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Hue Jackson: We’re not second-guessing Wentz trade

Philadelphia Eagles' Carson Wentz (11) is tackled by Cleveland Browns' Chris Kirksey as Derrick Kindred pursues during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) AP

The Browns fell to 0-1 over the weekend with a loss to an Eagles team quarterbacked by Carson Wentz.

Wentz is in Philadelphia because of a pre-draft trade with the Browns that netted Cleveland a first-round pick next year as part of a package of selections through 2018. The Browns didn’t feel Wentz, who went 22-of-37 for 278 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday, profiled as a top-20 quarterback in the league and coach Hue Jackson said on PFT Live last week that the quarterback wasn’t the “right fit” for his offense.

Jackson said his view didn’t change based on Sunday’s performance.

“No, we haven’t [second-guessed],” Jackson said, via Cleveland.com. “That’s one thing I can tell you for sure has not happened. He had a good game, a great game if you guys want to term it that, and I respect that. He’s a fine young man and they have good coaches and a good organization, and he is going to do well for them, but that was one game. He played well. Like I said, we’ll look back and see where he is over a period of time, but the Browns have to get better. That’s what we have to do. We have to play better, and I think we all understand that.”

One would hope that no one’s opinion about such a big decision would be swayed by one good or bad game and watching the Browns on Sunday certainly supports the notion that there’s plenty of places where the team needs to improve in 2016 and beyond. All of the picks they got in the Wentz trade can be put toward that use and one should be ticketed for a quarterback whether or not there any hope remains that Robert Griffin III, who went on injured reserve Monday, could be at least a short-term answer at the position.

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103 Responses to “Hue Jackson: We’re not second-guessing Wentz trade”
  1. hatersgonnahatehate says: Sep 13, 2016 12:40 PM

    Knowing the Browns, they would have picked Goff

  2. wiskybuck says: Sep 13, 2016 12:40 PM

    A professional coach wouldn’t even comment on something like that.

  3. grogansheroes says: Sep 13, 2016 12:41 PM

    Wenz may not be the second coming of Tom Brady or Aaron Rogers. But one thing that is sure, is he will be better than any QB the Browns have had in the last 20 years.

  4. shackdelrio says: Sep 13, 2016 12:41 PM

    One year, the Browns are going to start making smart decisions.

    Unfortunately, none of us will live long enough to see it.

  5. cfos00 says: Sep 13, 2016 12:42 PM

    Even Hue Jackson knows not to make too big of a deal about a great game when it’s against the Browns.

  6. zombiepatriot says: Sep 13, 2016 12:42 PM

    It was one game.

    Ask about second guessing at the end of the season… next season.. down the road.

    Otherwise, it was one game!

  7. brownstown6586 says: Sep 13, 2016 12:43 PM

    I believe him. With our offensive line and without Coleman (who wouldn’t have been drafted by us if we stayed at 2), Wentz would have struggled. It’s only one game. No need to start regretting the trade… Yet.

  8. a1b24312 says: Sep 13, 2016 12:45 PM

    In other words, I’ll just be be Hue and cry. #huencry #factoryofsadness

  9. justafan2014 says: Sep 13, 2016 12:46 PM

    Maybe you should be

  10. norseyapper says: Sep 13, 2016 12:46 PM

    “Hue Jackson: We’re not second-guessing Wentz trade”

    Says the coach who started with RGIII and now has much less to count on at his QB position.
    That makes perfect sense.

  11. stealthscorpio says: Sep 13, 2016 12:46 PM

    Everyone else is Hue…

  12. lonespeed says: Sep 13, 2016 12:46 PM

    Even if Carson Wentz becomes a top quarterback in the league, the Browns can turn their picks into nice compensation and maybe a quarterback in 2017. The Rams however have no parachute if they passed on Wentz and Jared Goff turns into a bust.

  13. jongrudenstolemypatiofurniture says: Sep 13, 2016 12:49 PM

    Hue Jackson is, however, second guessing his decision to be the Coach of the Cleveland Browns.

  14. elmerbrownelmerbrown says: Sep 13, 2016 12:49 PM

    If Carson Wentz is on the Brons does he beat the iggles Sunday ,, you have to ask yourself that ! I say no and the iggles aren’t that good !

  15. whiteybulgersson says: Sep 13, 2016 12:54 PM

    Wentz would have bust in Cleveland.

  16. weepingjebus says: Sep 13, 2016 12:55 PM

    Whoever you picked would have been awful, that’s just how it goes. My advice is to embrace being the George Costanza of teams and try to tank. This means you will suddenly become unstoppable.

