Cleveland Plain Dealer Browns reporter Tony Grossi has written one of the more head-scratchingly bitter articles that I've read in recent history, bemoaning all the ex-Browns players and coaches that have gone on to play in the Super Bowl after leaving Cleveland.
Naturally, the list is littered with players who sucked here, players that had little or no role with the team they went to the SB with, special teamers and backup Fullbacks and, now, 3rd string QB's:
Remember Graham Harrell, the prolific dink-and-dunk quarterback from Texas Tech who was invited to Browns rookie camps in 2009 and 2010 but wasn't good enough even to be brought to minicamp?
Yep, he's in the Super Bowl as the third quarterback of the Green Bay Packers. That places Harrell on the ongoing list of players, coaches and executives who have been with the Browns in my time covering the team (since 1984) only to leave and make it to the Super Bowl.
Harrell was invited to former coach Eric Mangini's 2009 rookie camp on a tryout basis, but did not earn a contract for minicamp. He spent the '09 season on an injury list with Saskatchewan of the Canadian Football League.
Harrell was released by the CFL team in April. Mangini gave him another tryout, and he left again without a contract. Then the Packers signed him in May.
Harrell stuck with the Packers and opened the season on their practice squad. He was promoted to the regular roster on Dec. 18 after Aaron Rodgers suffered a concussion. He didn't play in a game, but he is on the active roster heading into the Super Bowl.
Figures, huh? Liberated from Browns. Go to Super Bowl.
Wow. Is it me, or is Grossi whining because the Browns let a 3rd string QB go and he is now "basking in Super Bowl glory", carrying the clipboards for people who will actually play, backing up the backup? My God, what a horrible mistake they made!
This time of year, with the Steelers in yet another SB, it's not hard to find some bitterness and consternation. But pining after Graham F-Bomb Harrell? Whoa.
Normally, I think Grossi does a decent job, and after pouting initially at the inception of the Mangini era, recovered nicely and has been fairly objective since then.
Let's hope this piece was just the product of one too many shots of Jaeger.
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