The NFL season starts this week, but some Browns fans are ready to look ahead. For those not enchanted with Johnny Manziel as their franchise quarterback, they've got their eyes on a suitable replacement.
And so, there's only one goal for 2015: #FailForCardale.
After watching Cardale Jones get the starting job for Ohio State, and then proceed to carve up Virginia Tech, Browns fans want a shot at the Cleveland native -- and they're willing to punt on this upcoming season.
1 more long season for the Greatest College to NFL QB, I can deal with that... #FailForCardale
— Dawg Pound Talk (@DawgPoundTalk) September 8, 2015
— Tony Cartagena (@TonyCartagena) September 8, 2015
— Matthew Tew (@tewlegit) September 8, 2015
— Cole Lopez (@ColeLopez77) September 8, 2015
Not every Browns fan is on board with the tanking strategy, though -- and some are ashamed that the hashtag has earned so much attention:
#FailForCardale isn't real until we go through the following: 1. Early season hope 2. Johnny hope 3. Hey maybe Austin Davis is Warner hope
— Sean (@TheKardiacKid) September 8, 2015
#FailForCardale has went national. Embarrassing
— Football Economics (@RKnight04) September 8, 2015
People who want to #FailForCardale also support participation trophies
— Jim (@cookienation26) September 8, 2015
Browns want to #FailForCardale now? I want playoffs not fail for another QB.. Wtf is wrong with yall?
— Samulak (@_GetLikeMe) September 8, 2015
Meanwhile, those outside of Cleveland are simply amused.
— Ben Axelrod (@BenAxelrod) September 8, 2015
#FailForCardale is already a thing? I love you guys.
— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) September 8, 2015
Jones had initially considered the NFL after rising from the No. 3 quarterback to lead Ohio State to the national championship -- and doing so in impressive fashion. After consulting with coach Urban Meyer, however, he decided he had plenty to gain from another year with the Buckeyes.
Clearly, though, the small sample size from last year's performances was no fluke. Plenty of football remains, but Jones is shaping up to be an NFL draft pick next spring. The Browns do have Manziel (and starter Josh McCown) under center, but if Jones looks like a solid talent, it might be worth moving up in the draft to nab the Cleveland native. (And the #suckforluck campaign worked out OK for the Colts.)
Even so, it's a long season in both college and the NFL. For now, there's football to be played.