    “Tebow to TO, touchdown!”
    “I do not believe what I am seeing.”
    “That was a 66 yarder, the Browns have rolled up 550 yards of offense in the first half so far.”
    “I reject this reality.”
    “Here comes the extra poi-wait, a reverse two point conversion!”
    “Harbaugh just kicked over a bench and it landed on Flacco’s legs.”

  17. ezpkns34 says: Sep 13, 2016 12:56 PM

    What else would he say? That they totally feel they screwed up and wished they took Wentz? Whether they really aren’t 2nd guessing themselves or not, it’s the only thing they can say

  18. mascadcar says: Sep 13, 2016 12:57 PM

    Give him more than one game against the worst team in football before you crown him..

  19. seatownballers says: Sep 13, 2016 1:02 PM

    Regardless of how the Browns finish,I think they have the most picks in next year’s draft.

    For yet another rebuild

  20. veddermn8 says: Sep 13, 2016 1:07 PM

    Jackson can’t really say much else other than what he said without tampering.

  21. wabbitslayer says: Sep 13, 2016 1:09 PM

    He is who we thought he is!
    And we traded him away!!!

  22. petersjeffrey36 says: Sep 13, 2016 1:10 PM

    Browns have problems at so many positions, unless Wentz becomes one of the best 3 qbs in the nfl, trading for more picks was the right thing to do.. they now have the next two drafts to build off of with extra picks in hand and what looks to be a couple drafts with much more depth at the QB position then last year, now its just up ot the gm ot find the value picks

  23. angrygreenbird says: Sep 13, 2016 1:11 PM

    How ironic that the Browns have drafted like four straight turds but pass on the one who actually may be great.

  24. kcflake says: Sep 13, 2016 1:12 PM

    I respect Hue Jackson, but they had a golden opportunity to select a franchise qb in the draft and traded it away and picked a wide receiver. hard to defend that.

  25. firstdownbrowns says: Sep 13, 2016 1:15 PM

    if you research all what the Browns will walk away after trading him. you might not say the Browns are fools. between what Philly and Tenn gave up , its some haul. after trading back to # 8 ,then Tenn gave them more picks to move up to # 8. it will take couple years for the Browns to use all the picks they received.
    Philly # 1 2017
    Philly # 2 2018
    Tenn #2 2017

    plus what they wheel and deal with this yrs draft.

  26. fwippel says: Sep 13, 2016 1:15 PM

    Geez Louise, Wentz has played one game, and all the “experts” are already crowning this guy the NFL’s next “great” quarterback.

    Get a grip people. We won’t know how this goes for another few years. Just four years ago, RGIII was winning the Rookie of the Year award over Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson. Heck, Ryan Leaf won his first two NFL starts.

    Give it time….

  27. mrmcdougle says: Sep 13, 2016 1:17 PM

    If he didn’t play like this against a historically bad defensive roster…I would be concerned. Lets see how the guy plays against an average defense, and some tape on him. I think he has potential to be a top 15 QB in this league, but this was not a test you’d put much weight in.

    I give you:
    Robert Griffin III – Washington Redskins
    19/26, 320 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT, 9 carries, 42 yard

    and

    EJ Manuel – Buffalo Bills
    18/27, 150 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT, 3 carries, 23 yards … against the Patriots

  28. pastabelly says: Sep 13, 2016 1:18 PM

    The Browns got two 1sts and a 2nd for the Wentz pick. They could probably trade the Eagles 2017 1st for Garoppolo and come out ahead. Of course, that trade would have to wait until after this season.

  29. richiethegreek says: Sep 13, 2016 1:18 PM

    elmerbrownelmerbrown says:
    Sep 13, 2016 12:49 PM
    If Carson Wentz is on the Brons does he beat the iggles Sunday ,, you have to ask yourself that ! I say no and the iggles aren’t that good !

    ————–
    LOL 😂

  30. guitarfreak21 says: Sep 13, 2016 1:18 PM

    Ok I get it Browns are not a great organization, but let’s tone down the whole Wentz is the 2nd coming of montana, elway, brady, rodgers, and every other good qb from the last 50 years, ok? He played one game, and it was against a crappy team.

  31. cobrala2 says: Sep 13, 2016 1:19 PM

    This is exactly what I was talking about when I questioned the Browns’ decision to proclaim how they didn’t want Wentz… it would not serve them well and it hasn’t.

    Pandora’s Box.

  32. bobbyhoying says: Sep 13, 2016 1:20 PM

    RG III looked unstoppable as a rookie. Carson needs to endure the test of time. Philly was in love with Chip Kelly a few years ago. Now (in Philly) Chip never had a clue.

