NFL Mocks recently looked at the biggest tease each team has had starting under center and for the Cleveland Browns it was former MVP Brian Sipe
In what was a rather interesting piece, Erik Lambert of NFL Mocks looked at the biggest tease at quarterback in every NFL team’s history. That tease simply meant that the franchise thought they had their guy, only to be let down. Cleveland Browns fans can probably debate about who such a player for them would have been and several names could pop up in that discussion.
As for Lambert, he found the biggest tease for Cleveland to be none other than Brian Sipe, the NFL MVP back in 1980.
Sipe saw it all come together that season and was honored by the NFL for his work, unfortunately his success didn’t extend much beyond that season.
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Actually, according to Lambert, it actually started to fall apart that same year as Sipe has one of the most infamous plays in Cleveland Browns playoff history:
"“His backbreaking interception in the playoffs against Oakland, known as the infamous “Red Right 88” play, seemed to be the end of the dream year. He went back to mediocrity for the remaining three seasons of his career after that.” — Lambert, NFL Mocks"
That interception ended the Browns best chance to ever hoist the Lombardi Trophy and to this day they’re still trying to find their true franchise player under center. Other teases have come along like Derek Anderson and Brian Hoyer, but the call here with Sipe being the absolute biggest tease is hard to argue against.
Cleveland hopes this is a problem that’s in the past as they now have Tyrod Taylor and Baker Mayfield to work with. Taylor should be the starter for now with Mayfield taking the reins down the road.
Hopefully the No. 1 pick out of Oklahoma never becomes part of this discussion.