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Browns Trying to Avoid a Disaster

I did my best, readers. In writing these previews I always tried to keep my head up and look at the positives, well I can’t anymore. I honestly feel this game could be the worst Browns game played since Bruce Gradkowki started for us.

When the Browns have the ball:

 Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Cleveland Browns signals to the sidelines during the second half against the Arizona Cardinals at FirstEnergy Stadium on November 1, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Cleveland Browns signals to the sidelines during the second half against the Arizona Cardinals at FirstEnergy Stadium on November 1, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

It is going to be really tough for Johnny Manziel to get anything going against this defense for a number of reasons. First, Manziel will be without receivers Brian Hartline and Andrew Hawkins. This leaves Manziel only Benjamin, Gabriel, and Dwayne Bowe to throw to. Second, the Bengals defense is quite good at playing defense, only allowing 18.9 points per game. And finally, I just don’t think Manziel is good enough to move the ball especially since the running game is anemic. The offensive line was struggling to protect McCown, who has been  doing nicely under pressure. Manziel on the other hand has yet to show he can make good decisions, and often turns the ball over under heat. This team will struggle to put up more than 14 points this Thursday night.

When the Bengals have the ball:

The Bengals should be able to torch our secondary that will be with out Joe Haden, Donte Whitner, and perhaps without Tashaun Gipson. Unlike previous years, Andy Dalton has all of weapons healthy and ready. A.J Green, Marvin Jones, and Tyler Eifert will be able to force favorable match-ups and they all have big play ability. In addition to there passing attack the Bengals possess a two-headed rushing attack that could demolish the Browns league worst rushing defense. The Bengals should be able to score quickly and easily this Thursday.

Prediction:

In a performance that will make Mike Pettine’s and Ray Farmer’s seat a lot hotter, the Browns will lose to the Bengals 38-9 partly due to four

Manziel turnovers.

Five Reasons to be Excited About the Browns

TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 29:  Running back Isaiah Crowell #34 of the Cleveland Browns runs the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the preseason game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Cleveland at Raymond James Stadium on August 29, 2015 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Iskowitz/Getty Images)
Running back Isaiah Crowell #34 of the Cleveland Browns runs the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the preseason game .(Photo by Scott Iskowitz/Getty Images)

Throughout my childhood I always remained optimistic about the Browns chances each and every year. But as I have grown older I find my optimism replaced with an ever-present feeling of hopelessness. This feeling is bothering me so much so I decided I was going to force myself to write about five things us Browns fans have to look forward to this year, that don’t involve the 2016 draft.

1. Our secondary is excellent. The Legion of Boom may get the most press but it was the Browns secondary which was graded the best in coverage by Pro Football Focus. This year they could improve with the addition of Tramon Williams and the continued development of K’Waun Williams, Pierre Desir, and hopefully Justin Gilbert. It will be fun to watch opposing quarterbacks try to beat this unit.

2. Joe Thomas and our offensive line could be dominant. For years now I claimed that Thomas was the best lineman in the league and on pace to be the greatest offensive lineman of ALL TIME. This man has been a top three tackle now eight years running and I know that the rumors of his decline are greatly exaggerated. Next to Thomas is Joel Bitonio, who is quickly looking like the only bright spot of the 2014 draft. He is an All-Pro candidate for this season as is center Alex Mack. The right side is solid with John Greco at guard, Mitchell Schwartz at tackle and Cameron Erving backing everyone up.  Even though our offense will be tough to watch, if you just take your eye off the ball you will see some great work in the trenches.

3. Isaiah Crowell will have more opportunities to run the ball. Last year, Crowell showed lots of potential and became a bit of a fan favorite. But after Alex Mack’s injury Crowell’s production declined and Mike Pettine went all Bill Belichick and started rotating his running backs seemingly randomly. Now Terrance West is gone and Duke Johnson seems like he’s going to be the third down back when he gets healthy. Crowell will now have the chance to sink or swim behind one of the best offensive lines in the league.

4. Brian Hartline will be so much fun to cheer for. Cheering for Ohio guys is always fun especially if he becomes that one receiver who always seems to come through on critical third downs. Hopefully he can become like Joe Jurevicius in that way.

5. Lots of fresh faces will see playing time this year. The Browns have a few rookies that could really make a difference this from big defensive tackle Danny Shelton to not so big running back Duke Johnson. These players can quickly make a name for themselves and hopefully give the fans more hope for the future.

