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  1. The interior of the offensive line gets so-little discussion, especially on a fantasy football forum that I think it is under-discussed/reported on. I have full-faith in the curret front office. The combination of, Banner, Lombardi, and Ray Farmer, is sensation IMHO. I knew they would not trade WR Josh Gordon unless they got a killer deal. See the RB Trent Richardson trade. These guys are good. I had full-faith that they would not deal Gordon and said-so repeatedly when some were proposing ridiculous trades as though they had a chance to happen. Point being, our front office is really smart so I wouldn't fret that they will let C Alex Mack go if his asking price is within the realisitc ball-park. If Mack does wind up leaving in FA then I would be his asking price would not be reasonable but I think he will re-up. Same thing with TJ Ward. I honestly don't feel we have a thing to worry about with those two and the reason is our front office is too smart to let them walk. ----------------------------------- Per our offensive line. I REALLY LIKE Jason Pinkston when he's healthy and it appears he's finally healthy but it will take time to round him back into football shape. He has sat out for more than one full-year. Yeah, he was back at camp but he wasn't the same guy and he said he was only at 70 or 80% before he injured his ankle. I REALLY LIKE him and think he will prove to be an excellent guard in time. Grecco, eh, he's capable but not overly athletic and the left guard position is 'typicall' the pulling guard. We use C Alex Mack to pull because he's off-the-charts athletic and he's got a super-high motor. Lauvuau is our strong-man 'enforcer'. A real tough guy but again, not overly athletic and, in the past, he's been a liability in pass-pro but now that we've ALL SEEN WITH OUR LYING EYES that the main issue with pass-pro recently has been QB Brandon Weeden. Our sack rated plummeted the second he was replaced. Offensive right tackle Mitchell Schwartz is a guy who I think will turn out to be a gem. He got off to a rough start his rookie season but he turned things around quickly and quite frankly, his pass protection was outstanding late last year. This year he was doubly hampered by the worst OG play since Scott Rebergh when O'Neil Cousins was an emergency fill-in for Lavuau at right guard for the first month or so of the season AND he was attemping to proected for Weeden and I'm not going to kick Brandon around because its been done so lets just move-on. The rookie we got in the draft, Gilkey, and the free agent OT from LSU, forget his name, both look like 'decen't developmental guys. So we have some interesting prospects in the developmental pipeline. Our running game could improve if we prioritized an 'atheletic-pulling' LG but the problem seems obvious. We lack a good RB so I think that will be a priority in FA and with a relatively-high draft pick, 2nd or 3rd round selection. Bottom line. Right now our O-Line is playing decently. Hasn't been mentioned but Mitchell Schwartz' play has vastly improved and its because he isn't hamped by O'Nel Cousins at RG or Brandon Weeden at QB. Grecco has been 'adequate' at LG. Mack and JT have been awesome and Lavuaa has actually impressed me with his play but maybe its moreso beause Cousins sucked so bad that I just appreciate 'decent' OG play by comparison. Oh and I love Pinkston but he can't be in football shape right now but going forward into next year, i REALLY LIKE him and our chances to re-sign Alex Mack and the young developmental guys we have in the mix. I don't see OG as a major 'high-draft' need need for next year and I'm confident that our FO will take care of business and re-sign C Alec Mack.
  2. A spate of offensive guard news. Remember that nulified trade for Moffitt? He quit. http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/11/06/john-moffitt-says-he-simply-wasnt-happy-in-football/ So that looks like another good move by our front office. Oh and another guard new item. We just activated OG Jason Pinkston. http://www.dawgsbynature.com/2013/11/6/5072478/browns-og-jason-pinkston-called-in-for-duty-returns-from-ir Browns OG Jason Pinkston Called In For Duty, Returns from IRBy Chris Pokorny@DawgsByNature on Nov 6 2013, 8:40a G Jason Pinkston suffered a high ankle sprain just before the start of the regular season, thwarting his comeback attempt from a blood clot in his lung last season. The Cleveland Browns had placed Pinkston on the short-term injured reserve list, meaning he could return half-way through the season. On Tuesday, the Browns made his return to the team official: Cleveland Browns ✔@BrownsBrowns have activated OL Jason Pinkston from IR/Designated for return and have released OL Rashad Butler. 3:33 PM - 5 Nov 2013Despite the crazy situation down in Miami, offensive linemen typically form a tight-knit unit. We've seen the chemistry grow ever since OG Shawn Lauvao re-joined the starting lineup, and these guys really enjoy being teammates with each other. Unfortunately, with Pinkston leaving, the offensive linemen had to say goodbye to a fellow veteran, OT Rashad Butler: Jason Pinkston ✔@JasonPinkstonOL It's def feels great to be back bitter sweet on the other hand lost a really good guy & veteran leader on our team 3:44 PM - 5 Nov 2013Butler had only seen a handful of goal line snaps this season as an extra offensive lineman, but also played on special teams. With Pinkston back, the Browns shouldn't miss a beat if one of their guards -- Lauvao or John Greco -- go down with an injury. Although I don't expect Pinkston to unseat one of them in the starting lineup, because of the struggles Cleveland has had in the run blocking department, that possibility always exists too.
