JLC On Browns: "They're The Real Deal"

Some NFL analysts are hesitant to fully buy into the Cleveland Browns; Jason La Canfora isn't one of them

Reiter Than You
July 30, 2019 - 8:34 am
Baker Mayfield Cleveland Browns Quarterback

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For a franchise that has missed the playoffs in 19 of the last 20 seasons, the Cleveland Browns enter 2019 with considerably high expectations – and CBS Sports NFL insider Jason La Canfora believes they could meet them.

“Yeah, I think it’s a damn good football team,” La Canfora said on Reiter Than You. “I think they have so much talent and so much promise, and I believe they’re motivated. Everybody talks about, ‘How are they going to keep all these personalities together? What happens when this guy is not happy and this guy is not getting the ball? How is it all going to work out?’ To me, this year is the honeymoon phase. If they can’t keep it together this year – come on. Maybe if they start losing in the playoffs and they’re not getting to that Super Bowl level and guys start thinking about their next contract, I get it. But Baker, it’s Year 2. He can’t get paid even if they wanted to for another year.”

Odell Beckham Jr. got paid, too. So did Jarvis Landry. Nick Chubb, meanwhile, is only entering his sophomore season. 

Things should be good for a while.

“I’m sorry, I just don’t see how these personalities are going to derail the team,” La Canfora said. “It may happen, but I don’t think it happens in 2019. They’re an ascending team. I think they’re the real deal. I think they’re good for double-digit wins barring catastrophic injuries. I think they’re unified.”

The head coach has something to do with that.

“I think Freddie Kitchens has the right kind of (personality),” La Canfora said. “He’s not a low-maintenance guy; he’s a no-maintenance guy. He’s the realest dude you’ll ever run into. After that Hue Jackson experience, where there was so much living it up for the cameras and being multiple people at the same time and saying one thing and doing something different, I just think Freddie Kitchens is a perfect antidote to that.”

Click below to listen to La Canfora’s interview in its entirety.