Browns “won’t rest” until they “solidify” quarterback position

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The Browns sort of gave their current quarterbacks a vote of confidence by not using one of three first-round picks on Thursday night on a rookie signal-caller. And then their executive V.P. of football operations did anything but give their current quarterbacks a vote of confidence.

We won’t rest until we solidify that position,” Sashi Brown said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “It’s not solidified right now, so we know we need the guys here to work their tails off and Hue [Jackson] is going to develop them as much as possible and push them to be their best and we also know that until we get it solidified, we’re going to continue looking for players all over the league and in college.”

Brown cast a wide net regarding where the Browns may go to solidify the position.

“That may be in next year’s draft, it may be in free agency, it may be via trade,” Brown said. “But again, Brock [Osweiler], Cody [Kessler], and Kevin [Hogan] are here working hard and we’re going to support them as best we can.”

They’ll support them until they find the guy who supplants them. Per Brown, the effort to “solidify” (i.e., find someone better) will continue indefinitely.

“Every day until we solidify the position we leave this building thinking about what opportunities might be out there, so absolutely,” Brown said.

At some point, the solidification effort needs to commence. Maybe they would have gotten Mitchell Trubisky last night at some point after taking defensive end Myles Garrett, if the Bears hadn’t moved to No. 2 to get him. Maybe they would have taken Patrick Mahomes at No. 12, if the Chiefs hadn’t moved up. They could have taken Deshaun Watson at No. 12, but opted to trade down — and to take a future first-round pick from the Texans to do it.

They still could emerge from this weekend with a quarterback. DeShone Kizer and Davis Webb remain available. And a trade for a veteran remains possible.

Earlier this year, Tony Grossi of ESPNCleveland.com said on PFT Live that the current brain trust in Cleveland won’t be on the clock for termination until they have their quarterback. It’s hard not to wonder whether they’re paralyzed by that reality, waiting for the best possible quarterback before pulling the trigger. A cynic also could wonder whether they’re deliberately delaying getting a quarterback to maximize job security.

That would be a risky move, because another horrible season to follow last year’s 1-15 disaster may be enough to get ownership to decide to pull the plug on the analytics-and-old-school hybrid that has been great at stockpiling draft picks but, so far, not much else.

38 responses to “Browns “won’t rest” until they “solidify” quarterback position

  1. As a Lions fan, I have no hat in this, but I think they did a great job on Thursday. Don’t force the position on a down year, next year should be a great year for QB’s. Analytics is needed everywhere.

  2. None of the top QBs this year are going to amount to much. You can’t reach just because you need. They were smart to punt to next year where consensus is it’s a much better pool. They got 3 first rounders this year and still have a late 2nd and now they have 2 firsts next year and 3 second rounders. A lot of ammo to get Darnold or Rosen or whoever else emerges this year.

  3. Already talking about firing people eh? That is why Cleveland has been in the mess they have been in for so long. Give coaches a chance and players as well…to grow a system.

  4. No point giving up a lot for a QB when the rest of the roster is near garbage.

    The Texans have a great defense and now they grabbed what they think is the QB that can lead them to a SB.

  5. If they had passed on Garrett and drafted Trubisky at #1, or gave up the farm, or reached for a QB anywhere they would have (rightly) been panned. They stayed disciplined and added talent to a bad team and they are still panned.

    Damned if they do, damned if they don’t.

    But, until they start to sniff .500, they deserve it.

  6. .
    Chicago gave up 3 picks to move up one spot and draft Trubiski. Kansas City gave up two #1s plus a third to draft Patrick Mahomes. Houston gave up two #1s to acquire Watson. It’s unlikely that any of these three will be a major contributor this season.

    Cleveland could have had ready on day one, Jimmy Garopollo but only offered the Patriots a conditional 7th in 2020 and the change in Hue Jackson’s pocket.
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  7. Per Brown, the effort to “solidify” (i.e., find someone better) will continue indefinitely.

    That’s been the story of the Browns for the last two decades.

  8. It takes 54 to make a team. And a great QB to take you over the top. None of the QBs available in this draft is going to be that guy.

    For once, Cleveland did the smart thing. Don’t reach in the first round for third or fourth round talent.

  9. “A cynic also could wonder whether they’re deliberately delaying getting a quarterback to maximize job security.

    That would be a risky move, because another horrible season to follow last year’s 1-15 disaster may be enough to get ownership to decide to pull the plug on the analytics-and-old-school hybrid that has been great at stockpiling draft picks but, so far, not much else.”

    Give me a break. This front office inherited a dreadfully bad roster which had no quarterback and no defense. The best approach was to take a couple of years and build through the draft and with wise free-agent signings. They’ve had ONE SEASON so far. They’ve decided to build the entire roster instead of putting all of their eggs into one potential franchise QB basket last year (Carson Wentz). In terms of risk/reward, when you have a horrible team, that makes a lot of sense to me.

    The Browns have turned that one pick into multiple first and 2nd round picks (and others in later rounds). They have drafted wisely, investing in positions like WR and edge rusher where players who play well tend to make a lot of NFL money. They spent some of their cap room on safe offensive linemen in their 20s. They still have plenty of cap room. All we heard all off-season was that this wasn’t a great quarterback draft class and that teams were going to reach for quarterbacks. The Browns didn’t reach for a quarterback. I love Mike Florio’s work, and I’m sure that – in lawyerly fashion – he can point out that he is correct with his statement about the current Cleveland front office not accomplishing much so far. But that’s taking the Browns’ situation completely out of context.

