BEREA, Ohio — Jarvis Landry acquired a history lesson Thursday afternoon.
“So actually,” he requested throughout a media gaggle, “the Cleveland workforce grew to become the Baltimore Ravens?”
Sure, Landry was informed, the workforce from Cleveland moved to Baltimore after the 1995 season — then won the Tremendous Bowl following the 2000 season.
“Rattling,” Landry mentioned. “That harm, did not it?”
It did certainly harm.
Cleveland followers protested the transfer so loudly and so lengthy that the NFL stored the workforce identify and colours in Cleveland and introduced the Browns again in 1999. However that growth season began a stretch of ineptitude that has solely led to 2018 with the emergence of a younger workforce and quarterback Baker Mayfield.
Landry merely wasn’t conscious that the Ravens started because the Browns workforce that Artwork Modell moved.
Now he and the Browns (7-7-1) discover themselves in an uncommon place, one which leaves followers no less than a bit conflicted.
If the Browns beat the Ravens on Sunday, they knock Baltimore (9-6) out of the playoffs.
However the workforce they’d assist can be their different AFC North rival, as a result of if Pittsburgh wins and Baltimore loses, the Steelers (Eight-6-1) are within the playoffs.
That has led of us in Pittsburgh to put on brown together with black and gold, and the Steelers’ Antonio Brown to alter his jersey:
who else has their #84 @browns jersey prepared for Sunday? pic.twitter.com/09WIfhCKPM
— Antonio Brown (@AB84) December 27, 2018
“I want we might tie and no one gets in,” Landry mentioned.
Sure, he was joking.
“We wish to win the sport,” Landry mentioned. “If it helps Pittsburgh, then so be it. Clearly we wish to win the sport.”
The Browns’ objective: to win six of their closing seven and end with a successful file for the primary time since 2007.
“I am simply going into the sport considering that we’re attempting to end Eight-7-1,” security Damarious Randall mentioned. “No matter outcomes of which might be the outcomes. I do not actually take into consideration, ‘If we win we’re serving to Pittsburgh, if we lose we’re serving to the Ravens.’ I actually do not care.”
Randall mentioned he would take pleasure in seeing the Browns finish Baltimore’s playoff hopes.
“It looks as if we’ve got nothing to lose,” Randall mentioned. “However I really feel like that we’re taking this recreation similar to it is the second, third recreation of a playoff [run]. We’re getting into it to win similar to they are going in it to win.”
The Browns have misplaced 29 of 39 video games to the Ravens, together with 5 of six earlier than an additional time win over Baltimore in October.
In a way, Browns followers must be completely happy it doesn’t matter what occurs. In the event that they lose, the Steelers will likely be out. In the event that they win, they might ship the Ravens out. Both means, a rival sees its postseason hopes quashed.
Pittsburgh has been a longtime rival, courting again to the times of Paul Brown and Jim Brown. Time has dimmed among the emotions concerning the Ravens, however Cleveland has not forgotten that its workforce moved to Baltimore. The Browns’ downside is that they have struggled for therefore lengthy that they’ve not likely had a lot of an opportunity to make a press release for the followers when dealing with the Ravens. This season, they do.
“The eagerness, drive and the love of the Browns is so excessive that anytime something adjustments, after all, there are going to be feelings that come into play,” offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens mentioned. “It has, and I’m positive it has carried over for 20 years.”