Loggains interview, JFF must start now, and power ranks.
Let’s chat about some of the hot-button topics of the week.
The Dowell Loggains interview.
“We’re sitting there and they keep showing Johnny on T.V. and Johnny and I are texting and he shoots me a text and he says, ‘I wish you guys would come get me. Hurry up and draft me because I want to be there. I want to wreck this league together.’
“When I got that text, I forwarded it to the owner and to the head coach (Mike Pettine),” Loggains said Thursday on Sports Talk with Bo Mattingly on Arkansas ESPN. “I’m like ‘this guy wants to be here. He wants to be part of it.’ As soon as that happened, Mr. Haslam said, ‘pull the trigger. We’re trading up to go get this guy.”’
Here are the problems with Loggains interview.
1. Why is Loggains texting the owner?
It cuts out his supervisor (Shannahan), his boss (Pettine), and the guy who is in charge of picking players in the draft (Farmer). Leaving the content of text and possibly positive end result out of all this: an owner that allows/encourages back-channel communication is creating a dysfunction organizational structure. E.g., here’s Loggains in August: “Oh is that so Kyle? You think Hoyer is playing better and so should start the opener? We’ll just see what Mr. Haslam thinks about that… txt txt txt.” This is not how successful organizations run. Maybe this was a one-off but if Haslam really wants Bobby Babich giving him updates on the Gilbert-Skrine progress on the down-low, this leads to other problems, in the form of …
2. The Meddlesome Owner.
If you take Loggains’ mention of Haslam saying to ‘pull the trigger’ on Manziel literally, it reads like the owner has just played his trump card (I paid a billion dollars for this team and I say…) and usurped the GM’s role. I doubt that’s how it played out. More likely Farmer and Pettine and the guys in the room were kicking around pros and cons of moving up for JFF and the text pushed over the edge. But,, what if Haslam did make the call? What other calls did he make? When the Browns backed out of the Titans trade at #11 for Lewan, maybe it was Haslam who said, “There is no effing way you’re taking an o-lineman at #11.” I mean, the deal was apparently done3 and then it wasn’t. If anyone has veto authority in draft room, it’s the owner. It becomes a problem when he wields it. My long held pet theory from last year was that it was Haslam who wanted to plug in a Steelers pass rush immediately and drove the Mingo pick. While guys like Chud just mouthed the ‘can’t have too many pass rushers’ bromides, Haslam’s eyes lit up like a little boy when talking about how fun sacks are. This could all be nothing and/or this could all work out fine. But I just remember Woody Johnson’s dismantling of the promising 2009 Jets core as a case study of what can happen when your owner decides he knows more football than his football guys.
3. We got a mo-ron QB coach.
Last point: HEY DOWELL LOGGAINS. YOUR GM AND OWNER AND HEAD COACH HAVE GONE OUT OF THEIR WAY IN THE PAST WEEK TO AVOID REVEALING WHAT HAPPENED IN THE DRAFT ROOM. WHAT IN ALL THE FUCKS MAKES YOU THINK THAT YOU OF ALL PEOPLE SHOULD BREAK THE POLICY? “Well, it’s just a small radio station in northwest Arkansas. I dint think anyone in Texarkana would care or nuthin.” I mean, yes, it’s a great story. But how about a cup of STFU next time, k buddy? I’m pretty sure your relationship with the incumbent starting quarterback you’re charged with coaching up was not helped with your musings that ‘We could put JFF on the field now and he’d be the most exciting player in the league.’ Keep that the fuck to yourself.
First rule of Draft Club: You do not talk about Draft Club.
Second rule of Draft Club: You do not talk about Draft Club.
I wish I’d have known this doofus was the Titans’ OC last year, could’ve done better4 in Cheddar Bay.
Johnny Must Start Now.
I’ve heard more than one Cleveland radio guy hold forth that Manziel should start immediately. I mean like, mini camp and training camps … that’s for other guys. Hoyer got cut by other teams and now has to learn Shanny’s offense and don’t forget he was undrafted. So Johnny should start. QED.
Congrats Messrs. Lull and Fedor; Silver and Breer, your aspirations to become the next Skip Bayliss are on track.
You can actually hear Fedor talking about Hoyer throwing three interceptions against Minnesota as a proof point that Manziel should start here. Not for nothing but Hoyer had:
- three days of practice as the Browns #1 QB,
- was playing away,
- against a playoff team,
- the same week face-of-the-franchise Trent Richardson was traded…
and this may be beside Fedor’s point but:
- Browns won,
- Hoyer with three TD passes,
- and 300 yds.5
Lull is spouting the same Johnny must start now nonsense this morning and I can’t tell if it’s a calculated troll to attract callers or if he really means but I turned it off because I just wasn’t interested enough to entertain the premise.
Here’s what’s been completely lost by 90% of the reporting on Manziel: we have a starting QB.
We needed to draft a QB because we literally had no #2 or #3 QB after cutting Weeden and Campbell. There was never a question that the Browns would draft a QB. So we drafted one. We drafted a small QB who has a knack for winning in unconventional ways and that’s fine. But Manziel remains a small QB whose best plays were made runing out of a pocket against college d-linemen and throwing to an absolute freak top-10-pick WR and behind not one but two top-10 left tackles. Here is what Nick Saban would say to Lull, Fedor, Silver, Breer and every other, frankly, douche-bag who thinks Manziel should simply come in and start.
The best case for JFF is to work hard, pay some dues, and be ready when Mo Lewis opens a door for him.
Thank god for Joe Haden as I don’t think he’s had an interview yet where, when asked about Manziel he points out that he believes in Hoyer.
Browns’ power ratings.
We’ll keep on eye this foolishness. Below are the post-draft rankings and pearls of wisdom from paid writers about pro football. Remember, these are the guys bitching about the Browns not taking a WR in the draft, not having media access, not wanting JFF to remember that he’s a rookie backup. As Simmons would say: Yep, these are our pundits.
THESE RANKINGS MAKE ME BLOG WITH A CHIP ON MY SHOULDER.6
That’ll do for now. If the national media access drama continues to be a thing, we can talk about that special brand of silliness too.
Wait there is one more thing. There’s a stud left-footed punter/linebacker over in Wood County still waiting on call. He’ll be somebody’s good punter.
- Mattingly has a fantastic interview with Charles Ramsey up now. I only wish his site let you link to the individual interviews. [back]
- Here’s the snip of audio. [back]
- I would have loved Taylor Lewan. [back]
- Wait,,, I was regular season first place. [back]
- It’s lunacy like this that makes people loathe Fedor and laugh at the places that hire him. [back]
- If there are other power rankings I should be watching, please let me know. [back]