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Browns dysfunction appears over Jimmy Garoppolo trade to the 49ers

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When the New England Patriots traded Jimmy Garoppolo to the San Francisco 49ers on Monday night, it instantly became a Cleveland Browns story on Twitter. The Browns had been linked to Garoppolo for a long time and pretty specifically as a trade rumor during the 2017 NFL draft. In the trade wrap-up article on ESPN, Bill Barnwell recounts the rumor of a Browns-Pats “overture” during that period. As we all know, the Pats left that draft with Tom Brady, Jimmy Garoppolo, and Jacoby Brissett. The Browns ended up doing what they did and drafting DeShone Kizer. Less than a year later, the Pats have traded Brissett to the Indianapolis Colts and Garoppolo to the 49ers while the Browns still look to the future for their franchise quarterback to appear. The story may not impact Cleveland directly, but it is a nuclear bomb in Berea.

It’s the sport’s most important position, and the lack of real options at that position is setting this franchise back every minute that they don’t have that guy. Even in my “defense” of Hue Jackson, it’s couched in a feeling that we just don’t have enough information about Hue, because much of the roster is such utter garbage. That begins with the quarterback position. Nobody has been closer to Hue Jackson than media member Mike Silver, and regardless of whether you buy his defense, it’s interesting to see his insight into Hue’s opinions.

Even beyond that, the blame game breeze in Berea is currently blowing at a gale force wind. Benjamin Allbright is reporting that he received emails from Browns coaches who are livid that Sashi Brown and the front office went home at 5 p.m. before the trade deadline and didn’t even know the Jimmy Garoppolo trade had occurred.

It’s fine to be young and to place value in draft capital, but at a certain point, it’s front office malpractice to put together a roster like that of the Cleveland Browns. If that arbitrary feeling starts to get backed up by credible reporting that the Browns front office is not holding up its end of the bargain, it’s pretty illuminating. Who knows what this actually means though? Notice in Allbright’s tweets that he specifically says the coaches let Sashi Brown know about the trade. Does this mean that Sashi is the only one who left at 5 p.m?

Here’s the brutal, unfortunate result of perennial dysfunction: Everything about the Browns is true until it’s not. Is Jimmy Haslam seeking new leadership in his front office? You have to assume so. Is everyone on the hot seat in Berea right now? You have to believe so. Is there a power struggle between the front office and the coaching staff? It’s unequivocally true at this point.

Something I’ve discussed in depth on podcasts and on these pages is what I thought would happen if it came down to a power struggle between Hue Jackson and Sashi Brown in Berea. I’ve always maintained that if it came down to an us-versus-them scenario where Jackson is sitting in one chair and Brown sitting in another was that the football guy would win. I still feel like that today, although it might end up being nothing but losers all the way around. If the Browns are currently back into this level of disarray that the front office isn’t holding up its end of the bargain, and Hue Jackson is sniping at them through the media — even justifiably — how far are we from Jimmy doing what Jimmy does best and just firing everyone and starting over?

  • MartyDaVille

    Okay, the HBT experiment has been a miserable failure. Sashi has no business making roster decisions. Jimmy doesn’t have to fire him, he’s just got to give him a job that he’s qualified for.

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  • tigersbrowns2

    the QB view through the eyes of TB2 : “dysfunction” ?? … quite the opposite , i think. the Browns did their due diligence on Grop … they pursued him & it didn’t happen. this actually works-out better for the Browns : 1 less suitor for Cousins , Brees , McCarron & Bridgewater AND 1 less team at the top of the draft that will be looking at a QB.

    it is only my opinion that the Browns weren’t even going to draft Kizer last year until he dropped … THEN they decided to make the move for him … if they really really wanted him , they would’ve stayed at the top of round 2 to take him instead of moving back into the 1st round to take Njoku .

    for those that have totally lost it because the Browns passed on Wentz & Watson … i think the Browns would’ve taken Goff had that worked-out & i think they would’ve made a move for Grop if Belichick wasn’t trying to rape us … so , i think the Browns were looking to 2018 all along to address QB & the skill players. thus , why i’m still preaching a little patience & to stick to the plan.

    well , that’s how my warped little mind sees it.

  • RGB
  • RGB

    But, but, analytics.

  • tigersbrowns2

    hi MARTY … so , half- way through year 2 you’ve already deemed the HBT failures ?? you will be seeing things differently in 2018 & 2019.

  • MartyDaVille
  • tigersbrowns2

    LMFAO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sam Gold

    “But it’s never his call.”

    Bullshark.

    “Kessler comments were a mistake, tried to be a good soldier.”

    Convenient 20-20 hindsight narrative builder.

