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03-10-2012, 09:54 PM
More than just another Brownout in Cleveland

By Marc Sessler NFL.com
Published: March 10, 2012 at 02:45 p.m.
Updated: March 10, 2012 at 03:17 p.m.



There's an argument to be made that the [URL="http://www.nfl.com/teams/clevelandbrowns/profile?team=CLE"]Cleveland Browns (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d82782e9b/printable/more-than-just-another-brownout-in-cleveland) were left at the altar Friday night, outbid by a rabid Daniel Snyder and his Redskins brass (http://www.nfl.com/goto?id=09000d5d8278079f), who packaged three first-round picks and this year's second-rounder to the Rams for the No. 2 spot and the right to draft Baylor's Robert Griffin III.

Another school of thought: Cleveland is completely comfortable where they're at, sticking to their plan, and preparing to move forward with the picks they have.
Now, the Browns did attempt to engineer a last-minute push (https://twitter.com/#%21/AdamSchefter/status/178329400620756992) with the Rams for the second overall pick, but were late with their offer, according to ESPN. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch cited Rams team sources (https://twitter.com/#%21/jthom1/status/178550392198664193) to report that Cleveland's final package included both of its first-round picks (No. 4 and No. 22) to move up, which wasn't the case earlier on (https://twitter.com/#%21/jthom1/status/178559438179930113).
So, there was clear interest in RG3. You want to hope the Browns' front office wasn't just late to the party, which would be troubling, but did they have a chance? Not to be dismissed here, of course, is the tight relationship between Rams coach Jeff Fisher and Redskins coach Mike Shanahan (http://www.stltoday.com/sports/football/professional/rams-use-combine-to-plan-for-trade/article_4b015d8c-a1a9-5a49-b64b-fbd7316929a5.html) and their respective team executives, Kevin Demoff and Bruce Allen, making it a challenge for Cleveland to get a foot in the door.
Browns general manager Tom Heckert reiterated this week that he's committed to building the Browns through the draft, and that means stockpiling picks, not burning down the house for one prospect, even one as electrifying as RG3.
"We feel very comfortable staying at four and getting a good player there, and that could happen," Heckert told The Associated Press on Thursday. "And we feel comfortable in moving down and getting more picks, we really do. It's way early to start talking about this stuff."
It's not too early for Browns fans, wondering when this regime's plan will translate into regular hammerings of the Ravens and Steelers. Heckert has drafted well the past two years. Sixteen picks have yielded eight starters and six reserves. Only two of those picks aren't on the team anymore and none are out of the league.

Problems on offense mask a defense in Cleveland that produced its best season since its return to the NFL in 1999, a direct result of the young talent this team has found through the draft.
No, it's not as sexy as RG3, a potential franchise quarterback. And if Griffin pans out, this could be pegged as an opportunity missed. But while the team is being painted as an organization that's mastered nothing but underwhelming, head-scratching transactions, Heckert and friends believe there's a gleam ahead. Some great light that hasn't shown for so long over the city of Cleveland. Only time will tell.

03-11-2012, 12:02 AM
this pretty much sums it up:


03-11-2012, 08:16 PM
If the Stains get Colt McCoy some weapons they will start to become competitive. I'm thinking the AFC North is one tough division and remain that way for many years.

03-12-2012, 10:15 AM
If the Stains get Colt McCoy some weapons they will start to become competitive. I'm thinking the AFC North is one tough division and remain that way for many years.

I think Colt McCoy sucks. He's the 4th best QB in the division, with no real prospect for improving that standing no matter how many weapons he has, so the Browns will be in the basement of our division until they upgrade at QB. I'm glad RG3 is not coming into our division, because that dude is a unique talent who would be difficult to defend. However, my next worry is that Cleveland may sign Flynn (not sure if he's legit or not at this point, but you don't have to pay a bounty of draft picks to get him either...only money. I think he's closer Schaub than Kolb on the "trading for another team's backup QB" scale) and then take Blackmon at #4, and package #22 and #37 to move up into the latter portion of the top 10 to take Trent Richardson as well.