  3. Chris Fedor updated his top-ten 2014 Quarterback draft prospect list. Seems we will hear one of these names next May. Its really early but already it appears the top-two names our starting to take root on many draft lists as the top-two QBs and considering how many teams are seeking franchise QBs its not likely we would have a shot at them so ther names are ones to file away. I have only got brief glimpses of the top-two guys and I think they are probably the top-two quarterbacks who will be selected. I feel Hoyer can and will act as a bridge. He has earned another look so we don't need to shove a rookie into the mix right away. We can afford to take a guy and allow him to develop and next year's QB crop is said to be deep but not as saturated with talent at the top as 2012. I haven't followed college ball much so any useful takes on what you may have seen of guys mentioned on this list? I'm sure some of you have seen these guys more than I have. If nothing this is a good snapshot of where some of the top quarterbacks stand today. http://www.cleveland.com/osu/index.ssf/2013/11/2013_college_quarterback_repor_1.html 2013 College Quarterback Report: A new player debuts in the Top 10 By Chris Fedor November 05, 2013 at 11:05 AM, updated November 05, 2013 at 11:06 AM Email CLEVELAND, Ohio - The college football regular season is winding down. Upsets have been one of the stories of the season. But there's another running theme. It's the amount of quarterbacks that have captured the nation's attention. It seems like there is a new name every week. This year's group comes in all different sizes and ages. There are seniors, underclassmen, pocket passers, dual threat weapons and even a freshman (Jameis Winston) to keep an eye on. However, what once looked like a very promising class continues to lose luster with some top prospects (Tajh Boyd and Brett Hundley) struggling. There is a drop-off after the first three and at this point, I think there are only four worthy of first round consideration. Sorry Jameis Winston fans, you will have to wait till next year's quarterback report to see him at the top of the list. 1. Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville 6-3, 196 lbs., Junior Yearly stats:179-243 (73.7%), 2557 yards, 23 TDs, 2 INTs Most recent game:Win at South Florida, 34-3. 25-29 (86.2%), 344 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT. Had a bye in Week 10. Analysis: Bridgewater puts up numbers on a weekly basis that are staggering and he makes it look easy. Sometimes so much so that questions about his passion and leadership might start to creep up in the future. I'm not worried about that. I'm also not worried about the schedule that he plays against because as good as the numbers are, that's not why he's at the top of this list. He sits at No. 1 because of who he is as a QB. Bridgewater possesses a strong arm while at the same time understanding when touch is needed. He runs a pro style offense, making a number of changes at the line of scrimmage himself. And he has great pocket awareness with an ability to throw the ball accurately in the face of a rush. There isn't a single trait that you'd want in a quarterback that this kid doesn't have. Last week's ranking: No. 1 2. Marcus Mariota, Oregon 6-4, 211 lbs., RS Sophomore Yearly stats: Passing - 144-225 (64%), 2281 yards, 20 TDs, 0 INT. Rushing – 56 attempts, 511 yards, 9 TDs Most recent game: Win vs. UCLA, 42-14. Passing – 21-28 (75%), 230 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT. Had a bye in Week 10. Rushing – 7 carries, 18 yards, 0 TD. Analysis: He is the only quarterback in the class that could eventually overtake the top spot from Bridgewater. He closes the gap every week. Mariota has the size, athleticism, arm strength and accuracy that teams covet. Like Bridgewater, he is also always poised and under control. He has also shown tremendous growth as a passer. When teams have taken away his legs, like UCLA did two weeks ago, he has shown the ability to carve up the opposition through the air. If there is a knock on him, it's the system he plays in, but one look at him and you can see that he is not just a "system" quarterback. He will have a great test against a tough, physical Stanford defense on Thursday night. Last week's ranking: No. 2 3. Johnny Manziel, Texas A & M 6-1, 210 lbs., RS Sophomore Yearly stats: Passing – 200-276 (72.5%), 2867 yards, 26 TDs, 8 INTs Rushing – 96 carries, 564 yards, 8 TDs Most recent game: Win vs. UTEP, 57-7. Passing – 16-24 (66.7%), 273 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INTs. Rushing – 7 carries, 67 yards, 2 TDs Analysis: Manziel won the Heisman Trophy last year as a freshman and he's even better this year despite some key losses (OT Luke Joeckel and WR Ryan Swope) on offense. The first thing people will talk about is his off-the-field concerns. Those issues are undeniable, but so is his ability to make magic when he steps between the lines. The danger of playing against Johnny Football is that a team can do everything perfect on defense (coverage, assignments, pressure) and he can still make them pay with his arm or his legs. He has a great understanding of the position and is a natural playmaker. He has been overshadowed a bit by some of the other quarterbacks, but there hasn't been a game yet where he's disappointed. Last week's ranking: No. 3 4. Brett Hundley, UCLA 6-3 222 lbs., RS Sophomore Yearly stats: Passing - 165-242 (68.2%), 1998 yards, 16 TDs, 8 INTs Rushing – 98 carries, 431 yards, 6 TDs Most recent game: Win vs. Colorado, 45-23. Passing – 19-24 (79.2%), 273 yards 2 TDs, 0 INT. Rushing – 11 carries, 72 yards, 2 TDs Analysis: He needed that kind of bounce-back game after his clunker on the big stage against Oregon. That was the kind of game that has some salivating over his potential. The key word there is potential. It just doesn't happen enough for him. Too often, Hundley looks befuddled and gets baited into a few horrendous and head-scratching throws per game. The natural talent is there, but he needs at least one more year with the Bruins. With proper coaching, he could end up being elite. Last week's ranking: No. 4 5. Zach Mettenberger, LSU 6-5, 230 lbs., RS Senior Yearly stats: 151-231 (65.4%), 2492 yards, 19 TDs, 7 INTs Most recent game: Win vs. Furman, 48-16. 