Moneyball Browns

Browns fans — don’t think I forgot about you.

Not after your overtime loss to the Dolphins, a game where new kicker Cody Parkey missed THREE FIELD GOALS, including a gift-wrapped game winner after Ryan Tannehill fumbled the ball back to Cleveland with 20 FREAKING SECONDS LEFT.

That set up Cleveland for a game-winner as time expired and a chance to win their first game of the season.


And, just in case the latest loss wasn’t painful enough, a report from the Miami Herald puts the loss in a different context. Because the Browns might have lost the game because they were CHEAP.

The paper reports that Browns special teams coach Chris Tabor WANTED his team to sign free agent kicker Robbie Gould after Browns kicker Patrick Murray went down with a knee injury. But Browns management overruled the decision, saying the former Bears kicker was TOO EXPENSIVE and that they could get Parkey for a half a mill less.

As always, you get what you pay for. And I speak from experience in my own life when I say this: any time you make a decision based solely on money, you stand a very good chance of getting burned. It’s happened to me in business a few times. One problem, the team insists it wasn’t about money. The Akron Beacon Journal cites a Browns source who said:

“Money played no role in the decision,” the Browns source said. “It’s ridiculous to think that it would.” Uh-huh. Again, anytime anyone says it’s not about the money. It’s about one thing: THE MONEY.

Really? Ridiculous? Because this sounds like a pretty Browns thing to do– especially after bringing in Paul DePodesta, one of the founding fathers of Moneyball, to help make decisions.

True or not, this is the latest sledgehammer taken to Hue Jackson’s rebuilding efforts. It’s not enough that he’s on his third starting quarterback. It’s not enough that the Browns traded away the chance to draft Carson Wentz — and then ALLEGEDLY fired the scouts who were Pro-Wentz BEFORE the draft.

This team keeps finding new ways to lose. This time, it was going  BARGIN BIN on your free agent kicker, next time, who knows. But I know, there will be a next time. And a new, inventive way to lose. And some woman in the stands will be screaming, THIS IS NOT HAPPENING! THIS IS NOT HAPPENING!!


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