The Browns have now spent two — two!! — offseasons with the same front office. And after a lousy 1-15 season last year, this front office has some work to do. With the Draft approaching, I wound up in a conversation with myself about last year, this year and that ever-present Browns Fan Hope.
Q: Let’s start here: what do you think of the front office so far?
A: Wow. That’s a heck of an opening question. The right answer here is probably to give a grade of “incomplete.” But that’s the coward’s way out. Call me an optimist, but I’ll say B-.
Q: A grade without reason seems arbitrary and pointless. Therefore, why a B-?
A: I think the brain trust has done a very, very average job so far. They’ve done some things I really like, and, like all front offices since 1999, they’ve done things that bewildered and upset me.
A: Well, they did things like let Mitchell Schwartz walk in free agency, and they let Taylor Gabriel, Alex Mack, and Travis Benjamin go as well. Those were core guys. But I like all the draft picks they’ve acquired, I like the Osweiler trade and I like that they’re not trying to slap a bandage over this horrid team. They’re taking their time to fix things properly.
Q: Speaking of picks, what should they do with the ones they have this year?
A: First, draft Myles Garrett. Then, it depends. If the 12th pick can get a certain New England quarterback, do it. Otherwise, take a player there. But not a quarterback. I don’t like any in this draft class.
Q: On the quarterback note, what happens with Osweiler?
A: I think they’ll play him some in camp, but before long, he’ll get traded. He’s there to get more picks.
Q: And a prediction for this year?
A: With Jimmy G, 6-10. Without, 3-13.