Cleveland Browns: Forgetting the unforgettable
By Roger Cohen
It is easy to overlook Spergon Wynn on the list of Cleveland Browns quarterbacks, but still not forgivable to do so.
I confess, mea culpa – I messed up my last DawgPound Daily post big time. Can’t the site afford a fact checker? (Editor’s note: the bosses won’t pay for union editors.)
In my “look on the bright side” ode to Robert Griffin III, I reported Griffin would join David Mays and Jason Campbell as the only Afro-American Cleveland Browns’ quarterbacks, totally forgetting about not just one but two other starters: Seneca Wallace and Spergon Wynn.
It was easy to overlook Wallace. Registering one win and seven losses as a starter for the Browns over the 2010-11 seasons, Seneca was a Seattle Seahawks’ cast-off emblematic of czar Mike Holmgren’s “if I was sleepless in Seattle I was comatose in Cleveland” telecommuting stint.
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But how did I overlook Wynn, who lost his only Browns start 48-0 in Jacksonville on Dec. 10, 2000? That day Wynn completed five-of-16 passes for 17 yards. Not 17 yards per completion – 17 yards total. Wynn’s longest pass that Sunday was for eight yards, meaning his other four completions averaged two yards each (but at least no interceptions).
Interestingly, in a valiant comeback attempt offensive guru/head coach Chris Palmer turned to his bench and both Doug Pederson and Kevin Thompson earned 100 passer ratings by completing one pass apiece, each also for eight yards. (Memo to the NFL Competition Committee: you can improve league parity by shortening Browns’ first downs from 10 to eight yards.)
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Despite Wynn’s prolific performance against the Jaguars, he is best remembered for being the Browns’ sixth-round selection in the 2000 NFL Draft, passing on another long-shot college prospect quarterback just sitting there waiting for his name to be called just 16 picks later.
You might have heard of him – Tom Brady. Yeah, the one who has taken the New England Patriots to six Super Bowls, winning four, for a head coach you may also have heard of, one that the Browns suffered through the pre-genius version of: Bill Belichick.
Cleveland officially welcomed Griffin to town this week, and the consensus in Browns Nation seems to reflect how I respond as I am still greeted with “RG3! RG3!” chants everywhere I roam across Washington, D.C.
“Hey, he came cheap, and could he be any worse than we’ve had?”