If the Browns don't take a QB this year, do you think they'll be trying to "tank" another season for another high draft pick and trade up (if needed) to get "their QB" in 2018?
Agreed with Lyman. They'll draft a QB at some point, but I hope - and am starting to believe - it will happen in R3 - R4. Something like Peterman at #65 or Dobbs at #108.
I could be proven wrong, but I believe that the ultimate goal is team-building. They even said at the on-set of this they were looking at a five-year project. To me, that doesn't mean you 'panic' and select a QB in a suspect class your second year in. If a team like Oakland is the model, McKenzie didn't select his QB until year three and even then, it was a second round guy, so not like they had to stretch and use a first round pick.
If there was a slam-dunk quarterback in 2017, they'd take him. By all accounts, there isn't. They should stay the course with Kessler, Osweiler, a mid-round rookie, and Hogan (practice squad).
And do you think Hue Jackson and the FO have enough leash left with Haslam to draft next year and possibly still be around to have their "breakout" season in 2019 if it takes a year for the new guys to get up to speed?
I think the shortest leash belongs to Hue Jackson and even at that, they won't can him because of his personality and what that means to the "culture rebuild". The reality of the 1-15 season was a head coach who fell in love with a reclamation project (Bob Griffin), sculpted an offense to fit his strengths, and when the inevitable happened several games sooner than expected, the rest of the QBs on the roster couldn't execute that offense.
Worse still, the interior of our offensive line was so pathetic that we couldn't keep a QB healthy. McCown with a decent line would have started more than
three games. Kessler with a healthy line probably would have won several.
In the offseason, they fixed the line - at least on paper - and spent there knowing that it wasn't a great offensive line draft. They need to add some weapons for the QB - whomever it ends up being - and I think they can have an offense that at least competes at an NFL level.
Or do any of you think that Haslam's patience will be wearing thin and we start this vicious 3-year cycle again if they can't start winning this year or next?
I think calmer heads have finally prevailed.
Now that she's officially a co-owner, I think (or at least hope) she has more say in those decisions. Let Jimmy run his rebate fraud company while Dee runs the show in Berea.
More of a prophet, less of a poster.™ #TeamCody