Continuing on with the results of the polling I did of you, the Browns fans, we’re talking about personnel today. How does everyone feel about the personnel moves from draft, free agency, to trades and upcoming Browns free agents.
Overall, it’s hard to say there’s a consensus with regard to this first question. 38% feel good about the Browns’ personnel moves even considering the Browns’ record. So, what’s the cause for those 38% to feel good? Is it free agency, the draft, or trades?
Browns fans don’t seem to feel as good about the draft as they do the team’s overall personnel moves. 50% of Browns fans polled feel good about the team’s use of free agency. This poll was taken before Desmond Bryant was ruled out for the rest of the season with an irregular heartbeat, but I still think it’s instructive. Browns fans seem to appreciate the acquisitions of Bryant and Paul Kruger. This overall feeling about free agency probably also has a lot to do with Brian Hoyer and potentially even Jason Campbell. Speaking of the quarterback situation…
Despite the fact that I think Browns fans almost all like Brian Hoyer, the fans are still dissatisfied with how the QB situation has been handled. 68% of Browns fans believe the QBs were handled poorly, rating the Browns a two at 38% and a one at 30% rates. We also see at the various decision points with regard to the quarterbacks how Browns fans feel. How about going forward?
Browns fans a cautious bunch. While I think most Browns fans liked Brian Hoyer, 37% are sitting right there on the fence to see what Hoyer can do next year. 35% of Browns fans feel good and 22% feel not good. With regard to Brian Hoyer, there really aren’t any people on the fringes in love or hate with his prospects going forward. The same cannot be said for Jason Campbell. 24% are all the way at the bottom with him.
The results are overwhelming and pretty obvious with regard to Trent Richardson. An overwhelming majority of fans – 90% – either think it’s a good trade or love the trade right now, while 32% hated it when it first happened. In case you are wondering I count among the 38 fans who said they’d “Wait and see.”
While Browns fans overwhelmingly like or love the Trent Richardson trade, it’s interesting that 44% of Browns fans are either skeptical or not confident at all in teh Browns’ prospects of using Indianapolis’ pick wisely. That might speak to the front office, or it might speak to the percentages of busts in the NFL draft overall. We’ll be getting into fan confidence in the front office in another post later.
And we round it out with Browns fans weighing in on upcoming free agents. It appears that Browns fans overwhelmingly want the team to re-sign Alex Mack and T.J. Ward. That’s not a big surprise. Fan also want to keep D’Qwell Jackson despite his large salary cap number, although at a smaller preference than Mack and Ward it would appear. It’s also hard to make the comparison because fans’ preferences could drastically shift on Ward and Mack depending on the contract dollars that end up being reality.