  33. jmc8888 says: Sep 13, 2016 1:23 PM

    Right for the offense?

    If the Browns had Wentz, McCown, and RGIII on the same team, RGIII would be the scout team QB and sitting 3rd on the depth chart…. at least with a sane coach and front office.

    So they have a broken down RGIII, who is a crappy pocket passer anyways, and now they get to start the best QB on their roster Josh McCown.

    Poor Josh, this year’s Browns have far less talent then last years. Throwing him to the wolves. Nevertheless, he’s still far better than RGIII. The injury, if anything, made the Browns better. (not that it will matter)

    Here’s the truth Hue, the ‘over a period of time’ thing you said isn’t going to change anything.

    Why? Because RGIII is on the shelf, and Wentz will continue playing. Even long term, what is RGIII going to do? Come back in 8 weeks and get injured again? What about next year? Last I checked, Wentz has the entirety of his rookie contract to get better, while RGIII only has next year on his.

    People are right, Wentz would struggle on the Browns. Every QB would struggle on the Browns. The reason? The smartest guys in the room thought the smartest thing would be to gut the roster of most of it’s quality players. This team is a shell of what it was last year, and they weren’t good last year. But at least they had far more talent.

    How many high picks is it going to take just to find replacements for the guys they needlessly jettisoned?

    It’s pretty stupid to open up holes you don’t need to. Oh we traded down for all these picks, and now we need to hope those picks fill SOME of them, and definitely not all of the holes we needlessly created.

    What’s the point if you trade away a potential QBOF, for picks to replace the RT and OLB you got rid of? Is that called… treading water?

    Hey Hue, the Browns will play better, when they actually have some talent which has the ability to play better. You can’t turn chicken chit into chicken salad.

    They will also play better, when you actually start the players who are the best on your depleted team. RGIII was not your best starter. McCown is.

    So if the coach and front office keep doing stupid crap that pushes you ten steps back… just because it’s their crazy philosophy… then you have no shot.

    Perhaps Hue, you should of fought for Wentz, and then molded your offense around him, rather than pass on a guy with almost no preseason experience that just beat your butt and made RGIII look like the rookie getting his first start. But hey you got all those picks to replace the guys you needlessly got rid of. That is if you can even replace them rather then draft 25 more receivers.

    After all who signs a broken down injury prone QB who isn’t any good at pocket passing, and proceeds to let an All-Pro center and quality tackle go?

    That’s like signing Antonio Brown and then making the strategic decision to cut Big Ben. Except stupider.

    As much as RGIII was as an idiot to do what he did to get injured, the front office is the one that threw him out there without adequate blocking, and the coaching didn’t reach him on taking care of himself. Failure all around. But nope, can’t second guess. Then we might actually learn something and have to scrap the hideous plan they have. I call it the ‘greater fool’ plan. It’s like Wall Street’s scams have come to football.

    Pretend you know something no one else does, find a desperate person, and assure them that your qualifications means they should suspend disbelief, even through the low moments, because on the back end, it’s paradise. Classic con job.

    After the questionable picks in this years draft, do Cleveland fans really want this front office spending that bounty of picks? Maybe get a real front office. Cody Kessler in the 3rd round? What is the point of extra picks when you throw them away like that.

  34. TheAfterParty says: Sep 13, 2016 1:24 PM

    The Browns seemingly got the better of the deal in terms of collecting draft picks for a rebuilding team. But when you think of what the Browns have done with their draft picks in the past years, there’s not much to speak of.

  35. trickbunny says: Sep 13, 2016 1:25 PM

    Is anyone really buying that the Browns made a mistake passing on Wentz just because he had a good game against them?

    In case you didn’t see Cleveland’s first team defense in the preseason or through most of that Eagles game a couple days ago, but they are beyond atrocious. I mean, the Browns defense looks like a high offense could push them around. That is NOT an exaggeration.

    Here’s the point: As you watch Carson Wentz for the rest of this season, having to face some actual, legitimate NFL defenses, it will be clear why the Browns didn’t want him. He’s going to be destroyed by real NFL teams, but it is cute that he looked great in his debut against a bunch of scrubs.

  36. jmc8888 says: Sep 13, 2016 1:28 PM

    petersjeffrey36 says:
    Sep 13, 2016 1:10 PM

    Browns have problems at so many positions, unless Wentz becomes one of the best 3 qbs in the nfl, trading for more picks was the right thing to do.. they now have the next two drafts to build off of with extra picks in hand and what looks to be a couple drafts with much more depth at the QB position then last year, now its just up ot the gm ot find the value picks

    ———————–

    Did you ever ask yourself WHY they have problems at so many positions?

