Cleveland Browns: Decisions Are Needed At Quarterback


The ever entertaining debate over the Cleveland Browns’ quarterback situation is at a unique spot at the moment.

Between failed draft picks, poor free agent signings, and the inability to put talent around the quarterback, the Cleveland Browns have not found an answer at quarterback. Head coach Hue Jackson told everyone last offseason to trust him with finding that guy.

As a result, Cleveland’s two biggest additions to the position were Robert Griffin III and Cody Kessler. Both of whom struggled consistently, but how could they not? Whoever was under center did not have a chance to succeed in 2016.

Fans as well as the organization realizes an answer to this problem must be discovered. However, the only true way to get such an outcome is to provided the necessary talent around the quarterback.

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Many media people and fans are on board with drafting a quarterback like DeShone Kizer, Mitch Trubisky, Deshaun Watson, Patrick Mahomes, or Davis Webb. Or possibly adding a veteran like New England Patriots’ Jimmy Garoppolo or Buffalo Bills’ Tyrod Taylor.

Each of those players are intriguing options and could benefit Cleveland down the road. Yet, what if Jackson and company already has a plan that is not affiliated with those players listed above?

Would a Garoppolo, Taylor, or rookie addition be an upgrade? Possibly, but there are too many holes and uncertainty with the Browns right now to have a firm belief.

Cleveland, as they should are considering all options with their draft picks right now. There is no reason to tip their hand in any direction in late January. If the Browns did, then it would help quarterback needy teams to better determine the first few rounds of the draft, especially the top 15 picks.

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We can speculate all we want on how the Browns should upgrade their position. With that said, why not have the stance that nobody will be added this offseason? Now, I am not saying that is the right move or will certainly happen, but it should be considered.

After all, until we know what Cleveland decides to do with Griffin, it is anyone’s guess. That decision could come soon, but I would expect it to be finalized by March 11th.

That is the date Griffin is due a roster bonus. By that date we should have a much clearer idea as to what Cleveland’s plan is.

If Cleveland gives it to him, do not expect a significant addition. Assuming right now Griffin gets it, either he or Kessler will be starting in the fall.

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Plenty of hypotheticals have worthy cases to be made, but with more help on both sides of the ball (including a better offensive line), just think what Griffin and/or Kessler could do until a better option comes Cleveland’s way.