The definitive DPD retrospective of Josh Gordon (Updated Sept. 4)
The Cleveland Browns and their fans have been dealing with the Josh Gordon saga since 2012. Here is a retrospective of his career, so far.
If you want to send Cleveland Browns fans – and #BrownsTwitter – into a heated frenzy, just mention the name Josh Gordon.
Should the Browns embrace the troubled but talented Gordon if he is reinstated by the NFL? Or is it time to finally move on from a player that has only appeared in five of the team’s last 48 regular season games?
Can Gordon still be the same player that led the NFL with 1,646 receiving yards in 2013 – a season that included a four-game stretch where he amassed 774 yards and five touchdowns?
If it seems like Josh questions have been hovering over the franchise forever, you are not far off. Since joining the Browns in 2012, four different head coaches and just as many front office regimes have struggled with their own version of a Gordian Knot.
Or will he be the player that was disengaged in 2014, when he returned from another suspension for the season’s final five games?
If it seems like these questions have been hovering over the franchise forever, you are not far off. Since joining the Browns in 2012, four different head coaches and just as many front office regimes have struggled with their own version of a Gordian Knot.
The issue is now back in the forefront as recent reports have said that Gordon and his representatives expect the NFL to rule on his latest reinstatement bid sometime near, or shortly after, the 2017 NFL Draft.
What happens after that is the great unknown, but the Browns have been consistent in their messaging when it comes to Gordon. Just what that message is depends on who you talk with, as Browns fans hear what they want to hear when it comes to Gordon.
Since this is an ongoing issue, the likes of which the Browns and their fanbase have never really seen before, we’ve put together this helpful guide of everything we’ve published over the years related to Gordon and his ongoing suspension woes.
Just remember, Browns fans: “this time it is going to be different.”