The first team the Dolphins beat in the playoffs that season was the Browns, quarterbacked by Phipps. Warfield had 91 yards rushing and receiving, while Phipps went 9-for-23 for 131 yards with five interceptions. Those numbers don’t show how close the Browns came to the upset, [url=http://www.authenticredwingstore.com/henrik-zetterberg-jersey_c-458.html]http://www.authenticredwingstore.com/henrik-zetterberg-jersey_c-458.html[/url] though, as they led 14-13 in the fourth quarter before losing 20-14.
Modell’s next move for a quarterback went better, as the team used the supplemental draft rules to their advantage to get Kosar. The Browns made a trade with Buffalo to get the first pick in the supplemental draft, and Kosar delayed his entry to the NFL to avoid the regular draft because he wanted to play in Cleveland. He had an outstanding career and took part in one of the more exciting eras in team history that included three appearances in the AFC Championship Game. All were against Denver, and included “The Drive” engineered by John Elway, and “The Fumble” by Earnest Byner, which pains Browns fans to this day.
In 1999, the Browns were returning as an expansion franchise and decided to build around a quarterback. They chose Couch with the first pick in the 1999 draft. Couch had ability and to this day Bruce Arians insists he would [url=http://www.authenticbluejaysstore.com/Authentic-Josh-Donaldson-Jersey]http://www.authenticbluejaysstore.com/Authentic-Josh-Donaldson-Jersey[/url] have been a successful quarterback had he been handled better. But he was thrown [url=http://www.49ersshopfootballjersey.com/Aaron-Lynch-Jersey.html]Aaron Lynch Jersey[/url] into the starting spot with an expansion team then was jerked in and out of the lineup by Butch Davis.
The Browns let him go after signing Jeff Garcia, who lasted one season. Couch, who ranks fifth in Browns history with 11,131 passing yards, went 22-37 as a starter and guided the team to its only post-1999 playoff experience in 2002, only to miss the playoff game with a broken leg. Since Couch was drafted the Browns have selected three quarterbacks in the first round, all 22nd overall: [url=http://www.officialcanadahockey.com/-JOE-THORNTON-OLYMPIC-JERSEY.html]Joe Thornton Jersey[/url] Johnny Manziel, Brandon Weeden and Brady Quinn. None won more than five games and combined they won 10.
Since 2008, the Browns have had eight top 10 picks and not used one on a quarterback. They have not taken a quarterback in the top five since 1999.In the team’s 67-year history in the NFL, the Browns have had 55 different starting quarterbacks (28 since 1999). Only eight have gone to the Pro Bowl, with 16 total appearances. Eleven have started a playoff game, with Kelly Holcomb (2002) and Vinny Testaverde (1994) the only playoff starters since 1993. Of the team’s 34 playoff games, Graham or Kosar was the starting quarterback in 20. The lesson for the Browns as this draft approaches is the lesson of all history: Those who do not learn from it are doomed to repeat it.
The Browns have to decide which quarterback best fits their team and which quarterback has the best future. They have studied and debated UCLA’s Josh Rosen, Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, Wyoming’s Josh Allen and USC’s Sam Darnold. While there has been much discussion about Allen, whose strong arm and physical skills impress, the chatter about Darnold has been quietly consistent. They seem to be the top two QBs on the Browns' [url=http://www.texansproshops.com/Jadeveon_Clowney_Jersey_Cheap]http://www.texansproshops.com/Jadeveon_Clowney_Jersey_Cheap[/url]
list; the team must simply choose who fits best. It’s my guess that player is Darnold. Allen has potential, but it’s tough to fix accuracy. Darnold has a more complete game at this point, he’s very mature for a 20-year-old (his lack of entitlement seems clear) and he throws a very catchable pass. Some have said that Allen could be Ben Roethlisberger; others have opined that Darnold is Andrew Luck. If those statements are true, it’s tough to go wrong with either, but Darnold has the more complete game at this point, and the accuracy issue remains with [url=http://www.officialfootballvikingstore.com/Nike-Sharrif-Floyd-Jersey.html]Sharrif Floyd Jersey[/url] Allen.
The fourth pick [url=http://www.officialbuffalosabres.com/Adidas-Jordan-Nolan-Jersey]Jordan Nolan Jersey[/url] comes down to three players: Barkley, defensive lineman Bradley Chubb and defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick. The best fit would be Barkley, a player many call the best pure football player in the draft. The running back position has become devalued over the years, but a player such as Todd Gurley shows the value of a top back. Barkley is that kind of back. He runs, he catches passes, he blocks, and most important, he scores touchdowns. He, Duke Johnson and Carlos Hyde could all be used effectively to help jump-start an offense that with Tyrod Taylor at quarterback, Jarvis Landry and Josh Gordon at receiver, and David Njoku at tight end would suddenly have a more complete complement of weapons. This combination would give the Browns the quarterback they like best, and the best player at every other position on the field.
The New York Giants are said to love the idea of adding Barkley to their offense. Which means the Browns would have to go to plan 1A with the fourth pick. That’s not such a bad option, because it would give the Browns another pass-rusher on Gregg Williams’ defense. GM John Dorsey told the media at the NFL meetings in March that Chubb is “an unbelievable prospect for this draft.” The Browns do have two very good and
young ends on the roster in Myles Garrett and Emmanuel Ogbah, both of whom figure to go to Pro Bowls in their careers. But a team also can never have enough ends and pass-rushers. Adding Chubb could allow Williams to move Ogbah inside on passing downs or use all three creatively with other defensive players. Garrett’s first sack on his first play as an NFL player came from inside. The idea: keep the offense guessing who is rushing, and from where. This combination would give the Browns the quarterback they like best and the best pass-rusher on the board.
|Free forum by Nabble||Edit this page|