Browns' Free Agency 2015: First Wave Recap

Well…That was disappointing, to say the least. But I mean I guess it is what was expected. The Browns stuck to their plan and went out, made a few veteran signings at positions of need for reasonable prices, and marginally improved the team. Hopefully at least. They definitely did not do anything sexy though. That being said, welcome to Cleveland…

Brian Hartline (WR – Dolphins)

Hartline was a player who had been linked to the Browns for a couple of weeks before free agency opened, and, as he had been released by the Dolphins (meaning his contract wasn’t simply expiring), the Browns were able to sign him on Tuesday morning before free agency actually formally opened. As the team is right now, it would be reasonable to expect Hartline to start next season, and if, for some terrible and stupid reason, the Browns don’t pick up another free agency between now and August, Hartline will be the Browns #1. Which would not be good. To be clear, I’m not saying that Hartline isn’t a good signing. To the contrary, I expect him to be a significant contributor this next year (to the tune of at least 800 yards and 4 touchdowns) as the #2 for the Browns, but he simply is not a #1 receiver. That position still needs to be addressed in the first round of the Draft. Overall though, this is a strong signing, definitely considering that the contract is a simple 2-year, $6 million deal ($1.5 guaranteed), meaning it doesn’t involve too much commitment if Hartline fails to meet expectations.

Tramon Williams (CB – Packers)

I was extremely bummed to see Buster Skrine walk, but Williams is an adequate replacement. Were he in his prime, he would be more than adequate, but considering the fact that he is already 32, he is past his peak and slightly on the decline. Nonetheless, he will be a solid starter across from Joe Haden, and his 3-year ($21 million) contract will give Justin Gilbert plenty of time to mature and develop into a legitimate starter. Or, if that doesn’t happen, it will give the Browns enough time to find a long-term option at the position. Williams himself was quite effective at Green Bay, and his ability to create turnovers (28 career interceptions) and his skill in coverage (at least 14 passes defended in each of the last 7 seasons) make him an excellent fit for the Browns’ system. Additionally, coming from Green Bay, he is already used to the cold, which is always a nice little bonus.

Randy Starks (DE – Dolphins)

Starks was another veteran player brought in to replace a departing defensive starter. With Ahtyba Rubin on the way out, the Browns needed to bring in another big body for the defense. A two-time Pro-Bowler, Starks is a solid run-stopper who is also stout in the pass game, having racked up 41 career sacks, a significant amount for a linemen who plays primarily on the inside. While not a long-term solution (he’s 31), Starks will hopefully be able to help mentor whichever defensive tackle the Browns draft in the first round this year (since that will happen). Or, if he ends up losing what can be assumed to be a starter’s role during preseason, he will still serve as a solid rotational player.

…and those are the three really important signings so far for the Browns. They also inked Thad Lewis to a contract, but hopefully that will end up being an inconsequential signing, because if he is relevant next season, then the Browns are royally screwed. Additionally, the Browns negotiated a new contract with DL John Hughes, agreeing to pay the 26-year-old $14.4 million over 4 years, bouncing him into the top-20 in terms of pay at his position. This was somewhat perplexing to me. I mean, he is a talented player and all, and he is young, but he is definitely not among the top-20 at his position. Unless Pettine sees some immense amount of potential in practice that the rest of the world simply isn’t picking up, this move doesn’t make too much sense.

One other thing so far doesn’t make much sense: the lack of pursuit of a tight end. I mean, unless the Browns are planning on using a Jim Dray-Gary Barnidge combination for the whole season (an idea that I don’t think anyone is really that hot on), then we have a huge huge hole, especially considering the need to spend earlier draft picks on areas such as DT and WR. Luckily for us, Rob Housler is still chilling on the open market. After a couple weeks where he hasn’t truly been linked to any teams (except maybe the Falcons, but their overall interest is questionable), he will come on the cheap side. And he has the receiving ability to greatly aid whichever poor man ends up starting at QB for the Browns. Sure, his blocking game is weak, but we already have other blocking tight ends, as well as a strong enough line to supplement slight weakness at the position. I maintain he would be an awesome addition to the roster.

Overall though, the Browns have attacked free agency exactly how they said they would – by making deliberate moves to bring in veteran players that have the potential to start in weak areas. They of course will also address these areas of need through the Draft, but these acquisitions guarantee that the Browns at least have a starting-caliber player at the position. Although they have achieved owner Jimmy Haslam’s goal of not overspending in free agency, I will be interested to see what exactly the Browns do with all of their extra cap space. As of right now, the Browns are still looking at about $35 million dollars in cap space. Some of that will hopefully go towards signing Housler, and a portion may go towards bringing in Dwayne Bowe, but that would still leave them with at least $27 million or so to allocate to incoming draft picks. They don’t need near that much, and if they don’t spend enough this year, then they will have to spend a bit extra next season to stay above the salary floor that exists in the NFL right now.