16-24 (66.7%), 274 yards, 3 TDs, 2 INTs. Had a Week 10 bye. Analysis: Mettenberger is the most improved quarterback in college football, and will get a great test this weekend against Alabama. With dual-threat QB's taking over the college game, Mettenberger is a classic drop-back passer with a cannon for an arm. He's more comfortable this season and more confident. His ability to deliver the ball in the face of a rush is a trait that is not easy to find. I can't wait to see how he plays against the Tide. Last week's ranking: No. 5 6. Derek Carr, Fresno State 6-3, 218 lbs., RS Senior Yearly stats: 290-419 (69.2%), 3061 yards, 28 TDs, 4 INTs Most recent game: Win vs. Nevada, 41-23. 39-55 (70.9%), 487 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT Analysis: All of his past immaturity issues seem to be behind him. He has made tremendous growth this season. Carr, the brother of 2002 first-overall pick David, is putting up huge numbers in his final season. He can make the big throws downfield and doesn't fade away as much as he used to. His accuracy becomes spotty on the shorter tosses and it will be a transition for him when he is asked to take snaps under center and read a defense, but the tools are there and he makes "wow" throws on a weekly basis. Last week's ranking: No. 8 7. Tajh Boyd, Clemson 6-1, 225 lbs., RS Senior Yearly stats: Passing – 192-292 (65.8%), 2620 yards, 20 TDs, 6 INTs Rushing – 100 carries, 194 yards, 7 TDs Most recent game: Win at Maryland, 40-27. Passing – 24-29 (82.8%), 377 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT. Rushing – 7 carries, minus 25 yards, 1 TD Analysis: There is no player that has hurt his draft stock more this year than Boyd. Has he already reached his ceiling? He had a shaky outing against Florida State two weeks ago and looks nothing like the player he was in 2012. The size has always been a point of contention, but it's his spotty accuracy, sloppy footwork and locking in on targets that continue to plague him. The numbers were tremendous against Maryland this past weekend, but it will take a lot more than that to get his slipping stock to go back in a positive direction. Last week's ranking: No. 6 8. A.J. McCarron, Alabama 6-4, 214 lbs., RS Senior Yearly stats: 145-209 (69.4%), 1862 yards, 16 TDs, 3 INTs Most recent game: Win vs. Tennessee, 45-10. 19-27 (70.4%), 275 yards, 2 TD, 0 INTs. Had a Week 10 bye. Analysis: McCarron will be the most difficult quarterback in the class to evaluate. Is he as good as he's going to be? Is he a product of the team around him? Surrounded by some of college football's most talented players, McCarron could win another National Championship, but the winning doesn't always translate to the next level. His arm strength is still a concern and I think he's still too inaccurate on the deep throws. He is a solid, but not spectacular quarterback prospect that will hover around this ranking all year. Last week's ranking: No. 7 9. Bryce Petty, Baylor 6-3, 230 lbs., RS Junior Yearly stats: Passing – 122-176 (69.3%), 2453 yards, 18 TDs, 1 INT Rushing – 28 carries, 73 yards, 6 TDs Most recent game: Win at Kansas, 59-14. Passing – 20-32 (62.5%), 430 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT. Rushing – 4 carries, 22 yards, 1 TD. Had a Week 10 bye. Analysis: Petty has followed in the footsteps of Kevin Kolb, Case Keenum and Robert Griffin III as protégé's of Baylor head coach Art Briles. Petty has burst onto the scene this year and has Baylor dreaming of a national title. This weekend will be a big test. The Sooners will provide more resistance than any other opponent yet. Petty has the size and throws the best deep in college football. He could continue his rise with a strong showing Thursday night. Last week's ranking: No. 9 10. Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech 6-6, 257 lbs., Senior Yearly stats: Passing – 167-300 (55.7%), 2056 yards, 11 TDs, 12 INTs Rushing – 121 carries, 296 yards, 4 TDs Most recent game: Loss at Boston College, 34-27. Passing –24-41 (58.5%), 391 yards, 2 TDs, 2 INTs. Rushing – 20 carries, 38 yards, 0 TD. Analysis: Many have soured on Thomas, including myself. I understand why. He has not become the player many expected. This year, he has more interceptions than touchdowns and still makes far too many critical errors. But Thomas, a former tight end, is still new to the position and Virginia Tech has been a mess the last few seasons. Whether it's been a lack of a running game, losing his receivers following a strong sophomore year or a change in coordinators, Thomas hasn't had much stability. Make no mistake, he still has a long ways to go, but he's not in the Top 10 because of who he is right now. He's on this list because of what he could become in the future if he finally develops. The arm strength and athleticism can't be taught. I think with better coaching, the talent can be brought out of him. Last week's ranking: NA
  4. The team will likely sign someone but whoever they get won't realistically help this year, if ever. Just the cold hard logistics. It would take a week for the guy to get an offer, meet with officials, have his agent go over the conctract, relocate the player, etc, before he would get a crack at learning the playbook. Its the BYE week so that player would not have any other players to work with so he would only be limited to doing class work trying to get up to speed on the playbook. It took our QBs an entire, offseason, training camp, preseason, and then at least a few weeks into the season working and building chemistry with the recievers and the O-Line to feel comfortable with their drops and releases before they got a shot to play. Anyone who gets singed won't have months of learning the playbook, or mini-camps, or OTAs, or training camp, or four preseason games. They get one BYE week to just learn the playbook and then they won't get first team reps to build any sort of chemistry. Considering that their are only 7 games left in the season and their simply are not great prospects sitting out there, let alone any who are up to speed on Norv Turner's offense. I wouldn't hold my breath that some guy sitting out there on the waiver wire who wasn't good enough to make any of the other 31 NFL teams could come in and play well let alone be reason to celebrate. I think the solid play of both Hoyer and Cambell has festerd some idea that anyone off the street could come in and play at a high level but no one out there is as good as Hoyer or Cambell and whoever they get will have to learn the playbook. Hoyer and Cambell had months and months to learn the playbook so when they were called on to play, they were ready and quite frankly they are much more talented than anyone we can realisitcally find out on the waiver wire.
