Mike Pettine, Browns Not Panicking Over Josh Gordon Report
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AURORA (92.3 The Fan) – News that Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon could be lost for the season didn’t rattle the organization’s overall plan during the NFL Draft.
It’s also not shaking the confidence of the team.
“We’re confident that we have a plan,” head coach Mike Pettine said while speaking at the Cleveland Browns Foundation golf outing Monday morning. “The situation didn’t call for panic. That’s something we weren’t going to do.”
The fact that the Browns elected to pass on selecting a receiver has certainly raised the ire of fans but isn’t making the Browns sweat one bit.
While Pettine could not comment specifically on Gordon’s situation per league policy, the message was clear – one player will not make or break the Browns.
“We have to build this team so that no one player drives the ship,” Pettine said. “That we can be insulated losing players for extended periods of time potentially is part of the game. Successful franchises are the ones that have enough depth built and enough options to account for it.”
The excitement of landing Johnny Manziel in the draft was doused by ESPN’s report about Gordon on Friday.
The roller coaster of emotions – elated to land Manziel, deflated over Gordon hit the players equally as hard as it did the fans and front office.
“That blindsided me just like anybody else,” left tackle Joe Thomas said. “I think at this point it’s speculation, rumor.”
While shocking, many players are trying to take a wait and see approach as to how the situation will play out.
“He is a key player to us,” linebacker Jabaal Sheard said. “It’s important that we have him. Hopefully that’s not the situation.”
Tight end Jordan Cameron conceded that losing Gordon would be a big blow.
“That would be tough,” Cameron said. “He obviously one of the best players at his position. He’s such a young guy and has so much potential and can be one of the greats.
“I’d be devastating really but we’d find way to make it happen and fill that void.”
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