In the wake of the Browns trading running back Terrance West to the Titans for a sack of beans, comes the predictable story of what a bad teammate, guy and running back West was.
Via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Browns had grown weary of West’s “inconsistency on the field and immaturity off of it.”
(Of course, the same could be said of the Browns themselves, but we’ll get there in a minute.)
West led them in rushing last year (allowing them to chase off a productive but grumbly veteran in Ben Tate), but that never translated into this year, when West had to play most of the preseason finale with the scrubs. But this story doesn’t center on football, rather the kind of ex post facto character assassination common with failed picks.
West is described as having “maturity issues,” and “wasn’t well-liked by some in Berea” and “not exhibiting the professionalism the Browns were seeking.”
Yes, because the high standard the Browns have set can not be sullied in any way.
It’s worth noting here that they seemed OK with West a year ago, when they traded up to take him in the third round of the 2014 draft. They sent a fourth- and a sixth-rounder to the 49ers, so they could move up to 94 to take the Towson State star, ostensibly so the Ravens wouldn’t at 99.
Of their 10 picks in the 2014 draft, they have two starters (left guard Joel Bitinio and linebacker Chris Kirksey, second and third-rounders). They haven’t gotten much from the guys they moved around to get in the first round, cornerback Justin Gilbert and quarterback Johnny Manziel.
Of course, this is also the same team that just used a fourth-round pick this year on wide receiver Vince Mayle, who was so bad in the preseason that not only was he cut, but he wasn’t invited back to the practice squad.
So maybe instead of texting his coaches during games in the future, maybe suspended General Manager Ray Farmer could solicit texts from Mel Kiper, Jr. and Mike Mayock on draft day.