This might run a similar or even faster timeline than when Matta was hired. From what I have read, Thad was hired in July 04 after Jim O'Brien was fired in June of 04. And at that time, Thad wasn't even the first choice. I will stick to what I have thought about the timing of Thad's "retirement". Gene Smith has a very short list of Thad's successor. Each candidate will be what Ohio State needs to weather the initial storm (2017 - 2018). The incoming coach will have the same type of character as Thad about running a clean program. I believe Ohio State will have a named HC before the end of June. No inside info. Just a gut feeling.
Here you go. Hot off the press!
I would hope that's the route the writers go. It would almost be like leaving Iron Man out of the Avengers...ALMOST! However, it would not surprise me if the writers eased the Warlock character in during Infinity War I and have a more active role in Infinity War II.
After the past several years, I too, will not make any predictions whatsoever. People here are looking at personnel which is only a part of the problem. Coaching, team chemistry and identity, overall shooting (FT and FG), and team defense are all issues.
Personnel wise there is a solid core coming back Lyle, Tate, KBD (if healthy), and Jackson. If Potter, Funderburk and A. Wesson show some improvement between year 1 and 2 and K. Wesson and B. Beverly are ready to contribute, then things look promising especially if they can add Walker.
While it would have been nice to have Thompson back, I do think this team can be better than they have been the past two years.
Big Trouble in Little China! It's all in the reflexes. One of my favs!
No rumors. They are brothers.
No the Grandmaster is an Elder of the Universe. Other Elders include the Collector (yep, him), the Champion, the Runner, and the Gardner are the most noticed in the MCU. However, there are others that mainly made small cameos in the comics.
I have been rolling with some lighter beers lately...Stella Artois, Dos Equis, and Lefe Blond to name a few. But here is something I tried at a local pizza joint, Mellow Mushroom; it's a half and half. Rogue Dead Guy Ale and Guinness Draught. This drink is not too heavy or light. Damn good beverage at the end of the day. I have also been going back to some old favorites KIllians and Newcastle as well. Beer is GOOD!
Very good adult beverage. One of my favorites when visiting family in Maryland.
For my fellow Browns fans, look at the history of the Browns past drafts on the link below. No Johnny Football! No Trent Richardson. No Brandon Weedon. Was it really such a bad Day 1 of the draft? Damn you guys are jaded.
A night to sleep on the draft. I see many of you lining up to take a dive off the factory of sadness roof. It's not as bad as it appears in my honest opinion. This is the first time in my many years of watching Day 1 that I did not want to jump through the TV and strangle the entire Browns front office. Let me try and explain my thoughts on each pick.
#1 - Myles Garrett - DE - This was a no-brainer. Hands down the best player in the draft. No need for any further explanation. A +
Note: Look what the Bears gave up to pick Mitch @ 2. They moved up one slot and gave up a 3rd and 4th round this year and a 3rd next year to the 49ers. Imagine what the 49ers were wanting from the Browns to move up 10 spots. Kudos to the Browns for not caving in to the temptation of trading the farm.
#12 - Traded to Texans for #25 and a 1st rounder next year (Likely a mid-1st rounder). They could have taken Watson, Hooker, Foster or even OJ Howard. I might be able to make sense of this move. 1) They were not sold on Watson so not an option; 2) Hookers and Fosters injuries may be worse than what we know; 3) Howard should have been the pick but when the Texans dangled their #1 next year it was to much to pass on to secure more draft capitol to pick a QB next year (A much better QB class next year) Grade - A
#25 - Jabrill Peppers - S - I was a bit surprised with this pick but not disappointed based on who was on the board at the time. I see many upset because of where he went to school and how he was used. Is he overrated? To a certain degree. Is he worthy of the #25 pick overall and #1 pick next year from the Texans? I think he is. Don't forget our Buckeyes recruited him as well so Urban and his coaches saw a pretty good football player. I am taking a sit back and watch with Peppers. IMO, I think he is going to be a pleasant surprise. Grade - B+
# 29 - David Njoku - TE - (Browns traded #33 and #108) - Moved up 4 to pick, arguably, the 2nd best tight end in the draft. Would the Packers, Steelers, 49ers or Saints picked before #33? Packers - No; Steelers - I don't think so; 49ers - No! They were going to pick Reuben Foster if he was there which he was; Saints - Not sure. They went OT so this is the only question mark. If it was me and I traded up to 29, I would have picked Foster. While the Browns needed to upgrade the TE position, I think they could have picked up Butt or Hodges later in the draft, while not as athletic, they are more polished tight ends. I think they could have gotten this guy at #33 and held on to the 4th round pick. Grade - B- (Not because of talent but I'm pretty certain he would have been there today @ 33.
Overall first day grade, I give the Browns a B+. They got a day one starter at rush end; multi-purpose player that should be an upgrade at safety, day one starter and add to the return game; an athletic freak at TE that should be an upgrade to the position. Day One starter? no but should be by mid-season.
Note: Some food for thought. I think the Browns will take a QB in this draft. I think they might go after Peterman (Played in a pro-style offense at Pitt), Davis Webb out of Cal or Joshua Hobbs out of Tennessee. Also, keep in mind the FA QB class next year as well as the QB draft class. Much more fertile and the Browns will have the cap space (Brock Osweiler is only on the books for this year) and draft stock to make the necessary moves to get who they need.
Congrats Baz on getting hitched. Key West is one of my favorite places to visit. Wife and I went down there last summer and had a great time...again.
