There are some professional franchises that are doomed to failure. They are the organizations that lack common sense and continuously make poor decisions. The Cleveland Browns are one of those examples. After paying $100,000 for a consulting firm to tell them what QB to draft, they ignored their findings (to draft Bridgewater) and selected headcase Johnny Manziel. Everything in the 2014 season played out how we thought it would. Teddy completed a successful rookie campaign, throwing for over 2,900 yards with a 64% completion percentage while Manziel continued to party and not take the real world seriously. After a 30-0 loss, one Cleveland player asked another, “Think about where we’d be now if we had drafted Teddy Bridgewater.”
Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman wrote Monday that “some players believed Manziel wasn’t good enough to play in the NFL. It wasn’t solely the work ethic or the partying, but a dramatic talent deficit.”
After Manziel’s ugly performance in a critical Week 15 contest against the Bengals — a game the Browns lost 30-0 — one anonymous player told Freeman he recalled asking a teammate: “Think about where we’d be now if we had drafted Teddy Bridgewater.”
Both Bridgewater and Oakland’s Derek Carr were on the board when Cleveland landed Manziel with the No. 22 overall pick, the same ill-fated spot where the team previously grabbed Brandon Weeden and Brady Quinn.
In essence, the progress made under Pettine last season has been drowned under the bleak reality that the Browns might be starting over at quarterback — all over again.
Asked in December if he would hesitate to draft another first-round passer, general manager Ray Farmer told reporters point blank: “I would not.”
Teddy succeeding and Johnny Football flopping. Shocker.