Former NFL head coach and offensive coordinator guru Norv Turner is no longer a member of the Cleveland Browns organization, but when he was, he wanted the team to sign Matt Cassel instead of Jason Campbell last year.
Turner, who has been known to work magic with quarterbacks believed Cassel would have been a better fit for the signal caller needy Browns as he told the St. Paul Pioneer Express.
“I think that would have been at the time a good move for us,” Turner said. “I gave my evaluation. I thought he would have fit. . . . Sometimes it works out, and sometimes it doesn’t.”
Turner of course left the Browns and headed to the Minnesota Vikings where Matt Cassel is playing and likely to be named the starting quarterback barring injury or an absurdly amazing training camp on behalf of Teddy Bridgewater.
As you may recall, Cassel had the option to void the second year of his contract with the Vikings, which he did which would have allowed the Browns to potentially swoop in and sign the veteran. However, Minnesota decided to bring him back leaving Turner and the Browns stuck with Campbell.
It’s strange to think how one move may have shaped the franchise moving forward, assuming Cassel would have any type of success. Would the Browns have been in position to draft Johnny Manziel or would they have even felt a need to? All questions we’ll never get answered, but I’m guessing most Browns fans are okay with how things played out, even if it was a rough end to the year.
As for the Vikings, they got their man in Teddy Bridgewater and Turner, for the present, has his man in Matt Cassel.