The Cleveland Browns have the chance to draft their “Goldilocks” quarterback in Mitch Trubisky during the 2017 NFL Draft. He’d be just the right fit for coach Hue Jackson.
That porridge is too hot: When Jackson has been tasked to solve a franchise’s quarterback problem, he’s failed. In Oakland, Jackson acquired pocket-passer Carson Palmer. Palmer went 4-5, and the Raiders finished 8-8, but Jackson still lost his job. Palmer only lasted another in the Bay Area, while Cincinnati sat on the Raiders treasure trove of draft picks Oakland used to acquire Palmer.
That porridge is too cold: In Jackson’s first year with the Browns, he fell in love with the running style of Robert Griffin III. The biggest fear concerning Griffin was that his love for running would get him hurt. Fifty-eight minutes into the first game of the season, those fears were realized as RG3‘s shoulder got dinged up as he made an effort to get out of bounds in Philadelphia. As a passer, Griffin possessed a huge arm, but all he could be counted on to do was to heave the ball the down field and hope that one of is receivers could come down with it.
Long story short: Hue’s two attempts to solve a quarterback situation on his own had failed, but the third time could be charm.
Jackson enjoyed his most NFL success and really earned the reputation as a “quarterback whisperer” while working with Andy Dalton in Cincinnati.
Dalton is a pocket passer, who possesses the ability to run when asked to. Some, including Denver-based NFL reporter Benjamin Allbright have compared Trubisky to Dalton, a former second-round pick.
Yes, the Trubisky porridge is just right.
Browns Town may get discouraged by Dalton-Trubisky comparison, and I get it, to a degree. Dalton’s never won a playoff game, but just try and convince me he’s not one of the top 16 quarterbacks in the NFL. You won’t do it.
Additionally, Trubisky’s talent will enable him to eclipse the Dalton comparison because he has a stronger arm and is a heckuva lot more athletic.
If Hue helped coach Dalton into a Pro Bowl caliber quarterback, think of what he can do with Trubisky.
During Jackson’s two years as Bengals offensive coordinator, Dalton tallied 311 rushing yards in 29 starts. He also earned his second Pro Bowl nod.
In Trubisky’s only year as a full-time starter at UNC, he completed 68 percent of his passes and threw for 3,748 yards. But he also added 308 yards and five touchdowns by way of the ground game.
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Scouts, experts and “pundits” are comparing Patrick Mahomes to Brett Favre, so why not throw this comparison out there for Trubisky: Aaron Rodgers? Ok, I’ll curb my enthusiasm a little there. A poor man Aaron Rodgers, but it doesn’t change the point.
Rodgers is one of the premier quarterbacks in the game, and when the Packers need him to make plays with his legs, he can. Rodgers had tallied over 200 rushing yards per season in all but one campaign since becoming Green Bay’s starter in 2008.
As the Browns trie and shroud themselves in secrecy, the media seems to believe that Trubisky has established himself as Cleveland’s No.1 choice at quarterback, based of Tweets from Adam Schefter.
Myles Garrett should still be the preferred choice at No. 1, but after taking the EDGE, the Browns should use their means and assets to keep the home-town product in Cleveland.