    Maybe it’s because they decided to gut their roster of most of it’s talent by trading, releasing, and simply not re-signing them.

    Meanwhile they were telling the soon to be departed players, that they were going to be players in free agency.

    Whoops.

    So it’s kind of weird to say, they needed all those picks, when the reason they have all those holes, wasn’t because it was a natural thing, but because they gutted the roster.

    In essence, when you are the reason there are so many holes, the rationale that you have to trade down, doesn’t really work.

  37. silvernblackpride says: Sep 13, 2016 1:29 PM

    Coming from a diehard Raider fan ….Hue is nothing more then a offensive play caller and will never be a great head coach!!!!

    In Hue we don’t trust!!

  38. browntown57 says: Sep 13, 2016 1:29 PM

    RGIII had a 139.9 rating in his first regular season start in 2012. Can we slow down just a little before we put Wentz in the HoF?

  39. jim699 says: Sep 13, 2016 1:30 PM

    I criticized the Eagles quite a bit for that trade, but one part of my analysis that I didn’t think through was that they were trading with the Browns. Of course if the Browns pass on a guy he will turn out to be Great! I know he hasn’t proven himself yet, but still. He will be. The Browns guaranteed it.

  40. steves11 says: Sep 13, 2016 1:31 PM

    The Browns could always give Johnny Manziel another chance.

  41. chargerdillon says: Sep 13, 2016 1:34 PM

    First off, the best quarterback in the world wouldn’t save the Browns from being the Browns.

    Secondly after one win you act like Wentz is great? Spoiler alert the Eagles are a pretty garbage franchise that has just about as many trophies as the Browns do.

    If you’re on the Browns or Eagles, you’re a loser already.

    And this from a Charger fan who knows a thing or two about losing.

  42. laces out says: Sep 13, 2016 1:34 PM

    is the mind set of PFT strictly on a per week basis?

    Wentz wins week one: “the Browns passed on a great quarterback. Typical Browns always screwing up…”

    when Wentz loses his first game: “I told you he was a bust. Way to trade all those picks. Typical Eagles…”

  43. isithockeyseasonyet says: Sep 13, 2016 1:36 PM

    More picks instead of a franchise qb is a major cop out excuse. Yeah that team has holes but a legit franchise QB can mask a fair amount of deficiencies. Only scenario from the Browns position I can see is they like someone in this years draft more (Watson?), knew they’d probably be pretty rough this year and wanted to stock pile picks to make sure they have the ammo and/or draft position to get him and THEN have the high picks to address other needs. Having other holes is coincidental and an excuse to sell the fan base for not taking wentz.

  44. td30 says: Sep 13, 2016 1:40 PM

    Usually it would be promising to have as many draft picks as the browns do…

    poor browns fans…At least you have the Cavs

  45. whatjusthapped says: Sep 13, 2016 1:41 PM

    Calm down, Teddy Bridgewater would have passed for 2 TD’s against the Brown’s secondary. No need to panic, let’s see what happens over the next 3 years before we evaluate the trade.

  46. laukkanen5 says: Sep 13, 2016 1:41 PM

    that pass he thru under heavy pressure into the middle of the field with corner in front and safety help. u can’t teach that…maybe 5 qb’s in entire league make that throw….But the qb whisperer takes a stiff in rd 3 many thought would go undrafted…..ok hue…we believe u

  47. ronarch13 says: Sep 13, 2016 1:44 PM

    A one week performance by a rookie QB against a team that is so inept that we don’t have many first rounders from the last 6 years on the team….. We need more than just a qb, we need some talent before we Tim Couch another QB. Give them a few years to rebuild then complain fellow Browns fans. The reactionary fools leading the show around this town has lead to the current state of the franchise. Sorry but if we abandon ship on these guys it will still be YEARS before the Browns are good.
    Wence still has plenty of time to get better or completely fall apart.

  48. vegasdestroyer says: Sep 13, 2016 1:46 PM

    Hue: Like I said, we’ll look back and see where he is over a period of time, but the Browns have to get better. (yeah, they can’t play worse)

    Here in Vegas that is called a sucker bet. Who wants to bet the Browns will get better or that Wentz will have a better career playing for the Eagles?

  49. scrp2 says: Sep 13, 2016 1:52 PM

    Eagles and Browns. Two non-factor teams in 2016.

  50. kemp13 says: Sep 13, 2016 1:55 PM

    It doesn’t matter how many picks the Browns end up with. For several generations now they haven’t demonstrated any ability to use them well.

