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Jimmy Haslam threatens some poor QB with the second pick

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Of all the things Browns owner Jimmy Haslam doesn’t know, the location of quarterback Johnny Manziel is definitely on the list.

But Haslam does have an idea how he might replace him, if it comes to that.

Via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Haslam said he agreed with left tackle Joe Thomas that quarterback was the most important position on the team, adding a warning shot of his own.

“I don’t think there is anything that compares to it in professional sports in terms of importance to a team,” Haslam said. “Joe has been around the game. He’s smart. He’s exactly right. . . .

We do have the second pick in the draft.”

So, with apologies to Jared Goff or Paxton Lynch or whoever else the homeless guy tells Haslam to draft, it sounds like there’s another quarterback on the way.

But Haslam seemed as mystified as anyone about Manziel’s disappearance, saying he didn’t know why he missed a scheduled treatment at the team facility. When asked if he wanted the former first-rounder on the roster, Haslam was vague, deferring to officials he hasn’t hired yet.

“It will be up to the coaches, and executive vice president of football operations Sashi [Brown] and the G.M. as to who’s on the team,” he said. “They will make those calls.”

But it sounds like when he hires someone to make them, they’re going to have a strong suggestion as to what to do with their top pick.

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41 Responses to “Jimmy Haslam threatens some poor QB with the second pick”
  1. ketch20too says: Jan 4, 2016 8:31 AM

    Punish Johnny Punk by keeping him on the roster and when he acts out like the immature child he appears to be, suspend him without pay for as long as you can. Under no circumstances trade him to Dallas.

  2. dcapettini says: Jan 4, 2016 8:39 AM

    I never really understood the moniker “Factory of Sadness” until now.

  3. usedjock says: Jan 4, 2016 8:43 AM

    The best owners stay away from the football operations. If you want the football people to make those choices stay away and let them do it.
    I am not a Browns fan but I feel so bad for fans of that team and I hope for all of you they get it right one day. No fan base should have to put up with this clown show.

  4. flowrchyldofgod says: Jan 4, 2016 8:46 AM

    Yeah, and that pick better be used to get Joey Bosa if he’s still there after Tennessee picks. We’ve tried 1st, 2nd 3rd round draft picks on quarterback and nothing has worked yet. Maybe just try to get the best player available and quit trying to find the next Peyton Manning or Tom Brady. Brady was a 6th round pick after all.

  5. ttommytom says: Jan 4, 2016 8:49 AM

    If I win Lotto, I will buy the Browns and give Peyton Manning 1/2 the team.

    I will then sit in a The Pound or a bar with the fans…

    (Owners need to enjoy the rids and stop talking and meddling).

  6. harbourimages says: Jan 4, 2016 8:51 AM

    Maybe they should start by hiring Urban Meyer. He already loves and lives in Ohio, and Lebron loves Meyer, so…. Just sayin’….

    Go Blue ; )

  7. kevinlawrencecantor says: Jan 4, 2016 8:53 AM

    The Browns should not draft a QB high this year. Firstly, it will create undue pressure on them to be the instant savior when the team’s problems go well beyond that. Secondly, none of the QBs in this draft are game changers.

    Jacob Coker could easily end up in round 6-7, or go undrafted. They probably won’t take him due to wanting to avoid another Manziel situation, but Trevone Boykin has enormous potential and again will be available very late.

    If Cardale Jones is available in the third round that is the move you make.

    Move some of the older, more expensive players on both lines to get cap space. Target a good wide receiver, even if you have to overpay. Make sure the secondary is reliable, even if they aren’t elite.

    But this is the Browns so they’re going to take a QB.

  8. fatguystrangler says: Jan 4, 2016 9:02 AM

    Early candidate for PFT headline of the year.

  9. eazeback says: Jan 4, 2016 9:06 AM

    johnny doesn’t want to be a brown, that much is evident

  10. sparty0n says: Jan 4, 2016 9:14 AM

    Hoyer wasn’t “good enough” for the Browns, so they replaced him with McCown and Johnny Noshow.

