KKE Part 2: Trolls and Team Needs Edition
In case you missed it, KOLONICH and KANICKI have things to say. Here’s the first part of the exchange.
4. Regarding the 2013 Browns, is Trolling the Same as Saying “I Told You So?”
KANICKI: I think so, yes.
I mean, I’m now Mr. Downtick on the WFNY comment board and I know it’s because not only don’t people want to think about how this season went down, they don’t want to hear about how smart you were flagging the problems during free agency and draft; and they DAMN SURE don’t want proof of your prescient wisdom provided through convenient hyperlinks.
So I try to keep quiet but the occasional “I’m down with Joe Banner” post or “Alex Mack isn’t that good” comment will bring me out. It’s truly like the Stooges’ Niagara Falls bit. “Banner is saving cap space and accumulating draft picks is wise shepherding of resources.” Slowly I turned… step-by-step… Leon McFadden..
KOLONICH: I was called either negative or naive for saying it then, but the Browns’ front office missed on the 2013 draft. If an NFL team is only as good as their last 3-5 drafts, then the 2016 Browns are going to suffer.
The whole “smartest guys in the room (for not drafting players)” resulted in the following:
- Barkevious Mingo – A uniquely talented player who needs a unique defensive scheme to make an impact. Unfortunately for Mingo, Ray Horton’s “exotic” defense often lines Mingo up as a conventional pass rusher.
- Leon McFadden – I can imagine McFadden entering 2014 as the team’s fourth corner – if only by default.
- Armonty Bryant – A good find in the seventh round.
And then there’s that whole “Paul Kruger is just a guy, Desmond Bryant has a serious heart problem, Davone Bess is pointless and Gary Barnidge could be the team’s best free agent signing” thing.
Meanwhile, the 2013 team heads into 2014 with the exact same holes and probably a couple more after failing to re-sign Alex Mack and T.J. Ward.
But I’m not the type of person to say “I told you so.”
And since we’re so close to 2014….
5. Who Has Already Won the 2014 Most Unnecessarily Hyped by the Media Award?
KOLONICH: By the time the PD unveils Browns Hype: Space Mountain 2014 edition, Josh Gordon will have already been inducted into the Hall of Fame. This can only mean that Gordon also wins the Backlash for Not Reaching Our Unreasonable Expectations award. Just wait for those Comments of the Day when Gordon doesn’t finish with 3,000 receiving yards next December.
The easy answer to this question is whoever the Browns take with the higher of their two first round draft picks. Naturally if the pick is a quarterback, that player (Zack Mettenberger) is the easy winner.
However, what I suspect will happen is that both the homegrown homer portions of the Browns’ fan base, along with the revisionist wing will celebrate the return of Brian Hoyer as a conquering hero. After all, winning two and a half games and “saving” the season for the first time (and doing it before Josh Gordon went nuclear) will turn Hoyer into an offseason icon of sorts.
In the grand scheme of futile Browns’ expansion era quarterback duels, Hoyer-Campbell has the makings of….at least something kind of tangible? And since Mettenberger (always remember Mike Lombardi’s affinity for the SEC) was born to be on the Browns’ injured reserve list, the front runner to be the 20th starting QB since 1999 gets the nod here.
KANICKI: The nominees are:
- Paul Kruger
- Norv Turner
- Ray Horton
- Braxton Miller
But I’m going off the board with ALEC SCHEINER. Because when you can hire a CEO who speaks at the country’s most over-hyped sports conference and is pals with the country’s most over-hyped blogger after having honcho’d the building of the most over-hyped stadium for the most over-hyped owner of the most over-hyped pro sports franchise… you have to do it. #analytics1[anything_slides]
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