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Joe Haden thinks the Browns and Cavs can both win big

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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.

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51 Responses to “Joe Haden thinks the Browns and Cavs can both win big”
  1. jchipwood says: Jul 12, 2014 5:10 PM

    Hes half right. Biggest mistake browns made was letting norv turner as an OC walk out the door.

  2. zonedogz says: Jul 12, 2014 5:11 PM

    Did they legalize weed in Ohio?

  3. tonymontana45 says: Jul 12, 2014 5:12 PM

    He can think what ever he wants. That doesn’t make it true or likely…

  4. ravenswhat says: Jul 12, 2014 5:16 PM

    lol no.

  5. lowut5 says: Jul 12, 2014 5:16 PM

    lol the Browns win a championship

  6. anusfur says: Jul 12, 2014 5:23 PM

    Yeah. And I want to be taller.

  7. clashpoint says: Jul 12, 2014 5:32 PM

    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.

  8. timmons94 says: Jul 12, 2014 5:34 PM

    Haven’t won more than 5 games in 6 years… Haden stick to what u do best… Getting fried.. Lol.. Wow… Standup comedy

  9. Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 12, 2014 5:39 PM

    Drug test?

  10. pfu2 says: Jul 12, 2014 5:55 PM

    Browns will finish better than Steelers, bet on it!

  11. bighat8 says: Jul 12, 2014 5:56 PM

    Lebron is is Cleveland?

  12. brownsmakemecrazy says: Jul 12, 2014 6:02 PM

    Cavs will win big. The Browns, well…., they will do what they do best lose big.

  13. ninerider says: Jul 12, 2014 6:07 PM

    No, just no. Someone give this guy a drug test quick.

  14. winorlose6burgh says: Jul 12, 2014 6:20 PM

    Cleveland clowns

  15. clashpoint says: Jul 12, 2014 6:20 PM

    The Browns will still finish last, though. Again.

  16. babaleechen says: Jul 12, 2014 6:21 PM

    Good, Joe Haden, lead the season off with Joke! Steelers 4life! Stairway to 7eaven!

  17. guvsta says: Jul 12, 2014 6:31 PM

    He won’t.

  18. BIGGSHAUN says: Jul 12, 2014 6:35 PM

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

  19. trollhammer20 says: Jul 12, 2014 6:35 PM

    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.

  20. dabmasterhap says: Jul 12, 2014 6:37 PM

    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….

  21. watermelon1 says: Jul 12, 2014 6:49 PM

    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!

  22. stoolerz says: Jul 12, 2014 7:06 PM

    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

  23. abninf says: Jul 12, 2014 7:21 PM

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

  24. dickshotdogs says: Jul 12, 2014 7:25 PM

    Adorable, you are.

  25. lks311 says: Jul 12, 2014 7:31 PM

    So, if he said they had no chance, you’d all be calling him a Loser.

  26. seatownballers says: Jul 12, 2014 7:39 PM

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

  27. haassauce21 says: Jul 12, 2014 7:41 PM

    And pigs can fly!

  28. TheDPR says: Jul 12, 2014 8:04 PM

    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.

  29. 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.

  30. ballboy48 says: Jul 12, 2014 9:17 PM

    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!

  31. ravens2xworldchamps says: Jul 12, 2014 9:23 PM

    Nope

  32. denverdude7 says: Jul 12, 2014 9:39 PM

    The Browns will show improvement this coming season… a meteoric rise to 6 – 10.

  33. 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.

  34. Spymaster Belichick says: Jul 12, 2014 9:57 PM

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

  35. coachbeck says: Jul 12, 2014 10:18 PM

    Why do people think the browns have “great” fans? This is the most overrated sb ever.

  36. ballboy48 says: Jul 12, 2014 10:23 PM

    I often wonder if Ravens fans were Browns fans first, or Colts fans. Oh wait, they are Bandwagon fans. Hahahaha!

  37. youpeopleareallthesame says: Jul 12, 2014 10:33 PM

    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.

    ——————————————————–
    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.

  38. youpeopleareallthesame says: Jul 12, 2014 10:48 PM

    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.
    ——————————————————

    Ohio State? One of the largest college brands in the country? Nice try though

  39. laxer37 says: Jul 12, 2014 11:45 PM

    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.

  40. fanofthegame1 says: Jul 13, 2014 12:34 AM

    Neither of them win now. Lebron makes them relevant not favorites. Browns are dreaming.

  41. iamdinguskhan says: Jul 13, 2014 12:40 AM

    Joe also believes in the tooth fairy, Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny.

  42. revelation123 says: Jul 13, 2014 2:25 AM

    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.

  43. packerfan12 says: Jul 13, 2014 2:45 AM

    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!

  44. belicheathater says: Jul 13, 2014 3:32 AM

    The only way Browns win the Super Bowl is to invest in quality video cameras. Trust me. I know. Little Bill.

  45. crumpledstiltskin says: Jul 13, 2014 4:07 AM

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

  46. RegisHawk says: Jul 13, 2014 7:40 AM

    Guess that jets him to the top of the list for substance abuse testing…

  47. bleedrangerblue says: Jul 13, 2014 8:26 AM

    Wow the big top has left NY and settled in Cleveland.

  48. politicallyincorrect says: Jul 13, 2014 11:55 AM

    definite reason for optimism in Cleveland

  49. politicallyincorrect says: Jul 13, 2014 11:56 AM

    I favor Cavs.. when they get Love
    and
    remember, the Browns play in the AFC… how much does it really take to challenge in that conf?

  50. djshnooks says: Jul 13, 2014 2:28 PM

    What a joke.

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

  51. imabeliever says: Jul 16, 2014 2:20 AM

    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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