Dec 6, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Austin Davis (7) looks up at the scoreboard during the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Bengals won 37-3. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
Still Looking For A Quarterback
It begins at quarterback. For a franchise that used its first draft pick was a quarterback, the Browns are still searching for their franchise QB 16 seasons later. After this past Sunday’s game with Austin Davis under center, 24 men will have played the position since the Browns return in 1999. It’s hard to win games when the most important player on the team is different almost every season, isn’t it?
Sure many former GM’s have tried to find the franchise QB, but with the likes of Brady Quinn, Colt McCoy, Brandon Weeden, and Johnny Manziel, none have emerged. It’s hard to believe that 16 seasons after drafting Tim Couch, the Browns still don’t have an answer at the most important position on the team.
Could it be due to the lack of effective weapons? Even if the Browns had found a QB, who’s going to help him? After 16 seasons, the Browns haven’t had defining playmakers at wide receiver, tight end, or running back. Yes there was the 2007 season when it looked like Braylon Edwards and Kellen Winslow Jr. would become stars, but that success was short lived.
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Playmakers exist on defense too, and the Browns had to have some luck on the other side of the ball, right? Unlike a franchise QB or stud wideout, finding a solid group of defensive playmakers shouldn’t be so hard.
There’s no way that after 16 seasons that the defense could be ranked dead last in the NFL, right? Well, aside from Pro Bowler Joe Haden who will finish his 2015 season on IR, there aren’t many bright spots on defense, and yes the Browns defense is currently ranked dead last in the NFL.
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