Joe Haden thinks the Browns and Cavs can both win big

AP

The Browns are approaching legitimacy, building a strong defense which could buy time for an offense that’s losing a key part, but adding a potential star in quarterback Johnny Manziel.

Their NBA neighbors got the quick-fix Friday, gaining superstar LeBron James.

But Browns cornerback Joe Haden said he wasn’t sure which team would win a title first.

“LeBron makes things happen pretty quickly, so we’re going to have to get to it,” Haden said during an NFL Network appearance, via the Akron Beacon Journal. ” I say it’s going to be a tight fight. I know me and Manziel will be pushing to make that happen before. That’s why LeBron is coming here to bring a championship to the city and I’m trying to do the same thing.”

Haden joked that he’d give James his jersey number 23 if he’d join the Browns, but noted that the buzz around the NBA team didn’t discount the progress they’ve made.

“Even if LeBron hadn’t have come, I felt really confident about what we got going on as far as the Browns organization and the way the direction that we’re going,” he said. “This is just nothing but add-on to it. This just boosts peoples’ spirits up. I think at the end of the day, what we have with the Browns we feel like we can games, we feel like our defense is very, very, very strong. With [Johnny] Manziel and [Brian] Hoyer fighting for the quarterback position, Ben Tate at running back — we’ve got a lot of different moving positions on offense. It could be special for us. I think with this team, we’re going to have a really big push.”

The simple math of 22 starters vs. five means it’s easier for one player to make a huge difference for the team, but if Manziel can play to the star-status he’s reached by hanging around James, the Browns could be interesting in the next few years.

51 responses to “Joe Haden thinks the Browns and Cavs can both win big

  1. I think the Browns have a better chance to win with Hoyer at qb than with Manziel. Certainly this year, and maybe even long term. Hoyer is somewhat underrated and Manziel is vastly overrated. Is either good enough to take the team to Haden’s promised land? We’ll only find out when they play the games.

  2. Make sure there’s enough money in the concussion settlement when Joe Haden retires. It’s easy to see the effects already taking place.

  3. Is it really news to hear players with optimistic predictions for their own teams?

    Now, if Tony Romo comes out tomorrow and says “Yeah, we’re definitely poised for another 8-8 year, bank on it!”…..THAT would be news.

  4. Hates will hate. Pettine is Bill Cohwer Version 2. This team has the right Mgmt to be successful. I’m going to enjoy this ride over the NFL. You remember the Saints? Pathetic at one point and now one of the best. Once a Browns fan, Always a Browns fan….

  5. The ravens and bengals just look too strong for the Browns to have a real shot at the playoffs.

    They could definitely be spoilers for many teams throughout the year, and have a big impact on seeding for playoffs!

  6. Darin, referencing an earlier post, it was just a matter of time, but Clevelandness has struck this weekend. LeBron James has signed a contract, a whole 2 years with opt out after one. SOME COMMITMENT. The world better hope Cleveland never wins title. If it did, the world would blow up 2 seconds after winning it. The powers that be will not allow a Cleveland fan to be happy for any length of time

  7. I’m not sure what has changed with the Cavs since the last time James was there and failed to win any titles.

  8. I’m more excited to see if cb Gilbert is any good at this point. I’m blocking out manziel headlines

  9. If only San Antonio had an NFL team. By PFT and evidently Joe Haden calculations, they’d be primed for a strong playoff run thanks to Tim Duncan and the NBA championship.

    Who dreams this stuff up? And do you think your readers are stupid?

    The NBA has absolutely ZERO to do with how well a local football team performs. ZERO.

  10. Lebron couldn’t win with Wade and Bosh. Now he is going to run rough shod with the Podunk Five? And “approaching legitimacy” isn’t actually winning. It is just not making the usual fools of yourselves down there in the Factory of Sadness. Wasting a draft pick on Johnny Football when you could have Tebow for nothing isn’t the way to legitimacy. Same guy, different year.

  11. People are just mad, because they envy those that have a fanbase like the Browns, and have special players like the Cavs and Lebron. HATERS ARE GOING TO HATE!

  12. Clevelands only hope is LeBron. He is literally the only person who give a crap about that state.

  13. The Cleveland Browns: 3-13 after an expected brutal collapse following the drafting of Johnny “Cocaine” Manziel.

  14. dcapettini says: Jul 12, 2014 8:55 PM

    Lebron couldn’t win with Wade and Bosh. Now he is going to run rough shod with the Podunk Five? And “approaching legitimacy” isn’t actually winning. It is just not making the usual fools of yourselves down there in the Factory of Sadness. Wasting a draft pick on Johnny Football when you could have Tebow for nothing isn’t the way to legitimacy. Same guy, different year.

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    Not to pee pee in your cheerios, but Lebron did win with Wade and Bosh. 2 times and went to the finals 2 more times beyond that.

  15. Spymaster Belichick says: Jul 12, 2014 9:55 PM

    Clevelands only hope is LeBron. He is literally the only person who give a crap about that state.
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    Ohio State? One of the largest college brands in the country? Nice try though

  16. As if LeBron’s return has any impact on what the Browns do.

    If anything it will give Cleveland fans something to look forward to when reality sets in for Browns fans each year.

  17. Who knows what Manzeil will do, but Hoyer is actually a pretty decent QB. The Browns might actually have a shot at the playoffs if Josh Gordon isn’t suspended for hurting no-one.

  18. I’ve been saying for the past few years that the Browns are going to overtake some of the teams at the top of their division once they get a QB. I think they have found one in…Brian Hoyer. If he can stay healthy, he is good enough to help the Browns win 6-10 games. He isn’t going to put up a lot of points, but can win the close games.

    Johnny Manziel was a risk I wouldn’t have taken on. He had one of the most talented offenses I’ve ever seen in college football in the past 10 years with Mike Evans, Ryan Swope, Christin Michael, and THREE future top 10 picks at tackle (Joeckel, Matthews, and Ogbuhei.) A lot of quarterbacks could have looked good with that type of talent around them, Manziel just did it in a very flashy way. (Of course he could make me eat my words, but much like Robert Griffin I probably wouldn’t count on it.) And we of course know all of his off the field antics, which is clearly helping him become a better quarterback…

    As for the Cavs, of course they can win, they have Lebron James, or as someone from ESPN called him a “portable dynasty.” I don’t think they will though, the West is very good, and the Cavs have a lot of young and inexperienced players. The only thing that would change my mind is if they gave up Wiggins for Love THEN I think they would have a chance, but I have a feeling that’s not going to happen, and the Wolves aren’t going to take that slap in the face offer that they threw out there. (Waiters, Bennett and a 1st rounder.)

    With all of this being said, the Browns are going to be one of the most interesting teams this year, will Manziel succeed in the NFL? Will there be a quarterback controversy? How much will losing Josh Gordon hurt them? I think this is a soap opera waiting to happen, maybe the Browns will finally get some air time on ESPN!

  19. What is everyone gonna make fun of when the Browns eventually become good? Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket.

  20. What a joke.

    Can’t wait to see Whitner’s career end…and the city fall into Lake Erie.

  21. Hmmm… Maybe Haden hasn’t checked the depth chart… Last time I checked Hoyer not Manziel was number 1 at that position… I like Joe but maybe he better stick his nose in the playbook instead of doing interviews… oh and look at the offensive depth chart once in a while…

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