The Cleveland Browns have come under fire from NFL executives after exploiting a loophole ahead of the 2015 draft.
Marcus Mariota is currently in training before the draft in March, where he is refining his game and looking to become a quarterback good enough to star in the National Football League like he did in college with the Oregon Ducks.
Cheating the System
The man who is currently tutoring Mariota right now is Kevin O'Connell, who just so happens will almost certainly become the Cleveland Browns new quarterback coach when he stops working with Mariota. As you can imagine, other teams are rather annoyed about this.
As part of the last collective bargaining agreement, strict limits were placed on the amount of and type of work NFL coaches could do with players in the offseason. The Browns seem to have found themselves a loophole and jumped through it, with O'Connell not technically being a member of their coaching staff yet.
According to a report from ProFootballTalk, at least one high profile executive at another NFL side has blasted the move, labelling it completely unfair and wrong.
“So let me get this straight. The Browns can have their quarterbacks coach in waiting work with a player, teach him the entire offense, etc., but we can’t even talk to any potential draft pick until the Combine per league rules? Something is wrong here.”
You get a feeling that a lot of other teams, especially ones that are paying very close to attention to the Heisman winner Mariota, will be equally displeased with what the Browns are doing right here.
While the Browns have yet to publicly acknowledge that O’Connell will be getting the QB coach job, it has been widely reported that O’Connell will be filling the vacancy and reporting his findings on the quarterback soon. Not once have the Browns refuted the reports.
So NFL fans what do you think, are the Browns in the wrong for doing this or should the move be applauded? Tell us what you think in the comments below...
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