  51. sumkat says: Sep 13, 2016 1:56 PM

    I do agree that it’s one game, stop acting like Wentz is going to be in the running for MVP. He also didn’t play great, but played very well (and his 2 TD passes were picture pefect)

    That being said, stop with the “but look what RG3 did in his first season” stuff. It’s idiotic, and an awful comparison. The reason people knew he wouldn’t last, while you same sheep were talking about how he was the best thing since Steve Young, was because he wasn’t a pro QB. He was a college QB, running a college offense. It’s a college offense for a simple reason, at the NFL level, with NFL defensive players, IT GETS THE QB KILLED! Which is exactly what happened

    Wentz on the other hand, ran a pro offense, WHILE in college. He made all the pre-snap reads and checks that he is being asked to make now. Again, it’s one game, against a bad team, but to compare him to RG3 is about as accurate as it would of been to compare RG3 during his rookie season to Manning.

    If anything, if you are going to project Wentz to a current QB, projects more like Big Ben. Big kid, some athletic ability, big arm, and able to both shack off tacklers in the pocket, and see over the defense easily. He’s not going to have his same early success, his supporting cast isn’t half as good as the SB team for the Steelers, but long term, he seems like the best comparison/goal for Wentz

  52. jonwill57 says: Sep 13, 2016 1:56 PM

    @pastabelly says:
    Sep 13, 2016 1:18 PM

    The Browns got two 1sts and a 2nd for the Wentz pick. They could probably trade the Eagles 2017 1st for Garoppolo and come out ahead. Of course, that trade would have to wait until after this season.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    The Browns netted just 1-1st round pick in 2017. 2016 was a swap of picks…. Thanks to the Vikings, Philly has recouped the 1st round pick and a conditional 4th which could end up being as high as 2nd. Here’s the Cleveland trade as reported…
    The Eagles will give up their first-round pick (eighth overall), their third (77th) and fourth (100th), along with their 2017 first-rounder and their 2018 second-rounder. They will get the Browns’ fourth-rounder in 2017 as well as the second pick.

  53. swannysez says: Sep 13, 2016 1:59 PM

    Carson Wentz on this Browns team gets killed. Literally. By week six they wheel him out there in a body cast.

    They are gonna suck badly for at least two years – 8-8 in ’18! Why would you pick a QB of the future and throw him out to the wolves for two years? By the time they managed to put a team around him he’d have picked up so many ticks and bad habits he’d make David Carr look like a HOFer. The guy would drop to the ground when her heard someone running for the elevator.

    Also, Wentz has played one game, y’all. RG3 put together a whole damn season and look hat happened there.

  54. bjwbrown2011 says: Sep 13, 2016 2:10 PM

    I don’t think you can judge any QB based on a single season.

    I mean in 1998 Peyton Manning threw 11 Interceptions and 3 Tds in his first four games and went 0-4 and clearly he turned out to be a bust.

  55. 1phillyphan says: Sep 13, 2016 2:14 PM

    Draft picks are nothing but lottery tickets. The Browns have proven year after year that they never get the winning number. So when you’re offered a winning ticket, don’t trade that ticket in for 4 different tickets. ..Even if ALL of the players they drafted with those picks hit it doesn’t matter. Without a franchise QB. You still can’t win in this league

  56. Stiller43 says: Sep 13, 2016 2:26 PM

    They could still have home state guy Big Ben playing for them…but they picked the self proclaimed “soldier” instead.

    History of great decisions!

  57. winged warrior says: Sep 13, 2016 2:27 PM

    Clowns : owner bringing in a baseball analyst as GM , hue going back to the future for RGIII(cost himself a few yrs of employment) , trying to build up a roster before selecting a ‘franchise’ QB.
    same stuff different season.

  58. MichaelEdits says: Sep 13, 2016 2:32 PM

    Trading the Wentz pick is fine. Signing RG3, not so much.

    Keystone Kops or Washington Generals? You make the call.

