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It’s not just about selling this move to the fans: “Dumping the No. 3 pick in the 2012 draft, a player with nearly 1,000 rushing yards as a rookie, isn’t exactly a sign of confidence that management is dreaming of January. In the NBA, you can just play out the string. It’s basketball. Football in the NFL is way too demanding for that; physically, mentally, emotionally.
Naturally, Cleveland is trying to say they haven’t given up on the season despite starting the season 0-2 and announcing Brian Hoyer as the new starting QB.
Good luck to rookie head coach Rob Chudzinski on getting the locker room to buy into that.” [Dan Wetzel/Yahoo! Sports]
New regime, same track record: “There’s spinning your wheels, then there’s the Browns. This is one of the more baffling moves the team has pulled off, and there have been plenty to go around. The new front office, led by general manager Mike Lombardi, decided to ship off Richardson already – and in the process announce they’ve practically given up on the 2014 season after two games.” [Frank Schwab/Shutdown Corner]
Stepping back from the impact on fans and the team, a look at the trade itself: “I think it’s pretty fair to base an opinion of a trade off of the unsolicited opinions that tend to trickle in. And the overwhelming majority of the texts, calls and emails I received from GMs, scouts and execs was that the Browns did very well in this trade.
Receiving a first-round pick for a running back is pretty good work in this day and age, even for one who was a recent top-five pick.” [Jason LaCanfora/CBS Sports]
The onus, however, is now wholly on the front office: “The Cleveland Browns are officially on the clock. The Browns must deliver a franchise quarterback in the 2014 draft, or the next excruciatingly painful 14 weeks will be an utter waste.
The white flag was raised on the Browns’ 2013 season Wednesday afternoon when they shocked the football world by trading running back Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts for a first-round draft pick. I initially thought someone had hacked Adam Schefter’s Twitter account when I read the news. Trading your top player for a draft pick after two games? This is strange even by the Browns’ standards. The Browns received a pick that will likely end up in the bottom half of the first round and are left with no offense for the rest of the season. This is a bad trade, and the only way the Browns can save face is by finding the new face of the franchise.” [Jamison Hensley/ESPN.com]
And finally, the great guys ar DBN: “That gives Cleveland a lot of options next year when it comes to re-building the offense. Remember, the front office also stockpiled on a bunch of later-round picks this past draft, in anticipation for 2014. Depending on where the Browns finish, they might have the quarterback they want fall into their lap, and can use that other first-round pick on some other position that can help the team. Or, they have enough assets in the draft to trade up to get the first overall pick if they really want their top quarterback.” [Chris Pokorny/Dawgs by Nature]