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SBD/January 20, 2014/Franchises
NFL Franchise Notes: Writer Says Dolphins Should Add Roles For Marino, Taylor
Published January 20, 2014
HERE’S JOHNNY! In Jacksonville, Gene Frenette wrote if the Jaguars “decide to invest" the No. 3 pick in Johnny Manziel, then it “should be for one reason only: believing the Texas A&M quarterback can lead the franchise to sustained winning.” GM Dave Caldwell “can't be swayed" by Manziel's "box-office appeal.” Frenette: "There's no question that Johnny Football would create the biggest buzz and potentially sell more tickets. It's just a bad reason to pick Manziel or move him up a draft board.” Teams "should draft players because they think it'll help them win long-term." That is the "best ticket-seller there is” (JACKSONVILLE.com, 1/17). CBSSPORTS.com's Jason La Canfora cited sources as saying that the Browns are "willing to trade up to land" Manziel in the draft (CBSSPORTS.com, 1/19). In Akron, Nate Ulrich noted Browns CEO Joe Banner is “known to wheel and deal, and the team certainly has ammunition if it wants to maneuver,” as it has 10 draft picks, including seven in the first four rounds (AKRON BEACON JOURNAL, 1/20).
SOARING HIGH: In Philadelphia, Jeff McLane wrote under the header, “Eagles’ Roseman Has Been Effective Since Gaining Power From Banner.” The changes implemented by GM Howie Roseman had a “direct effect on this season's 10-6 mark and the promise the future holds.” It is “difficult to not envision” Roseman and Owner Jeffrey Lurie “relishing their turnaround while Banner struggled during his first full season in Cleveland” (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 1/19).