There wasn’t a quarterback rumor during the 2015 NFL Draft that didn’t involve the Browns at some level.
Yet they got out of the weekend without one, and Browns coach Mike Pettine said that was fine with him.
That leaves them with Josh McCown, Johnny Manziel, Connor Shaw and Thad Lewis, a group which might not inspire fear in the rest of the AFC North.
“I don’t think we can emphasize it enough that we’re going to build a football team,” Pettine said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “We’re not going to over-prioritize the quarterback position.”
“We had him slated at a certain spot and that wasn’t our place where we wanted to make that move,” General Manager Ray Farmer said of Petty. “The inference came because the team that actually ended up taking the player thought we were going to take their player.”
Likewise, they denied ever being very involved in the Marcus Mariota discussions with Tennessee, and they didn’t leave the weekend with Sam Bradford (because the Eagles couldn’t get to Mariota etiher).
Of course, there’s also a supply and demand issue as well, as only seven quarterbacks were drafted, not all of them very good. But the same could be said of their depth chart.
“We go 11 against 11, we’re not just trotting quarterbacks out on the 50-yard line and thumb wrestling,” Pettine said. “To me there are a lot of different ways to win football games. You just don’t force the situation. If we perceive our quarterback group is not the best in the division, what does that mean? Do we call the league and cancel games? You still gotta play.”
If they can win games that way, that’s a fine stance to take. But if they don’t, they also have to know that the lack of an answer (short-term or long) is going to be one of the reasons why.