Johnny Manziel to the Cleveland Browns with the 4th pick in the NFL draft? That’s possible. But could they seriously be talking about which QB they want to draft without having a head coach in place? Casual conversations, sure, but in-depth, deep discussions? The Browns are the only team in the NFL without a coach, and Cleveland has been turned down by at least half a dozen folks it deemed “candidates.” In full desperation mode, they’re chasing Mike Pettine, the former Jets defensive coordinator who spent last season in Buffalo.
At any rate, their head coaching search makes this Manziel nugget from Jason LaCanfora of CBS last week all the more confusing:
they are willing to trade up to land Johnny Manziel in the draft if need be
So not only are the Browns considering drafting Manziel, but they’re willing to trade up for the Texas A&M QB?
Cleveland has no quarterback. It has no real hope right now, despite having seven picks among the first 125 selections, including two in the first round (thanks to the Trent Richardson deal). GM Michael Lombardi’s tenure so far has been pockmarked by horrible decisions. No playoff appearances since 2002. No playoff wins since 1994.
And now they’re talking about trading up for a 5-foot-11 (probably?) QB who struggled mightily against LSU’s NFL-heavy defense in two games? I know Manziel lit up Nick Saban’s Alabama teams, but he went 0-for-2 against LSU and looked especially ordinary in the 2013 meeting.
I love a good NFL draft smokesscreen, but to me, this just sounds like a GM under fire who is trying anything to get fans and the media talking about the draft, and not the head coaching vacancy. The lesson is simple: Firing your coach after one season is a bad look.
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