April 18, 2014

Random Browns News

Well, it is a bit of a slow sports day here in Cleveland, so I thought I would share a few Browns tidbits with you.

You know it is a new era of Browns football when you read a headline like “Sheldon Brown on McNabb Trade, Winning” and you come away not being embarrassed.  In years past, I expected a headline like that to be followed with oral napalm dropped by a player on the organization they left behind.  Maybe this really truly is a new era for Browns football.  Could it be that the Browns truly are looking for football players that won’t blow up their locker room?  We laughed all year about “Mangini guys” being pleasant and good on special teams.  Chack out Sheldon Brown’s quote, though.

“I think it’s a win-win for both parties. Donovan is a heck of a quarterback, and he’s going to win a lot of games in Washington,” Brown said. “Sometimes you have to give young players a chance to play. They drafted [Kevin] Kolb — everybody can see that coming. I wish both of those guys greatness, and both of them are good players.”

In former Browns player news, things are looking bad for Derek Anderson and Matt Leinart.  Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt seems like maybe he learned from the Browns’ lackluster quarterback competition a year ago.

Don’t be surprised if the Arizona Cardinals make a run at former St. Louis Rams quarterback Marc Bulger sometime in July. According to a team source, the Cardinals coaching staff hasn’t been terribly impressed with the work of any of the quarterbacks on the roster, including veterans Matt Leinart and Derek Anderson, this offseason as the team tries to replace retired Kurt Warner.

If past performance under pressure is any indication, Derek Anderson will probably not respond real well to this not-so-subtle challenge to step up.  You can ask the Who Dey Revolution all about that though, right?

And just when he thought he was safe, according to PFT’s Mike Florio, Eric Mangini is #5 on his list of NFL head coaches on the hot seat.  Check out the whole feature, but Florio reports that some sources think Mangini will be under pressure this season to make it to the post-season.  Cue the “Playoffs?” video clip everyone.  I certainly think you can make the case that Mangini will have something to prove this year, but I doubt highly there is a playoff expectation in Berea to weigh down Mangini this year.  He certainly will need to build off the apparent progress in the end of the year winning streak.

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  • Clown Baby

    What’s the over/under on number of seconds Holmgren could keep a straight face after telling Mangini that he had to make the playoffs this year or he was out?

  • http://www.60bpm.com/ Robbie

    “Cue the “Playoffs?” video clip everyone.” — Thanks, I’ve gotta clean this beer off my monitor now. If Holmgren has a “playoffs or else” attitude, he should have just fired Mangini to begin with. I don’t think that’s the case.

  • MrCleaveland

    Hey, every year a team or two comes out of nowhere to make the playoffs (and a couple playoff teams completely tank). So why not us? It could happen.

    /gets out Browns schedule again and counts up 11 wins.

  • ben

    well, we’ll get 2 wins over the steelers…right?

  • Craig

    @MrCleveland

    That year for us was 2007. How do you go 10-6 and not make the playoffs?

  • MattyFos

    Holmgren asking for the playoffs is just an excuse to ship Mangini out next season.
    He never wanted Mangini, he also felt 1 year is unfair to a head coach.
    Maybe Holmgren didn’t want any of the available coaches on the market. So he set the bar high for Mangini, knowing he’ll fail, then can hire a John Fox or another coach he’s got his eye on.

  • mgbode

    Holmgren also stated it was unfair to judge a QB on 10 games, but he still decided to trade Quinn.

    I don’t think Holmgren makes decisions based on reversing that decision just a year later. At least I hope not or we did not find our franchise saver yet.

  • Chris

    So, we heard Holmgren say this directly, right?

    Oh, it came from Florio?

    Must be true then.

  • Primo

    For whatever reason, Florio hates Mangini and anything he reports on the Browns coach is suspect.

  • Pat18970

    I don’t know when, but I’m fairly certain on the who.

    The next coach of the Browns will be none other than Mike Holmgren himself.