CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Too much of the Browns rebuild has taken place in the shadows. The in-fighting happened there. The true intentions to tank and start over, without explaining it to the fans, happened there.
1-31 was done in the dark.
Bring the bounceback into the light.
The fears about the Browns appearing on Hard Knocks popped up seconds after the news that Cleveland's football franchise would be featured on the 13th season of HBO's behind the scenes NFL show.
NFL people are worried about secrets. Fans, I suspect, are worried about embarrassment.
At this point, if a team like the Browns can't let the world see what they're doing, they probably shouldn't be doing it. If the Browns believe they are a team on the rise, and there are plenty of reasons to think that way, then go ahead, let the world see what's coming.
Confident you can walk the line and balance the quarterback battle between veteran Tyrod Taylor and rookie Baker Mayfield? Show it.
Confident that a coach with one win in two seasons deserved to keep his job, and that Hue Jackson is the right man to lead this franchise forward? Show it.
Believe Todd Haley can run an offense filled with intriguing skill players? Show it.
Believe Josh Gordon and Antonio Callaway are talented receivers who deserve more chances and the franchise can support them appropriately? Show it.
A year ago at this time, Sashi Brown spoke with fans at an event at FirstEnergy Stadium. Asked about how his response would come if the NFL asked the Browns about Hard Knocks, the GM who would be fired seven months later said, "Pretty easily and swiftly."
"Listen, it is a deep insight into a team. We had a lot of discussions on this," Brown said on May 10, 2017. "I just think there's an intimacy to what we do that doesn't belong on television. That's just me."