  5. Because it is illegal. Remind me why marijuana is an illegal substance again? Its because their are very powerful 'individuals' who run drugs into the country and they don't want competition so they purchase government officials to continue the charade and they dupe drug enforcement officials to go after the small-fry and incarcerate them. That is why America has the highest level of any country in the HISTORY of the world incarerated at any time. So the drug runners don't get caught, they own the government who make the laws that keep drugs illegal, they also own the jails so they make money by every arrest and incarceration, and by keeping drugs illegal and having the enforcement folks under their thumbs they keep the competition in jail. Now that is why drugs are illegal. Somebody makes money and they are interested in domination and controlling the drugs and money for themselves. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADTbYLUEUZI 60 Minutes CIA Drug Smuggling # 1 Uploaded on Aug 28, 2007 60 Minutes CIA Drug Smuggling it wasn't just Gary Webb reporting this stuff back in 1996
  6. Its all in the body of this thread but here are the quick cliff-note bullet points: - got suspended in college for pot use at Baylor - got kicked off the team at Baylor for pot use - failed a drug test at Utah and never saw the field so he came out early and was taken in 2nd rd sup draft by CLE - young talented kid came to team late and fell behind in camp - saw field due to injuries and blew up - this offseason he failed a drug test in Feb for codeine but that incident wasn't made public till later in spring - early in spring Josh posted a Twitter pic of a guy 'who looked like Josh' bending over a bong toking - the above pic was pulled but then Josh posted on Twitter that his fav TV program is WEEDS (wink-wink) - he Feb codeine failed drug test was made public when NFL announced Josh suspended 2 games - he was issued a citation for excessive speeding in the summer while facing his suspension Reporters who looked into the 2-game suspension reported that Josh would have HAD to have failed at least two other drug tests before the codeine failed drug test was made public. Also the codeine explanation by Josh is flimsy as codeine/cough syrup is an intregal comonet of a recreational drug concotion called 'purple-drank' which really cast dispersions on Josh's explanation. Add: the team lost both games he was suspended. Not long after he returned from his suspension it was made public that Josh was the celebrity host of a party at a local bar the night of the Browns Thursday Night game against Buffalo. Very immature young man, extremely talented. Has or had buddies who smoke a lot of pot that he has to distance himself from. His buddies and his compulsion to smoke pot has already cost him a first round contract and two game checks and that issue could possibly ruin his career before he earns the contract that could set him up financially for life. Um, he's also got to lighten up on the partaying while at the same time completely put down the pipe and lay-off the, drank, Tweet'n, and lead foot'n too. Oh and for those proposing that the Browns would trade him for a second, let alone a fourth round draft pick, they need to put down the crack pipes.
  7. probably but kubiak is sort of forced to start Keenum again. It would take a good amount of kahunas to go with Schaub at this point. What does a Hawaiian sorcerer have to do with it? Impressive! Not too many know anything about that but someone with your avatar I 'imagine' would likely to be more tapped-in to spiritual knowlege.
  8. In other words, two or three teams will be making huge mistakes. There aren't five NFL starter quality QBs in this class. Names? I provided the link but the names were in a gif that didn't show here. The list of the top six quarterbacks in next year’s draft compiled by two sources, Dane Brugler and Rob Rang from admittedly very-early mock drafts. 1. Teddy Bridgewater Listed as the first pick 2. Marcus Mariota Listed as the second pick 3. Johnny Manziel Listed as the fourth pick 4. Brett Hundley Listed as the eighth pick 5. Tajh Boyd (not in Dane Brugler’s 1st rd) Listed as the twelfth pick 6. Zach Mettenberger Listed as the thirteenth pick 7. Derek Carr (not in Rob Rang’s 1st rd) Listed as the thirty-second pick ============================== These are the teams associated as potentially taking a quarterback in the first round. Jaguars (0-7) Seems obvious they will be seeking a quarterback. Buccaneers (0-6) Mike Glennon is on a two-month trial run. Some think he has a decent shot to keep the job. Giants (1-6) This is not the same situation as Peyton. I don’t see the G-Men taking a rookie QB. Vikings (1-5) Josh Freeman got his first disastrous start where he got a ‘concussion’ and may sit him out Sunday so they already the Vikings are talking about Ponder’s return. If Freeman gets another shot he’ll be on the Glennon two-month trial run plan but it seems likely they will take a QB. Texans (2-5) They seem likely to move-on from Schuab but Case Keenum looked ‘good’ in his first start and he’s been talked-up in Houston. He seems to be getting a legitimate shot to earn the starting job. They don't seem in as-dire a QB situation. Keenum is flashing and they could give Schaub another shot. Raiders (2-4) Terrelle Pryor is probably going to keep the job for the remainder of this year and into next. Rams (3-4) Jeff Fisher didn’t take RG III or move Sam Bradford in the 2012 draft and Sam’s numbers were ticking-up this year before he got injured. I don’t think Fisher would move-on from Bradford. Cardinals (3-4) Carson Palmer is not the long term answer. Browns (3-4) The Browns front office traded 2013 4th and 5th round draft picks and RB Trent Richardson with the 2014 draft in mind. The coaches seem to have moved on from Weeden. The writing is on the wall. seems a foregone conclusion that Cleveland will take a quarterback in the 2014 draft. They may have to move-up and they have already made moves to acquire the ammo to move-up if they need to. Hoyer is a nice story but they are actively seeking a long-term franchise QB. Its possible that they will find a trade partner if they need to move-up. Make that, very possible Bears (4-3) If they move-on from Cutler then one of the other teams listed above would have paid big free agency bucks to sign him. The Bears didn't sign Cutler to an extension and were waiting to see what he did this year but now he's injured so it will be the big free agent story of this offseason. ========= I'm sure the above teams and names of the QB prospects will change. No one saw EJ Manuel as the top QB prospect heading into last year or was saying that Ryan Tannenhill was a top-ten QB prospect in the fall before that draft so even if people are starting to disect the names of the 2014 QB draft class we will inevitablely have a surprise name or two rise and a few fall but this class is deep and its probable that the future quarterback of the Cleveland Browns could be on this list.      
