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Monday Rumblings

The Cavs are off until Tuesday, but there may be something to report on as rumors circulate about a potential Sam Cassell trade. Not sure these aren’t more than the ‘that would make sense’ variety of rumor. Personally I would welcome Cassell, especially if Hughes was the target. No, huh? Alright.

Buckeye land awaits the decision of James Laurinaitis today.

(Was that too obvious?)

With Alex Boone in the fold for another season the O-Line will be in good shape again next season. Especially with the recruiting class we have coming in. The battle for right tackle is going to be fierce! With regard to Laurinaitis, I hope he does come back, but not because I think he would be the difference between a championship or not. The Buckeyes have 2 outstanding LB recruits coming to Columbus next year in Etienne Sabino and Andrew Sweat. I would love for Laurinaitis to show these two what it takes to be the next great linebacker at OSU. A.J. Hawk was there for James. Matt Wilhelm was there for A.J. Wilhelm never won any of the major awards, but he certainly had the work ethic. Continue reading

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An Order of Crow With a Side of Humble Pie to go, Please

John returns with his state of the Browns evaluation, and this time it’s surprisingly optimistic. 

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Hey everyone . . . So, last time you heard from me I was entertaining the idea of calling for Romeo Crennel’s head. OK, I admit I was a bit hasty; mostly because I was writing out of frustration after watching my beloved Browns give away a game to the Steelers. I have had some time to settle and have to admit that this team has made significant improvement this season.

At the beginning of the season, my hope was that the Browns would win 8 games. Well, Sunday’s win over the Jets was number 8, and with 3 games to play the Browns are staring at a likely playoff berth: they hold the second Wild Card spot with destiny in their hands (a good position to be in). There is even an outside (way outside) shot at the North Division Champion spot as Pittsburgh continues to struggle. When all is said and done, I believe the Browns have a really solid shot at winning 10 games.

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(Sniff, sniff) Is that the playoffs?

Easy there big guy, take a breath. One game at a time.

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For once it wasn’t all Derek Anderson and the flying receivers. The defense and especially the running game contributed to this win. Chud’s game plan was terrific in this one. I will admit that in the first half I was a bit skeptical. It seemed we were calling an awful lot of running plays without much to show for it. But those early running plays helped set the ground work for the pounding that was delivered in the second half.

Jamal Lewis was running downhill by the end of the game, finishing with 134 yards on 29 carries. Jason Wright provided a nice change of pace as well. The pair finished Houston off in the fourth quarter, as the Browns held the ball for roughly 11 minutes of the final quarter.

The defense rose to the occasion as well. Much has been, or will be written about rookie cornerback Brandon McDonald who was spectacular on Sunday. He covered Pro Bowl wide out Andre Johnson for most of the game, and absolutely shut him down. Before Sunday Johnson had played just three games due to injury, but in those 3 games he averaged just over 125 yards and scored at least 1 TD in each of his games. Against the Browns- 3 catches for 37 yards. McDonald sealed the win when he made a great read and jumped one of Johnson’s routes for an interception. Continue reading

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Browns host Miami with a chance to go 3-3

So, last Sunday the Browns were beaten by a superior team. For this team to get a win in New England would have been quite an upset. The Patriots would’ve had to make multiple mistakes, and they simply didn’t. Perhaps Cleveland can find comfort that it wasn’t a blowout, and they managed to move the ball effectively without Jamal Lewis. But truth is, we never expected to win that game. And I’m not terribly disappointed by the loss. As this team continues to improve, we will go into these games expecting to win.

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The Browns are keeping pretty quiet about Lewis’ injury, which of course scares the life out of me. Initial reports were that the x-rays were negative, which was good. Then a report was out that the Browns were waiting for an MRI test. What we haven’t heard yet is how Lewis feels. Is he able to run? How much pain is he in? That right there is reason for concern. I would think that if the foot was feeling well enough for him to play that we would have heard that. Silence is an indicator that he might be held out this week. Continue reading

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Was it good enough?

cribbs.jpgGood points John. I wonder was Charlie Frye’s performance good enough to be named the opening week starter this week? I thought Charlie did a good job, particularly his handling of third down situations. He certainly looked comfortable running the offense. And speaking of that it was nice to see Jamal Lewis move the ball on the ground. Did you notice he got most of his yards running to the left side? Makes a lot of sense to me. Thomas did well run blocking, but I thought struggled a bit in pass protection. His man got the sack on Anderson, and on the very next snap he needed double team help to keep Dumervil off Derek. I was less impressed by Derek as everyone else I’ve talked to about the game has been. Sure, he was 7-9 for 74 yards, but I felt he didn’t take enough chances down field, and let’s face it the offense sputtered when he was in the game. Whether that is a result of the play calling, or the defense I’m not sure, but He had another chance to get them in the end zone and failed to get it done.

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Look Busy, The Boss is Here

Yesterday, NFL boss, Commissioner Roger Goodell,  visited Berea and met with the Browns’ players, coaches, executives, and media.Roger Goodell It reminds me of the meetings we had at Cincinnati Christian before semesters and breaks. It was the, “Remember you represent us, so don’t make us look bad” kind of pep talk. But according to the responses of Browns’ players and Coach Crennel it meant more than that and was very well received.

Rookie Defensive Back Eric Wright said about Goodell, “He’s going to defend and have our best interest in mind, so you have to respect that.” Even veteran Wide Receiver Joe Jurevicius was impressed, “It’s obvious his message is going to be effective.”

Romeo Crennel agreed with Goodell’s approach to discipline, “Basically, we are all responsible for what we do,” said Coach Crennel. “And if we don’t do the right thing, there’s a consequence to be paid for it. And that’s all of us. So a rule is a rule, we know what it is, and if we don’t follow the rule we have to pay the price.”

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Good News on the Browns

thomas.jpgthomas.jpgthomas.jpgthomas.jpgthomas.jpgSo the Browns signed first rounder Joe Thomas (3rd overall) and their second round selection CB Eric Wright. These signings are especially important for the Browns because they both are expected to compete for starting spots. Getting them to camp was priority one for Phil Savage. Certainly we would love to have all of the draft picks at camp when it begins today, but I believe most Browns fans are willing to let Savage do what he has to do and stand firm with Brady Quinn. Let’s face facts- Quinn had little chance to win the starting job this year. With the brutal schedule to open the season, it was always going to be Charlie Frye or possibly Derek Anderson. I give the edge to Frye myself.

wright.jpgSo I applaud the efforts made to get Wright and Thomas into camp. Let’s make sure we recognize that Thomas signed for a little less than what #4 pick Gaines Adams signed for with Tampa Bay. Certainly they had Gaines’ contract numbers reported to them, but they didn’t let that get in the way of what they had already discussed. Thomas said from day one he expected to be in camp on time. Credit him for making it happen along with Savage. The only thing that I am a little disappointed in is the contract length. Apparently there is a clause that can void the sixth year of the deal. ESPN’s article seemed to infer that it was the player’s option, meaning if Thomas is the real deal he can be a free agent sooner. I guess that is a concession the Browns had to make to get him in camp. So be it. Good job Savage. As for Brady Quinn- you’re an idiot to hold out for very long. You might as well flush this season down the toilet if you make Crennel mad.

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