So who knows, maybe the Browns make a surprise move over the next couple of weeks. I guess we will just have to wait and see.

Browns' Free Agency 2015: The Last Minute Preview

On Tuesday afternoon, the 2015 NFL free agency period officially opens. Since Saturday, teams have been able to begin talking to free-agents-to-be, however without agreeing to terms or explicitly discussing potential numbers. Nonetheless, expect to see a slew of big signings in the 15 minutes after free agency officially opens. It will be unlikely that any of these quick signings are by the Browns, as General Manager Ray Farmer tends to be a bit slower and more deliberate with his signings, although I guess you never really know. Do expect to see the Browns sign a few players over the next week though. If last year was any indication, a lot of these signings will be veteran players who can serve as role players and mentors and who will be on the somewhat cheaper side, although with just short of $50 million in cap space, the Browns could surprise everyone and make a big splash with a monster signing. Again, you never really know, definitely with a young GM at the helm. Anyway, here is who to keep an eye on this free agency period when discussing the Browns:

Browns’ Free-Agents-To-Be That Need To Be Re-signed:

Before we look at new players who the Browns could potentially sign, we need to take a quick look at players that the Browns need to keep in Cleveland. These are all guys who the Browns could let walk, but really shouldn’t:

CB Buster Skrine

Skrine reportedly wants to test the open waters, which seems to be a good decision. The Browns, however, need to keep him around. They will have to pay more for him than they otherwise would’ve, but I think he is easily worth the $8 million or so a year that they will have to dish out. Skrine has started the past two seasons and has been quite solid across from Joe Haden. As a bonus, he is an extremely talented nickelback, so if Justin Gilbert ever decides to start playing actual football, he can easily slide inside. Additionally, replacing him would end up costing just about as much as resigning him if the Browns want to sign a player close to his caliber. I expect him to be resigned, with a deal to the tune of 4 years and $30 million.

DL Ishmaa’ily Kitchen

I like Kitchen a lot. He played well last year when everyone else on the line went down with injuries. He wouldn’t cost that much to retain. And he is an Ohio native who would most likely enjoy remaining close to home. Plus he is the owner of what was voted the best sack dance in the NFL. Offer him a nice little 2 year, $1.5 million deal, and let him stick around.

 S Tashaun Gipson

He is one of the top safeties in the league, has an absurd affinity for creating turnovers, and is only  24. There is no doubt in my mind that he will remain among the top players at his position for at  least the next five years, and as such, the Browns need to sign him to a long term deal as soon as  possible. It would be cheaper to do this now, and they could probably keep him around for as little  as $4 million a year, which in a couple of years will look like a steal.

S Johnson Bademosi

Although he made a couple of really stupid mistakes during games last year, he still is one of the best special teams players in the NFL, and would be simple to retain.

LB Craig Robertson

He played well last year. He will play well this year. And he will serve as a good backup when Christian Kirksey is fully ready to start. He should remain on the team next year.

TE Andre Smith

Depth is always appreciated. There is no need to show him the door.

WR Miles Austin

He played well last year until his kidney decided to misbehave. He obviously is not a long term option, but he is a serviceable role player and can serve as a mentor for whichever receiver the Browns draft this year.

Now that we have handled that, and maintaining the assumption that all of those players are resigned, the Browns have a few areas of need that they can address in free agency…

Wide Receiver

This is clearly a monster need for the Browns, especially with Josh Gordon suspended once again. Currently, the Browns have Andrew Hawkins, Taylor Gabriel, and Travis Benjamin as the only experienced receivers on the roster. They will also should have Austin. It is safe to assume that the Browns will probably spend at least one pick in the Draft on a receiver, leaving them with five players who can have impact at the position. They will, however, still be looking to sign another one in free agency. The question is merely “who?”

Randall Cobb (Packers)

Cobb is clearly the best receiver on the market, but it would be stupid to bring him too Cleveland. At 5’10” and 192 lbs, Cobb is another slot-type receiver, of which the Browns already have two in Hawkins and Gabriel. Although Cobb, being the best slot receiver in the NFL at the moment, would clearly be an upgrade, he would not be a practical or smart use of what would amount to a lot of money.

