“(The team’s passion is) translating into sometimes we lose a little bit of the poise that we need,” Carroll said after practice. “We can’t play like that. You get in a skirmish, you get thrown out. That’s what happens. So that happened today. And that’s just the way you do it, the way we do it.”
Preseason jawing is completely normal, and in some cases acceptable as a team-building exercise. But for the oldest coach in the league, Bennett’s yapping — on and off the field — had gone on long enough without repercussions.
Josh McCown has heard the whispers.
With the Dallas Cowboys on the prowl for a quarterback, the veteran Browns passer acknowledged Thursday that the Cleveland brass have spoken with him about a potential trade.
“Just leave it like that,” McCown said, per Tony Grossi of ESPNCleveland.com. “We’re on the same page.”
Coach Hue Jackson shot down McCown-to-Dallas rumblings during his Thursday presser, saying “There is nothing to it as far as we’re concerned. I’ve heard about it, obviously I have, but I feel good that he’s here. He’s a Cleveland Brown and I know nothing else about the other part of it.”
The Browns have given all their first-team camp snaps to Robert Griffin III, leaving McCown as a possible trade candidate for Dallas, who lost backup passer Kellen Moore this week to a broken ankle.
The trade makes sense on another level: McCown is from Texas and acknowledged that if he were to go anywhere, Dallas would be his pick. The 37-year-old journeyman went out of his way to note that he wears No. 12 as a tribute to Roger Staubach.
None of that is wholly damning on its own, but Bennett and the Seahawks have not been on the same page completely for some time now. It’s certainly possible they could seek to trade him if he makes even more noise — it has been going on for two years now — about contract talks continuing to stalemate. Bennett is scheduled to make $7 million this season and $9.5 million in 2017 but wants to be paid like a top defensive end, which is more north of $10 million per year.