“Brownian motion” is a familiar concept for physics students. It refers to a random movement of microscopic particles suspended in liquids or gases resulting from the impact of molecules of the liquids or gases.
Of course, “Brownian motion” could also describe the sad performance of the Cleveland Browns since they returned to the NFL. For more than a decade, the team has lurched about with spastic grace and has only rarely approached competitiveness. Offensively, the team has played pass-oriented schemes, power running schemes, mobile quarterback schemes, pocket-passing schemes, and virtually every other hot offensive approach this side of the single wing. The defensive game plans have been similarly varied, with the only constant being the Browns’ inability to put consistent pressure on the opposing quarterback.
So, I was glad to read that new head coach Pat Shurmur has a “clear vision” of the direction in which this battered franchise should move. He says the Browns should (1) try to win the AFC North and then (2) compete in and win the Super Bowl. He says there should be “new excitement” because it’s “a new direction with systems and plans that have won multiple Super Bowls.”
I groan when I read this kind of pointless coach-speak. I’m quite sure that I could look through the news archives and find similarly meaningless comments from prior Browns’ head coaches. Of course they are trying to win the AFC North and make the Super Bowl. What other goals would a Browns’ coach have?
It looks like Coach Shurmur will have his chance to pursue this “new direction” soon enough; reports are that a deal has been struck between the owners and the players and the NFL lockout is ending. As a long-suffering Browns fan, I’ll be rooting for the Browns to get on track and build on the positives from last season. I ask only that Coach Shurmur keep the insulting coach-speak to a minimum, and let the team’s performance do the talking.