Cleveland Browns: 3 main takeaways from the trade deadline
By Andrew Seibt
1. Front Office and/or coaching staff sealed their fates
From Day One of this analytics journey, Browns fans were sold on the front office and coaching staff making decisions together, and me, the gullible fan that I am, drank the Kool-Aid and gave myself a big ‘ole mustache.
I trusted the process and agreed with most of the moves on paper, because they made sense; on paper. Once these moves were put under a microscope coupled with the fact the Browns have mustered one win in who knows how long, it was easy to see that despite Hue Jackson’s promise to solve the quarterback position, that has not come to fruition, his fault or not.
Now we sit at the start of November with a report from Benjamin Allbright saying that he received several emails from members of the Browns coaching staff that were irate at the news of Jimmy Garoppolo being traded to the 49ers.
Following that up is Mike Silver tweeting more shots at the Browns front office in favor of Hue stating that Hue “doesn’t make the calls.” Now we have reports of the Browns wanting to send a 2018 second and third-round pick to the Cincinnati Bengals for backup quarterback AJ McCarron, only for the Browns to not submit the paperwork on time.
This regime is now rotting from the inside out. I used to think that the situation may have been tenable to keep around for another year, just to see if they can get competent quarterback play. It doesn’t help that Carson Wentz and Deshaun Watson are constant reminders of the front office’s arrogance, but how everyone involved has treated the quarterback position has all but sealed their fate.