    Now Hoyer is starter for the playoff bound Texas. Haslem needs to hire some football people, and let them run the show.

  11. bringbackkosar says: Jan 4, 2016 9:17 AM

    I really think the NFL should take a page from the Premier League and relegate the worst teams to a scrub division for the following season, making them get their act together if they want to be promoted to the real league. Unfortunately the Browns, they would be at the kiddie table forever with this owner…

  12. frozenrope15 says: Jan 4, 2016 9:26 AM

    One man’s trash is a super star for Jerry Jones in his eyes alone!

  13. txrawdog says: Jan 4, 2016 9:34 AM

    If Browns were smart they would hire Chip Kelly and roll with Manziel…but we all know the Browns aren’t smart

  14. murraysons says: Jan 4, 2016 9:45 AM

    I love it when owners say they’ll let the new GM make firing decisions, but in the next breath tell us what he’s going to do with the next top pick. Good luck folks

  15. tomtravis76 says: Jan 4, 2016 9:48 AM

    You need a GM who will work well with the HC and that HC to work well with the GM and both doing so by following a certain standard/ vision the owner wants his to be as representatives of the fans.

  16. brohamma says: Jan 4, 2016 10:01 AM

    As a fan of the game of football.. I really feel sorry for the Browns fans.

  17. Big Ant TV says: Jan 4, 2016 10:10 AM

    Please draft Paxton Lynch

  18. athwartships says: Jan 4, 2016 10:12 AM

    No crystal ball to tell me who they will hire for coach or GM or how they will squander the draft pick….but I am reasonably sure it will be spectacularly bad on all counts.

  19. intrafinesse says: Jan 4, 2016 10:16 AM

    The Browns should trade up to get Goff.
    That would be 5+ #1 picks used to get a QB in 10 years.

    And they can ruin Goff at the same time.

    Trade Manziel for a 3rd round pick, to get more trade bait to move up.

  20. stexan says: Jan 4, 2016 10:41 AM

    I wouldn’t be terribly surprised if their 1st pick – even if it’s not a QB – stiffs them the way Elway did to the Colts.
    When even Manziel apparently wants out you know things are bad.

  21. jonevans511 says: Jan 4, 2016 10:43 AM

    intrafinesse says:
    Jan 4, 2016 10:16 AM

    The Browns should trade up to get Goff.
    That would be 5+ #1 picks used to get a QB in 10 years.

    And they can ruin Goff at the same time.

    Trade Manziel for a 3rd round pick, to get more trade bait to move up.

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    What do you mean trade up? The Titans are almost certainly not going to take a QB at #1 given they just drafted Mariota, so if the Browns want Goff they can get him at 2. Maybe you were being tongue-in-cheek but if so I missed it.

  22. ujorden says: Jan 4, 2016 11:05 AM

    What they should do with manziel is reveal all of his failed tests and let him start his long line of suspensions. Leading up to a year suspension. You won’t get anything in the line of compensation because he’s a head case and Noone will give you anything. He’s trying to brat his way out of Cleveland. Do they allow him to. He either plays for the Browns or plays for Noone . Suspend him now. So for the next two years he’s either a brown or he will just quit. He’s a spoiled punk. Treat him as such

  23. youbettercallsaul says: Jan 4, 2016 11:15 AM

    I could provide an easy solution to the “Manziel Issue”. Anyone able to locate Tonya Harding? I’m sure she could use the money

  24. mpcny says: Jan 4, 2016 11:34 AM

    Thinking the Browns should hire Kevin Costner as next GM & let Denis Leary coach. Actors would be an improvement.

  25. mpcny says: Jan 4, 2016 11:38 AM

    looks like they will get their pick of QBs, unless someone jumps in front of them. But why do that, we all know the QB the Browns take will bomb. The cowboys will take the one they did not pick and win 2 super bowls before the Browns ever get to one.

