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Please Don’t Ruin His Career !

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Well, another disappointing season of rebuilding has come and gone for the Cleveland Browns without much to show for it except a poor record.  While the other divisional teams have had successes, CLE wallows in mediocrity – I’m being kind.  The Brownies need a big injection of talent at QB, the OL, and in the FO – Front Office.

I thought Charlie Frye might be the spark the O needed, but without a talented OL he looked like Troy Smith v FLA !  Romeo Crennel may be a great coach, but just not here – can anyone say Schottenheimer and Belichick ?  The Lerners seem to be doing well as ownership, but the FO needs a shakeup in order to produce a world class organization.  How long has it been since Art Modell moved the team and they’re still rebuilding ?

Due to the stellar record the Browns fought for this season there are several decent options to choose from, especially when you’re the 3rd or 4th pick in the draft.  One of note is Brady Quinn who has good size, OK arm strength and adequate speed for an NFL QB.  Adrian Peterson, Ted Ginn Jr., Anthony Gonzales – who’s dad’s company I might add DID NOT hire me as their Purchasing Manager – and many others will be welcomed to NFL teams.  Please DO NOT pick Brady Quinn – you’ll ruin the boy !

Case in point – Tim Couch.  The much lauded Kentucky QB was not my first choice (sorry Matt), but he had potential – until he came here !  Tim is now probably wondering “what could have been”.  With the role the OL and other support personnel have decided to play, the same will undoubtedly happen to Quinn if he comes here.  I am a huge Notre Dame fan, and therefore, a fan of Brady’s – please DO NOT pick him even though he said he’d like to play here.  Give the kid a break, he’s only 22 !

The Browns need a top caliber Head Coach, a top GM, and veterans at QB and on the OL – spend some money Lerner family !  As for me, I basically stopped watching them until CLE supplies a better product.  If your favorite restaurant started serving crappy food, or your preferred retail store just didn’t have the goods you’d go elsewhere, right ?  Until I see a product playing in Cleveland Browns Stadium that I like, I’ll just have to  shop elsewhere…


Written by johntheirishman

Thursday, 18 January, 2007 @ 20:56 at 20:56

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  1. JaMarcus Russell. You saw how he compared to Quinn in the Sugar Bowl, and as far as I know he’s entering the draft as a junior.

    If you want a veteran QB (old guy) Trent Green, Drew Bledsoe, and possibly Donovan McNabb might be available.

    With your line, you’d probably be better off with a young guy who is mobile but can still hold up to the inevitable pounding he’ll take. Guys like Green or Bledsoe wouldn’t last two weeks.


    Thursday, 18 January, 2007 @ 21:53 at 21:53

  2. I dunno John… I don’t think a QB is the end-all for the Browns. I think they really need to concentrate on both Defensive and Offensive lines…


    Friday, 19 January, 2007 @ 0:57 at 0:57

  3. Astro : I agree that a young mobile QB – Russell would be perfect – might be the way to go, but I was thinking a “younger” vet could get it done.

    I don’t follow the pro’s too closely so I’m not sure who it would be, but if a solid “household name” QB with several years of proven performance became available they should spend the money. Same situation with a Head Coach.

    Cleveland ALWAYS seems to get players on the way down, and none of the HC’s they have had since they came back into the league had even been an NFL HC before.

    There’s lots of other problems to fix, but I think they need proven, solid leadership in those positions to start with.


    Friday, 19 January, 2007 @ 7:36 at 7:36

  4. Trav – I agree that there are TONS of things wrong on both sides of the ball. As for QB, I think for the most part the guys catching the ball are OK – just under utilized. They need a QB who can get the ball to them more consistently and spread the field.


    Friday, 19 January, 2007 @ 7:39 at 7:39

  5. Good luck with the quarterback. There are like ten good ones in the league. The good news is that even a team with a schlock qb like rex can go to the SUPER BOWL. I say always start with the D.

    More good news is that there is a salary cap in the NFL. Many teams come out of nowhere and make the playoffs, and descend into the depths just as fast (pittsburgh).


    Tuesday, 23 January, 2007 @ 19:46 at 19:46

  6. I agree with a having a great D – it can solve a lot of problems and hide a lot of flaws. I just would like to be excited about Browns football again – been a whole lot of years.

    Good luck to your Bears, but as stated in The Shark Tank, I’ll be pulling for Peyton and Company – only for this year though, as I just wanted to see him “get there” once. It’s all on them now…


    Wednesday, 24 January, 2007 @ 7:29 at 7:29

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