This week I get to answer our weekly dose of questions sent in by the many fans for the Cleveland Browns from all over the globe! Is Kyle Shanahan a good fit and will the team draft Johnn Football? Here are my thoughts and answers.
Okay so first Pettine and now Kyle Shanahan…aren’t both of those dudes hot heads? How is that going to work out in the meeting rooms in Cleveland?
-Paul in San Diego
Great observation, Paul. The nickname of Cleveland’s head coach Mike Pettine is “Blunt Force Trauma” due to his short-tempered approach. The Browns’ new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is so hot-headed he was fined $25,000 back in 2012 for berating an official. And now they’re both coaching for the same team. While that would appear to bode trouble, I don’t think it will be an issue. Mike Pettine’s limited experience is solely on the defensive side of the ball, and I don’t see him reaching his hand into the offensive cookie jar. The ideal situation for the Browns would be to have Shanahan draw up the plays and call them from the field, and keep Pettine in a “rah-rah”, coach-‘em-up role. If they are each given sole control over what they do best, they don’t have to work too closely together. If they don’t have to work too closely together, the chances of having conflict are minimized. But time will tell.
The Seahawks just won the big one with Quinn as defensive coordinator who said he would have been interested in the Browns’ head coaching job. Did the team panic and not wait long enough?
-Jon in Cleveland
Yes. They made a horrible mistake in settling for Pettine. Next question.
With Shanahan’s experience with RG3 do you think they go after Johnny Manziel or pick up Kirk Cousins who Shanny coached in Washington?
-Dom in DC
That’s really hard to say. I’ve made the case that drafting a dynamic young quarterback (Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater are the best candidates) is the only way to turn this franchise around. A number of playoff teams were there this year because they took a chance on a young, dynamic college quarterback. But the Shanahan hire certainly seems like a ploy to lure the talented Kirk Cousins to Cleveland. If I had to bet, I think their plan A is to see if they can land Cousins. If he goes somewhere else (or stays in Washington), then plan B will be drafting Manziel. Honestly, I hope some other team offers Cousins a huge contract that Cleveland won’t be willing to match, and they end up going for Manziel. Either way it’s an improvement, but I think drafting a QB is the surest way to change the Browns’ depressing culture.
Should we be excited for the draft or are the big wigs just going to screw up this team more than Haslam screwed up Flying J?
-Michelle in Ohio
As much as I distrust the Cleveland front-office, I’m holding out hope that they won’t screw this one up. If they draft any one of the top QB prospects with their 4th overall pick, it will be successful. If they trade up to get either Bridgewater or Manziel, it will be spectacular. However, if they trade down or take players at other positions with their two first-round picks, then brace for another horrible season. In the meantime Michelle, definitely get excited! No matter how the draft goes (and I think it will be one of the best in years), the Browns will end up with more talent on their roster than they have currently. And that is pretty exciting, even if we are not happy with the Cleveland big wigs. When it’s all said and done, a franchise with great players and a terrible front-office will win more games than a great front office with terrible players.
Read Eric Kelly’s thoughts on Kyle Shanahan as a boom or a bust at OC.