Breaking: Cabot and Grossi non-plussed by Browns’ absence from Bridgewater’s Pro-Day fail.
You can’t win with Browns beat reporters.
Teddy Bridgewater took himself out of consideration for the Browns at #4 yesterday but that’s not the lead from your Browns’ beat reporters. Oh no… after investing heavily in the must-take-one-of-three-QBs-at-#4 narrative for the last three months, Grossi and Cabot won’t give up their poor analyses without a degree of pissy-ness. Here’s what they had to say this AM.
Grossi: Dubious diligence: For a team whose head coach labeled quarterback as the team’s “obvious” priority, the Browns have had a funny/bizarre/dubious (choose one) way of scouting the top quarterbacks in the coming draft.
- They did not devote a single one of their 60, 15-minute interview sessions at the NFL Combine to a first round-caliber quarterback. The Browns decline to say why.
- They did not send their head coach, Mike Pettine, nor their offensive coordinator, Kyle Shanahan, to Teddy Bridgewater’s pro day at the University of Louisville on Monday. The Browns decline to say why.
According to Tony Pauline, publisher of draftinsider.net, Browns General Manager Ray Farmer did attend Louisville’s pro day. But it appears Farmer’s attention was riveted on another player. Pauline reported that Farmer “met extensively” with Preston Brown. Who is Preston Brown? An inside linebacker projected for the late rounds of the draft.
Cabot: CLEVELAND, Ohio — If the Browns like Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, they have a funny way of showing it.
Browns coach Mike Pettine, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains all skipped Bridgewater’s Pro Day Monday, league sources told cleveland.com. In addition, the Browns didn’t interview Bridgewater or any of the top quarterbacks at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis last month.
The Browns were one of the 29 teams represented at the workout, but they didn’t send three of the most important people in the evaluation process. However, Browns general manager Ray Farmer attended the workout, according to Tony Pauline of Draftinsider.net.
Not for nothing but the Plain Dealer and ESPNCleveland also didn’t sent their top people to the Bridgewater Pro-Day.1
Isn’t that… (irony alert) … DUBIOUS DILIGENCE ON THEIR PARTS?!!
“Browns correct to ignore Bridgewater.” << fixed that headline for you.
Does it strike anyone else that maybe, just maybe, the Browns actually did solid work on Bridgewater and that’s why they didn’t sent all of Berea to Louisville and that their pre-work was nuts-on?2
Here’s what McShay says:
That said, I was underwhelmed coming away from Teddy Bridgewater’s pro day workout on Monday. He was surprisingly inefficient and erratic throwing the football, seeing as he’s the most accurate QB in this class that I’ve studied on tape, and by weighing in at 208 pounds — down from the 214 he weighed at the NFL scouting combine — he did nothing to ease the concerns of teams worried about his long-term durability due to his lean frame.
Check out McShay and Jaworski. You never hear ESPN types this critical of a draft prospect. Here’s a snip of their piece complete with a Bridgewater fluttery incompletion.
Lost or missed in all the bad throwing bad Bridgewater was that he’s also not fast. 4.78 40.3 So we learned he’s considerably slower that 280 pound Aaron Donald.
The lesson as ever: when players don’t perform at the combine, they’re usually hiding something.
Bridgewater thinks he had “great day.”
Bridgewater didn’t help himself with a remarkable display of cluelessness after the workout. He thinks he had a great day and isn’t worried because… and then he spouted some nonsense about “learning processes.” Lol.
In the grand scheme, life itself is a learning process and we’re all constantly learning/evolving, so in a way he’s right.
But Teddy, at your pro day the “learning process” of throwing a tight spiral accurately was supposed to have been completed.
When a QB either wants to spin me or if flagrantly clueless… he’s off my draft board. We’ve been down the road of faux-poised, polished, say-the-right-thing-in-the-face-of-the-obvious sort of QB (see right).
Next up? Bortles (Wednesday), Carr (Thursday), and Manziel (3/27).
Anyway, that’s one less QB to worry about. Next up is Blake Bortles tomorrow, Carr on Thursday, and then Johnny Football next week. After not passing at the Combine and not passing at the Texas A&M pro day… well… we think he’ll pass at his own super-special-JFF-workout day. I think he’s put way too much pressure on himself here and/or he’s trying to hide the fact that he flat doesn’t throw a great ball.
Anyway, here’s the schedule:
Monday, 3/17: Teddy Bridgewater @ Louisville’s Pro Day
Wednesday, 3/19: Blake Bortles @ UCF’s Pro Day
Thursday, 3/20: Derek Carr @ Fresno State’s Pro Day
Thursday, 3/27, Johnny Manziel @ his own very special Pro Day. He did not work out at A&M’s Pro Day on 3/5.
Garoppolo had his day with Northwestern at the beginning of March; feedback was mostly good.