Torrey Smith (Ravens)

Pair him with a talented first round pick and Hawkins and Gabriel inside, and the Browns suddenly have a rather potent group of wideouts. Smith would essentially be a more versatile and effective version of Benjamin. Speedy as all hell (4.43 in the 40), Smith is a receiver who specializes in the deep ball and would be able to stretch out defenses so that Hawkins and Gabriel could work underneath. Personally, I think he would be a great player to bring in, although he will be on the slightly costlier side. It would be cool to use an old Ravens player against them though. There is nothing worse than seeing a player you let go of completely wreck you twice a year.

Michael Crabtree (49ers)

Crabtree is an option, but not a great one. He’s been largely ineffective since tearing his achilles in 2013, and even before that he was pretty consistently disappointing. He may come on the cheaper side though.

Cecil Shorts (Jaguars)

The Cleveland-area native is ready for a change in scenery from Jacksonville, and may be drawn to come home. The Browns have shown heightened interest in him, and might even be willing to fork over a few extra dollars to bring him onboard. The only hurdle is that Shorts has said he is tired of losing and that he just wants to win. Cleveland isn’t usually viewed as a team that wins a lot, but there is the chance that the blind faith that Clevelanders and Browns fans learn could make him turn a blind eye to the fact that the Browns aren’t sure-fire winners. I think that this is the receiver the Browns are most likely to sign. Even more so if they decide to not bring Austin back.

Hakeem Nicks (Colts)

Nicks was clearly talented at some point, and someone is going to sign him hoping that they can find that talent again. But it shouldn’t be the Browns. The Browns need to take safer steps that clearly move them forward, and signing a player who sat behind an aging and less effective Reggie Wayne for the past year doesn’t fit into that category of decisions.

Brian Hartline (Dolphins)

Only a year removed from consecutive 1000-yd campaigns, Hartline could be a nice option for the Browns. Despite his ineffectiveness last year, expect Hartline to bounce back and put up respectable numbers no matter where he lands this year. He has already visited with the Browns, but has also been the subject of interest from a number of other teams. I don’t think the Browns like him enough to engage in some kind of bidding war, so unless he comes cheap, expect him to land somewhere else.

Defensive Tackle

Without a doubt the Browns’ biggest area of need this offseason. Luckily, there is a slew of talented players available both in the Draft and in free agency. Ahtyba Rubin likely on the way out, the Browns will need to pick up a big body during free agency.

Ndamukong Suh (Lions)

There is not a better tackle on the market. There is no arguing with that statement. However, Suh will not land in Cleveland. I would really love him to, as it is extremely rare to be able to sign a hall-of-fame caliber player in his prime, but I don’t see Farmer being willing to spend the cash that would be necessary. Suh is looking to become the highest paid defender in the league, and there are teams who are willing to grant him his wish, just not the Browns.

Nick Fairley (Lions)

Suh’s soon-to-be-former teammate might be second to only Suh in terms of talent among free agents at the defensive tackle position. When he’s motivated, he can play like one of the best linemen in the league. However that whole “when he’s motivated” phrase is key. Fairley has shown a history of getting easily discouraged, and when that happens his level of play falls substantially. Playing for a program with the ups and downs that the Browns have probably wouldn’t be the best fit for him. Additionally, schematically there are better options.

 Terrance Knighton (Broncos)

A better option schematically. Knighton is one of the top nose tackles in the league  and is stellar against the run. After housing the worst run defense in the NFL in  2014, the Browns need to focus on picking up a run-stuffing tackle more than a pass-  rushing one, and Knighton would be a great option.

 Dan Williams (Cardinals)

Another great option, and one that might come slightly cheaper than Knighton. He  has gotten better every year that he has been in the NFL, is just hitting his prime,  and seems to be the kind of high value signing that Farmer likes to try to make. I  could see the Browns spending a few dollars to bring him in.

 BJ Raji (Packers)

Although he hasn’t really been effective since 2011, he is a player that is talented  enough that he could bounce back. If he does, he could be a bargain.

Barry Cofield (Redskins)

At 30, he is past his prime and is coming off an injury-plagued season. Nonetheless, he is still one of the better run stuffers in the NFL. Also, having grown up in Cleveland Heights, he may be interested in coming home.

Stephen Paea (Bears), Henry Melton (Cowboys), Kendall Langford (Rams)

While all talented, they are more pass-oriented linemen. None would be a great fit in Cleveland.

Kendrick Ellis (Jets)

He has worked with Pettine before, and thus might be inclined to come play for him again. He would probably serve in a backup’s role as he never has really had a large impact in the NFL.

