Adkins: It's All in the Perspective

As The S.S. Mangini continues sailing into uncharted and choppy waters while tossing dead(ly) weight overboard, Lane Adkins has a warning for the new captain of the ship...

Never say Browns head coach Eric Mangini doesn't have the stones to make a decision which could come back to haunt him.

In no less than one month, Mangini named QB Brady Quinn his starter, only to bench him following the team's terrible start to the season. And then, on Wednesday, Mangini whacked the Browns' top receiver as Braylon Edwards was sent packing to the New York Jets.

Many have said "Good riddance" but, the bigger question is whether Mangini is right with the moves he is making. At 0-4, the Good Ship Mangini could easily sink, and those behind the scenes will be working harder for this ship to sail with another new captain.

Not often does the head coach basically cast off his primary offensive weapon and, in doing so, remove the most explosive dynamic on the field.

Truth be told, if wide receiver Donte Stallworth would have not been behind the wheel of the auto which killed a man in Miami, Florida during the off-season, Edwards may have been traded much sooner.

Edwards was a marked man. His name was bandied about in trade talks for months as the numerous discussions set the table for a future deal, one which would not be made until Mangini was comfortable with the development of his youth at the wide receiver position.

As Mangini had done during the off-season to Kellen Winslow Jr. -- yet another offensive catalyst -- the Browns have stripped the roster of a talent one would think this team would want to secure for the future.

Winslow was also viewed as a malcontent, a player who would not fit within the framework of the Mangini style of discipline and accountability.

Much the same was thought of Edwards and he fulfilled those low expectations. From the occasional lapse of concentration in meetings to running a little late here and there to the team facility, Edwards failed to fully grasp the concept of the "team-first" philosophy Mangini preaches.

Then again, maybe Edwards had passed the point of no return and was counting the days until he could escape Cleveland, despite what he and the head coach both claim was a good relationship between the two personalities.

The Browns' offense awoke from a slumber lasting nearly a year this past Sunday, and Edwards factored in the recent rediscovery of offense in Cleveland despite catching zero passes. As Edwards was mainly utilized as a decoy due to the defense double-teaming the Browns' most obvious threat, opportunities arose for others in the Browns passing game.

But, the double-teaming and inability to be in the spotlight wore on the receiver as he had become discouraged with the inability to get his hands on the football this past Sunday.

Following the Browns latest loss, 23-20 to Cincinnati, there was tension brewing. During the contest, there was reportedly a disconnect between Edwards and QB Derek Anderson regarding the manner in which routes were being run. This has been an area of Edwards' game that has come under a lot of scrutiny over his career.

It isn't difficult to ascertain whether that latest on-field issue helped lead to the decision to trade Edwards. It surely couldn't have helped the cause, much like the alleged assault outside of a night club following the game or the numerous other issues that have followed the receiver since joining the Browns in 2004.

What is blatantly obvious, though, is that Mangini was unable to reel in arguably his best offensive playmaker; as a result, trading Edwards may prove to be the right move for the team moving forward.

Sometimes addition by subtraction is what a struggling team needs.

Whatever the case, this is just another episode of what is quickly becoming Mangini's plan for the Cleveland Browns -- or the continuing demise of this organization.

It's all in the perspective.


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