  9. We-D'n think we'd be post'n bout QBs in next year's draft in October but here's a pretty article that breaks everything down pretty decently. http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/eagles/If-the-Eagles-want-to-draft-a-QB-this-offseason-theyll-have-plenty-of-competition.html The crop of QBs who could be available in this year's draft is an impressive group that could include 5 or more players drafted in the first round. CBS' Rob Rang and Dane Brugler recently put out their admittedly very early mock drafts, and the following QBs made an appearance: ... However, there's no guarantee that the above players will even declare for the draft. The only seniors above are Boyd, Mettenberger, and Carr. Meanwhile, Mariota, Manziel and Hundley are only redshirt sophomores and could choose to stay an extra year to add more polish to their games. ...Here are the teams they could be competing with for a QB, if they feel like they need a long term answer there: Jaguars (0-7) The Jaguars are scoring 10.9 points per game, and Blaine Gabbert has had QB ratings of 65.4, 77.4, and 36.0 in his first 3 years in the NFL. Unless you're a Chad Henne fan (2 TDs and 5 INTs this season), there isn't a more obvious team to draft a QB in the first round this year than the Jags. Buccaneers (0-6) Josh Freeman is gone, and head coach Greg Schiano might not be far behind. Mike Glennon has shown some promise in his last two starts against the Eagles and Falcons, but there's a pretty good chance a new head coach would want to begin his regime with his own guy at QB, and it's not as if Glennon is a great prospect. Giants (1-6) The Giants are a tricky case, To rehash what I wrote about the Giants in my Week 5 hierarchy/obituary, if the Giants don't rattle off a bunch of wins and end up picking in the Top 5, what do they do? By far and away, the QB position in football is the most important position in sports, and often can be the hardest to find. If you have a chance to get an elite prospect at the top of the draft in a rich QB class, it's tough to pass that up that opportunity. They don't come along very often, unless you're a perennial bottom feeder. Eli Manning will be 33 in January, and the Giants will need to decide if the current cast of characters on their team can no longer compete for the Super Bowl. They've had some injuries this year, but even without them, it sure doesn't look like this team is anything close to being competitive. If they do go the QB route, what do you do with Eli? Do you trade him? Do you cut him? The Giants need to keep those options open. While 33 isn't exactly ancient for a QB (look at what Eli's brother is doing at 37), how old will Eli be before the Giants can rebuild around him once again? Despite his poor season so far, Eli can still play. Moving on from him would mean a significant step backward in the short term, but would signal an honest assessment of what their team has become... an accomplished, but over the hill team that probably needs to start over. That could also mean the end for Tom Coughlin, crazy as that sounds for a head coach with 2 Super Bowl wins in the last 6 years. After all, if you're going to start over, you probably won't want to do so with a head coach who is nearing 70 years of age, even with how great he has been. The difficulty there is that I don't think Coughlin would quit, and you run the risk of a PR nightmare if you handle that situation the way Jerry Jones handled Tom Landry's dismissal a couple decades ago. The other thing the Giants could do is look to deal their pick for a huge package of picks to a team looking for a franchise QB. Or they could just take Jadeveon Clowney. OK, now I'm just rambling. The Giants are going to be a fascinating team to watch this offseason. You could make a similar argument for the Steelers here too, by the way. Vikings (1-5) Christian Ponder is a bust, newly signed Josh Freeman just isn't very good, and Matt Cassel certainly isn't an answer. The Vikings are another obvious team in need of a legitimate franchise QB. Texans (2-5) The Texans are an interesting team to watch in the QB shuffle. They have an excellent defense, and a some aging stars on offense. It's a team that can win right now, but Matt Schaub is an average QB having a brutal season and doesn't appear to be the answer. If a guy like Eli Manning or Jay Cutler were to be moved, the Texans would be a logical landing spot, and a rookie QB may require more time to get up to speed. Raiders (2-4) Terrelle Pryor is an exciting player to watch and has kept the Raiders competitive this season, but if you're the Raiders, you want to be careful about over-valuing a guy like him. The Raiders are a clear candidate to draft a QB. Rams (3-4) The Rams spent the #1 overall pick in 2010 on Sam Bradford, and he has been disappointing. This season, he has thrown for 14 TDs and just 4 INTs, which is helping him have a 90.9 QB rating. But that's a little misleading. Bradford's yards per attempt are terrible, and have been since he entered the NFL 4 years ago: The risk you run here if you're the Rams is that if you let Bradford go and the light comes on with his new team, you'll forever look like idiots. Some QBs just take longer to develop, and there's at least some reason to think Bradford can come alive, as opposed to a guy like Blaine Gabbert, who has shown absolutely nothing. Also worth noting here is that the Rams have the Redskins' 1st round pick in addition to their own, so they be major players in the first half of the first round this year. Cardinals (3-4) In April, Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said, “I think our quarterback room is as strong as any in the National Football League.” Carson Palmer has 8 TDs and 13 INTs this season. Browns (3-4) You know how I know Browns new GM Michael Lombardi doesn’t like current QB Brandon Weeden? Because he said so, when he was a TV guy on NFL Network, via Tom Reed of the Cleveland Plain Dealer: (Lombardi) had called the drafting of the 29-year-old quarterback with the No. 22 overall pick a year ago, a “panicked disaster,” even as he admitted Friday of having no memory of making that statement. Lombardi has said the Browns would have been better served conducting a competition instead of anointing Weeden the starter. In awkward situations such as this, the next step for Lombardi after he was hired was to come up with a lie that attempted to let the fans, media, and your QB know that you didn’t really mean it. But at the same time, Lombardi doesn’t want to come off as a media hack who was just throwing out nonsense opinions for the sake of creating TV discussion. Here’s what they came up with: “I think you do different things in the media,” said Lombardi, who also appeared on a weekly radio spot for the Cleveland sports station 92.3 FM, The FAN, this season. “Certainly, you need to get involved in terms of their personalities here. I don’t know Josh Gordon or Brandon Weeden, in terms of watching them play from the outside, so it’s a different evaluation from a media perspective from inside the house. It’s going to be different that way. “I think when you do media you certainly have commentary of games, but I think for my part it’s a different set of circumstances. I’m looking more towards as an organization building a team and how it relates to that.” And now they're considering benching him. The Browns are a young, talented team, but they need a QB to continue to build around. They also have 7 picks in the first 4 rounds: They'll have the flexibility to move around and get a player they really like, if they choose to do so. Bears (4-3) Jay Cutler is in the last year of his deal, but he hasn't been to the playoffs since 2010 and will reportedly be out at least 4 weeks with a groin injury. If the Bears experience a slide during that stretch, don't recover, and finish with a bad record, it's reasonable to think the Bears could target a long term answer at QB for new-ish coach Marc Trestman to groom.