Tight End

If the Browns are going to spend heavy money anywhere during free agency, it will be here. With Jordan Cameron out due to concussion issues and only Gary Barnidge, Jim Dray, and Andre Smith on the roster, the Browns need to pickup a high impact player who can spark their offense and give them a reliable option in the middle of the field.

Julius Thomas (Broncos)

He is one of the top 3 tight ends in the NFL and, at 26, is in his prime. It is unusual for a player of his caliber to hit the open market, and as a result he will demand big bucks. He has had some ankle issues over the past year or so, but still creates absurd mismatches over the middle. He isn’t the best blocker though, so he might be better suited for a more pass-oriented offense.

Virgil Green (Broncos)

Thomas’s sooon-to-be-former teammate is also set to hit the open market, although the Broncos seem to be trying to keep him in the Mile High City. He’s a decent enough blocker, is athletic enough to make an impact, and could come on the cheaper side due to his limited playtime and experience.

Rob Housler (Cardinals)

 Personally, I think that he is the most exciting tight end available this year. At 6’5″  and 250 lbs, he can run a 4.46 second 40. So basically he’s a freak athletically who is  going to emerge over the next two years to become one of the top 5 tight ends in the  NFL. Underutilization in Arizona due to his poor ability to block stymied his  development a little bit, but used in tandem with a better-blocking tight end such as  Jim Dray, I think Housler could be a very effective option.

 Jermaine Gresham (Bengals)

On the other end of the spectrum, Gresham is just about the blandest option at this  position. He has always been alright, but never special. Unfortunately, he has been  linked to the Browns more than any other tight end this offseason.

Pass Rusher (OLB/DE)

With Jabaal Sheard‘s likely departure, the Browns need to secure themselves a new outside linebacker. Pettine wouldn’t be too opposed to bringing in a strong pass-rushing defensive end as well, and there are plenty of options on both fronts.

Trent Cole (Eagles)

Although he is on the older side, he has the versatility to serve as a DE or an OLB in the Browns system. He still is a solid player, although he would only be able to contribute for a couple of years. He visited the Browns this weekend, so a deal may be in the works.

Jerry Hughes (Bills)

A soon-to-be-former member of the talented Bills defensive line, he has been overshadowed by his teammates. Despite that though, he has still racked up 10 sacks a year over the last couple, and he might could be interested in a reunion with his old boss.

Brian Orakpo (Redskins)

His career has been marred with injuries, but when he is healthy he is still one of the better players at his position. His injury history could make him a bit cheaper, but he is definitely a risky signing. High reward is everything works out though.

Brandon Graham (Eagles)

At 26, he is just entering his prime. He has shown that he can be an effective pass rusher when utilized, racking up 5.5 sacks and 4 forced fumbles last season for the Eagles. His ability to create turnovers makes him an enticing option that Farmer and Pettine might be drawn to.

Pernell McPhee (Ravens)

The highest-rated outside linebacker available this year, he racked up 7.5 sacks in limited (540) snaps last season. Although there is a risk that he is simply a product of the system, he has shown an immense amount of talent and his just entering his prime. I think that he would be a high-impact player for the Browns, although he may take a season or so to fully develop into an effective player in the Browns system. Nonetheless, the combination of him and Paul Kruger (or Barkevious Mingo if he finally breaks out) has the potential to be rather lethal.

Quarterback

I still would like to see Hoyer remain in Cleveland, but with the Josh McCown signing that is unlikely. That, unfortunately, means that the Browns have no starting-caliber quarterbacks on their roster. So that will be fun…    There is still the possibility that the Browns sign another signal caller in free agency, and they will no doubt take a quarterback at some point in the Draft, but I honestly cannot really tell what Pettine is planning here.

Offensive Line

The right side of the line is not the strongest, and I would love to see someone like Bryan Bulaga come in and take over for Mitchell Schwartz. Pettine, however, has suggested that he doesn’t see a huge need to upgrade the position, so don’t be expecting to see any big signings in this department. A few depth-oriented signings could be made here, definitely at the center position.

…And that’s about it folks. There will no doubt be players signed that I didn’t cover here, since that is just how the NFL works. However, above are lists of some of the better options in the areas where the Browns most need help. Hopefully Farmer can repeat the success that he had last offseason, when he made a number of smart signings that didn’t break the bank. I guess we will see soon…

Browns QB Talk Needs To Stop… After This

Weeden

I’ve been hearing way too much chatter about Brandon Weeden, Colt McCoy, and Geno Smith recently. The Browns QB situation seems to always be at the top of the Cleveland sports discussion leaderboard, and it baffles me as to why that is the case. The draft is about a month and a half away, and the season is nearly a half a year away. I know things are changing for the Browns, and that can certainly be exciting, but let’s talk about it when OTA’s come around or Training Camp fires up. Not now, not in the Cleveland sports present.

