Poor Cleveland. When is it ever going to work out for them? Everyone else is getting ready for fall in a committed relationship and the Browns are over here still doing the serial dater thing. You know, that one girl that has like four or five different boyfriends over the course of the year and can’t ever seem to find love? Every year the Browns have someone else under center until they find some trivial excuse to kick them to the curb just like Elaine in Seinfeld. Oh, he’s not tall enough, he doesn’t have a big enough arm, he couldn’t get the ball past midfield for an entire game. You know, little things. What a love affair Cardale with the Browns would be. Local kid who grew up in Cleveland and won a championship with Ohio State comes home and maybe, just maybe enjoys some fleeting success before getting pulled over riding shotgun in Josh Gordon’s camo Porsche.
While we’re on the subject, I absolutely think Cardale has everything it takes to become a franchise QB in the NFL. He’s got the size, he’s got the mobility, he’s got the arm, he’s got the moxie, he’s got everything you’re looking for in a star QB. Ben Roethlisberger is a comparison that gets tossed around a lot and for good reason. Only problem with Cardale is he’s still pretty raw to be starting games in the NFL right now. Cardale tends to be more of a run first QB who takes a ton of hits and sometimes forces throws that aren’t there. Both very fixable problems, but both big no-no’s in the NFL. With the right team and the right coaching staff I definitely think Jones would be able to have all that shit down pat, especially if he ended up in a situation where he could sit for a year or two and learn the game and pro lifestyle (much like he did at OSU), but let’s be completely honest, does anyone really think the Browns fit that bill? I’d love to see Cleveland #FailForCardale and watch that runaway tractor trailer try to steer itself.
PS- While I was typing this a buddy of mine pointed out to me that next season the Browns could have had a starting WR trio of Julio Jones, Josh Gordon, and Sammy Watkins. Or they could have had Jones and Gordon split out wide and used that Watkins pick last year on Teddy Bridgewater to toss them the pill. Being Bengals fans none of us are strangers to bad drafts, but if you’re a Cleveland guy and the thought of those potential WR/QB combos doesn’t make you want to spike the punch with cyanide come Sunday then I don’t know what does.