NFL Finally got One Right
The league finally handed down their punishment on the Browns’ General Manager this week. In the end, the team was docked $250,000 and Ray Farmer will be suspended for four games next fall. Surprisingly, the team will not lose any draft picks as a result – something that was speculated to occur from some media members. More surprisingly, I actually agree with the league’s decision on something. Let’s delve into who why this matter was handled properly by the NFL.
Untouched Draft Board
It was the correct move not to hurt the team during draft weekend. Granted, texting down on the field during games is not a wise decision – but it did not give the Browns any sort of advantage over their opponent. In fact, you could argue it hurt the team – causing infighting, hurt feelings, and the departure of offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan (allegedly). Hopefully what comes from this is that the
general manager makes the most of the team’s ten selections in a few weeks.
This should not be a shock to anyone, seeing that the team will forfeit a quarter of a million dollars. While the only one hurt, monetarily at least, is Jimmy Haslam – you can bet that this will be in the back of his mind should Ray Farm make a poor decision regarding personnel. I am hoping that in a few years the Browns are an
excellent franchise with many All-Pros and this fine is water under the bridge. We are pretty far from that being a reality, however.
Four Weeks of Vacation
Another aspect of this ruling is that Farmer will be cut off from all team contact during the first four games of the 2015 regular season. Therefore, not only is he expected to draft exceptionally well but he must also have his “ducks in a row” once the exhibition season ends. The Browns’ final roster heading into the 2015 campaign will likely not be tinkered with for at least one month. They cannot afford
injuries, and Farmer might want to tell Bill Kuharich and his scouts about a few athletes he has his eyes on (provided they are released during the suspension).
Conclusion: Many Browns’ fans should feel relieved that their favorite team did not foolishly surrender any selections during the upcoming draft. Although, the franchise’s general manager will have many eyes focused squarely on his moves this upcoming offseason. Like many signal callers that have donned the orange and brown in the past decade and a half, the guy in charge might be on a “short leash”. The franchise is more than due for a guy in that scenario to actually become successful at his job.