Clackwoods Posted January 19, 2009 Report Share Posted January 19, 2009 If you search for him in Wikipedia, the first paragraph calls him the worst owner in the world....lolEmphasis on QuarterbackBrown turned down Mike Ditka's offer of nine draft picks for one in the 1999 NFL draft against then-coach Coslet's advice. Coslet wanted as many draft picks as possible to beef up the defensive and offensive lines. Instead, Brown overruled Coslet and selected University of Oregon quarterback Akili Smith. Smith only played 22 games in his NFL career and Coslet later regretted that he "didn't insist hard enough" that the Bengals accept the Saints' offer. Detractors consider this, plus the 1992 surprise pick of eventual "bust" David Klingler, exemplary of Brown's overeagerness to find a "bell-cow quarterback" rather than develop the entire roster. In a 1999 interview, he remarked "If you don't have a productive quarterback, you won't go anywhere...I know it doesn't seem that simple, but it is." Brown later declared the Bengals' competitive problems over with the acquisition of quarterback Carson Palmer (Palmer is 39-41 as starter).I didn't know that he turned Mike Ditka down in 1999 for all those draft picks. The Redskins used those picks to move back up to number 7 and get Champ Bailey. But, they had to pretty much give up all the Saints picks to get him. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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