  26. macbdog says: Jan 4, 2016 12:23 PM

    I know too many good Cowboys fans to wish Johnny upon them.

  27. Patch24680 says: Jan 4, 2016 12:33 PM

    The Browns need to find a coach at a Temp Agency. Face it. Whoever they hire is going to be temporary anyway.

  28. bbwasright says: Jan 4, 2016 12:47 PM

    I don’t know what Cleveland did to anger the Football Gods so long ago. All I know is that I’ve been watching the game for a long time, and don’t remember the last time they didn’t have front office problems. They drove out the greatest coach of all time before he had a chance to field a team with the skill set he needed to succeed. Before Belichick, they had many problems – all starting in the front office. Absolutely every variable has changed more than once, yet that town still can’t get it right. I cried for them when Haslam took over the team. He’s a two-bit fraudster with a high opinion of himself and a low opinion of everyone else. What a shame. How much longer must Cleveland sports fans suffer?!

  29. dencar2014 says: Jan 4, 2016 12:55 PM

    Hire Kelly and “roll” with Manziel!!!!! Surely, this thought is a JOKE.

  30. mmmpierogi says: Jan 4, 2016 1:15 PM

    bbwasright says:
    Jan 4, 2016 12:47 PM
    They drove out the greatest coach of all time before he had a chance to field a team with the skill set he needed to succeed.

    ***************************************************************************************

    To be fair, Belichick had five full seasons in Cleveland (only one of which were they above .500) before he was canned. Five years is a lot more time than most coaches get these days.

  31. nflgtcfl says: Jan 4, 2016 2:06 PM

    So, with apologies to Jared Goff or Paxton Lynch or whoever else the homeless guy tells Haslam to draft, it sounds like there’s another quarterback on the way.

    Hire the homeless guy as the coach. He believes in Johnny Football and they seem to have a good rapport.

  32. nflgtcfl says: Jan 4, 2016 2:10 PM

    Thinking the Browns should hire Kevin Costner as next GM & let Denis Leary coach. Actors would be an improvement.

    ——————————————————————–

    They could act like they care. they could act like the owner is not meddling and ruining the team.

    Drafting 1st round QB is a waste of time. So many holes on that team the kid will be [David Carr]ed in a few years. Get a mediocre veteran game manager. Fill in the holes. Then get a QB.

  33. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Jan 4, 2016 3:46 PM

    This will make, what now, 20 starting QB’s over the past 8 or so years? Can’t wait for an updated pick of that one jersey that starts with Couch.

  34. istateyourname says: Jan 4, 2016 6:21 PM

    Wasn’t Belichick coach of the Ravens Browns not these Browns? He should be coaching the Ravens if patient consistency was the ruling principle of the football universe.

  35. hickmanii says: Jan 4, 2016 8:13 PM

    Please quit drafting qb’s…. free agency is key. Quit using draft picks on qbs…

  36. youbettercallsaul says: Jan 4, 2016 11:55 PM

    nflgtcfl said
    Hire the homeless guy as the coach. He believes in Johnny Football and they seem to have a good rapport.

    Yep they have a great rapport alright. They will be standing around the same burning trash barrel next winter, and fighting over the last drop of Thunderbird, Ripple (do they make that anymore?), or 4Loko.

  37. ymca2014 says: Jan 5, 2016 3:29 AM

    Bernie Kosar for GM.

  38. wantsomecheesewiththatwhine says: Jan 5, 2016 12:19 PM

    youbettercallsaul says:
    Jan 4, 2016 11:15 AM

    I could provide an easy solution to the “Manziel Issue”. Anyone able to locate Tonya Harding? I’m sure she could use the money
    ——————————-
    she may still have good footwork, but can she throw?

  39. jdbaker01 says: Jan 5, 2016 3:35 PM

    If they really want to get rid of Manziel they should make him the coach.

  40. mandings36 says: Jan 6, 2016 4:08 PM

    lol the browns

  41. joenash72 says: Jan 7, 2016 9:06 AM

    Factory of Sadness ;-(

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