Get out on the water. Para-sail, reef dives and get out to Dry Tortugas. Reserve in advance. Here is the link: https://www.nps.gov/drto/index.htm
Duvall street is where most of the action is but Trip Advisor is a great tool to find places to eat. Highly recommend Garbo's Grill on Caroline Street (Fusion food served out of a trailer behind a bar. Excellent food); Better Than Sex, A Dessert Restaurant (Simonton St on the corner) (Opens up later in the day, Check for hours and it wouldn't hurt to make reservations. Has some out of this world desserts and fru-fru drinks (alcohol and non); Kermit's Key Lime is great for the traditional Key Lime Pie. Those are just a few places that I highly recommend.
Well deserved. No complaints here.
Yea I threw shit against the wall to see if it would stick. BUT I do think Brock will be going somewhere else where the Browns eat a portion of the Brock contract and get something else in return.
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This is setting up another deal. Dare I say Osweiler, 1st rounder (12) and the Houston 2nd rounder next year to NE for Jimmy G?
This team has been very difficult to watch the last four or five years. And I do think there is some complacency on Thad's and Gene's part. Allow me to add I hope they don't get invited to the NIT, this team does not deserve it.
The basketball team needs a new culture. Coaching, new strength and conditioning, and finding players who want to play here.
This team is soft, lacks discipline, has no identity, and has no chemistry.
Matta's team needs some help from Mariotta's S & C program.
Glad to see Loving graduate. I will leave it at that.
Would not break my heart to see Lyle declare. He is a square peg in a round hole on this team.
If Tate learns to play within his skill set and learns to shoot FT's, he is an asset. Thompson needs to learn to go to Greg Oden's school of defense. If he improves in this area, another asset. If KBD comes back healthy, he no longer has Loving getting in his way. They did not play well together when on the floor at the same time. These three are a decent core for a good team. Simply needs tweaking.
Potter needs a lot of work. He needs to get stronger and more agile. Wesson has a lot of potential. CJ improved throughout the season (always thought he should have been the PG when on the floor). DF is unproven but could help with 15 pounds of good muscle. David Bell has not been developed by the staff.
Wesson will contribute next year and will help this team. I have a wait and see attitude with Beverly. If he comes in a poor mans version of Aaron Craft with a little Jay Burson sprinkled in, he might help.
They just have to get this team to come together.
Allow me to elaborate, I am NOT expecting Craft level defense or leadership. Nor should anyone. From what I have a read on the kid, good shooter, ball handler, and aggressive defender. All I am saying for the Buckeyes to be better next year, Wesson would have to be Sullinger like in his play while Beverly would have to be Craft like in his play. I am expecting it? No. Am I hoping? Yes.
Next season may be rough as well with Loving graduating and the possibility of Lyle and Thompson declaring for the draft. And I do believe both will declare. As it stands today, only Wesson and Beverly are part of the 2017 class with the late signing period looming. What happens from here? Bates-Diop, Tate, and Kam return as the leaders. 'Dre Wesson, Jackson, Potter, Bell and Funderbruk are returning but only three of the five saw any meaningful minutes. Unless Wesson comes in ready to play like Sullinger and Beverly is the second coming of Aaron Craft (defense and leadership reference here; any offense would be gravy), this team appears to be in trouble next season as well.
Welcome to the big league fella. This is going to be your job. A performance based job at that. Be a man and who ever drafts you, work hard and play the damn game. Skip bowl games, do not play in the Senior Bowl (yes this is in reference to Watson) and now voicing their thoughts on who they do and don't want to play for. These kids are just blow my mind. Be a professional for crying out loud.
Not a smart move if they do this. An unproven back-up QB? Really? Roll the dice with 1(12) or 2(1) and select Watson, Trubinsky, or Kizer. Granted the rookie QB would also be unproven but I like the potential in one of the three rookies rather than Jimmy G. Take time and develop that QB (1-2 max) and add pieces over the next two drafts and at FAs at key positions and MAYBE something great can happen in Cleveland. Here is to hoping.
Sometimes the off season is all we have. It's a lot like hope. As long as I am alive, I will continue to do so where the Browns are concerned.
Look at it this way, they cannot get much worse than this past season.
Hate to hear this if true. Like a few have said, with JT coming back that may have affected Joe. IMO, this kid deserves the chance to compete for the job. I was looking forward to an open competition between Burrow, Haskins and Tate this year. I think all three have a chance to be great QBs at OSU and beyond. Good luck to Joe regardless.
Front 7, the Buckeyes have no worries. Talent, depth and experience.
The DB competition, on the other hand, is going to be a battle from the Spring through the beginning of the season. Projected starters will be pushed and pushed hard by others. Here is my breakdown (barring injuries).
Starters: Corners - Ward and Sheffield; Safeties - Webb and Fuller. Nickel - Okudah
Back-up corners - Arnette, Davis, Williamson, and Wade. Arnette and Davis will play but I think Sheffield will beat out Arnette for the other starting CB spot with Okudah eventually locking down the Nickel. I believe Williamson will RS. Wade is the wild card, If he adds some good weight (15lbs or so) prior to the season, he could be in the picture. 6-1, 177 is a bit thin to be an every down player.
Back-up safeties - Smith, Norwood, Burns, Wint, Pryor, Riep. Smith could start over Fuller but I think Fuller is really going to show up this Spring and seize the job. Norwood, Burns, Wint, and Pryor will be in on ST while Riep is a RS. Keep any eye on Pryor here. He might add the size to move to LB and change the depth chart here.
As far as EGW goes, I was surprised he was moved to defense when he arrived. I think he will take advantage of this move and become a solid option at HB. OSU has McCall and Hill (more a true WR than an HB) as options to replace Samuel. Bringing EGW over gives the coaches depth and another option at HB. I think this move might pay off for the Buckeyes on offense.
Lethal Weapon 1
It will be a tough game no doubt. However, I met some Clemson fans at the Orange Bowl a few years back and MOST I met were assholes. Luckily, my wife was with me and kept me from getting put in jail.