Brandon Weeden says playoffs possible


The last time the Cleveland Browns were in the playoffs, the Houston Texans barely existed, Tiger Woods was famous for being a golfer, and Ja Rule passed as a respectable hip-hop star.

Yes, times have changed, even if the Browns always seem to stink. Nine NFL postseasons have come and gone since 2002, and the Browns have not been involved in a single one of them.

Cleveland began the rebuilding process yet again in April when it used first-round picks to draft a new running back (Trent Richardson) and quarterback (Brandon Weeden).

On Thursday, Weeden discussed the P-word, and why it doesn't have to be a foreign concept in Cleveland.

"Obviously, you've got to take it one step at a time," Weeden told The Canton Repository, "and our goal is to get in the playoffs ... and once you get in the playoffs try to take it one step forward."

Weeden, who's the favorite to start for the Browns in Week 1, wasn't part of the Cleveland teams that averaged 4.5 wins over the past four seasons. Browns history starts now for him, and Weeden likes what he sees.

"I tell you what," he said, "our football team is really, really good. We've got a lot of great athletes. I'm excited to get going."

Every team has athletes, but do the Browns have enough players?