With Super Bowl XLVI upon us, I dream of a day when the Cleveland Browns have a quarterback who is in the discussion for best quarterback in the league during Super Bowl week.
Is it a mirage to think Colt McCoy will become Joe Montana?
Is some other college quarterback my new late-round mirage?. I am very suggestible.
Meanwhile, the ruthless Tom Brady will play against the suddenly invincible Eli Manning in the 46th Super Bowl that the Cleveland Browns at least won't lose. Super Bowl quarterbacks (well, except for Rex Grossman) are usually great.
So when does the next Bernie Kosar or Brian Sipe come our way and at least give us vast amounts of un-quenched hope from deep in the playoffs? When will the Cleveland Browns find a quarterback to let us even join the playoffs?
The conservative thing to do is build around Colt McCoy like the Pittsburgh Steelers did for 20 years with the likes of Mark Malone, Bubby Brister, Neil O'Donnell, Mike Tomczak, Kordell Stewart and Tommy Maddox. The 20-year strategy worked because by the time Ben Roethlesberger arrived, the team was built and ready.
So, the Browns are more than halfway through the 20-year copycat strategy (without the playoffs) and the roster already has a great left tackle, center and cornerback. Sure, Tom Heckert added more pieces in the last two years, but without a franchise quarterback to believe in, the team and us fans will always only wonder about experiencing a Browns Super Bowl.
This year, the Browns need to decide on a quarterback to avoid the 20-year plan. Sure, they needed that left tackle and center first. But it's time for a legitimate superstar quarterback.
I think this is the year Mike Holmgren shows his hand. Everything has been close to the vest and sure, maybe they believe in Colt McCoy. But his legacy as a team builder is at stake. He knows, at least in my mirage, that this is the year to define his vision of Cleveland Browns football. In the history of the NFL, it always starts with the quarterback.
One of these roman numeral games in the future, the Cleveland Browns are going to be in the Super Bowl. And when they are, the quarterback, whatshisname, is going to be one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. That's been obvious for years.
Brian Tarcy (briantarcy.com) writes "The Dreamer" for Orange And Brown Magazine, and is the creator of whatzgonnahappen.com.