Browns general manager Ray Farmer said in a statement Saturday that the team was "disappointed" in Gordon. But the feelings are much stronger than that, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, who was told that "doubt and some resignation" has crept in as to whether Gordon will play another down for the team.
In fact, Cleveland's coaches and front office began rethinking their offense long before the wideout's latest off-the-field adventure.
The offense Cleveland runs that day will look remarkably different than last year's attack:
» One season after leading the NFL in pass attempts under Norv Turner, the Browns are a candidate to finish this year topping the league in rushing attempts under new coordinator Kyle Shanahan. The play-caller's zone-blocking scheme is a natural fit for free-agent addition Ben Tate and rookie Terrance West. Coach Mike Pettine has promised all spring that his team will employ a committee approach that might ultimately remind fans of the 1985 campaign that saw Kevin Mack and Earnest Byner both rumble for 1,000 yards on the ground. Third-down option Dion Lewis adds depth while undrafted rookie Isaiah Crowell brings tantalizing skills and game tape. Everyone will eat.
» A Gordon-free passing game all but assures a monster season from Pro Bowl tight end Jordan Cameron. Around The League scribe Chris Wesseling completed an outstanding study on Cameron's film from last season, comparing him to a young Tony Gonzalez and "90 percent of Jimmy Graham -- without the benefit of Drew Brees." If the tight end stays healthy, a 1,000-yard campaign is a fair request.
» The Browns signed free-agent jitterbug Andrew Hawkins as a vast upgrade over last year's ghastly slot man Davone Bess. The former Bengals wideout was the star of offseason practices and will be relied on heavily as a starter who plays inside and out. The rest of the receiving corps is a whirlwind of aged veterans and inexperienced youngsters. I'm still not convinced Miles Austin or Nate Burleson will even make this roster. A healthy Travis Benjamin brings a deep threat, but the depth chart is otherwise a rash of enigmatic prospects and camp bodies.
» That's the beautiful mystery here: If Johnny Football's development propels him into the lineup by September, his playmaking ability brings a wild-card aspect to this attack. After all, a difference-making quarterback can cover many sins. Even without Gordon in the lineup, the Browns won't be easy to prepare for if Manziel can flip the switch out of the gate.