Originally posted on Cleveland Frowns  |  Last updated 10/18/11

With the Colts having fallen to 0-6 after being blown out by the Bengals on Sunday, and with America having seen the Dolphins defense barrel-roll at the snap for three quarters last night to bring the fish to 0-5 (and what was Brandon Marshall even doing, for real?), it’s clear enough that primitive strategies are primitive, and that the “Blow for Luck” campaign is on full steam.

Dominators of American Football want to know what *your* deal is, and why are you sucking so much?

But of course, just because a draft pick is the most valuable there’s been in some 30 years doesn’t mean that a team won’t trade it, which is one reason why the following bit from SI’s Peter King — in a Monday Morning QB column that’s also notable for not containing a single reference to the Cleveland Browns — is especially interesting:

I think three first-round picks for the first selection in the 2012 draft is more than fair if the team that earns that right is in a dealing mood. One of those picks would have to be in the top 10 of the 2012 draft. “If he’s as good as everyone says he is, absolutely it’s a realistic price,” [former Colts and Browns and Giants GM Ernie] Accorsi said.

In 2004, Accorsi traded for [Eli] Manning’s rights with San Diego in a deal that essentially was two firsts, a third- and a fifth-, with one of the firsts being the fourth overall pick in that draft. (The picks were made, Manning by the Chargers and Philip Rivers by the Giants, and then swapped by the teams.)

But that’s not a bad template for a Luck trade. Let’s say the Rams have the first pick in the draft next year, but because they’ve got Sam Bradford, don’t feel a need to take a quarterback. The Dolphins, let’s say, are picking fourth. The negotiations would have to start with two ones, a three and a five, but I think they’d have to be ratcheted up in value. Luck, in 2012, will likely be much more of a sure thing than Manning or Rivers were in 2004.

Which all sounds right, and perfectly fair, and is noted here mostly to to give us a reason to smile about the best thing the Cleveland Browns have going, which is their pair of 2012 first round draft picks. And also to say, go Cowboys, go Saints, go Cardinals (crap), go Browns (!!!), go Seahawks, go Cardinals (erf), go Niners, go Seahawks, go Bengals, go Steelers, go Niners!!!

For his part, Luck himself says that sucking blowing on purpose is “stupid,” which of course is exactly what he has to say, and gives us further hope that he’ll appreciate the Browns’ strategy of coming into 2011 pretending like they weren’t going to suck blow.

While we’re here, imagine if Mike Holmgren would have been honest and cut ties with Eric Mangini to bring in the West Coast Offense and “Think Less/Play Faster” Defense last season, which, especially given the schedule, could have easily resulted in the Browns ending up with the first overall pick in last April’s draft. Luck didn’t announce his decision to return to Stanford for his senior season until after last year’s draft order was set. If the Browns would have been in line for the pick instead of the Carolina Panthers, would Luck’s father Oliver — current athletic director at the University of West Virginia (just a few hours away), former NFL quarterback, Cleveland native and St. Ignatius graduate who must be a Browns fan — have counseled his son to enter the draft early to restore glory to one of the league’s most storied franchises and one of America’s most important natural resources? Water under the bridge now, of course, but something to think about.


Semi-relatedly, what a life it must be for the Plain Dealer’s Bill Livingston. To get to go from writing just ten months ago about what a no-brainer it was for Holmgren to fire Mangini due to the former Browns coach’s “stubbornness” and “conservatism,” to wistful remembrance this morning of the times “when the Browns used the bye week to spring their own tricks on opponents,” and the way “Mangini realized special teams could tilt games in favor of overmatched teams,” as well as how “the physical toughness Mangini fostered resonated so deeply with the fans.” Livingston also finally gets around to wondering if “maybe there [wasn't much for Mangini] to develop” in Colt McCoy. We’ll look forward to tomorrow’s column about how Braylon Edwards might have had an attitude problem.

Hope everyone has a decent go of it until then, and enjoys this short video about what the Browns did with last year’s bye week. We’ll be back tomorrow with a World Series preview.

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