April 24, 2014

While We’re Waiting… Kicking the Cavs, Potential Browns Picks and Buckeye Writers

While We’re Waiting serves as the early morning gathering of WFNY-esque information for your viewing pleasure. Have something you think we should see? Send it to our tips email at tips@waitingfornextyear.com.

Piling on the Cavs- “As the Celtics approached 70 points during the first half Tuesday, I found myself wondering if Cleveland might wind up dead last in both offensive efficiency (points per 100 possessions) and defensive efficiency (points allowed per 100 possessions). The Cavs have been last in offensive efficiency for a while now — a remarkable thing, considering how bad Milwaukee’s offense has been — and Tuesday’s effort in Boston dropped Cleveland into a tie with Toronto for the next-to-last spot in defensive efficiency. Only the Suns stand between the Cavs and a unique level of infamy.” [The Point Forward]

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Charley Rosen called Anthony Parker underrated. Mike corrects him- “Anthony Parker is shooting 38% from the field, including 32% on shots less than 10 feet, and 15% on shots between 10 and 15 feet. He makes one shot off the dribble per month. His Player Efficiency Rating (PER) of 9.77 is the sixth-worst of all players averaging over 25 minutes per game. He does make the Cavalier defense 4.4 points per 100 possessions better while he’s in the game, but being able to put lipstick on that pig doesn’t make you underrated. In short, Anthony Parker is what he is – the worst starting shooting guard or small forward in the league.” [Curry/Cavs HQ]

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Mark Titus posts for the first time in forever to tell us he’s not going to be posting much. Sounds like a Cavaliers blog writer post LBJ. “This is why I’ve decided to put the blog on the backburner for awhile. The way I see it, I can either stop doing my blog to focus on my book now, or I can ignore my book and realize six months from now that I’m screwed as a scramble to finish it (Before you ask, no, I’m not capable of writing both at the same time. I’m a terrible at multitasking and I’m terrible at writing, so doing something that involves both doesn’t seem like a very good idea).” [Club Trillion]

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This Ohio State blogger is still going strong- “Watch Tyler Moeller’s eyes light up after being asked what it felt like to be playing football again. Listen to Brian Rolle’s intensity when he talks about his goals for the season. My point is that these players are people. Collectively they are smart and not so smart, eloquent and inelegant, verbose and very quiet. When we celebrate their accomplishments and deride their failings it’s important to keep in mind that every player is an individual who at heart is just as human as we are.” [Eleven Warriors]

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Want to know who the Browns have been talking to at the Senior Bowl?- Oklahoma State RB Kendall Hunter, Louisville RB Bilal Powell, Abilene Christian WR Edmond Gates, Alabama OL James Carpenter, Mississippi State OL Derek Sherrod,  Stanford DL Sione Fua, Washington LB Mason Foster, Virginia Tech DB Rashad Carmichael, Nebraska K Alex Henery [per Scout.com]

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A bonus link today. Just sayin’- “Among the linebackers, Oregon’s Casey Matthews impressed with a goal-line pick; something that personnel execs will like to see from a guy who blitzed so often in college. Like his brother, he may surprise when dropping back at the next level.” [Shutdown Corner]

(AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

  • MrCleaveland

    So now Scout is reporting on who the Browns are “talking to” at the Senior Bowl? And how is this “information” not completely meaningless?

    Ah, the pre-draft silly season is under way.

  • Lyon

    Play Parker so teams can see his value, or sit him so that they can’t see how terrible he really is??

  • C-Bus Kevin

    Browns are looking at the offensive side of the ball? That’s a relief.

  • C-Bus Kevin

    Oh come on Lyon…I’m sure there are plenty of teams that are looking for a hybrid shooting guard/small forward that…

    1. Can’t beat anyone off the dribble
    2. Can’t shoot accurately (usually required of a SHOOTING guard)
    3. Plays subpar defense and
    4. Is over the hill in NBA years

    (Sarcasm Font)

  • Lyon

    lol. We did sign him…..

  • MattyFos

    C-Bus, let’s build him up for the potential suitors…

    1. Expiring contract
    2. Veteran presence
    3. Has a better looking younger sister who can ball
    4.
    5.

    /Drawing a blank

  • MattyFos

    ooooh ooooh I got number four

    4. Brings some well needed diversity to an NBA team. There aren’t many white NBA players.

  • Harv 21

    Foolish to read too much into who the Browns are talking to. I mean, talking or “taaalking”? Who initiated it, player or scout or coach? Is it “dude, you are so rockin’ those flip flops” or is it “mind if we run through some pre-Wunderlik screening”? Is the chat in the open to confuse other teams about our draft day intentions, or is our guy keeping it on the downlow with a laminated play sheet over his mouth?

    The only player response I care about is to the question John Lucas claimed he asked every potential NBA draftee: “How much dope do you smoke?” If that’s not the question I’m concentrating on curling season until the last week in March.

  • MrCleaveland

    @8

    Those are great points, Harv. Also, we need to know if they were talking in English, Pig Latin, or something else. Was ventriloquism involved? And if there was talking going on, was there any reciprocal listening occurring? I hope Scout will provide us with a more in-depth follow-up.

  • Garry Owen

    Two words: Alex Henery. I’m going to beat this drum to death.

  • bobby

    @10- Henry is a beast. I saw him nail some great kicks. But… I wouldnt be suurprised if a playoff team pulls out a #2 pick on that guy. I still like Matthews, and he just keeps lookin better.

  • bobby

    (2nd rounder is what i meant by #2)

  • http://www.heyhokie.com Vengeful Pat

    I heart Rock Carmichael. He’ll be a steal in the 3rd round… dude has elite speed, good coverage skills, and is great in run support. Granted, these Senior Bowl talks mean less than nothing, but I’d like to see that guy in a Browns uniform as a 3rd-4th round pick.

  • Garry Owen

    Henery is the only “sure thing” in this entire draft. He will immediately be the leading scorer of any team that picks him up, and will single-handedly win 3 games a season, at least. Worth every bit of a 2nd round pick, if you can afford to do it.

    Man, I should be his agent.

  • C-Bus Kevin

    @ MattyFos…

    It’s pretty bad when the number one quality you bring to a team is the fact that they won’t have to look at your sorry a– for long. Ha!

    And I know taking a kicker in the draft isn’t very sexy, but if this guy is as good as his agent Garry Owen says he is, he might be worth a pick. Kickers aren’t worth much to most people…until you have one that sucks. In reality, they have the opportunity to score more than anyone on your team.

    Also, do you think Candace is available for the Cavs? She would at least be a good ticket draw.

  • Garry Owen

    Considering we really don’t have anyone else on the team capable of putting points on the board [caution: extreme fatalism] and Dawson has already cleaned out his locker and sold his house [disclaimer: neither verified nor supported by "evidence"], he might be our only offensive production.

    The kid can hit from 70 yards out [note: slight imbellishment - but only slight] and consistently from beyond 50 [actually, no joke]. We won’t even need an offense! The game plan is: Colt scrambles to the 35; bring on the kicking unit.

    C’mon. Who’s with me?

    In all seriousness, I do think this kid is the real deal, and maybe a talent at the position that we have not seen in decades. I really do think that he’s worth a pick, particularly if we can somehow package some extra picks in the 3rd (and if he’s still around). As Bobby mentioned, a playoff team is likely to take him higher than the Browns would traditionally consider. Think: Steelers. That will just be great.

  • Garry Owen

    Did I mention that he doesn’t even use a special “kicking” [trans: Soccer] shoe?