In theory, the final preseason game would be a tune-up for the starters heading into the first week of the season. However, it is mainly used as a break for the starters and the last opportunity for those on the bubble to make a case for the Browns to keep them on the 53-man roster. Rather than risk injuries to key contributors, the Browns will give chances to their backups in order to properly evaluate them and determine whether they will make the final roster, become a member of the expanded 10-man practice squad, or be cut and not brought back.
After last week’s pathetic showing, the Browns’ offense must show that they are capable of putting touchdowns on the scoreboard, something that has seemed nearly impossible to do, thus far. On the other side of the ball, the defensive players needs to play up to their individual potentials rather than fall apart as a whole. Too often, they have looked lost, as a whole. With just a week before they head to Pittsburgh, the Browns must look sharper than they have in the past three weeks. A lackluster performance by the first team once again would further diminish the already low hopes of the season.
“Shortstops make most plays. One remembers good plays made longer than one remembers plays not made.”
Let’s dub this a “Derek Jeter.” By now, better defensive stats have become somewhat mainstream in baseball analysis. In general, we should now know that errors and assists aren’t the only statistics available. On the highest and most nerdtastic level, there’s Ultimate Zone Rating (UZR) and Defensive Runs Saved (DRS), two of the increasingly popular and far more complicated defensive metrics. Each takes into account a whole ton of factors, including range and standardization to a baseline player at that position.
That above quote was from a recent article by FanGraphs’ Jeff Sullivan. The article was about Adeiny Hechavarria of the Florida Marlins, a moderately obscure flashy young shortstop who is not viewed too favorably by said advanced metrics. Similarly, Jeter, ye’ of five career Gold Gloves, was perennially one of baseball’s worst defensive shortstops per these statistics, but he certainly wowed with the occasionally highlight (or six).
Name the last time a Cleveland team signed the best player in the league. Now give an example of when a Cleveland team acquired a top ten player in the league. How about when was the last time free agents took less money to play on a Cleveland team? Okay, now tell me when a team has been able to do this in one offseason. Can’t come up with one? This answer leads me to say that the last two months for the Cleveland Cavaliers has been the single best offseason in the history of the Cleveland professional sports.
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