Browns’ Christian Kirksey says they’ll make the playoffs this year

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Will the NFL’s longest playoff drought end this year? One Browns player thinks so.

The Browns haven’t made the playoffs since 2002, the longest streak in the NFL, but Browns linebacker Christian Kirksey took to Twitter to proclaim they’re going to make it this year.

“Woke up this morning letting yal know Browns will be in the playoffs this year! Remember this tweet #Cleveland,” Kirksey wrote.

[https://twitter.com/Kirko58/status/1009069612657463297]

Given that the Browns were 0-16 last year, 1-15 the year before and have been the worst team in the NFL over the two decades since they returned to the NFL as an expansion team, a lot of people will scoff at that.

But there’s little doubt that Kirksey is at least correct that the Browns have the best roster they’ve had in his five seasons in Cleveland. A playoff roster? That might be a stretch.

62 responses to “Browns’ Christian Kirksey says they’ll make the playoffs this year

  1. Shoot for the moon and land among the stars…shoot for the playoffs and win six to ten games. I’m not condescending. This would be a nice improvement for the browns compared to the last few dismal years.

  2. yeah, and i will see the Great Pumpkin first;

    it a little more difficult for the NFL to legislate a championship like the NBA did for their basketballers (c’mon, folks, down 2-0 and then 3-1 without home court advantage? it was the reward the NBA promised LeBron for returning to cleveland, but then, the NBA have been legislating championships since Michael Jordan couldn’t get past the original Bad Boys);

    too bad cleveland didn’t hold on to Belichick then they’d have as many questionable titles as NE do;

  3. Last Year …. If the Browns had …. Not Great ….. Not Good … but just Adequate QB play they win 7 games ……

  4. I don’t know if all you haters have noticed, but a lot has changed in Berea the last several months. New attitude, better players, new gm, and most of all, a new season. This team will be significantly better than you’ve seen in long, long, time in Cleveland. It’s all fun and games until your team gets an “L” on their record by the Browns. Can’t wait to get this party started.

  5. I predict the Browns will indeed improve. Maybe not Playoffs this year, but a bunch of wins. The problem for this team is they will show an improved record for a few consecutive years and then the numerous Rookie Contracts and “Star” Free agents will want to get paid around the same time and that will derail the progress. It’s a fact.

  6. If they win 4 or 5 games, that’s a good season and a sign of progress for them. If they go worst to first, it’s a sign of the apocalypse.

  7. Browns have the talent to win 10 games. Plus they play 4 teams that finished last last year. The biggest problem I see is their equal opportunity, non fireable coach. That will hold them back.

  8. nhpats says:
    June 20, 2018 at 8:32 am
    Why not. He knows his team plays in the cream-puff AFC North

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    I know, right. Not like they’re playing supreme juggernauts like the Jets and Dolphins every year.

  9. Boy, the Browns players have been talking a lot of smack lately.

    This guy, Landry, Tyrod, Gordon etc etc.

    They may want to, you know, win a few games first…

    Honestly, it kind of reminds me of the Rex Ryan Bills. The Bills players were smack talking before they’d done anything. They were even calling our Brady for cripes sake!
    But that’s not surprising, because Hue Jackson kind of reminds me of Rex (at least in the way he runs his team, and the way he talks to media at times).

  10. dirtydawg44 says:
    June 20, 2018 at 8:21 am
    I don’t know if all you haters have noticed, but a lot has changed in Berea the last several months. New attitude, better players, new gm, and most of all, a new season.

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    A lot of people (myself included) are optimistic that the Browns are on an upward trajectory, but get off the false indignation trip.

    Your comment applies to the Browns once every 2-4 years over the past 20 years, and the results have always been the same. There’s a good reason why people are skeptical at this point, so don’t go blaming “haters” for not diving in headfirst just yet. Training camp isn’t even here.

  11. Don’t forget how long this team has been drafting at or near the top of the draft. It’s not like there is no talent on this team.

  12. Well they certainly have the most talent they’ve had in 25 years, but probably to many new and young, inexperience players to be realistic playoff contenders this season. They should, however, should be able to win a few divisional games and finish close to .500.

  13. I’m so tired of all the Browns talk and it’s surprising how much attention is being paid to them early in the year. I hope they’ll be better, but there’s a long way to go.

  14. I disagree not because they’ll be bad but because they’re cursed.

    That “playoff drought” includes a 10-6 team that somehow didn’t make the playoffs who all came down with staff infections the next year and a 6-3 team that lost 6 games at that point because Johnny Manziel was a thing.

  15. The optimism of June will soon give way to the realities of December when the standings show the Browns at 3 wins or less.

  16. Browns fan for life here. It’s been a long time since we’ve heard someone on the team even express this. Yeah I’m drinking the kool-aide: Browns in the playoffs this year!

  17. Interesting that Kirksey says there is talent on this team. Yes there is but you had to sign those talents from other teams. Like the new right tackle from the Steelers, or Landry and on. Whats lost in his statement was the fact that his team had a chance to draft those same players but instead they selected players who didn’t pan out even though they have been picking in the top 10 in the past decade.

