18 Jul 2014
The ideal situation for developing a troubled talent like Josh Gordon and the reality of his circumstances in Cleveland could not be any different. You do not put a kid like that in an unstable environment that’s had multiple owners, general managers, coaches, offensive coordinators and quarterbacks. Jimmy Haslam, the Browns’ current owner, has been investigated by the FBI and had to pay a $92 million penalty for his other company’s wrongdoings. What example does that set for the players?
When you’re a team like Cleveland, you might look at the supplemental draft as a way to get a talented player. When a player’s only eligible for the supplemental draft, he probably comes with major red flags. Gordon was no exception to that with failed drug tests in college. The talent was obvious, but so were the flaws.
I’m not going to pretend to be a Cleveland GM, because those guys get fired too soon. Instead I’m going to lay out what I would have done from day one with Gordon as a NFL team’s front office guy. (Read the rest at the RSP blog).
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