First of all, the Indians are in the midst of a renaissance for the ages. Spring Training games are being played day in and day out, Opening Day is a month away, and Cleveland has certainly cranked up it’s excitement levels to a decade high. Nick Swisher, Tito Francona, Michael Bourn, and many others have come to give the Tribe the push it needs to start winning games and competing for championships. The buzz around the Indians is very real. They are going to be a good team and certainly a team worth talking a LOT about.

Even the Cavs are coming into their own after an amazing month of February from Kyrie Irving. Kyrie made Cleveland more than proud in Houston, and is well on his way to yet another stellar season on the banks of Lake Erie. Dion Waiters is putting up buckets, the likes of which we’ve never seen out of him before. Even Luke Walton has gotten into the act, making clutch bucket after clutch bucket and propelling the Cavaliers to a couple of victories. Sure, the Cavs are well out of the playoff race, but watching these guys develop in front of our eyes is so exciting.

Cleveland is in the midst of two seasons very well worth watching and all people can talk about is Browns QBs. If you want to talk Browns QBs here you go.

Brandon Weeden is the guy. Keep Colt McCoy as a backup. Don’t go anywhere near Geno Smith, Matt Barkley, or any other QB in this draft. They are all highly, highly, highly suspect. That’s it.

Weeden is going to be put into an offense that is going to be suited to his best abilities: shotgun, and deep, down the field passing. He’s going to be much more comfortable in year two than he was in year one. The Browns certainly need to add weapons to surround him with (Brian Hartline is available Mr. Banner), but regardless, the guy is going to have a ton of fun in the new scheme. Colt McCoy is definitely not suited for Chudzinski’s stretch-the-field passing game, but that’s what is so great about the Browns new head man. If Weeden goes down, Chudzinski will be able to run an offense that suits Colt well. That’s what Chud is known for, playing to the strengths of his players. Colt is certainly, if nothing else, a good leader that you want in your locker-room. He’s a character player and while he may not be the best QB in the world, he is certainly a sufficient backup.

Now, for the QBs in this years draft. Geno Smith would be way worse than Weeden. First of all, Weeden won games. Geno Smith did not win games. All of you complaining about this whole “Weeden can’t read defenses” garbage, better not be advocating for Geno because it’s absolutely clear this guy struggles when he’s playing above average defenses. Geno’s numbers are certainly inflated by the lack of defense in the Big 12, and when you put up big numbers in the Big 12, it essentially means nothing for the NFL level. What I am more concerned about with Big 12 QBs is wins. Weeden won a lot of games. Sam Bradford won a lot of games. Colt McCoy won a lot of games. Geno Smith did not win nearly as many games and in fact, struggled in many of them. You think Colt or Weeden is bad, just wait until you put Geno Smith into the fold. It’s going to get ugly.

You might as well mark Matt Barkley down with Mark Sanchez, because that’s exactly who he’s going to be. He’s far too arrogant for his low level of play in crunch time and the blame can be placed nowhere outside of his broad shoulders. He had incredible receivers and a ton of experience. There was no reason why he shouldn’t have competed for a National Championship if he was as good as everyone believed he was.

The Browns don’t need to waste yet another pick on a QB. If they want to go grab someone to fill the #3 spot in free agency, they can certainly do so. Outside of that, however, they don’t need to go QB crazy. You can see how bad this class of QBs is and there is no sense wasting a draft choice on a 3rd string QB.

Weeden is going to be absolutely fine with Chudzinski at the helm. If we had Shurmur or Chip Kelly, I’d say maybe not. Chudzinski and Weeden are going to play off of each others strengths incredibly well.

Let Geno go to Arizona. He’s going to struggle, struggle, struggle for the Cardinals and they’re going to be left without QB options yet again. Oh yea, and Barkley stinks. Period.

Weeden would be the number one QB to go in this draft, so let’s be thankful that the Browns have him, and have him with a great head coach to help him along the way.

So that’s it Browns fans, I’m done talking Browns until training camp. The arguments are far too ignorant to be a part of, especially with the Cavs developing and a new-look Tribe on the horizon.

31 days until Opening Day, but seriously, who’s counting?

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