I would say “HOT TAKE ALERT,” except I don’t particularly think this take is all that hot. The Browns should just go ahead and cut Brock Osweiler. I was holding out hope that his unwilling move from Houston to Cleveland would serve as a wake-up call, but after seeing his defensive response to an admittedly contentious line of questioning from Doug Lesmerises, I think I’ve seen all I need to see. In that one moment, I think it’s safe to say that the remote chances the Browns could help Brock Osweiler turn his career around moved from the furthest reaches of the mainland to the remotest speck of an already-drowning archipelago.
I’ve consistently complained about Browns fans trying to run players out of town at the quarterback position. I have been on record saying that the Browns would have been better off with marginal starters like Colt McCoy and Brian Hoyer. That was before the Browns had a quarterback guru like Hue Jackson as the coach. Why would it be any different with Brock Osweiler? If I believe in Hue Jackson as a mentor and offensive head coach, wouldn’t it behoove the Browns to hold on to a 6-foot 7-inch guy with a rocket arm who is not yet 27 years of age?
The proof is in that film of his interview yesterday. Brock Osweiler is still the guy that John Elway wasn’t all that broken up about when he took Houston’s money. He’s the same guy who we heard fought with head coach Bill O’Brien after being called into duty as a backup for Tom Savage in Week 17. This followed reports that he got into it with his head coach over play calls after a Week 5 loss. While recognizing that I don’t know what I don’t know, it sure as hell seems like we know quite enough about Brock Osweiler to know the missing ingredient to his success isn’t patience and coaching.
Obviously, the Browns are going to need people on the depth chart. We’ve all seen enough Cleveland Browns football over the years to know that it could take a team within the team to start 16 games. The idea that the Cleveland Browns can just cast aside anyone with the letters “QB” next to their name isn’t said lightly. If you read all Brock Osweiler’s statements you can draw a conclusion that he’s said the right things as well. It’s a QB boilerplate, copy / paste job for the most part.
“There was a coach that I played for in college and he told me only worry about the things that you can control. From the time of the trade, that is what I have done, and I couldn’t be any more excited to be here. From the day I arrived, you couldn’t have been welcomed in a better way. This has been an incredible experience so far. Right now, I’m just trying to work hard, learn the system and be a great teammate.”
“…We are all helping each other out. There is no friction in the room or anything like that. We are just working as a unit, which is great to see because I think it is going to bring out the best in everybody.”
But the quote that gets me is from the video above. And yes, I think it was a somewhat contentious line of questioning. Still, the reaction there and the delusional talk about the proof of his worth being in the game tape, combined with his willingness to take the bait tells me a whole lot about a guy I considered to be pretty marginal anyway.
When you’re looking at the sum of the totals and you’re asking yourself those favorite Cleveland Browns questions, what percentage chance are you giving for them to be positive? We’ve been through this with Charlie Frye, Derek Anderson, Brandon Weeden, Johnny Manziel and vets like Jeff Garcia and Trent Dilfer, not to mention RG3. We’ve been through it with shoulda-been career backups like Josh McCown and Jason Campbell. As Browns fans, we’ve got the experience. What’s your gut tell you? I know what it’s telling me. Let’s just decide to be better. When the question about Brock Osweiler starts out, “Well maybe if we give him a chance and some time with Hue Jackson he can possibly become…” and stop before we finish the question. I think we know the answer, and we’d be better off buying lottery tickets at Circle K.
We know that it takes more than physical ability to play quarterback in the NFL. We know it takes maturity, leadership, and a host of other variables that aren’t necessarily measured in the combine’s drills. We also know that there’s a lack of quality players at the quarterback position in the NFL as a league. Scarcity doesn’t change the answers to the questions we almost certainly already have, however. Just because the Browns need a quarterback doesn’t mean that Brock Osweiler is someone who can help. If I’m correct in my assumptions that all the bad things we’ve heard about Osweiler’s attitude and demeanor are basically founded, it wouldn’t hurt anyone if the Browns just cut bait and let that trade stand as an asset deal for a second-round pick.
I’ll happily admit it if I’m wrong, but let’s just say I’m not worried about it. I don’t think the Browns should be worried about it either.