  10. After the Packers/Browns game where the Browns faced former Alabama RB Eddie Lacy a reporter asked Cleveland defenders to compare Lacy with their former teammate RB Trent Richardson. Here are a few of those commments that primarily point out that Eddie Lacy has good VISION and HITS THE HOLE HARD. Also that Eddie Lacy is a SMART FOOTBALL PLAYER. When comparing two players and teammates consistently point out those positive attributes to one player and not the other it suggest that T-Rich lacks, VISION, ability to HIT THE HOLE hard, and FOOTBALL SMARTS. http://www.jsonline.com/sports/packers/browns-saw-alabama-rbs-richardson-lacy-close-up-b99124132z1-228570381.html ,,, Browns saw Alabama RBs Richardson, Lacy close-up Green Bay — Nobody is better equipped to compare former University of Alabama running backs Eddie Lacy and Trent Richardson better than the Cleveland Browns. Lacy, the 61st pick in the 2013 draft, rushed 22 times for 82 yards against them Sunday in their 31-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. The Browns used the third choice of the 2012 draft to select Richardson, a player they traded to Indianapolis a month ago for a first-round draft choice. Of the six players and one front-office man asked to compare the two backs, only outside linebacker Jabaal Sheard offered a strong opinion on who's better. ,,, "Similar running style, but Lacy is more hit-the-hole downhill," nose tackle Phil Taylor said. "Trent is a shiftier back. Trent is power, too, but he can make those cuts. ... "There's some similarity in that they're both very powerful guys that are a little bit bigger," Browns chief executive Joe Banner said. "I don't really know Lacy that well. Trent is very good in the passing game. I don't know if Lacy is or not. "Richardson has better burst than he's shown so far." Banner and GM Michael Lombardi weren't in Cleveland when the Browns drafted Richardson. If the two players were being drafted now, would they be of comparable value? "I'm not going there," said Banner. "I don't want it to sound like I'm dumping on anybody." ... (Browns SS TJ Ward) "Lacy reads the hole very well. You can see it a little bit on film, but he finds and picks his seams. I just think Lacy's a smart running back." (Browns OT Joe Thomas) Thomas found himself taking the time to watch Lacy from the sidelines. "I'm really impressed with him," said Thomas. "He's got really good vision. He's not a guy with super elite speed, but the way they use him on third down is just a perfect fit for him. "He can hit a hole hard and he's very difficult to tackle. And, if he gets 2 yards (past) the line, he's going to fall forward for 4 yards. "You give it to him on first down, you know he's going to get a positive gain. He's going to put you in second and 6, which gives you your whole
  11. WRONG!!!!!!!! We ARE getting our franchise quarterback next year. WE ARE. NOTHING IS GOING TO STOP THAT FROM HAPPENING.
  12. I'm baffled watching RB Trent Richardson. I'm trying to fiugure out exactly what the issue or issues are. Obviously he was selected high in the draft based on many scouting reports. The Colts obviously thought high of him to the degree that they surrendered a first round draft pick to acquire him. He had to pass a medical examination before any trade was executed so even if he had some issues they were not deal killing type injuries. The Browns have kept the company line that he simply did not fit, whatever that means, but its possible they knew or know something. I'm honestly baffled as to why this guy isn't producing and can't put my finger on any one-thing. Before the draft I did not see the break-away speed or explosion but saw short-area explosion and change of direction and he's still one of the highest rated players in the league for missed tackles so he is making guys miss with that short-area explosiion and change of direction but he's got some big piece missing in his game.