    “Benjamin Allbright is reporting that he received emails from Browns coaches who are livid that Sashi Brown and the front office…”

    Want to make sure I’m tracking here. The HC/staff are livid after having the “earth move,” imploring us to “trust them,” and clearly being all in on Kizer as HJ was brought here as the QB whisperer and no FO is forcing any QB on this HC? This same QB he was all in on and has bungled to a nearly indescribable degree during his rookie campaign? He and his staff are livid that the FO, with an agreed to by him plan and approach, won’t go out and provide him with a shiny, new toy midseason to see how badly he can break that? The coach/staff that can’t seem to figure out when to call time outs or accept drive altering penalties? The staff that has asked numerous players to play their positions against what multiple recruiting reports detailed as their strengths coming out of college? And of course Garrett, Njoku, Peppers, DeValve, Coleman, Coleman, Ogbah, Nassib, Schobert, Kindred, Drango, Ogunjobi & Brantley are all no talent bums so, yeah, they’ve been utterly Belichickian to this point. Pissed is the right response…

  • MartyDaVille
  • RGB
  • Sam Gold

    Yes, let’s get rid of a FO that has actually brought talent to the roster.

  • bossman09

    It was Sashi and Haslem that hired Hue. Obviously that was a total failure too.

  • RGB

    Fine. Fire Hue, and let Sashi hire the exact coach He Wants. Then it’ll be a 100% bean-counter staff. No more excuses.
    Let’s do this…

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  • tigersbrowns2

    hi SAM … i had recently posted the Browns 1st round picks from 2011 – 2017 & there is no comparison as to who drafted better … it hasn’t been perfect , but it has improved. i think many thought they should already have ALL the pieces in place … only 2 drafts into a complete purge !! … firing everyone now is about the worst thing that could happen.

  • jpftribe

    I dunno man, this feels like a rich guy making Chevy offers on a BMW while taking the bus to work everyday.

  • JM85

    Browns dysfunction. What else is new?

  • jpftribe

    Regardless of what Hue leaks or doesn’t leak, facts are Lynch has played the Browns on draft day and on this trade. You measure Sashi against his peers. He’s bottom of the barrel.

  • CBiscuit

    Is this a good time to remind people to book your flights to LA for the Browns-Chargers game? We’re going to have so much fun.

  • RGB

    I assume tickets will be cheap and plentiful.

  • tigersbrowns2

    so , where are the e-mails / tweets from the Browns coaching staff ?? Allbright already put it out there & stirred-up up the shat.

  • BenRM

    Count me among those who don’t think that Jimmy Grabapablo is actually going to be that good. (Granted, I think I probably thought that about Wentz too…I can’t recall. Regardless, grain of salt.)

    That said, our front office probably needs to do something today in order to make this old news. It’s just another log to throw on the HBT QB fire.

  • RGB
  • jpftribe

    Let’s see, the Brownsiest of Browns moves would be to trade a high pick for a pending FA receiver, with no one to throw the ball to him so he will then refuse to re-sign with CLE. Yes, that is definitely doable, maybe not quite creative enough, but doable..

  • BenRM

    Mr. Hero, prepared fresh for me!

  • CBiscuit

    Yeah, the more I think about it, my tickets might be sold for cheap

  • tsm

    Strike 3 for the HBT – Wentz, Watson & Garappolo. Especially distressing when we tried to get him at the time of the draft. We had more to offer than SF did, and apparently failed to do so. This is a colossal blunder.

  • BenRM

    Did you see the tweet from Hue’s daughter?

  • RGB

    Looks like he’s going back to hold Brady’s clipboard and eat lobster rolls.

  • Shadow_play

    No. Please elaborate.

  • BenRM
  • Chris

    Next morning: “Dad, why didn’t you just use one of KD’s fake accounts?”

  • Steve

    I just want to see the Browns put in a claim on Hoyer to screw with the Patriots.

  • Steve

    Like the Astros, Cubs, and Sixers, this was the intended goal.

  • RGB

    I like this idea.
    But we get stuck with Hoyer.
    So, I hate this idea.
    It’s hard to be a Browns fan.

  • Steve

    Meh, we aren’t winning games this year. We’re not even trying to. Stick it to the Patriots, especially if you they actually made a comparable offer for Garappolo.

  • jpftribe

    Let’s not forget Brissett. Twice.

  • tsm

    Good point. We could also mention Dak

  • Brandon

    You don’t need analytics to call running plays for two solid backs and an expensive offensive line.

    With the youngest QB in the league, and a terrible WR corps, the Browns should find themselves solidly within the top 5 in passing attempts in the NFL, yet again.

    If Hue would have hired an offensive coordinator, I’d be more on his side. But, since he’s the biggest moron we’ve had at the HC spot since…well, since…anyway, we have another total moron at head coach who has a very high opinion of himself.

    Sit him on a pink stool in the front office. Tell him to name 3 people he wants as an offensive coordinator. If he does not mention 3 names, without trying to discuss it, de-pant him, and slingshot him from the 50 yard line to the water crib in Lake Erie.