The rocky offseason for the Cleveland Browns offense continues.
A day after the team confirmed that second-year quarterback Johnny Manziel had entered a treatment facility for undisclosed reasons, the NFL announced a one-year ban for troubled wide receiver Josh Gordon. News of Gordon’s impending suspension – punishment for testing positive for alcohol — leaked last week.
Gordon and Manziel were punished by the team for missing the final regular-season walk-through the day before the Browns’ Week 17 game at Baltimore. Gordon was suspended for that game. Manziel, who was on injured reserve, was not allowed to watch the game from the sideline. The pair were photographed together in Aspen, Colo. shortly after the season ended.
Cleveland general manager Ray Farmer, who so often defended Gordon during a 10-game suspension last season, issued a strongly-worded statement on Tuesday in which he came down hard on the troubled wide receiver.
“As we have conveyed, we are disappointed to once again be at this point with Josh. Throughout his career we have tried to assist him in getting support like we would with any member of our organization,” Farmer said. “Unfortunately our efforts have not resonated with him. It is evident that Josh needs to make some substantial strides to live up to the positive culture we are trying to build this football team upon. Our hope is that this suspension affords Josh the opportunity to gain some clarity in determining what he wants to accomplish moving forward and if he wants a career in the National Football League.”
Both of those major off-field issues come after upheaval on the offensive coaching staff, with the team allowing former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan out of his contract, while firing quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains.
So just what will the Browns offense look like when the team reconvenes in April for offseason workouts?
Among the unanswered questions for the Browns’ offense in Year 2 of the Mike Pettine Era:
Who will be the starting quarterback?
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SOURCE: USA Today – Lindsay H. Jones