A guest article, written by: Grant Helena
The Cleveland Browns have not exactly having a lot of success in recent years in the NFL. With that being said, there is plenty of optimism heading into the 2014 season. They have a pretty solid draft, and they were able to add some pieces through free agency as well. However, most people seem to be very excited about adding a new live mascot, “Swagger” the Bullmastiff.
Even though they are nicknamed the Browns, Cleveland has always had a connection to dogs. The eastern seating section at their home field is known as the Dawg Pound, and there are even fans who dress up as dogs to support the Cleveland Browns. This might seem more like a college football thing to do, but Cleveland is hoping to just improve the game day experience as much as possible.
There is increased focus on the Cleveland Browns this year now that they have added one of the most polarizing figures in quite some time in Johnny Manziel. It comes as no surprise that after all the moves they have made this year, they are in a way trying to reinvent themselves. Manziel might not start right away, but he is definitely a big part of their future at this point in time. They also added fantasy football standout Ben Tate to be their new starting running back, and if Jordan Cameron and Josh Gordon (if eligible) can stay healthy, they have a formidable offense going into the year.
At the end of the day, having a live mascot is probably not going to make that much of a difference. However, it just goes to show that Cleveland is ready to put their past behind them and have new success with the direction the franchise is going. Adding a little bit of “Swagger” to the sidelines could be just what this team needs.