Since rejoining the NFL in 1999, the Cleveland Clowns (aka Browns) have suffered through 13 losing seasons in 15 attempts. They have an average record of 5 – 11 in that stretch.
They are a ship without a rudder, floating adrift under 7 head coaches in those 15 seasons. Each regime that comes in thinks they know better than the previous one, and perpetually renews the cycle of rebuilding, and losing.
And the recent Trent Richardson trade shows that this cycle is alive and well, and the current regime has signaled their intention that Weeden is no longer wanted at QB, as his fellow 2012 first round draftmate has been shipped out.
Since their return to the NFL, they have had 9 different QB’s lead them in passing yards, and 10 (soon to be 11) different RB’s lead them in rushing. Only once in those 15 years have they had a QB top 3,400 yards passing, and only 4 times have they had a 1,000 yard rusher in that span.
Their defense, which has only had 2 top-10 finishes in 15 seasons, actually looks good in comparison to their offense, which has been the poster child of futility. Their (offensive) offense has finished in the bottom third of the NFL in 14 of 15 seasons.
Apparently the Browns’ plans are to forsake the present season in exchange for the future. But then again, they’ve been doing that for 15 seasons.
Going into the 2014 NFL draft, the Browns will have 10 picks (3 in the top 40, 6 in the top 75):
2x FIRST round picks (their own high pick, and Indy’s low pick. So maybe #2 and #23?)
1x SECOND 2nd round pick (their own high pick)
2x THIRD round picks (their own high pick, plus a high pick from Pit)
2x FOURTH round picks (their high pick, and Indy’s low pick)
Plus their high 5th, 6th, and 7th rounders, and any compensation picks.
OK, so they have a ton of picks in the upcoming draft. But do the Browns know how to actually use draft picks?
Consider that they jettisoned 4 picks to move up 1 spot (to #3 overall) to draft Trent Richardson, only to turn around and give him away for a low 1st round pick less than a year and a half later.
Consider that the Browns used the #13 overall pick on Wimbley (who was fairly productive with almost 7 sacks per season) only to give him away for a 3rd round selection a few years later.
Consider that the Browns gave up a 1st round pick and a high 2nd round pick to draft Brady Quinn, who they later dumped for late (6th round) round picks.
Going back the last decade (2004 draft thru 2013)...
67 players have been drafted who became All-Pro.
Of those 67, only 1 was chosen by the Browns (Joe Thomas).
103 players have been drafted who have gone to multiple Pro-Bowls.
Of those 103, only 1 was chosen by the Browns (Joe Thomas).
The Browns have drafted 5 QB’s in the last decade (McCown 4th, Frye 3rd, Quinn 1st, McCoy 3rd, Weeden 1st).
Those QB’s have combined for only 58% completions with a paltry 6.2 yards per attempt with 74 TD’s and 100 INT’s.
And this is a team that we are supposed to believe will know how to use their picks effectively, and draft a franchise QB in the 2014 draft? Ha!