  13. Hey FUBAR, CORRECTION According to Ted Sunquist, their is nothing in the rules stating a team cannot conduct pre-signing medical evaluations for practice squad players in an article he wrote about the CJ signing. Um, Ted has a long standing feud with Mike Lombardi so his article is slanted to attack the Browns so he leaves out some things. Ted rips into the Browns for not having the bottom spot on their roster for three weeks. Um, ok. Doesn't seem like a big deal but he wrote an antire article where the only point is to point that out and say it was a ROOKIE MISTAKE!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH the world is ending the Browns don't have that 53rd player for three weeks, hide the women and children, the world is at an end, rivers of lava, brimstone falling from the sky, cats and dogs living together, madness. Yeah, take a pill Teddy. Packers blew a spot on their practice squad for months because they didn't catch the torn ACL in the first place bui Ted doesn't say a word about that, hmmm I wonder why? The Pack could and should have had surgery when it happened in the summer and they would free a practice squad spot or had a healthy WR to bring up to their roster now when they need him but they screwed up by not catching the injury in the first place yet Ted's lips are sealed on that glaring point. The Packers had the guy practicing on a torn ACL for months where he could have hurt himself even worse. If CJ had further injured himself who would be responsible for that error? The Packers and they'd be responsible for an injury settlement but Ted doesn't say jot about that. Also the way this went down, especially the way that McCarthy mentions "Obviously, a young man we drafted and was injured during training camp. I’m very curious to see how this pans out. I don’t know if all the facts are in yet. Obviously he was under our care and was acquired by Cleveland. That’s probably all I should say/" It sounds like he is hinting at something. I'm almost thinking the Browns did find out about the injury but signed him anyway and now they will place him on 'RESERVE NON-FOOTBALL INJURY' list which means they are NOT RESPONSIBLE for any part of his salary. Something odd is afoot about his injury. Maybe he hurt himself off the fiield and was hiding it from the Packers, I dunno but in any event Green Bay should have caught it since the guy was practing at their facility and was taking up a spot on their practice squad. No matter how the injury happened or what McCarthy was hinting at or Ted Sunquist's agenda, the Browns get Charles Johnson. They get a player like WR Charles Johnson and they don't have to compete for him with free agent dollars or use a draft selection, they only have to keep open the 53rd apot for three weeks. An incredibly inexpensive price to pay no matter what Sunquist says. http://www.thefootballeducator.com/clarifying-erroneous-reports-cleveland-browns-charles-johnson/
  14. Green Bay didn't know the extent of his injury. They thought it was a sprain so they didn't scope the injury to discover the tear. When teams claim players off other team's practice squads they are not allowed to do medical examinations before they make the claim. The Browns claimed him and then they did a standard medical exam and found the tear. ------ Per not placing WR Charles Johnson on IR, the Browns CAN'T for three weeks. Its in the fine print of the NFL rules. If a team claims a player from another team's practice squad they HAVE to keep him on their ACTIVE ROSTER FOR THREE WEEKS. Doesn't matter if the player is injured as Johnson is, or any other issues. The team has to keep him on the ACTIVE roster for three weeks. That is an incredibly inexpensive price, keeping the last spot on your roster open for three weeks, for a player like CJ IMHO.
  15. It seems that the Packers are lamenting the one that got away. Packers head coach Mike McCarthy comments on WR Charles Johnson signing with Browns instead of staying with Packers. http://espncleveland.com/common/more.php?m=49&post_id=23921 The Browns intend to keep receiver Charles Johnson, the Green Bay practice squad player who showed up with a torn ACL and will have surgery. The Packers were not happy that Johnson agreed to a Browns contract without giving the Packers a chance to match or better the offer. Packers coach Mike McCarthy made some interesting comments about Johnson in Green Bay on Friday. McCarthy said, “Charles Johnson, fine young man. Wish he was still here. Obviously, a young man we drafted and was injured during training camp. I’m very curious to see how this pans out. I don’t know if all the facts are in yet. Obviously he was under our care and was acquired by Cleveland. That’s probably all I should say. He works for the Browns right now.” Chudzinski said, “We didn’t know anything about (the injury), so from that standpoint, it was a surprise. He’s a developing player that has some potential. It’s unfortunate. He’s going to have his surgery next week, and we’ll get him ready and we’ll see where he’s at down the road.”
  16. Also of note two wks before Browns can acquire 53rd player, because of signing off GB practice squad Well its not like CJ was going to start or get significant or any noticeable playing time with the Browns anytime soon but he might be a decent long-term developmental guy. Now the Browns get him and can go shopping on other team's practice squads in a couple of weeks. Considering Johnson will heal in time and wasn't signed to provide immediate help and was likely signed for next season and the team can now find another developmental guy. It could be seen as a negative for Charles Johnson but if he had an ACL injury he wouldn't see the field in Green Bay and they are loaded at wide reciever so getting claimed by the Browns is a positive for him in the long run. The injury doesn't hurt the Browns because he would not likely see the field, or much of it, this year so now they get him and can go sign another guy from some team's practice squad or they could promote someone from their own practice squad or sign a free agent who is sitting out there. The only negative is having to wait two weeks so if you look at it practically the Browns paid the price of waiting two weeks for WR Charles Johnson which seems like a bargain.
  17. This is a QB rich draft. I don't think Clev needs a top 5 pick to land a potential franchise QB. ...and they have two ones to trade up with if they just have to have the 2nd QB off the board. Its pretty early to start going into draft mode but just yesterday Matt Miller was on Bull and Fox and said that their 'could' be SIX QUARTERBACKS drafted in the first round if everyone keeps playing well and they all come out. It seems that we definitely will be taking a QB in the first round next year so this is one to file away for future reference. Here's the link to the interview. He goes over all six of the quarterbacks who he feels could go in the first round. Good stuff. http://cleveland.cbslocal.com/2013/10/14/matt-miller-says-manziels-development-has-been-remarkable/ Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller joined Bull & Fox to talk about his past critiques of Brandon Weeden, his thoughts on Johnny Manziel’s potential at the next level, the similarities of Manziel’s development in the pocket being similar to Robert Griffin III, Brett Hundley, his opinion that Teddy Bridgewater is better than Robert Griffin III, Marcus Mariota ranked just behind Bridgewater, Tajh Boyd as his top senior quarterback, Zach Mettenberger as a Ben Roethlisberger-like talent, the interesting storyline surrounding the Browns’ draft position outlook the rest of this season, Jadeveon Clowney’s draft stock and if it’s taken a hit at all this season, the development of the youth on defense and if free agent quarterbacks out on the market right now.
