After their dramatic first-week win over the Carolina Panthers, the Cleveland Browns and their fans overcame an emotion they didn’t experience much: optimism.
But after taking a 13-point lead in the final two minutes of the week two competition against the New York Jets, they are back in that familiar spot to learn how to recover from adversity.
Some of the attention and blame for Cleveland’s loss focused on quarterback Jacobi Brissett, who threw an interception six seconds before the game’s end and dropped the team by just one point.
Great view of the INT game stamp.
Robert Saleh mentioned that post-game Ashten Davis did a great job reading Jacoby Brissett’s eyes and you can see it here. pic.twitter.com/qB7AFuTB0W
– Ethan Greenberg (@EGreenbergJets) September 19, 2022
It sure got some fans thinking: If only Jimmy Garoppolo had joined Brown, they might have been 2-0.
According to an article by ESPN on Tuesday, the Browns, despite what some reports said at the time, had a real interest in signing Garoppolo during pre-season.
“Teams with a short back who have refused after surgery are now put off believing that [San Francisco] Tim Keon and Nick Wagner wrote: “The 49ers will release the Garoppolo and make the trade unnecessary.” “A source close to Garoppolo says Cleveland was ‘quite’ expected to show interest in launching Garoppolo’s second.”
Of course, the 49ers decided to stick with Garoppolo, which surprised many observers, and now that key quarterback Trey Lance is out and is supposed to miss the season with a severe ankle injury, there is absolutely no chance of Garoppolo ending the season. with another team.
Maybe Brown blew up a great opportunity
For most of the holiday, 49 runners were reportedly looking to trade Garoppolo, and multiple teams, including the Seattle Seahawks and Washington captains, were vying for his services.
But after he underwent shoulder surgery several months ago and was unable to take part in football activities until earlier this summer, it seemed that some teams were not sure if they should part with the capital in his favour.
Once new Browns QB Deshaun Watson was suspended over incidents of alleged sexual misconduct, it was reported that Cleveland might pursue Garoppolo, although there were also other reports that claimed the opposite.
In addition to his physical condition earlier this summer, his contract may have been his, which would have paid him a hefty salary this season before the Niners restructured to keep him in California.
Perhaps it was a risk Brown should have taken.
Garoppolo is a proven game manager and although he is not an elite QB, he is a very good person who has proven that he will win many matches and give his team a chance to win the ultimate prize in the playoffs.
Coach Yac 🗣 (Coach_Yac) September 18 2022
In San Francisco, head coach Kyle Shanahan uses a heavy attack, which would have made Garoppolo a better fit for the Browns jamming the ball down the middle into the hands of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt.
It’s hard to imagine Garoppolo throwing away Brisset’s interception at the end of Sunday’s game, and even if he wouldn’t have put Brown in range with the time remaining, at least he shouldn’t have been blamed for such a loss.