  59. winged warrior says: Sep 13, 2016 2:36 PM

    wiskybuck says:
    Sep 13, 2016 12:40 PM
    A professional coach wouldn’t even comment on something like that.
    ………………………………..
    he commented because the RGIII decision was his and it just blew up in his face , he just stepped onto the proverbial plank

  60. pastabelly says: Sep 13, 2016 2:43 PM

    jonwill57 says:
    Sep 13, 2016 1:56 PM
    @pastabelly says:
    Sep 13, 2016 1:18 PM

    The Browns got two 1sts and a 2nd for the Wentz pick. They could probably trade the Eagles 2017 1st for Garoppolo and come out ahead. Of course, that trade would have to wait until after this season.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    The Browns netted just 1-1st round pick in 2017. 2016 was a swap of picks…. Thanks to the Vikings, Philly has recouped the 1st round pick and a conditional 4th which could end up being as high as 2nd. Here’s the Cleveland trade as reported…
    The Eagles will give up their first-round pick (eighth overall), their third (77th) and fourth (100th), along with their 2017 first-rounder and their 2018 second-rounder. They will get the Browns’ fourth-rounder in 2017 as well as the second pick.
    ======================================
    Thanks for the clarification. Cleveland didn’t even do all that well on that initial deal. If I were Cleveland, I would still try to deal that Philly 2017 first round pick for Garoppolo as long Jimmy plays the next three consistent with the Arizona game. He’s facing three solid defenses in Miami, NY Jets, and the Buffalo. I think we’ll know by week 5 if he’s pretty good. He might be a better risk than drafting Watson who scares me in a RG way (injury waiting to happen).

  61. thegreatgabbert says: Sep 13, 2016 2:49 PM

    We guessed wrong the first time so we’re kind of nervous about trying a second guess.

  62. orivar says: Sep 13, 2016 2:55 PM

    This is Hue Jackson. He’s shown he knows how to coach, and rebound when things don’t go as planned. RG3 got injured? Cool. So did Jason Campbell who was playing good football. They rebounded.

    “silvernblackpride says:
    Sep 13, 2016 1:29 PM
    Coming from a diehard Raider fan ….Hue is nothing more then a offensive play caller and will never be a great head coach!!!!

    In Hue we don’t trust!!”

    You guys also don’t trust going .500 even, who was the last coach to do that for you?

    ..Oh yeah!

    Hue will be fine.

  63. charliecharger says: Sep 13, 2016 3:05 PM

    Even if Wentz turns out to be a HOFer, it shouldn’t be Jackson’s duty to scout. They hired scouts. Wentz was rated by many as a mid round QB until right before the draft when he started rising up draft boards at a very rapid pace. It’s not like every team is an expert at scouting QBs. Brady went in the 6th round. Every team passed up Montana 3 times. Alex Smith went before Aaron Rodgers. Several teams liked RG3 better than Luck. Kurt Warner wasn’t even drafted. I can go on and on. And who knows, the best QB from this draft could turn out to be someone like Conner Cook. Everyone is an expert after the fact.

  64. zenoracledba says: Sep 13, 2016 3:16 PM

    The Browns were rebuilding the moment the trade was made, and now the Browns have 2 chances to get a top notch QB in the 2017 draft. With Big Ben, Bell, and Antonio Brown in Pitt the worst thing the Browns could do is try a “win now” mode.

    Wentz looked great against a below average defense at home, and congratulations to a well prepared game plan by Eagles Coaching Staff.

    Luck played a role here folks. Take away the freak Bridgewater injury, and Wentz doesn’t take the field and Bradford starts in Philly.

  65. thetooloftools says: Sep 13, 2016 3:18 PM

    They have learned nothing?
    WE ARE DOOMED….AGAIN.

  66. 1trojan33usc says: Sep 13, 2016 3:25 PM

    Let’s not crown Wentz quite yet !!! He played “The Browns”, he beat “The Browns”, he performed well against “The Browns”. Many a player has made his teams “high light reel” by playing against “The Browns”………………

  67. kevpft says: Sep 13, 2016 3:28 PM

    Memo to Browns and Rams:

    QUARTERBACK.

    That is all.

  68. mrmcdougle says: Sep 13, 2016 3:47 PM

    thetooloftools says:
    Sep 13, 2016 3:18 PM
    They have learned nothing?
    WE ARE DOOMED….AGAIN.
    ——–

    I would think the Browns would know to hold off the second guessing. They should remember Brady Quinn having a first career start that was just as impressive as Carson’s.

    The game tape will start piling up, and then we’ll see what happens against a real team.

  69. snakeplizkn says: Sep 13, 2016 3:48 PM

    RGIII looked unstoppable as a rookie because of his legs, not for his ability to audible into different protections and read defenses, same with EJ Manuel.

    Sure, Wentz played the Keystone Cops of the NFL, but what impresses people were things that young QBs don’t show in game 1, let alone year 1.

    The Browns are an absolute disaster, its a shame as their fans are legit and deserve better.

  70. oscarxray says: Sep 13, 2016 3:49 PM

    RGIII being outclassed by Wentz was an eye opener for me but the most shocking thing to me was the poor playing calling and game plan Hue put together.

