Cleveland Browns Hot Seats: Hot, Hotter, Hottest

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Feb 19, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer speaks to the media during the 2015 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

This man has the hottest hot seat by a county mile. Quite possibly the worst general manager in Browns history, Farmer has continued to whiff on draft picks and make idiotic moves both on the field and up in the booth.

Let’s start with the most egregious acts, that being his horrendous drafting. Players like Terrance West (current free agent), Vince Mayle (current free agent), and Justin Gilbert, the first rounder who is looking more like a bust every week, have been incredibly detrimental to this team’s success. Meanwhile Farmer has passed over players such as Sammy Watkins, Odell Beckham Jr. and Teddy Bridgewater, just to name a few.

The only reason Gilbert is still a member of the team is because Farmer is not ready to move on and admit he screwed up a Top 10 pick. Sorry Ray, but we already know after seeing Gilbert turned to toast every single time he steps on the field.

Player moves during the offseason and regular season have also left some of the fan base scratching their heads.

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The release of Terrelle Pryor after the improvement he appeared to be showing coupled with the already weak receiving corps, the signing of Robert Turbin, only to release him after three games of being a third option out of the backfield, and numerous small, random moves of players to and from the practice squad. Farmer was suspended the first four weeks of the season, but there has to be more that he can do.

That suspension was of course stemming from one of the most idiotic occurrences in history. “Textgate” as it was so coined, left the Browns without their general manager for the first four games of the season after it was discovered that Farmer was texting the sideline, telling then offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan to put Manziel in the game. A big no-no in the eyes of the NFL.

Teams get better by adding quality players, but with the way Farmer handles player moves, the Browns will be destined for irrelevance as long as he is at the helm.

While firing personnel during the season rarely works, all these moves need to happen as soon as they possibly can this offseason, and the Browns need to do what they are best at, change.