The Cleveland Browns are a team that needs to prove itself in 2014, and that task falls on a rag-tag coaching staff that was truing together by a cocky front office that got angry over being accused of not knowing what it was doing. Afer a hilariously embarrassing coaching search landed them the defensive coordinator of the Buffalo Bills as their dream choice for head coach, the Browns are now trying to decide what to do with their roster for 2014.
One of the positions that needs to be filled immediately is quarterback, something that new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan will help advise on. Kirk Cousins played for Shanahan in Washington and the fact that the Redskins are floating their backup on the trade block has some thinking Shanahan will lobby for him to come to Cleveland.
Mary Kay Cabot from the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that’s not going to be happening.
ESPN has already speculated that Redskins backup quarterback Kirk Cousins, who wants to be traded a source confirmed for cleveland.com, could end up with the Browns. Although that’s unlikely, according to a source, Shanahan really likes Cousins, the 2012 fourth-round pick out of Michigan State, and the feeling’s mutual.
Adding Cousins isn’t a bad idea for the Browns, but after a botched coaching search has fans up in arms, a rock star rookie quarterback is the more likely option to reinvigorate the fan base. Cousins is further along in his development but Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater are much more exciting names.
There’s also the fact that the recently fired Shanahan might not want to help out his former employer by sending draft picks his way.