At least Kenny Ken Ken has experience with mediocre quarterbacks. That’s a vital job qualification in Cleveland, along with the ability to withstand a constant, lingering stench.
Yeah, I never pass on a chance to post this…
Ken Whisenhunt (or “the Whiz” if you prefer), is being interviewed for a second time by the Browns for their head coach vacancy, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. She has three names instead of two, which makes her different, yet noble. Really, what’s better?: having one name like Madonna, or more names? If seems to me that more syllables in your name leads to more importance, and thus a significantly higher social stature.
Sorry, I blacked out for a second there. Back to Whisenhunt, who’s the clubhouse leader for the Browns’ opening.
On the surface, it looks as though the perfect cycle of NFL life is about to be completed if the Browns — the image of failure since forever, and a team that’s made the playoffs only once since the franchise’s return in 1999 — adopt a failed Arizona head coach. But then you remember that he suffered the same fate as Mike Mularkey in that he was saddled by poor personnel decisions on the offensive side of the ball, and an inability to replace Kurt Warner. When Kevin Kolb was healthy during the first six games of this season the Cards went 4-0 in September. Then, when Kolb’s innards started to disintegrate, Whisenhunt’s offense was left with John Skelton, Ryan Lindley, and Brian Hoyer. In short, slow suffocation.
Although it’s rather underwhelming that the Cards finished 5-11 in two of the past three years under Whisenhunt, much of this year was out of his control, and sadly it was an accomplishment that they finished 8-8 last year with that same QB combination from the depths of hell (Kolb and Skelton). But while it’s easy to discard Whiz’s dismissal from Arizona, his inability to mold and develop a quarterback is a very legitimate worry for Browns fans. Brandon Weeden’s yards per attempt dropped below 7.0 nine times during his rookie year, and his passer rating dipped to a sort of Sanchez-ian 72.6.
If Whisenhunt is hired, we can reasonably assume he’s convinced Jimmy Haslam that he can continue Weeden’s upward-trending development. For fantasy purposes, that’s fun for everyone, with Weeden possibly becoming a low-end QB2 with decent late-round value, while Josh Gordon will continue to benefit from his deep balls, and holes will open up for Trent Richardson when teams aren’t able to bring eight men into the box as often.