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< Back to question What is the least successful major North American sports franchise of all time? Show more Show less

Many look to the great sports franchises that have defined generation after generation in all four major leagues; the New York Yankees, the Los Angeles Lakers, the New England Patriots. But there is another, rather ugly side to sports that explores just how unlucky, incompetent, and stagnant a major team organization can truly be. There are multiple teams that fit the bill for least successful of all time.

The Cleveland Browns are the least successful franchise of all time Show more Show less

The Cleveland Browns are one of the most well-known franchises in the National Football League (NFL). However, they are known more for their terrible losing streak than their small successes.
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Odell Beckham Jr. should be used as a quarterback instead of a wide receiver

Odell Beckham Jr. was known as a prodigy when he first joined the NFL. After he was traded to the Cleveland Browns in 2019, he had helped the team gain traction in competitions. Although he’s been a tremendous help, he’s not in the position he needs to be in to help his team do well.
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Context

Sports has been a favorite past time for millennia. In North America, the primary sports are hockey, baseball, football (American football), and basketball. Within these sports there are different teams also known as franchises. The Cleveland Browns is one of the National Football League (NFL) franchises. Odell Beckham Jr. has been the Cleveland Brown’s wide receiver since 2019. He originally played for The New York Giants as a wide receiver from 2014 to 2018.

The Argument

The Cleveland Browns haven’t had any good offense for a while. Baker Mayfield, the current quarterback, hasn’t been doing a great job at throwing good passes. But no one should blame Mayfield for the position he’s in. He’s just not qualified. On the other hand, Odell Beckham Jr., their wide receiver, would probably make a better quarterback than Mayfield. Even before his draft to the Browns, Odell Beckham Jr. was an exceptional wide receiver. In fact, in 2014, he became famous for his acrobatic attempt to catch a 43-yard touchdown pass. [1] However, his talent goes beyond his well-known abilities. Beckham has a quarterback rank of 85.4 while Mayfield has 68.5 (the scale is from 0 to 158.3). [2] It could be because he has a could arm. When he played for the Louisiana State Tigers, he helped his team train for a game against Texas A&M University by throwing passes at them. [3] He even managed to throw a few balls when he was with the New York Giants.[3] Odell Beckham should be used as a quarterback. It’s the best thing he could do to help the Browns succeed if they wanted to. Yes, Beckham is also good at being a wide receiver. But having Mayfield as the only person to be a quarterback has been proven unfruitful by this point.

Counter arguments

Although Odell Beckham is famous for catching a 43-yard touchdown pass in his rookie year, his overall performance isn’t good at all. In the past two seasons, Beckham has not breached the top 20 wide receivers. [4] In 2019, he had a low rank of 28 in receptions.[4] The only reason why people paid attention to him so much was because of his fame. His rating as a quarterback isn’t that great either. He might be greater than Mayfield, but his passer rating has considerably decreased since he joined the Browns. In his third season with the New York Giants (2018), he had the highest passing rate, 158.3. [5] That’s 72.9 points more than his current rating. If Odell Beckham Jr. was more qualified than Mayfield to be a quarterback, he would’ve been throwing more in 2019. Perhaps, if he was added as an extra for the quarterback position, it would help the Browns. However, considering his passer rating has gone down considerably, perhaps his skills would become a hinderance for the team. In the meantime, he should stick to being what he was drafted for first.

Premises

[P1] Odell has a great winning streak as a wide receiver. [P2] Odell Beckham is better than the current quarterback, Mayfield. quarterback that is present even with the past.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting 1] Odell Beckham is not a great wide receiver. [Rejecting 2] Odell Beckham’s quarterback rank (passer rating) is considerably lower than elite players.

Proponents


References

  1. https://www.dailyrecord.com/story/sports/nfl/giants/2014/11/24/giants-odell-beckham-moment-famous-catch/70073550/
  2. https://www.forbes.com/sites/jimingraham/2019/10/11/whats-wrong-with-the-cleveland-browns-dont-ask/#16330a2845fd
  3. https://heavy.com/sports/2020/05/odell-beckham-jr-admits-to-playing-qb-for-unique-college-matchup/
  4. https://www.nflanalysis.net/browns-why-odell-beckham-jr-should-no-longer-be-considered-elite/3/
  5. https://www.espn.com/nfl/player/stats/_/id/16733/odell-beckham-jr

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