There is no question the Cleveland Browns are looking for a quarterback, and after a 1-31 record the past two seasons, that’s the correct decision.
You can make a very good argument that the best QB play the Browns have had over that span is from Cody Kessler, who faces an uphill fight to make the roster in 2018.
The list for GM John Dorsey may have gotten a little bit longer the other day with the news of Cincinnati backup passer, A.J. McCarron was declared an unrestricted free agent.
Of course, the Browns famously had a deal worked out for the free agent at last season’s trade deadline, reportedly giving up a 2nd and 3rd round pick, but the paperwork was not turned into the league office in time, so the transaction did not go through.
There are media members saying there is a very good chance McCarron will sign with the Browns when the free agent signing period opens, because coach Hue Jackson wants him and the front office should accommodate that request.
First, we have nothing against McCarron, who could prove to be a fine bridge quarterback until whoever the Browns take in round one is ready to play.
Our objection to the proposed deal was the cost. Those two picks were too high of a price for McCarron, who hasn’t started a game since 2015, and his high in passing yards in his three NFL starts is 200 yards.
But signing him because that’s who Jackson wants is beyond laughable. The coach has a 1-31 record with Cleveland, and it is quite likely the only people on the planet who would have kept him on for a third year with an NFL team are Jimmy and Dee Haslam.
He should have very little credibility, and his voice should just be one in the group of Dorsey’s new front office. Also, new offensive coordinator Todd Haley should be able to be part of the decision making process as well.
Let’s get off of this “quarterback whisperer” reputation that Jackson is supposed to have. Has Kessler, DeShone Kizer, and Kevin Hogan made any progress at the position in the past two years?
Jackson was the offensive coordinator in Washington in 2003. His quarterbacks were Patrick Ramsey and Tim Hasselbeck. They were 5-11.
In 2007, when Jackson was OC with the Falcons, the QBs were Joey Harrington, Chris Redman, and Byron Lefwich. Atlanta was 4-12.
He was the QB coach in 2008 and 2009 with Baltimore, coaching Joe Flacco, but sorry, Flacco is not an elite passer.
With the Raiders, he had Jason Campbell and traded a king’s ransom for Carson Palmer. Both seasons ended in a .500 record for Oakland, the first with Jackson as OC, the second as head coach.
And of course, with Cincinnati, he had Andy Dalton and McCarron, in two playoff seasons, which got him the gig with Cleveland.
Not exactly a list of Hall of Famers is it?
Really, our point here is simply to point out that Dorsey and the rest of the talent evaluators shouldn’t be doing anything because Hue Jackson wants it done. He hasn’t earned that gravitas.
If Dorsey and his group think Chase Daniel, Kirk Cousins, Tyrod Taylor, Case Keenum, or anyone else available to the Browns is a better option than A.J. McCarron, then that’s who they should sign.
And then get grab your possible franchise QB in the first round of April’s NFL Draft.