Dale is back with some post-season thoughts which, as he says, are random...
The next coach of the Cleveland Browns will have to decide before entering
the first mini camp who his quarterback is. Jeff Garcia, Luke McCown and Josh Harris are under contract. Kelly Holcomb is an unrestricted free agent.
Logic would point to Garcia. But, a recent interview in Garcia's hometown
newspaper "The Gilroy Dispatch" shows that Garcia may not be so logical.
In that interview Garcia told Brett Edgerton, "It's just one of those
years, I guess. It's left me wondering whether this was a good fit for me or
not. It's tested me as a player, in terms of attitude, personality,
perseverance. It's almost taken the excitement of the game from within me,
because of the way I've been made to look in the media, saying I wasn't the
right fit or I wasn't the guy to lead the offense. It's just looking for an
easy way out, pointing fingers and blaming the quarterback."
He continued by saying, "I don't think anybody could resurrect this
situation with the things that are going on. For me, it's been an uphill
battle from the get-go. I think I've shown dedication and leadership to this
team and this organization from the very start. It's been just one challenge
after another, and that just didn't make it very fun or exciting. And I think
there was a lack of strength in other places ¼ putting ourselves in difficult
positions in terms of schemes on the field, because of positions we were being
put in by the coaches."
Garcia's comments may have burnt bridges or they may be viewed as water
under the bridge. But in a city where the river once caught fire his words
will leave him scrambling over that last bridge with flames close to his
Holcomb may be the best quarterback available in free agency. This may make
a team overpay for his services. I don't see the Browns wanting to be stuck
with another Scott Mitchell. Therefore, I don't expect Holcomb in Cleveland
next year. If he can be obtained at a fair market price, it would be great to
see him wearing the brown and orange next season. He showed tremendous
character and heart in the win over the Texans in the last game. Many,
including me, thought he would ride the bench into free agency.
So, if Garcia and Holcomb are gone who will be taking snaps for the Browns
McCown and Harris certainly aren't the answer. The Browns may have to find
next years' starter via free agency. Below are the quarterbacks that may be
Josh McCown and Craig Nall are restricted free agents. The rest are
unrestricted free agents.
My guess is that Seattle and San Diego will slap the franchise tag on
Hasselbeck and Brees if they're not able to sign them.
Kurt Warner, Brad Johnson, Mark Brunell, Jay Fiedler and Tommy Maddox may
also be looking for jobs if their perspective teams feel their salaries too
high for backups.
Of the quarterbacks available there are a few that can win games but there
is no franchise guy.
Maybe the Browns should trade their first pick to San Diego for Philip Rivers?
Many Browns loyalists have a renewed faith in place-kicker Phil Dawson. He
kicked five field goals in the season finale in his home state of Texas. I
won't trust him until he kicks the game winning field goal on a blustery day
in Cleveland Browns Stadium.
Tonight the Jerry Springer Show features an NFL Quarterback who is involved
in a love triangle with a Playboy Playmate and a manic-depressant. The
quarterback says that he wants to be with the Playmate. The other woman claims
he comes to her for sex. The two women have come to public blows over their
man. Springer will bring in two of the quarterback's offensive lineman and two
friends of the other women for their version of the story. Watch as the two
friends blitz the quarterback with a verbal and physical barrage. The attack
is so intense that his lineman can't defend him. Watch as the QB gets up on
his chair to show off his happy feet before he scrambles behind Steve for
protection. The show will take an unseen twist when a former teammate will
claim that the quarterback is gay. Tune in and see the fireworks.
Next week Jerry does a spin-off of tonight's show. In what can only be
compared to scenes from the movie "National Lampoon's Animal House." Numerous
women claim they attended keg parties at one of the offensive lineman's house.
Some say they got drunk, passed-out and woke up without their clothes. The only
words out of the lineman's mouth are, "I wasn't home. I was getting another
tattoo." Tune in and see this wacky tale unfold!