The Cleveland Browns know what they want out of their next quarterback and may already have him on the roster. There is just one small problem, however.
Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson has a very clear idea of what he wants out of his quarterback.
“I still think at the end of the day, the guy needs to be able to process football and arm talent,” Jackson said at the Senior Bowl. “I think that’s really important, especially in our division, and everything in my mind goes through our division because we play in a lot of different elements and we think we have one of the better divisions in football.
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“You can’t stand in there in the snow and the elements and throw the ball and it’s tough if you can’t process information because the defenses are so good — Pittsburgh and Baltimore and Cincinnati — it’s hard to play. Those are things that are non-negotiable for me.”
The good news is that the Browns may have just such a player on the current roster.
The bad news is that they would need to hire Dr. Frankenstein to make that into a reality.
If Jackson could combine Cody Kessler’s youth with Robert Griffin III’s arm strength and Josh McCown veteran savvy, then he might have something to work with.
But since that is not going to happen, there is only one thing left to do:
#Clemson QB DeShaun Watson also says on @nflnetwork he’s going to throw at the Combine. Asked what he’d tell his doubters: “Watch the tape.”
In today’s world, most of our time is spent trying to decode gestures made by athletes and then draw conclusions based on the gesture. That is what Cleveland Browns fans have been trying to do for weeks. On Thursday, the NFL Network’s Andrew Siciliano sat down with Deshaun Watson and asked him about his decision to turn down the Senior Bowl invitation and also asked him if it had anything to do with not wanting to be the next quarterback of the Browns.
The Cleveland Browns have a habit of completely whiffing on draft picks, contributing to a perpetual cycle of losing and frustration. It would be hard to imagine the Browns missing out on talent when holding the No. 1 and No. 12 overall picks in the 2017 NFL Draft, but its the Browns so no one is optimistic just yet.
Kyle Shanahan admitted at the Super Bowl Thursday that he really liked Patriots backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo coming out in 2014 when he was offensive coordinator of the Browns, and a source said he had him ranked right behind Derek Carr on his QB list.
The next phase of the draft evaluation process is upon us as prospects gear up for the NFL Scouting Combine and pro days and we leave all-star season in the rearview mirror. The all-star circuit is a great place to see players in a competitive setting, though it certainly shouldn’t be a make-or-break part of the evaluation. Still, every repetition matters, and an up-close look at players in a practice setting can be very telling. Here’s the PFF Draft Board at this point in the process.
It’s just halfway through the second quarter of the NFC Championship Game. Still early, especially with Aaron Rodgers on the other side of the field. So why are these 11 men together hugging, high-fiving and back-slapping? Because these are Dan Quinn’s Falcons.
I’ve written before about how we don’t seriously account for Tom Brady’s age, but because of this, we assume that he, and Bill Belichick, will be around forever. We don’t allot for the notion that we could be at the end of the story, not in the middle of it. In any other context, every reporter would be asking if a Super Bowl victory here — Brady breaking Joe Montana’s record, Belichick breaking Chuck Noll’s record, the definitive middle-finger capper to Roger Goodell — would be the perfect time to walk away.
It wasn’t too long ago that Bob McNair was fending off reporters critical of quarterback Brock Osweiler. Based on the tone of the Houston Texans owner on Wednesday, it looks like the lion is no longer standing in front of his expensive cub.