    This tells me it is not just the bad scouting that leads to the mediocre scouting but it is also the coaching that leads to bad results on those players. All the talent in the world won’t fix bad coaching or bad concepts, it can mask it but it won’t fix it. From this Steelers fan to you Kirksey, good luck coming in last again in the division.

  18. the browns have made changes.

    same old incompetent coach;

    same old imbecile owner;

    same stupid overdraft of the only runt QB in the top 5 draftable QBs;

    same stupid FA signings—see Robinson, Greg;

    tell me again how this collection of players is a team trending up;

  19. mmmpierogi says:
    June 20, 2018 at 8:59 am
    nhpats says:
    June 20, 2018 at 8:32 am
    Why not. He knows his team plays in the cream-puff AFC North

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    I know, right. Not like they’re playing supreme juggernauts like the Jets and Dolphins every year.

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    Exactly. At least the Dolphins or the Jets find a way to beat the Pats once in a while. When was the last time an AFC North team can claim to have done that?

  20. Have the Browns made a coaching change that I wasn’t aware of, no you say? Then i don’t see a guy who’s 1-31 in the last 2 years all of a sudden winning 9+ games to make the playoffs.

    I don’t care if the culture and players have changed – there’s no way a simple change of a few players will result in 9 wins with that coach.

  21. The roster is much improved, defense is strong and the offense has added some impressive playmakers. Adding Haley as OC (actually having an OC this year) is a step forward. I worry about two issues – 1) the schedule is… tough. Based on last years records we are tied for the 5th hardest strength of schedule and 2) Hue Jackson. I hope having an OC makes him a better coach. There we calls and substitutions (especially with QB) that were head scratching. This is Hue’s last chance, he knows it… don’t blow it.

  22. nhpats says:
    June 20, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    Exactly. At least the Dolphins or the Jets find a way to beat the Pats once in a while. When was the last time an AFC North team can claim to have done that?

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    What do the Pats have to do with it? No one else is obsessed with the Pats except for you and tylaw.

  23. While I’m definitely a realist, Kirksey saying this is a good thing. He’s holding himself and the rest of this squad accountable. What would you prefer he say? “Get ready for another 0-16 season”?

  24. you haters better pray that the Browns stay bad. you think that Patriots fans are obnoxious? we are not bandwagon fans like those people, and we have been saving it up for 2 decades. if the Browns are good, be prepared for hell on earth. we Browns fans remember every slight and will pay it back 100 fold. Browns playoffs.

  25. mmmpierogi says:
    June 20, 2018 at 1:08 pm
    nhpats says:
    June 20, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    Exactly. At least the Dolphins or the Jets find a way to beat the Pats once in a while. When was the last time an AFC North team can claim to have done that?

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    What do the Pats have to do with it? No one else is obsessed with the Pats except for you and tylaw.

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    The Pats are the best team in the AFC. All other teams need to go through the Pats to make it to the SB. The teams in the cream-puff AFC North have not beat the Pats in so long they have all but accepted that they will not make it to the SB unless some team like the Jaguars or Broncos manages to eliminate the Pats from contention.

  26. PLAYOFFS! PLAYOFFS?. REALLY?. PLAYOFFS! Kid ain’t even made it to training camp yet, talkin playoffs. Lol!

  27. dreemeagle says:
    June 20, 2018 at 7:42 am
    yeah, and i will see the Great Pumpkin first;

    it a little more difficult for the NFL to legislate a championship like the NBA did
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    If you think that the NFL doesn’t legislate championships like the NBA, then it is YOU who should be peeing in a cup.

  28. My Dolphins made the playoffs without a playoff roster a couple of seasons ago and it showed once they were there. It’s not impossible and for Browns fans piece of mind I hope they at least win some games. Jarvis Laundry will bring some fight and although I have cooled a little over his departure because I thought he had more class he is still a top player and fun to watch.

  29. fishyinalittledishy says:
    June 20, 2018 at 2:11 pm
    My Dolphins made the playoffs without a playoff roster a couple of seasons ago and it showed once they were there. It’s not impossible and for Browns fans piece of mind I hope they at least win some games. Jarvis Laundry will bring some fight and although I have cooled a little over his departure because I thought he had more class he is still a top player and fun to watch.

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    The Dolphins made the playoffs as a Wild Card team. It might be easier for the Browns to actually win the division. None of the teams in the cream-puff AFC North are any good….so they have as good a chance as any of them.

  30. Browns fans are so tired of losing that they don’t know what the term “hater” means. You can’t hate on a pathetic team that even failed to win a single game….

  31. I like his optimism, shoot for 2 wins first though, huh? If you guys make the playoffs I’m almost afraid they’ll do what the eagles fans did after winning the Superbowl or worse!

  32. Perhaps Kirksey or Hue can channel their inner Tripper Harrison and give an epic “It just doesn’t matter” speech.

  33. Playoffs….. Playoffs? You Kidding me? Playoffs?

    Where is Jim Mora when you need him.

    Kirksey is drinking that brown kool-aid, and if there is ever a color of kool-aid you DON’T want to drink, it is brown.

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