My buddy Jim texted me today with the news that my beloved Browns traded the second overall pick in next week’s NFL Draft to the Eagles. He wasn’t pleased. I, on the other hand, was thrilled once I heard the details of the deal. The specifics include the Browns getting this year’s #8 pick along with a 3rd round and 4th round pick. They also acquired the Eagles 1st round pick next year and a second round pick in 2018. I’d say that’a nice haul for a team in desperate need of a ton of help. The Browns have been in “rebuilding mode” since they returned to Cleveland in 1999 and this trade will hopefully be what propels them to actually start on the foundation of that rebuild. I was hoping Carson Wentz was going to be the selection if the Browns stayed at #2 but with the Rams jumping ahead of them it assured that one of the two top QBs were going to be selected before them. That put a lot of pressure on teams like the Eagles and 49ers to really consider trading with the Browns if they were in love with both QBs. The Eagles apparently are. This trade, like all others, will be evaluated a few years from now to see who made out. If the Browns blow their selections like those of years past then this trade will be another crack in the never ending “rebuild.” I for one think it’s the beginning of a concrete footer. You gotta believe!
Rumors are swirling that my beloved Cleveland Browns are interested in trading for quarterback Colin Kaepernick. I gotta admit, when this news first broke I was pretty excited about the possibility. However, now that some of the dust has settled I’m leaning more towards saying thanks but no thanks to Chip Kelly and the 49ers. The main reason is that I truly believe that the Browns need to draft Carson Wentz with the second overall pick in this year’s draft and give him every opportunity to succeed. I realize that succeeding as a Browns quarterback is more challenging than landing a man on Mars but it doesn’t mean you stop dreaming. Kaepernick’s best days were clearly with Jim Harbaugh as his coach and he hasn’t been the same QB sine he left. Pair that with multiple injuries and Kaepernick seems like a QB that may not regain his exciting form of years gone by. Also, it scares me that Chip Kelly would be willing to deal an athletic QB such as Kaepernick in order to possibly be stuck with the ultimate underachiever in Blaine Gabbert. Why? Possibly because Chip Kelly knows that Kaepernick’s confidence is shot and the recent injuries have taken away his explosive speed and quickness. Who knows.
I say draft Wentz and let him learn for a year behind Josh McCown. The Browns are rebuilding (surprise, surprise) and trading a 3rd round pick for a QB with serious question marks just doesn’t seem like the wisest of decisions. Meaning : He’ll probably be a Brown within the week.
The NFL Draft is only a month away and that means the Browns are once again thinking QB. It seems to be a yearly event if you’re a Browns fan. Tim Couch, Brady Quinn, Brandon Weeden, and Johnny Manziel are the most recognizable names in a long line of failed quarterbacks that have suited it up on the north coast. With Johnny Manziel completely imploding over the last few months, it’s time the Browns cut ties and look to draft their QB of the future. Is it Carson Wentz or Jared Goff? I gotta admit, I haven’t seen either one of them play in an actual game. However, the size and mobility of Wentz should definitely be a key factor in the decision. I think I speak for Browns fans everywhere when I say that I’m tired of watching small and/or slow quarterbacks try and compensate for their deficiencies. Johnny Manziel should be the poster boy for why you don’t take a QB that is shorter than 6 foot. Note to all GMs: Stop thinking you’ll find the next Drew Brees. It’s time the Browns draft a viable option at QB (that doesn’t have a drinking problem) and put all of their resources into developing him into the best quarterback possible. Trusting Hue Jackson in this endeavor is the first step. Trusting the quarterback, whomever it may be, is the next. I know I’m fully on board! Go Browns.!
Browns fans everywhere breathed a huge sigh of relief when the organization finally hired Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson. I know I did. My fears of another first time head coach were real considering the Browns history. Since the franchise returned in 1999, only Eric Mangini had prior head coaching experience before being hired. It seems so obvious that a team that has been in the basement of the NFL for so long would look for a guy that has proven he can handle the pressure and can develop a culture of winning. Yet the Browns continued to screw even that up. Granted, Hue Jackson only had one year in Oakland to get his head coaching feet wet, but we are talking about the Raiders here people. Another franchise that has been closer to the Browns in culture and winning games than a team on the verge of the Super Bowl. If not for the death of Al Davis during the season, many believe Jackson not only would’ve survived in Oakland but flourished. He has shown he can not only put together a great offensive game plan but develop quarterbacks along the way. Now the big question will be can they get the right signal caller? I guess I’ll start holding my breathe.
Johnny Manziel has the last 6 games of this season to prove to the Browns organization and to it’s fan base that he can lead this team to the playoffs and ultimately the Super Bowl. Stop laughing. I know, I know, the idea of Manziel being able to do just that makes even a die-hard fan like myself question my sanity. Sure, Manziel has shown a few glimpses of his former Heisman winning Texas A&M self on a hand full of plays. But didn’t Brandon Weeden impress us with his cannon-like arm when he was the starting QB? I remember Brady Quinn looking like he had potential and Derek Anderson playing in the Pro Bowl. The bottom line is that Johnny Manziel has to not only impress Browns fans in these final games, he needs to absolutely blow us away. If he doesn’t I have a strong feeling that number one pick we’re staring at is going to have QB written all over it. Once again!
My Cleveland Browns unveiled their new uniforms yesterday and I gotta say, I like them. I was skeptical when I heard that they were going to make a change but these uniforms push the Browns into the future a bit with still keeping a sense of history. You can’t please everyone and I’m sure there are fans that absolutely hate them and think the Brown and Orange should remain loyal to the days of Otto Graham and Jim Brown. I thought this same thing when the Browns returned to Cleveland back in 99 and there were rumblings about a uniform change. However, the younger generation of players don’t know a thing about Browns history and instead want to wear a uniform that has some flash to it. When programs like Oregon are changing their uniform on a weekly basis and college teams are pushing the envelope on uniform design, modern day players don’t want to wear something that reminds them of their grandparents. It’s proven that performance can be linked to appearance. Here’s hoping this new look can help them win more than 5 games. Of course hitting on the draft would help too.
Browns fans just don’t find themselves cheering this time of year for anything football related. After all, the Super Bowl is only a day away. However, today I must say that I pumped my fist in the air and gave out a rather loud “hell yes” upon hearing the news that “Benedict” Art Modell won’t be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Fans of other teams may say that Browns fans need to get over what Art did to the city of Cleveland, but they weren’t there. They didn’t grow up loving the Brown and Orange. They haven’t suffered through years of rebuilding and horrible football since the team left. Yes, justice was served today and Browns fans can breathe a sigh of relief. We’ll take anything we can get.