This isn't CFB where you recruit 25 players every year, so I am not understanding the once every 4 years every team should be competing for the Division. Theoretically every Heisman Trophy winner should be a sure thing in the NFL it doesn't happen. Who are the bad apples you are looking to cut in year 2? Keep in mind its the constant turnover which is why in 15 seasons nothing has been stable. Did Farmer make a bone head move with texting? Hell yeah! But I am not going to not give him credit for the players he has signed and his picks from the 2nd Rd on to include the UFAs. Gilbert could pan out, he has the talent to do so. The only bad pick was Manziel who was Haslam's guy. What needs to happen is to give the Coach and GM their time...Which hasn't happened in a long time and a very big reason why a foundation has never been sent and you cant find coaches and front office personnel to come to Cleveland. All you can ask from Haslam is to let the Coaches and GM do their job w/out interference.
I am a Hoyer fan, but lets be honest his play was regressing badly and the front office wasnt the only one calling for him to be benched. There were several threads on this site calling for Manziel to start. Hoyer is a good backup QB, but he's not the long term solution. Shannahan was ok and thats mainly because the OL was great in the beginning, and I understand injuries had a lot to do with the offense sputtering. But its also on him to find a solution to overcome those injuries to call the right plays. How many redzone ints were thrown in the 2nd half of the season? Those were his play calls... he got very predictable in his play calling the second half of the season.
I too am tired of mediocrity, and tired of seeing the Steelers, Ravens and Bengals in the playoffs.... But lets keep in mind we are an expansion team that was dropped into the toughest division and the only tradition we have is the franchise name and records the city kept. All of what this team should have been is in Baltimore because of Modell.
Not a fan of all orange, but overall not bad. Traditionalists will never like it just like they don't like subtle changes with OSU's uniforms
Players in all sports look for 2nd and or 3rd opinions regarding injuries. I don't doubt Dr. Andrews but again it's an opinion and saying he's ok does not mean he doesn't run the risk of re-injuring multiple times going forward. He's already done so the last two seasons
Devan Bogard had 3 major knee injuries at OSU before he had to quit. Dean already has 1 with another injury during all star practice and the rigors of CFB is not going to be any easier on him. He could probably rehab and play football, but it's also likely that he can injure his knee like Bogard. Player health should trump athletics
You kind of have to look at the team's they pitched against now that inter league play is all season. Both pitchers gain that perceived advantage, without the DH a pitcher has to bat so his game is not just taking the mound but also to provide situational offense and it's more of a chess match in the later innings. Bottom line a good pitcher should be able to handle the #9 hitter in any league with relative ease
It's not easier though when your team can barely score runs and the bullpen was not holding on to leads. Reds lost the most 1 run games last year which cost him several more games.
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There was also the player, and I cannot think of his name who had to quit that had multiple knee injuries at OSU. The difference is now Dean has the history before coming to school. Is it fair that OSU has the burden of possibly dean going through the same situation knowing what they know.
I guess it would have been better to pull his scholarship before he signed and leave him with little options right? If their coach wants to play that game, then so be it. But here seems to be the issue, team doctors deemed he was unfit to continue his carreer at OSU and a hardship was offered for him to get his free education. OSU has done their part to give him an education, he chose not to take it because football is off the table. Good luck to Dean, but as a coach and a university do you want to be liable for his health after you made it known that he is medically unfit to continue at a high level? Players get injured and careers end because of it and its a tough pill to swallow for most, I would find it to be a bigger problem if OSU tried to push a player who they knew had bad knees and gets a debilitating injury in practice.
I like the lineup with Hamilton and Votto 1-2.
Why should OSU be ashamed of the schedule? Elite teams are not lining up to play OSU the 1st 4 games and we are not looking for 4 straight tough games to begin the season either. At best you get 1 solid team and your tune up games. Have it your way and last year doesn't happen because this team actually needed the cupcakes to gell to steamroll their way into the finish.
I actually thought outside of the manziel pick up their draft was solid. Gilbert has all the tools to be good with time. Just about every one from Rd 2 on has contributed in a positive way. It's another deep WR class that they could get OL and DL help and get a very good WR in the 2nd round. I've seen Devin Smith mocked to them and there is your home run threat
Basketball, more games are being played and the gap between mid majors and power 5 teams is not that big. Top teams get great players that leave after 1 season usually, the consistent tourney mid majors get good talent that hang around longer and develop chemistry. In my opinion the field is even from seeds 5-12 where most upsets happen. Also usually 5-12 is pretty removed from their region that most fans usually root for the underdog so no real advantage seems to be had for being the higher seed.
