Shannon Sharpe thinks Browns are the team to beat in the AFC North
FS1’s famous sports talk show Skip and Shannon: Undisputed is well-known for the program’s hot takes on everything about the sporting world coming from its titular hosts, Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe.
Bayless and Sharpe’s sharp-tongued personalities have made for some of the most entertaining debates on television, especially when their discussions go off the rails and unpopular opinions are brought to the table.
But every so often, sound and compelling arguments are made by either of the two hosts. Sharpe’s latest take on the Cleveland Browns heading into the 2019 season is one of them.
In the clip below from the official Undisputed Twitter page, NFL Hall of Famer Sharpe made a good case about the Browns being the favored team to win AFC North, as well as his reservations to somewhat contradict that notion.
Cleveland should be favored to win the North. Pittsburgh lost Le'Veon and AB. Baltimore lost Suggs and Mosley. Cincinnati is Cincinnati. But just b/c Cleveland has all the right ingredients to be really special, doesn't mean the dish is going to turn out well.
— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) March 14, 2019
Sharpe’s points were clear about the rest of Cleveland’s division rivals either seeing significant losses or remaining stagnant this offseason; the Steelers lost a good chunk of their offensive weapons, whereas Ravens had the same fate on the defensive side. Meanwhile, the Bengals stood pat and remained irrelevant in general.
And even though the Browns did make huge moves in free agency by acquiring the likes of Odell Beckham Jr., Kareem Hunt, and Olivier Vernon, Sharpe reiterated the fact that the team hasn’t seen success for so long. As such, all the hype surrounding the Dawg Pound right now should still be taken with a grain of salt.
Speaking of salt; Sharpe’s gastronomic analogy about how Cleveland has all the right ingredients and yet the dish could still not turn out well is proof why he’s earning the big bucks and social media clicks. He’ll have to tune in later on this season to find out if Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens did indeed cook up a new five-star recipe or yet another helping of pu pu platter.