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D’Qwell Jackson: The ship is still sailing

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Trent Richardson said that he didn’t see his trade from the Browns to the Colts coming and the running back’s former teammates in Cleveland had pretty much the same reaction.

Wide receiver Josh Gordon said he was “almost in disbelief” when he heard the news and said it was a lesson to him and other young members of the Browns about the business side of life in the NFL. Safety T.J. Ward described his reaction as “shock,” but said that the team has to keep their focus on football. Linebacker D’Qwell Jackson sent the same message about the trade of a player he thought was going to be “the face of the organization.”

“This is the week to go out and show the character of the guys in this locker room,” Jackson said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “The ship is still sailing.”

For young players like Gordon, Ward and wide receiver Greg Little, the trade is also a message that being drafted early isn’t going to guarantee them a spot on the roster now that there are new people making decisions in the front office. If that leads to more inspired performances, it should pay off for them whether they remain in Cleveland or head elsewhere.

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26 Responses to “D’Qwell Jackson: The ship is still sailing”
  1. grruffgrruff says: Sep 19, 2013 2:17 PM

    Just ask Brady Quinn

  2. citizenstrange says: Sep 19, 2013 2:26 PM

    You don’t mess around with Jim ….. Brown

  3. orivar says: Sep 19, 2013 2:31 PM

    Trent is in a better situation though. I’ve always wondered if pro players are actually happy when they’re on a notoriously bad team.

  4. murraysons says: Sep 19, 2013 2:32 PM

    Pretty sure he meant SINKING

  5. daviericky says: Sep 19, 2013 2:39 PM

    THIS BOAT IS OBVIOUSLY SINKING!!!!

  6. thegreatgabbert says: Sep 19, 2013 2:42 PM

    The ship is still sailing. Who needs a rudder?

  7. scaredhitless says: Sep 19, 2013 2:44 PM

    Mary Kay Cabot > Manish Mehta

  8. brownoholic says: Sep 19, 2013 2:48 PM

    Rumor has it they’re trying to trade Gordon as well . . .

  9. steelerben says: Sep 19, 2013 2:48 PM

    So was the Titanic, until it wasn’t.

  10. whitdog23 says: Sep 19, 2013 2:52 PM

    seriously? they all hope they’re traded. there’s no business side to football unless you’re released..cut and can’t find another team

  11. AD2K5 says: Sep 19, 2013 2:54 PM

    I would have shied away from ship metaphors…

  12. denverdude7 says: Sep 19, 2013 2:56 PM

    Quick !!!!!!!

    Somebody break out the drug testing kit.

    D’Qwell is obviously high on something if he thinks the Factory of Sadness ship is still sailing.

    The Browns ship is more like the SS Minnow… aground on the shore of some uncharted desert isle.

    All apologies to Gilligan and the Skipper.

  13. ccjcsr says: Sep 19, 2013 3:01 PM

    0-3

    Season is like a Thanksgiving Turkey…..Done!

  14. damnsureis says: Sep 19, 2013 3:24 PM

    It’s still sailing for sure. Where it’s headed is the problem.

  15. getyourownname says: Sep 19, 2013 3:42 PM

    DQwell is the kind of guy every team could use.

  16. schmitty2 says: Sep 19, 2013 3:42 PM

    Joe Banner-Skipper
    Michael Lombardi-Gilligan
    Cleveland Browns-S.S Minnow

  17. christophershearin says: Sep 19, 2013 3:53 PM

    any body notice the days without an arrest meter? I really think banner and lombardi should be hauled in for getting fleeced by the colts

  18. Kaz says: Sep 19, 2013 3:57 PM

    Tell that to the rats floating away on the rafts.

  19. kwjsb says: Sep 19, 2013 3:58 PM

    Who didn’t see this coming, Lombardi said he would have never drafted Richardson or Weeden. Before the season started we needed at least 1 guard, a full back and a receiver with the ability to create separation and yes, catch the ball. Aside from Bess, they completely ignored the offense, Vonta Leach was released, no offer, Vickers was released, no offer, there are full backs not on rosters now and we moved a small RB to full back. They purposely sabotaged the offense to insure they would not succeed with these players. When your $30mil. under the cap, you could get a guard instead of converting a marginal tackle, you could get a fullback instead of converting an undrafted RB.
    Jimmy Haslam, you may “OWN” the Browns, but this is “MY”team. My grandfather, My Father, Myself and My sons.. You could have fielded a competitive team, but YOUR front office are to worried about, their guys, thier system instead of WINS. And believe me, we have heard it all before, Savage, Davis, Mangini, H&H, and now these CLOWNS.
    Winning is about today, and all we get is promises for tomorrow. You have an opportunity to be competitive NOW, but like everyone who preceded you, you allow them to blow it all up.

  20. ronarch13 says: Sep 19, 2013 4:02 PM

    The ship is sailing on the shores of Lake Erie headed to the Dead Sea…. And I am a Browns fan.

  21. thestrategyexpert says: Sep 19, 2013 4:11 PM

    Still want to know what Jim Brown thinks. He has flip-flopped on Richardson so many times so his next comment should be another amusing read.

  22. bach2112 says: Sep 19, 2013 4:16 PM

    Isray hey Jimmy need a bailout on your Pilot fiasco?

  23. brohamma says: Sep 19, 2013 4:46 PM

    A majority of the players probably wouldn’t mind being traded from Cleveland. I’m not trying to hate.. but seriously.

    I like ML, but this move should’ve been thought about a bit more. A new quarterback was coming in the draft regardless; at least they would’ve had some sort of running-game to help, said quarterback, if they had kept Richardson.

    Look at the history of rookie quarterbacks success rate versus “having a running-game” and “having no running-game.” This was a bad move for Cleveland’s future.

  24. nananatman says: Sep 19, 2013 5:48 PM

    Browns will win this division. Willis and Gordon on the field totally change this team.

  25. schmitty2 says: Sep 19, 2013 5:54 PM

    Ahhhh, it seemed like just yesterday Bernie Kosar was on a broadcast talking trash about the Rams being horrible at many different positions.

  26. mrfrostyj says: Sep 20, 2013 12:23 AM

    Thanks for trading Richardson and making the NFL forget that we’re still the worst team in that division.

    signed “The Pittsburgh Steelers”

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