It’s the bye week, which means it’s the perfect time to cue some controversy for Hue Jackson and the Cleveland Browns over the front office not landing QB Jimmy Garoppolo.
Just before the start of Monday Night Football last night, the NFL world was stunned at the news that the New England Patriots traded their backup quarterback to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for a second-round pick. This past offseason, the Browns were strongly linked to Garoppolo, but there were so many stories that New England would not part ways with him, even in exchange of first-round picks. It was a perplexing move on their part, given the fact that Garoppolo is a free agent at the end of the season and wants to go somewhere where he will start.
Many fans instantly took to Twitter to express their dismay, and now we have multiple reports coming in about the Browns’ front office and coaching staff regarding the whole matter. Let’s start with Mike Silver of the NFL Network, who tweeted the following just before midnight:
The two quarterbacks Hue has wanted most since taking over are Goff and Garoppolo. It's fair to put RG3 on him. But it's never his call. https://t.co/I6YMuxE8kv— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) October 31, 2017
Then, on Twitter, NFL insider Benjamin Allbright posted a series of tweets that conveyed some internal dismay over the Garoppolo trade. Because it spanned over five tweets, I will transpose it here:
I got several emails last night that the coaching staff for Browns is HIGHLY upset at the front office. Coaches were in the building working, and the front office went home at 5 PM. While coaches continued to work the night before the trade deadline, Sashi Brown was unaware of the Jimmy G trade and was actually informed of it by an irate coaching staff who had lobbied to acquire him, over an hour after it happened.
Coaching staff feels that the front office is undercutting them by not acquiring the talent they need to win, and not putting in matching effort to do so. Like anything, there's three sides to the story (his, hers and the truth) but this was relayed to me last night.
Last, but not least, we have someone who appears to be Hue Jackson’s daughter complaining about the front office’s lack of action to Mike Silver:
Only in Cleveland does the coaches daughter publicly crush the front office. pic.twitter.com/tAJep1HYJD— TheJeremyinAkron (@JeremyinAkron) October 31, 2017
Nice start to the bye week, right?