    What was the best way to proceed with the team this front office inherited before the 2016 draft? It’s hard to imagine anyone doing a better job than this front office has done so far. Yeah, they will probably only win 5 or 6 games this year. It takes a while for rookies and 2nd-year players to really start performing at a quality NFL level. And they don’t believe they have a long-term answer at the most important position on the field. But I think it was smart not to throw a first-round draft pick at a QB just because you need one. It has to be a guy you think can play well at the position.

    We don’t know when (or if) Cleveland will get a top-shelf long-term franchise quarterback. But it’s hard not to think that they have done a great job so far. And I’m not a Cleveland fan. Although I’m beginning to adopt them as a 2nd team.

  10. “At some point, the solidification effort needs to commence.” Who says it hasn’t already? I think passing on all of those guys (with the possible exception of Watson) was smart. Now that the Browns has some semblance of a O-line and a young D, let them build on this before judging. they are in year two of a five year rebuild. Florio constantly dogs the Brown on not having any patience and then writes this suggesting that they should reach for a QB in a sub par draft. The Cleveland front office actually played it smart for once, let’s cut them some slack.

    – Steelers fan

  11. So far not much else? They tore the team down to build it back up…as a lifetime long Browns fan, I actually see potential in the moves being made over the last few months.

    Do you actually read what you’re typing?

  12. Cleveland did the right thing last night. If drafting a QB high had worked for them before, they wouldn’t be picking 3 times in the first round.

  13. As much as it galls me to say it, the Browns have played it perfectly. They have the great pass rusher, they have the great hybrid in Peppers, and they fave their future QB an awesome young athletic tight end.

    They have enough picks stockpiled that they can move up next year and get one of the big-time candidates.

    You don’t get great in one year. They have laid the foundation by upgrading their offensive line in free agency.

    I give them total props. And I hate that.

  14. They passed on Wentz. They didn’t believe he is a franchise QB. That’s enough to fire them all right there. Then they get picks 2 and 12 this year, and cant get ANY of the top 3 organized. They have 6 more top 90 picks between this year and next. They should have gone for Watson or Mahomes, once Watson was off the board. End of story.

  15. Missing out on a first round QB in this draft may have been the best thing to happen to the Browns in a long time. With no clear cut franchise QB, they didn’t reach, and they are not committed to a questionable player, and with all of the picks they have stockpiled for next year, they can pretty much trade up to any spot and draft a player, or make a trade.

  16. The fact that my Browns walked on Deshaun Watson is just a disgrace. Remember Carson Wentz last year? Watson is beyond battle tested on the biggest college stage. Passing on this young man will haunt a lot of teams for a long time. The Texans won’t be able to keep him off the field and HE KNOWS IT. Just you watch.

  17. I TOLD YOU it was all a smokescreen this year. Cleveland wanted QBs to be overdrafted to help other prospects fall their way. The team doesn’t want to make a huge investment at QB until the rest of the roster is ready to support said QB. Also, the team just wasn’t in love with this year’s prospects, it would seem. Sure, the Browns will work their butts off to find a QB before long, but they aren’t going to force it, period.

  18. Somewhere in your extensive learning experience, you did learn that Brown was talking about the qb position, not people. So, write about that when reacting to his interview. No question he was indicating performance of individuals drives the results, but in no way did he say the Browns had to acquire another qb to do so. Going out on a limb, the Browns will not draft first in 2018, maybe not top ten. That, sir, would be the progress all Browns fans hope for. BTW, I root for another AFC North team, but hope the Browns come alive.

  19. I know they’re the Browns, but they’re approaching a rebuild the right way. Substance over flash. They need lot of decent-to-good players on rookie contracts, not a handful of stars. You can’t make a competitive team in a microwave.

  20. The Browns by all indications had a great draft last night…. they are in complete rebuild mode and they are adding talent across multiple positions…..they have numerous picks remaining and have 2 #1’s and 3 #2’s for the 2018 draft, that’s incredible.

    Look at the desperation of teams looking for QB’s…..Chicago spent huge money on Glesson then comes back and trade the farm for Mitch T……Houston QB position has been a complete mess, revolving door, millions spent, draft picks wasted.

    The Browns did well despite everyone’s fixation on the QB position……give them some credit.

  21. No one will willing go to the Cleveland Dog Piles until there is an offensive line in place. This team is a decade away from being contenders since they have lots of picks and still don’t know how to spend them wisely.

  22. The quarterback position is a long term investment. If they had drafted Watson at #12, that’s a 3-4 year investment. If they believe Darnold or Rosen is a better investment in 2018 than Trubisky or Watson are in 2017, then that’s a measured decision.

  23. that has been great at stockpiling draft picks but, so far, not much else.

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    Ogba, Nassib, Coleman and even Kessler all had pretty good rookie seasons. It just didn’t equate to wins.

  24. laswerw says:
    No one will willing go to the Cleveland Dog Piles until there is an offensive line in place. This team is a decade away from being contenders since they have lots of picks and still don’t know how to spend them wisely.
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    There is an offensive line with free agent signings. Maybe you need to come from under that rock you’ve been living under.

  25. Great job by not reaching for a QB in the draft. These are not franchise QBs. they are not ready to play. Build a great defense. Build a strong O line ,then go get the QB. Why wouldn’t they bring in Kaepernick for look ? What would they have to lose ? He has as much talent as the QBs they have on the roster now. If he can play the way he did a few yeas ago , they have their QB.

  26. The Browns learned that passing up guaranteed good players to pick iffy QB’s is why they weren’t fielding consistent teams so now they’re building a team.

    gasp… they’ll probably be good soon.

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