Syndicated radio talk show host and NFL.com columnist Adam Schein has a history of being a hater of the Pittsburgh Steelers. On Tuesday, Schein made nine April Fools’ Day predictions for the 2014 season and the Steelers were the subject matter of one of them.
Schein, predicts that the Cleveland Browns will finish ahead of the Steelers in the AFC North in 2014.
“I already praised the Browns for their offseason overhaul,” wrote Schein. “They upgraded the coaching staff and front office, despite all the outrage from scores of Cleveland critics.
“Yes, the Browns still have to figure out their future at the game’s most important position, but they’re expected to draft a quarterback in May. Regardless, one thing sticks out to me: Cleveland has a better defense than Pittsburgh. New head coach Mike Pettine will further mold and maximize the unit.”
Being as the Browns currently look like they will enter 2014 with Brian Hoyer as their starting quarterback, that’s a pretty strong prediction by Schein. In addition, while Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon looks like he has a promising future ahead of him, who is going to play opposite him? Greg Little? A rookie?
As far as the Browns defense goes, they allowed an average of 25.4 points per game last season and have only really added safety Donte Whitner and linebacker Karlos Dansby during the offseason. Whitner, by the way, replaces T.J. Ward, who I consider to be a very good player.
The Browns haven’t won more than five games in a season since 2007 and now Schein thinks new head coach Mike Pettine will change that in just his first season? I think we can all see who the real fool in April is.