Being a Cleveland Browns fan leaves you questioning decisions year after year. Add another year on to that list. On September 18th the Browns traded second year running back Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts for a 2014 first round draft choice. A former third overall pick from Alabama, who the Browns drafted up for, is being traded for a first round pick. The pick will probably be somewhere between 15 and 26, but the way the Colts played on Sunday when they dismantled the 49ers makes it seem like the Colts could make a deep playoff run which would make the pick worse for the Browns.
Immediately almost everyone said how bad the trade was. Are the Browns giving up on the season? In fact, it wasn’t even a question, it was more like a fact. In 2012 the Browns also drafted quarterback Brandon Weeden from Oklahoma State in the first round. Weeden, a former 2nd round pick by the New York Yankees in 2002, was 28 years old when he became a Brown. Weeden, who has been terrible this season, was hurt and had to miss the game this past week against the Vikings. Brian Hoyer was the man to take his job. Willis McGahee was signed to be the running back since they traded Richardson. Since the normal quarterback and normal running back weren’t playing, nobody thought the Browns could win.
Everyone projected them to lose and that the offense would be even worse than in previous weeks. Everyone was wrong. Hoyer passed for over 300 yards. Josh Gordon had a 47 yard touchdown and 146 receiving yards on ten catches. Tight end Jordan Cameron caught three touchdown passes including the game winner. New head coach Rob Chudzinski has been successful his whole career with tight ends and relied on Cameron to help him win his first game.
Chudzinski himself is a former tight end. He was a part of two national championship teams at the University of Miami and caught a touchdown pass in one of the championships. From there, he was an assistant at Miami and coached All Americans; Bubba Franks, Jeremy Shockey and Kellen Winslow II. All three went on to become first round picks. Then he was tight ends coach for the Chargers where he helped Antonio Gates catch 13 touchdowns and become an All-Pro. The future for Jordan Cameron seems very bright.
The past has been tough. The Browns have made big draft trades almost every year. They traded the picks used to select Mark Sanchez and Julio Jones. They haven’t been to the playoffs since 2002 when they lost to the Steelers 36-33. Finally though, the future might be bright. The trade wasn’t too bad. After all, Richardson only averaged 3.5 yards per carry with the Browns.
With a brand new coach, and watching them play against the Vikings, the future doesn’t seem too grim.
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