Jun 12, 2014; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) during minicamp at Browns training facility. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Browns Responsible for Josh Gordon and Johnny Manziel?

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Unfortunately for the Cleveland Browns all the positive momentum from hiring Mike Pettine, promoting Ray Farmer and Day 1 of the NFL Draft has quickly faded away. Instead of still basking in the glory of getting the Buffalo Bills 1st and 4th rounders next year, a team that could finish with the worst record in the league, while still adding Justin Gilbert and future franchise QB Johnny Manziel, the team and fans are faced with the negatives of Manziel and the problems of Josh Gordon. While we here at DPD are big fans of personal responsibility for everyone are the Browns responsible for Gordon and Manziel?

Does the employer hold responsibility to try to keep their employee from making bad choices? Tom Reed of Cleveland.com made the point related to Gordon and the constant changes within the Browns organization:

It’s true the wideout must help himself before he can think of salvaging a promising career. But almost anyone above the player level trying to assist Gordon over the past two years has been removed from the club.

There have been no constants in his life save for the friends who enable and coddle him. Now, comes new coach Mike Pettine and general manager Ray Farmer. Their decision to release receiver Greg Little, despite the Browns’ paucity of depth at the position, was a wise one.

It is a valid argument that organization dysfunction creates begets problems, especially for people who need stability to help them. We know sociologically that stability is key to raising kids, teaching and for social learning. With the lack of that within any organization the mission gets changed, the voices change and the buy in tends to lessen. We all remember when we had a substitute teacher for a week or two in school and we assumed things would change. Things are similar when players get the feeling that the leadership could change at anytime, as it seems to have in Cleveland.

Besides that responsibility should the Browns have done more to protect Gordon and Manziel from their own poor choices? Would Gordon accepted the babysitter/security the way Dez Bryant did in Dallas? Unsure if Pettine or Farmer think that is the best way to treat an adult but should they have for the protection of the player and their asset? Is Manziel starting to border on needing one himself? Would he accept it?

Could the team been more active in disciplining Gordon? Based on the CBA there are limitations but could the coaches created a discipline oriented environment to hold them accountable? Eric Mangini required players to run laps for false starts, fumbles, drops, etc. The Browns could institute this type of punishment for poor choices made on social media or with the law. Players have to be careful about using Kangaroo Courts anymore after the whole bounty scandal. Instead of lazily peddling a bike during off-season practices should Gordon of looked like he was competing the Tour De France?

We know that for the team to succeed they need to stop having so much change within the organization. Hopefully Pettine is around for years to come. Hopefully the coaching staff will stay together for 2 or 3 years before some move on for promotions. Hopefully Farmer gets a chance to make this team in his vision for 4 or 5 years. And finally, and possibly most problematic, hopefully owner Jimmy Haslam stays out of prison.

When the season starts hopefully Manziel will focus on football. Hopefully Gordon gets his life together, and maybe gets to play for the Browns at sometime. Hopefully during Training Camp both players will be shown what it means to be a Browns player so Gordon doesn’t repeat all his problems and Manziel stops before actually doing anything wrong or illegal.

Either way this 2014 should be a very entertaining one in Cleveland if nothing else, so be sure to get your Browns tickets from Razorgator today.

What percentage responsibility do you give the Browns in the Gordon and Manziel situations?

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  • davewr58

    Team dysfunction is what these two losers are causing. They both need to go. Gordon has had dozens of people trying to help him at two colleges and at the Browns facility. He has chosen to ignore the help. As far as your comment that “Manziel stops before actually doing anything wrong or illegal.” If the picture from last weekend of him rolling a $20 bill was for the purpose of snorting cocaine, then he already has done something both wrong and illegal.

    • rh

      Yes, well for three days anyway!

    • Claire Bartell

      a picture is just what it is and nothing more…stop projecting what you would be doing if in that situtation.

      • davewr58

        Not projecting, just can’t think what else he would be doing rolling up a bill that way. Many national and local media outlets came to this conclusion well before I did.

  • trinity

    It’s not thier fault right now about Gordon, but it will be if they keep him. He was stupid long before he got to Cleveland. but they can’t reward him for his stupidity which is what they would be doing if they let him stay.

    As for manziel, he’s a spoiled little asshole. They knew that before they drafted him, so they’re crazy if they are shocked at his behavior now. this guy will be an epic failure as an NFL quarterback, and pettine will probably be fired in a couple years. And the beat will go on in Cleveland.

    • Claire Bartell

      Wow, what a positive outlook on Cleveland!

      • trinity

        Meh. It’s reality. But hey, feel free to kid yourself if you want.

  • Claire Bartell

    Not the Browns responsibility it is the players responsibility to make good life choices. It is also not the fan’s responsibility to pass judgment on everything Manziel does or doesn’t do according to our life experiences.