Jimmy Garoppolo trade has Cleveland Browns at rock bottom

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 29: Jimmy Garoppolo
FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 29: Jimmy Garoppolo /

The Cleveland Browns inability to acquire Jimmy Garoppolo in a trade from the Patriots signals the lowest point of the Haslam ownership era.

Prior to the news the 49ers acquired Jimmy Garoppolo for a second round pick, the Cleveland Browns were already at rock bottom.

But that’s the thing about The Factory of Sadness. When things can’t get worse, production ramps up to a new level, leaving fans hopless and numb.

Just when it can’t get any worse for card carrying members of the Dawg Pound, it does. After all, it always does.

The Browns are 1-23 dating back to Week 1 of the 2016 regular season. They’re one of the youngest team in football, however actually bonafide NFL talent is questionable.

How many Browns could start for another NFL team right now? You can’t even draw the ole’ reliable card in Joe Thomas, who sidelined with a biceps injury. Sure there’s Myles Garrett, but there’s a legitimate fear he’ll never approach his potential as fans fret he’ll turn into Courtney Brown 2.0.

This truly is as bad as its ever been.

And to add insult to injury, as Browns fans wake up on Halloween morning, the news of Jimmy Garoppolo going to the 49ers for a measly second-round pick serves as Mike Tyson sized punch to the pace.

Hopelessness as as wrapped its tentacles around the Browns training facility, The Factory of Sadness, and every Browns Backers club from Sandusky to Yellow Springs, to London.

The Browns front office was supposed to be smarter than everyone else. That’s why Sashi Brown and Paul DePodesta brought on Brock Osweiler. We all assumed they’d flip the second-round pick acquired for Brock into Garoppolo.

It turns out, a hibernating Bill Belichick is a lot greedier during the offseason. He wanted first round picks back then, according to Cleveland.com’s Mary Cay Cabot.

But eight weeks into the season? A second-round pick for the supposed heir apparent to Tom Brady. He gift wrapped him for 49ers coach Kyle Shannahan. You remember him. He’s the offensive coordinator who presented a Power Point slideshow to Haslam explaining why the Browns needed to let him go following the Johnny Manziel debacle. You can’t make this stuff up.

So now the 49ers have their quarterback of the future in place, while the Browns current crop of NFL quarterbacks have yet to produce a victory and the very real possibility of a winless season becomes a lot more probable.

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How does Browns town sort this out, as everyone expects owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam to blow the the organization up again?

The quarterbacks the Browns have passed up since the 2016 NFL Draft: Jared Goff, (they could’ve traded up one spot), Carson Wentz (just needed to hand in the card), Prescott (even the Cowboys passed him three times), Watson (hand in the card), Garoppolo (the OC Shanahan wanted him more than Manziel in 2014).

Instead, the Browns came up with Robert Griffin III, Cody Kessler, Brock Osweiler and DeShone Kizer.

Now it’s come out from NFL Network’s Michael Silver that Cleveland coach Hue Jackson wanted Jimmy G. Mark down Goff as the other quarterback Jackson truly wanted. Jackson doesn’t get off that easy though, because he also wanted Griffin.

With that said, Silver stressed that while the Browns erroneously signed RG3, Hue has never been the one calling the shots.

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The battle lines are drawn Cleveland. The analytically driven front office vs. the coaching staff led by Jackson. Will anyone survive?