Sunday night, the Cleveland Browns fired head coach Rob Chudzinski after one year on the job. As with all firings, even with unusual circumstances of this one, you can say that the team is looking to a brighter future.
One of the issues the team dealt with this season that led to their 4-12 record and Chudzinski’s ousting was multiple inconsistencies at the quarterback position. Former draft pick Brandon Weeden hasn’t panned out they way they would have liked. Brian Hoyer looked somewhat passable at times, but he suffered a season-ending injury. And finally, Jason Campbell hasn’t been what they were looking for neither.
So, considering all of that, focus now turns to the NFL Draft, where there is some notable talent coming out for this May’s festivities at the quarterback position.
Earlier today, it was reported that you can throw one more name into that pool as Johnny Manziel will indeed leave the Texas A&M Aggies after this week’s Chick Fil A Bowl and head off to the National Football League to make some cash.
Putting these two together, Sports Illustrated’s Peter King is also reporting that the Browns have interest in bringing the much-maligned Manziel into Cleveland to be the face of the franchise:
“… If they kept Chudzinski, they’d be asking him to develop the next quarterback, along with offensive coordinator Norv Turner. What if there was a disconnect between the quarterback the front office wanted (I hear Cleveland really likes Johnny Manziel, who is not the Aikmanish pocket passer more to Turner’s liking) and the one the coaches preferred? If they made a clean break now, they wouldn’t be delaying what they felt was inevitable.”
It should also be noted that Browns brass will be one of the teams on hand Tuesday night to watch Manziel in what apparently be his final game against the Duke Blue Devils in Atlanta:
— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) December 29, 2013