July 31, 2014

While We’re Waiting…Colt McCoy, Tribe Expectations, Cavalier Fans Hopeful

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.

How to groom a Colt: “Mark Whipple was a first-year NFL quarterbacks coach in 2004 under Bill Cowher when Ben Roethlisberger was a Steelers rookie. Roethlisberger won his first 13 NFL starts and in 2005 won a Super Bowl in just his second season.  Whipple is the Browns’ new quarterbacks coach. New head coach Pat Shurmur would be very happy if Whipple can help Colt McCoy the way he helped Roethlisberger.  Of course, there are major differences in Roethlisberger’s and McCoy’s histories.” [Orange and Brown Report]

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On the Tribe’s development: “That idea of a “long leash” is an interesting narrative for the 2011 season as a whole as, if you go back to the manner in which the Indians assembled this group of young talent (starting with the CC trade and up to and including the 2010 Draft, headed by Drew Pomz), it’s not too difficult to see how these pieces line up on the board. More importantly, those pieces are starting to appear on said board with the idea that they’re not far off from what would be the presumed roster in, let’s say 2013, could be.  Remember that the Indians did this not too long ago or how optimistic this photo made you feel?” [Paul Cousineau/The DiaTribe]

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Browns playing today in SBXLV, no one to kick yourself about: “Just like the title asks, can you name the former members of the Cleveland Browns who will have a chance to win a Super Bowl ring in Sunday’s game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers? There are four of them (let me know if there are any more). Do you know who they are?” [Chris Pokorny/Dawgs by Nature]

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Fans still supporting miserable Cavs: “In retrospect, you can fault Scott for dramatically changing the offense and also altering the defense in the middle of all this upheaval. Scott also wants to play an up-tempo game, which put the emphasis on speed and athleticism — something the Cavs are woefully lacking since James departed.  But in the big picture of what went wrong this season, the coaching schemes are barely a wallet-sized snapshot. Besides, he wants to put his system into place for next season, when the talent hopefully will be upgraded.  Most fans seem to understand, or at least be resigned to how swift and severe the team has fallen.” [Terry Pluto/Plain Dealer]

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Some Super Bowl XLV handicapping [BT/Whatzgonnahappen]

(Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

  • 5KMD

    “Roethlisberger won his first 13 NFL starts and in 2005 won a Super Bowl in just his second season”

    Shouldn’t that read something like this:

    Roethlisberger (was carried along for the ride by a great running game and even better defense in) his first 13 NFL starts and in 2005 (was the QB of the team that won the super bowl despite playing one of the worst games imaginable) in just his second season.

    I wouldn’t necessarily give Whipple all that much credit for the those first two years.

  • http://www.60bpm.com/ Robbie

    Big difference is Rothlisberger was drafted by a team that hadn’t had to rebuild in… have the Steelers ever had to rebuild since the 1970s?!?

    Boy… I’m not looking forward to the next two seasons……

  • Shamrock

    Roethlisberger could have been drafted by the Browns (a popular phrase) but he was a pretty good player out of college. I agree with #2 the Steelers know what they are doing which allows young guys like Ben to excel while learning. A potential 7th Super Bowl speaks for itself.

  • 5KMD

    Roethlisberger has a 10-2 record in the playoffs but 17 TD’s against 14 INTs. Not exactly “excelling” if you ask me. Those stats scream the team is winning playoff games despite him and not because of him.

    For comparison, Rodgers has 10 TDs and 3 INTs in 5 playoff games. That speaks more to a QB that is actually winning games.

  • Andrew

    Was it just me, or was anyone else more drawn to the girl in the pic from Pluto’s article than the dude with the bag on his head. I gotta start going to more Cavs games…

  • Shamrock

    @4 But Rodgers makes bigger mistakes. I like the guy but in the clutch I’d have to go with #7.

  • Shamrock

    Steelers 27, Packers 24