Browns GM Ray Farmer was recently quoted as saying that a big time wide receiver is not required to win Super Bowls. Of course; there have been plenty of Super Bowls that other positions, particularly the QB; is named the MVP. HOWEVER; there have been 10 wide receivers named Super Bowl MVP's over its 48 year existence (1) Max McGee, (10) Lynn Swann, (13) John Stallworth,(22) Ricky Sanders, (23) Jerry Rice, (26) J. Rice, (27) Michael Irvin, (29) J. Rice, (32) Antonio Freeman and finally (43) Santonio Holmes. So out of 48 Super Bowls played: 10 times a wide receiver was named MVP. THAT comes out to approximately 22% of the time. To me: that's a pretty significant percentage considering that the quarterback is awarded the MVP ABOUT 65-70% of the time. So is Ray Farmer wrong?
Obviously Farmer is trying to downplay what will almost certainly be the loss of one of the most talented wide outs in the league in Josh Gordon. However; Super Bowl history shows that star wide receivers, although not mandatory; are frequently game changers when it comes to winning it all. Yes, the Browns are not expected by anyone to be in next years Super Bowl in Phoenix but what we can almost guarantee is that whomever is will have a dynamic wide receiver that will contribute greatly to their teams championship.