  18. This song says most of it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKNANo2BgBs And this Weeden picture says the rest of it. http://cdn1.sbnation.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/21133281/184416322.0_standard_709.0.jpg
  19. I have a gut feeling that Detroit WR Calvin Johnson isn't going to play. Reports are he was/is having trouble cutting to his left and the Lions have stated they 'won't put him out there as a decoy.' I have been following everything written on whether or not he'll play. He's not 100%, he can't cut to his left, this isn't a divisional or conference game and its pretty early in the season for Calvin to risk making this a long(er) term nagging injury. It seems the Lions are putting pressure on the backup WRs to step-up so I just don't see him going Sunday. Per Lions RB Reggie Bush. He is explosive and can take it the distance on any play but he faces only six in the box when Calvin plays which opens up things for him but if he gets crowded near the LOS he can be contained. He is a test for any defense but if Calvin can't go, as I strongly suspect, then the Browns secondary can go zero coverage with the Lions wideouts which frees up a DB to help contain Reggie. Add the Browns are getting back OLB/DE Jabaal Sheard which will greatly help out the run defense. I like Marcel Reese a lot and always have. I'd still go Reggie Bush though.
  20. Interviw with Browns CEO Joe Banner where he puts to bed the false rumor that the Browns are shopping WR Josh Gordon. No matter what the rumor mill says, Joe says that he's not shopping WR Josh Gordon but he adds that you never say never so if someone comes crawling on hands and knees and kisses his ring with a Don Corleon type deal he would consider pulling the trigger but he is adament that the Browns are NOT SHOPPING Gordon and have NO INTENTION OF TRADING HIM. http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/browns/2013/10/10/cleveland-browns-joe-banner/2963799/ ... After the Browns traded running back Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts, the phone started ringing. Other teams wanted to go shopping in the Browns' locker room, starting with wide receiver Josh Gordon. Banner said his message was simple: "We're absolutely not shopping Josh," he told USA TODAY Sports on Thursday. "We're not going to shop him and we don't have any plan or intention to trade him." ... "If you're in this long enough, you learn to never say anything absolute, because then something comes up and you look like you lied. I personally -- and I think anybody here -- would be completely shocked if we ended up trading him. Josh is playing great. He's working his butt off."
  21. That is just plain dumb. We are not going to know how this turns out after the year is over....the Browns pick and how it turns out. So much time before we can determine if both teams won...or lost or one team won one team lost.....Richardson should improve as the season wears on and he get's comfortable with the offense. (I keep telling myself that). Well, for the Browns I think its clear that they That is just plain dumb. We are not going to know how this turns out after the year is over....the Browns pick and how it turns out. So much time before we can determine if both teams won...or lost or one team won one team lost.....Richardson should improve as the season wears on and he get's comfortable with the offense. (I keep telling myself that). Well, from the Browns point of view, they were not getting much from Trent this year and last year his pressene didn't lead to more wins. Additionally since he wasn't providing much production this season the Browns were able to patch together a run game that has produced similiar numbers to what they were getting from T-Rich. I think Richardson has helped provide the Colts a toughness in the runnin game that they would not have had but I think they wanted or expected more from Richardson. They might get more but they may never fufill high end expectations. I think the Browns front office had an agenda of getting a high pick to help land a franchise QB but the logic was that they could trade Richardson and get a high pick and MOST IMPORTANTLY OF ALL, be able to patch together a running game without missing what Richardson was providing the team. The value traded away by the Browns front office is negligible in terms of the miniscule difference of production. In the end they will get a first round pick even if they are unable to use it as part of a package to land a franchise QB.
  22. Sorry that EJ got injured. He looks like he will be a good QB and a long-term answer. Just saw that practice squad QB Thadeous Lewis was called up to the active roster and that he will be the Bills starter. I don't know what sort of matchups he faces but don't be shocked if he plays well and is able to move the offense some. He was on the Browns roster last year and got a start on the road against Pittsburgh after the Browns starter and backup got injured in Denver. Thad flashed a lil-bit and has the ability to make athletic plays. His arm is decent and he can move. Probably not a starter but I think he will make some plays for the Bills. We saw him in preseason with Detroit and once again he flashed his ability. As far as backups and practice squad QBs go, I like Thad. I won't overhype the kid but he has more ability than I ever would have imagined so I'm rooting for him.
  23. Reactions of the value of RB Trent Richardson and of the trade have changed in a bi-polar manner but a consensous of sorts if begining to emerge over time. http://finance.yahoo.com/news/trent-richardson-trade-shocked-nfl-210720546.html The Trent Richardson Trade That Shocked The NFL Was Officially A Genius Move
  24. I was wondering about that deal where the Jags sent OT Eugene Monroe to Baltimore. Turns out the Browns offered Jacksonville 'more' than what the Ravens did but were turned down. Something about that deal doesn't seem right. The Ravens got an OT in his prime and only had to pay about $500,000 whereas the Jags ate $2.5 million of his salary and they only got 4th and a 5th round picks in exchange. How on earth did Baltimore pull that off when sooooooooo many teams are in dire need of decent offensive tackles right now? Seattle, Pittsburgh, Denver, are at the top of that list but obviously, Baltimore, Cleveland (this report says that the Browns offered OT Mitchell Schwartz AND WR Greg Little plus a late round pick so they view Eugene Monroe as an upgrade over Schwartz) along with at least a half to a full dozen other teams would get an upgrade with Monroe at OT who can play both the left and right side. The Jags would have gotten a 3rd round compensentory pick if Monroe would have walked next year but they would get his services for the remainder of this year yet they still pay the bulk of his contract so they got LESS by taking what will be a mid or low 4th and 5th round picks from Baltimore. Not just a bad deal but if the Browns were offering more then I'm sure one of the other teams in dire need would have offered more so this deal smells bad on more than a few levels IMHO. http://mweb.cbssports.com/nfl/writer/jason-la-canfora/24036152/eugene-monroe-fallout-browns-wouldve-had-offered-more-for-exjags-lt
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