  71. nomoreseasontix says: Sep 13, 2016 3:51 PM

    Hue took over an 8-8 team and went…
    8-8. After giving away half of the next year’s draft. Don’t make it out to be more than it was.
    He ain’t Lombardi.

  72. usg1 says: Sep 13, 2016 3:57 PM

    I like the people that say the Browns are garbage or their defense is garbage telling people to relax but also say the Eagles are garbage……

    The Eagles won 29-10 with a rookie QB. Either Carson Wentz is good, the Eagles around Carson Wentz is good, or at worse the Eagles are mediocre, then you can say the Browns are garbage. You can’t say they are all garbage with a whooping like that.

  73. buzzlightner says: Sep 13, 2016 4:02 PM

    i dont really see anyone saying wentz is the next coming of anyone. so i dont know why those comments are being made. i do see alot of people just saying the browns are the worst. and ill see it again next week if wentz wins on the road. o the bears defense is just that bad. The reality is the browns passed on a guy who beat em up.. and thats all this article is really about. that being said im pretty sure this site picked the browns win because of wentz haha. Also it was a bad trade if the eagles can win 8 games with wentz because the browns are historically bad at drafting. they have the most picks every year for how many years now and they still suck. its terrible they have such a loyal fan base and the team can never do it right for them.

  74. buzzlightner says: Sep 13, 2016 4:03 PM

    and if u want to go off of one game.. no the browns arent the worst. the rams are.

  75. bignugs says: Sep 13, 2016 4:08 PM

    I don’t see why people are making a deal of this. They either don’t have a clue about football or are just looking for an opportunity to slight Cleveland. There are plenty off reason’s but this isn’t one.

    Hue’s right, they need way more than a QB. Trading that single pick to stockpile more picks is smart. Build the team the right way, acquire quality players to support a QB then make that move. They could have Joe Montana in his prime but he’d be destined for failure with that horrible team around him.

    All that’s left now is to draft right. Unfortunately that is something they have proven to be horrible at.

  76. mmack66 says: Sep 13, 2016 4:10 PM

    The Browns have gone through about 30 quarterbacks in 17 years.

    It’s pretty safe to say that the Browns are destined to never again have a franchise quarterback.

  77. charliecharger says: Sep 13, 2016 4:11 PM

    zenoracledba says:
    Sep 13, 2016 3:16 PM Wentz looked great against a below average defense at home, and congratulations to a well prepared game plan by Eagles Coaching Staff

    **********************************
    You’re right. Wentz didn’t play against Carolina’s defense, but he did look freakish good for a rookie from a small school. The Browns can find a good QB next year, but I thought this was the best crop of QBs I’ve ever seen. I think Wentz, Lynch, and Conner Cook will be HOF types. Prescott and Goff will be better than average. Brandon Allen isn’t bad either. But again, that’s why teams hire scouts. Haslam has made many changes and fired a lot of front office people, but he’s yet to hire a good scout. John Elway is the opposite. He surrounds himself with good scouts, and they find good QBs every year, whether it’s the first round, seventh round, or a free agent.

  78. swannysez says: Sep 13, 2016 4:16 PM

    1trojan33usc says:
    Sep 13, 2016 3:25 PM

    Let’s not crown Wentz quite yet !!! He played “The Browns”, he beat “The Browns”, he performed well against “The Browns”. Many a player has made his teams “high light reel” by playing against “The Browns”………………
    ———————————————————————

    That’s why we took the damn field. Now if you want to crown him, then crown his ass! But he is who we thought he was! And we let him off the hook!

  79. genericcommenter says: Sep 13, 2016 4:19 PM

    hatersgonnahatehate says:
    Sep 13, 2016 12:40 PM
    Knowing the Browns, they would have picked Goff
    ———————————-

    Everyone knows that. It’s why they traded down. Obviously they weren’t the only team that had Goff graded as 1 and a steep decline after.

  80. genericcommenter says: Sep 13, 2016 4:20 PM

    If QBs were sure things after 1 good game, you’d have Nick Foles and Matt Flynn and a whole bunch of other guys tearing it up right now as elite QBs. The trade will be judged a few years from now.

  81. toybkshr says: Sep 13, 2016 4:23 PM

    I agree the Brownies shouldn’t 2nd guess that trade off 1 game, but if Wentz progresses and proves to be a long term starting caliber NFL QB, then not only should the Brownies 2nd guess, but some heads should roll!

  82. craigkintexas says: Sep 13, 2016 4:25 PM

    firstdownbrowns says:
    Sep 13, 2016 1:15 PM

    if you research all what the Browns will walk away after trading him. you might not say the Browns are fools. between what Philly and Tenn gave up , its some haul.
    ***********************************************
    Yes, the Browns have always displayed a keen knowledge on draft picks!

