itself, but DDock is sure smarting from Dansby’s bolting, and truth be told, he’ll be missed. Especially with DWash out, too. The Cards D won’t be quite the same in 2014.

  8. Dansby is a great player, no doubt.

    That said, I can’t help but feel as though he’s a complete tool every time I hear him interviewed.

  9. It’s amazing how Dansby is supposedly underrated now , but when he was with Miami none of the writers here liked him. Just sayin’

  10. Maybe its time for the Browns to finally rise? I’ve been hearing that for years now.

    They’ve been doing the same thing they always do after 2 years or so. They toss money around to fit the new philosophy of their new coach and then they dump the coach after a short amount of time all while drafting busts year after year.

  11. This from a Steelers fan, I hope y’all get it together this year. The AFC North is the toughest division of all if them so far this century, and would be even more so if y’all weren’t dragging the slack. Competition drives excellence, look at the Ravens and Steelers for a good example. I’d also like to see the Browns and the Bengals have the same kind of rivalry that the Steelers and Ravens do. Both of you, get to work on that!

    I really do respect the crap out of Carlos, he’s the guy that gets the D all riled up. I always thought his pregame rant was better than Ray Lewis’ was just because Carlos doesn’t do any stupid dances. Good luck this year, Brownies.

    AFC North rules!

  12. As a Seahawk fan… he may be right and we’re all glad he’s gone.

    Arizona in the ONLY team to beat the Russell Wilson led Seahawks in two years in Seattle. The SF 49’ers are 0-3 during the same period, even though most of the talking heads rate them as the 2nd best team in the N.F.L.

    Good-by, Karlos, Good-by!

    js

  13. If there is such a thing, I hope they hold the 2014 Hot Air Ballooning Championship in Cleveland, because there is no shortage of hot air coming out of there!

  14. I love the, ‘show the world’ attitude NBA and NFL players have. The world doesn’t care. America? Yes…..but not the world.

  15. Could the guy sound anymore mercenary talking about how “sweet” the money is? I have had it with all these off season proclamations about greatness coming from guys like Dansby who play for bad teams. There are a few great teams and several more on the cusp and the Browns aren’t one of them.

  16. If we look at the Seattle Seahawks as a case study in how long it takes to recover from the Holmgren stench and become champions, the Cleveland Browns probably are due.

  17. Good Luck in Cleveland Karlos, you will need it.
    It won’t be quite like South Beach, in fact not even close.

  18. Hopefully they do get it together this year. They’ve been one of the the worst teams in any sport over the last 20ish years. Johnny football looks like he’s the size of a HS player, needs to bulk up if he wants to survive

  19. Did he really just say he single-handedly took the Cardinals from 5-11 to a team that “totally dominated the whole division” (that being the NFC West)?

    And then he decided to go to the “best division in football.”

    But I, and the rest of us, coulda sworn he just LEFT the best division in football.

    Crazy times, Karlos, crazy times.

  20. Defense is solid. Now, can the Browns put up some points?

    Who’s going to catch the ball?

  21. I’m glad they paid him, while I love D’quell, Dansby IS an upgrade….and in my opinion, the Browns NEED some attitude. Go Browns.

  22. After a decade at middle backer…Thats a long time to be at such hard hitting position. You have to wonder how much will be left in the tank as the season wears on. Always was good player but father time unforgiving.

  23. As a dolphin fan I have a ton of respect for Karlos Dansby. He had a stellar season last year with zona. Really out produced all 3 season in Miami. Good player no doubt but will he produce in Cleveland now that is is being paid? I agree with him on his point on Cleveland’s defense too, they have a ton of defensive talent on that team now, I think they can make some noise in the wide open AFC.

  24. With so many “new” things being in place, I don’t let my expectations get too high, just yet.

    I am looking forward to watching the Browns defense dominate the NFL. I also believe this will be a year of painful “growth” for Mike Pettine and Johnny Manziel.

    However, with everything considered, it should be a season of highs and lows but, a lot of fun to watch….as long as the new Browns beat the old Browns.

  25. Karlos Dansby is quite the marketer. He sold the Browns (and himself) on the idea that he was the reason for the Cardinals turnaround. His inflated ego comes through in every interview he conducts. The Cardinals resurrected Dansby’s career NOT the other way around. Let’s see how Cleveland and it’s linebackers perform in comparison to Arizona. We will see in a few months who got conned.

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