The Puppy Pound - An Angry Letter to Browns Management
The NFL is not used to having really high profile players traded. Unlike most other sports, there isn’t a ton of wheeling and dealing during the NFL season. Even though it’s hyped up quite a bit, typically the NFL trade deadline is like most weather forecasting, all hype with no bite.
Yesterday, the Cleveland Browns traded their second-year running back Trent Richardson to the Colts for a first round pick in 2014. Is this trade unfair? No. Is it stupid? Yes, in my opinion. I can imagine Roger Goddell letting out a huge laugh when this came across his desk for approval. If I remember correctly, the Browns traded their fourth, fifth and seventh round picks to the Vikings to move up in the 2012 draft to take Richardson. So, in essence, the Browns gave up 3 picks to move up to get Richardson and then trade him for a pick likely in the mid-20s.
Why trade Richardson?? Was he a bad person? No, this is just the Cleveland Browns. The reports are “Cleveland is stockpiling picks to get a franchise QB in next year’s draft. Ok, great! Please tell me then.. WHY DID YOU DRAFT BRANDON WEEDEN LAST YEAR!!!!!!??????? Why did you take a 28 year old rookie quarterback in the 2012 NFL draft to replace him two years later? Then, why did you trade his best offensive weapon and now you’re saying something called Brian Hoyer may take over his job?? That whole draft was a complete waste and screams stupidity.
Just to clarify, I am not a Browns fan. If I were a Browns fan, I might go root for the Ravens because I just don’t understand this. You make a trade that is the equivalent of announcing that you're tanking the season. You make an AFC rival significantly better because what they were missing on offense is a good running back. They now have a young running back who can grind, catch passes and as a rookie, scored 11 TDs.
This is all coming in a season when your division is WAY down. The vaunted Steelers look about as one-dimensional the old Nintendo games and the Ravens are not the team they were last season. I am not saying the Browns would’ve won the division but I do think they had a chance to finish 2nd and maybe even challenge for a playoff spot.
Basically, Cleveland traded an asset and a franchise running back for gambling on Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater or some other unproven quarterback. I know the league is going to more of a pass-heavy route right now but as NFL teams adjust and start drafting smaller; other NFL teams will just start getting bigger and pounding the ground. The NFL has always worked in cycles and it always will. As for Browns fans, all I can say to you is I am so sorry. The fans there are as passionate as any NFL fans, but your “dog pound” is about as fearful as the puppy bowl. I am 27 years old and I am having a hard time remembering the last time your team was any good. I always try to be positive and give people the benefit of the doubt but this organization, I just can’t. I understand you’re trying to stock up for the draft next year, which is supposed to be very quarterback heavy. To my knowledge though, there is no guarantee like Andrew Luck in next year's draft. There is no guarantee that these picks will give you anything better than Weeden is now. With this trade, you essentially have just told your players and fans (once again) we’re giving up and hopefully next year will be better. This is WEEK 3!!!! Frankly, you’re lucky you have such loyal fans because you’re doing your best to become the Jacksonville Jaguars and have fewer people attend your games than the Cavaliers get to attend theirs.
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