Break out a white tape!
Get that pen ready!
Because a Factory of Sadness is about to bear nonetheless another teenager change to a central uniform.
No, I’m not articulate about a Cleveland Browns new logo. we meant a relic to wretchedness that is this jersey:
— Brokaw (@BrokawInc) December 9, 2014
(And that’s not even accurate — supplement Connor Shaw to a list.)
That prolonged list of lousy quarterbacks a Browns have trotted out given their reincarnation in 1999 usually got a small longer. As reported by representative Mike McCarthy, giveaway representative quarterback Josh McCown has concluded to terms with a Browns:
— Mike McCartney (@MikeMcCartney7) February 27, 2015
Per Mike Garafalo of Fox Sports, a 35-year-old sealed a three-year understanding with a team:
Three-year understanding for Josh McCown with Cleveland.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) February 27, 2015
McCown, who threw for usually over 2,200 yards and 11 touchdowns for a Tampa Bay Buccaneers final year, had met with both a Browns and Buffalo Bills over a past week. The Bills were generally suspicion to have a inside track, though it’s during a other finish of Lake Erie where McCown will continue his NFL career.
(You dodged a bullet Buffalo.)
Simply put, if this is a Browns’ thought of removing improved for 2015, afterwards it’s going to be another very prolonged deteriorate in Cleveland.
(Get prepared for some-more of that, Northern Ohio.)
McCown was already authorised to negotiate with teams since he was cut by a Buccaneers. McCown was cut by a Buccaneers since he was awful in his sole deteriorate in Tampa. McCown parlayed a spectacle run for a Bears in 2013 (13 touchdowns and usually one interception in 8 games) into a good agreement in Tampa.
However, it wasn’t prolonged before a Bucs figured out what a Browns are about to. 2013 was a fluke, borne of Marc Trestman’s offense in Chicago. And outward that one eight-game run, Josh McCown usually isn’t unequivocally good.
Last year, McCown’s passer rating was down by scarcely 40 points from 2013. His yards per try forsaken by a yard and a half. His turnovers were adult from dual in 2013 to 18 in 2014.
Oh, and McCown was 1-10 as Tampa’s quarterback final year.
(Hard to trust Buffalo let him get away, huh?)
Now McCown will be forsaken into a conditions that might good be even worse than final year. You can disagree that Cleveland has a improved descent line than Tampa (easily). But there’s no arguing that where ability position talent is endangered — well, a Browns don’t unequivocally have any ability position talent, generally with Josh Gordon dangling and parsimonious finish Jordan Cameron set to shaft in giveaway agency.
(Can’t we usually feel the contingency of this being successful going up? we know we can.)
It isn’t usually a impact that McCown will make on a margin (and given how Johnny Manziel played final year, McCown is going to see a field) that should leave Cleveland’s submissive fan bottom jolt their heads on Friday.
(It’s a transformation they’re informed with, to a indicate of whiplash.)
As Albert Breer of NFL.com reported, a McCown signing all though sticks a flare in Brian Hoyer’s time in Cleveland:
Browns manager Mike Pettine did call Brian Hoyer to surprise him they are signing Josh McCown. Seems certain now that Hoyer is relocating on.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) February 27, 2015
Granted, Hoyer isn’t accurately Tom Brady himself, and Hoyer might good have told a Browns he’s relocating on in giveaway agency, usually as Cameron did.
Even so, in going from Hoyer, Manziel and Connor Shaw to McCown, Manziel and Shaw, a Browns have achieved what some would cruise impossible.
They took arguably a misfortune quarterback conditions in a National Football League — and done it worse.
Entering a offseason, with a prick of final year’s second-half meltdown and 43rd (approximately) true final place finish in a AFC North still fresh, fans forked to a Browns’ $50 million giveaway representative fight chest as a ray of hope.
“We’ll be improved subsequent year,” they said. They substantially didn’t trust it, though they pronounced it.
However, if a Browns’ initial large squeeze of giveaway group is any indication, fans would be improved served if ubiquitous manager Ray “I’ll Text You Later” Farmer and group owners Jimmy “Scratch-and-Dent Jerry Jones” Haslam spent that $50 million on tanker trucks filled with bourbon.
Because examination McCown play, those fans are going to need it.
Gary Davenport is an NFL Analyst during Bleacher Report and a member of a Fantasy Sports Writers Association and a Pro Football Writers of America. You can follow Gary on Twitter @IDPManor.