I like Hoyer, but in the end he's not the answer long term, they need to find a starter not a backup QB. Cameron was hurt too much last season to say it's a big loss. Hawk is a MLB and they need OLBs, Ginn is a great return man, but has underperformed as a WR since being drafted. You named a lot of guys that I believe are great people off the field and decent on it. But none of them are really what the Browns need to actually make the next step. When healthy the OL was good and the run game solid. In the draft I'd like to see OL, WR, DL not necessarily in that order. But they hit that and right it's much better than paying a guy who may never put up the numbers that you signed him for.
I would like to see more action. However, if the goal is to win the Super Bowl, over paying a player that is not going to get you there is not really worth it either. This team needs to be built rather than renting 2 or 3 players that may give you 2 good seasons stat wise but you are no better off because your lines suck.
I hope you are not trying to say Buster Skrine is a quality player he is one of the most penalized CBs in the NFL who benefited from Haden covering the other teams' best WR. Cameron lost some value due to his injuries so it's a toss up if he'll be the same player after having 3 concussions in 2 seasons.
Who is developing QBs anymore? The last developed QB that I can think of was Rodgers who sat behind Farve. Every other QB since has been thrown out there and about 20+ Teams are still looking for a better QB. I think luck in finding the right QB is what it's all about now since now you have college QBs putting up impressive #'s all the time.
This might be the worst analogy I have read. If anything, MLB is the institution that was allowing players to cheat and gave them multiple chances to repeat a cheaters until they actually get banned. You fail to realize how their cheating has impacted the game on how its played or what they have done to the record books. A player may get suspended for x amount of games, but as stated before if a player carries a team and was solely responsible for wins that if they had not happened might have kept them or other teams from the playoffs. Just because more people take PEDs and MLB chooses to ignore it does not mean it has less of an impact on the game.
So how exactly is the integrity of the game being maintained by allowing players who have taken PEDs to be allowed on the ballot? You can talk about it all day how manipulating the roster does this or that, but in the end the players still have to perform and execute for that to even work in the betors advantage. A players who takes PEDs has more of an impact on the game since you are talking about a billion dollar industry. Case in point Melky Cabrera carried the Giants in 2012 before he was suspended for cheating. Take away all of his production and the Giants do not make the post season and win the World Series. There are many instances where playoff teams greatly benefitted and won because players were cheating. But lets continue on how Rose ruined the integrity of the game since his betting led to all of those WS titles he won as a manager. I really don't care if you don't think he should be in or not, but hitters on PEDs have had a bigger effect on the game and changed the outcome of seasons than Rose did betting on teams.
Good QBs are not considered seviceable. That's what you call mediocre QBs in which we had in Hoyer. People that can move the ball. Manziel has a long way to go just to get to mediocre. And the fact that we don't run the spread is another reason he should not have been drafted. And his great stats are also based of a system he ran. But because he ran it in the sec it means more than the QBs that ran it at Boise, Baylor and Texas tech? I just rattled off three programs that produce QBs with amazings stats based on the system A&M is no different
What is your proof that Bridgewater wouldn't do better? It's not as if Minnesota is a great team loaded with talent. The only person delusional is you trying to make excuses for a QB that spent the preseason being a jackass
The problem with your comment was you said he's either bust or boom and then followed up with he could be serviceable. The BS is drafting a QB with huge character flaws to begin with and surprise in less than a year with the team he has done nothing but reinforce those flaws and now has entered rehab. Apparently you didn't understand my comment when I said that the Browns would be in a much better situation had they had gone after Carr, Bridgewater or any WR at 22. Both of those QBs at least showed that were effective and improved with crappy teams. I never wanted manziel because like most people, we knew his bs running around was not going to work in the NFL and his maturity is in question. For the most part you never know what you get, but everyone knew he was a head case coming in. I also didn't say get rid of him, but you sure as shit need a legit QB to challenge not this McCown or Hoyer bs.
If there's no middle ground then you can't say he could be serviceable. Hoyer was serviceable, people hate manziel because before he was drafted he lacked the maturity to be an NFL QB and knew the odds were greater that he would fail. By all accounts manziel had the golden opportunity to erase doubts by being prepared and mature. He failed miserably. The owner drafted a QB whose game was running around and throwing it up to Mike Evans. We could have had Bridgewater or Carr or any WR and kept Hoyer and worked the draft this year to move up. All infinitely better options than waiting on an undersized qb to get out of rehab.
Manziel is pretty awful and that's going off of the way he played and looked against Cincinnati and Carolina. I expect mistakes from rookie QBs, but the fact that he looked so unprepared is unacceptable. Case in point Shaw at least looked as if he was capable of moving the ball and running the plays called.