The NFL has asked that teams around the league have a moment of silence or other appropriate gesture to honor former owner Art Modell. All teams were asked to perform the gesture on Sunday before kickoff, including the Browns hosting of the Eagles. Earlier, Neal Gulkis had stated that it was a team decision to recognize Modell in some way on Sunday. The organization may have come to their own independent conclusions to do something at Cleveland Browns Stadium, but it appears they also had no choice after being asked by the folks on Park Avenue.
Clearly, this shines a national spotlight on the City, and I can't imagine a moment of silence would go very well and result in a good look for Browns fans. It's a relief that the "other appropriate gesture" part was appended on to the League's request, and here's hoping the Browns think of something creative.