About: What are these Angles of Pursuit?

When I hear the phrase “Angles of Pursuit”, I immediately picture defenders on the chase. In my mind, the ballcarrier has the first couple steps and is dashing all out for the endzone. It’s those speedy cornerbacks who are in hot pursuit, hoping to have just the right angle to get the runner down or out of bounds. The pursuit angle belongs to the underdog, regardless of whether it’s a one-on-one matchup or rival teams in a division.

This site is meant to be a study the teams in catch-up mode.

Back to the phrase above: one other idea implied is that there are multiple angles available. Depending on where the pursuer is in relation to the target, the prescription changes. Although this blog is currently only one person’s point of view, the goal is to bring on other writes to contribute different perspectives. Likewise, source and reference materials are varied and documented transparently.

NFL teams last playoff appearance

Teams not named Browns

Cleveland has been looked down upon most of the past 25 years. What other teams come to mind? Measured by playoff drought, Buffalo, Tampa Bay, Oakland, St.Louis and Jacksonville are a few. Taking playoff wins into account, we can include Detroit, Kansas City and Cincinnati – though the last two have hosted strong teams lately.

About Vic

If you know me, then you know my allegiance to the Browns of Cleveland. Been a fan since I can remember. Like most Browns fans my age, I sat through many a game in the stark cold of the old Municipal Stadium. I went with my dad and my brother, and our seats were in the end zone opposite the famous Dawg Pound (actually pre-dated the naming of that area).

Vic’s Perspective on Browns History

I got started with The Kardiac Kids in the seventies. Led by Sam Rutigliano (coach) and Brian Sipe (QB), the roster included Greg Pruitt & Mike Pruitt (no relation), Doug Dieken, Joe DeLamielleure and the always reliable Ozzie Newsome at tight end. That team morphed into the Marty Shottenheimer-led squad helmed by Bernie Koser, featuring Chip Banks, Hanford Dixon, Frank Minnifield, Bob Golic, Clay Matthews, Earnest Byner and Webster Slaughter.

Good times that were marred by some heartbreaking losses; first came Red-Right-88 (vs Oakland), then back-to-back season-enders to the John Elway-led Broncos. Many dark years followed.

The team lost its winning ways. I left northern Ohio for college in the late eighties, and hence I missed any future games at that field. When Art Modell couldn’t get the city to build a better stadium, he packed up the team and moved them to Baltimore. This was after the 1995 season, and I’d just left for Japan – about as far away as a Browns fan could get.

Three years later, both I and the team came back to Ohio. I’d been building websites and gotten into programming, eventually moving out to southern California to earn a degree. The new Browns, meanwhile, were stuck going nowhere. Under the ownership of the Al (and later, Ron) Lerner, the team had 19 different starting quarterbacks and eleven head coaches, making the playoffs only once from 1999-2012.

But things changed when Jimmy Haslam bought the franchise. I can see it. Despite having its name still dragged in the mud (trading Trent Richardson, firing Chudzinski, Banner and Lombardi), the tone is shifting. It’s heady times to be a Browns fan.

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