Off the Record (OTR)

Browns exploiting loophole with Mariota

This is ridiculous to quite ridiculous. The Cleveland Browns are an absolute joke of a franchise, with coaches walking away (Kyle Shanahan), reports of players wanting the hell out (Jordan Cameron) and the team facing discipline for front office executives (Ray Famer) texting the coaches on the sidelines during games. I didn’t even get into the fact that they traded up in the Draft to get a guy with a questionable work ethic and it turns out he really does have issues.

You’d think they’d straighten up and fly right. Nope! It’s now being reported that Kevin O’Connell has been working with Marcus Mariota. That’s fine, right? He doesn’t work for the Browns.

Except that it’s also been reported by NFL Media (and not refuted by the Browns) that they plan to hire O’Connell as their quarterbacks coach.

“So let me get this straight,” a high-level executive with another team told PFT. “The Browns can have their quarterbacks coach in waiting work with a player, teach him the entire offense, etc., but we can’t even talk to any potential draft pick until the Combine per league rules? Something is wrong here.”

It’s a loophole and one that will likely be closed. The Browns think they are slick, but they are really just charlatans and fraudulent. When Bill Belichick cheats (or whatever you want to call it), he wins Super Bowls. When the Browns do it, they go 7-9 and are still a complete mess.

This should pretty much guarantee that the NFL will create a new rule to prevent this. Like, if you work with a potential draft pick and aren’t employed in the NFL, you can’t sign with a team for six months or whatever. Regardless of what they come up with, this loophole needs to close.

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