Report: The Cleveland Browns Fired Several Scouts Who Wanted To Draft Carson Wentz
The Cleveland Browns are in desperate need of a quarterback right now after starting QB RG3 and his backup Josh McCown went out with injury.
According to CBS Sports, the Browns QB situation wouldn’t be so dire if they had listened to a handful of scouts who they fired prior to the draft.
Via CBS Sports
According to numerous sources with knowledge of the situation, several of the more seasoned scouts and evaluators the Browns parted with prior to the draft — an unusual time to release such employees — actually preferred Wentz to quarterback Jared Goff and believed him to be the greater pro prospect. It was clear to many in the organization dating back to December, when the Browns held intense draft meetings, that the newly-empowered analytics department, soon to be spearheaded by DePodesta, strongly preferred Goff. And new coach Hue Jackson and his offensive coordinator, Pep Hamilton, were not high on Wentz but prized Goff, sources said, and made that clear to the rest of the organization.
The Browns opted to release six members of the organization — many of them experienced, old-school scouts — just three weeks before the draft. At the time, they were bailing on the quarterback market in the draft (and Wentz in particular) and shopping their second-overall pick to other teams.
The Browns received a shitload of picks from the Eagles, but as of right now it sure does look like they screwed the pooch in typical Browns fashion as Wentz looks like an absolute stud on the field.