  83. toybkshr says: Sep 13, 2016 4:26 PM

    I agree don’t 2nd guess after 1 game, but if Wentz turns out to be the real deal, then they better 2nd guess and heads should roll!

  84. officialgame says: Sep 13, 2016 4:29 PM

    After speaking Hugh left the podium, lit a match and threw it in the dumpster.

  85. tomtravis76 says: Sep 13, 2016 4:34 PM

    It has to sting a bit though, Hue thought he was going to show the league that he could win with RG3,bring back the guy he was his rookie year, but Bob couldn’t stop being Bob and has really screwed up Hue’s first year.

  86. richk412 says: Sep 13, 2016 4:48 PM

    Yes you are Coach. You and a whole lot of other people are second guessing not only that stupid move, but the equally stupid move of putting your faith in an injury prone has been to play QB for the Browns.

    Change the names, change the faces, but the Browns brain trust remains as inept as ever.

  87. dejadoh says: Sep 13, 2016 4:59 PM

    The Browns could have had Derek Carr, Jimmy Garopppolo and/or even Teddy Bridgewater.

  88. myeaglescantwin says: Sep 13, 2016 5:01 PM

    why would they,
    They’re going to suck so bad, #1 overall is basically a battle between them and Jeff Fisher

    then they have the Eagles pick, most likely a top 10 pick, so they can get another beast player or trade for multiple picks.

    Brilliant.
    Aside from the sucking terribly this year part.

  89. ratbastardshanahandjob says: Sep 13, 2016 5:09 PM

    Hue Jackson used to say all the time how he loved “Coach” Davis. Won’t be to long before he gives Al’s “Great Playaaa” Jamarcus a call….Don’t laugh. They put their faith in RGIII….

  90. bobnelsonjr says: Sep 13, 2016 5:09 PM

    The Eagles are looking smarter in that trade and genius like for dealing Bradford to the sorry vikings.

  91. imnotsorryisaidthat says: Sep 13, 2016 5:50 PM

    sorry hue in spite of whats been said you were 500 and got canned in Oakland, passed on wentz a franchise qb because you thought you could breathe life into the corpse that is bob, WRONG

  92. imnotsorryisaidthat says: Sep 13, 2016 5:51 PM

    WENTZ ISNT THE RIGHT FIT BECAUSE HE HAS TALENT

  93. jerruhjones says: Sep 13, 2016 6:11 PM

    Before you knuckle-draggers put Wentz in the HOF, it’s been 1 game….1!

  94. haslamdrinkshisownpee says: Sep 13, 2016 6:44 PM

    Let’s see what he does against an NFL defense before we enshrine him.

  95. mmack66 says: Sep 13, 2016 6:50 PM

    This should be the final nail in the coffin for RGIII.

    I don’t know why people keep expecting injury prone quarterbacks to not get injured. That’s what they do.

  96. TheBrownswillstinkagain says: Sep 13, 2016 7:51 PM

    Of course they arent second guessing. They wouldnt admit it if they were.

    I have no problem with them passing on Wentz but i have major issues with the 14 morons they drafted.

  97. autoriot says: Sep 13, 2016 7:56 PM

    It may have only been one game, but that one game came against the team that passed on the opportunity to pick him. It doesn’t get much sweeter than that if you’re Wentz; or bitter, if you are Hue Jackson/The Browns.

  98. damcmp says: Sep 13, 2016 7:57 PM

    You should be!

  99. ricko1112 says: Sep 13, 2016 8:12 PM

    I wonder if the NFL is second guessing putting a team back in Cleveland?

  100. rcali says: Sep 13, 2016 8:50 PM

    I think the problem is that Hue doesn’t realize the Cleveland fans have been hearing this organization either not take responsibility or make excuses for almost 2 decades. He’s just late to the party.

  101. dynalee10 says: Sep 13, 2016 8:52 PM

    Has ANY organization ever admitted they made a mistake or were wrong EVER ?

  102. andydlev says: Sep 13, 2016 11:22 PM

    Passing on Wentz wouldn’t look so bad if they had drafted Dak Prescott

  103. captainobvious says: Sep 14, 2016 1:50 PM

    The best Browns players they’ve had aren’t even on the team anymore! Willie Snead looks good for the saints. New England turns out Trash into playmakers regularly (Dion Lewis, Mingo, Sheard). The Browns front office does not know how to develop talent! Period. It doesn’t matter who they draft, that player won’t be a stud until he’s traded away.

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