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September is for prospect projection: “That being said, and with that as just the appetizer, let’s get off into a Lazy Sunday as we take a look at some of the young players that significantly figure into 2012. For some of those players, answers have presented themselves in 2011 and some that may be coming in 2012.. Seeing as how the 1B “issue” figures to evolve – with Jayson Stark identifying the Marlins as one of the probably “surprise” spenders this off-season…and where have I heard that before – throughout the off-season (so don’t just go ordering that Indians’ Gaby Sanchez jersey yet), and with plenty of time to talk about the options of Sizemore and Carmona that exist, 2011 saw a number of young players attempt to assert themselves in MLB. While the health of the walking wounded Wahoos may be more important for success in 2012, forget attempting to answer the questions of health (Brantley, Choo, Sizemore, Hafner) as I’m not going to attempt to wade into that muck of MRI’s and put-off surgeries. Rather, let’s get into the young players that saw their first major action in 2011 and what can be gleaned (if anything) from their performances as we get off on a Lazy One…” [Paul Cousineau/The DiaTribe]
Whoops: “The Cleveland Browns’ trip to Indianapolis was delayed almost four hours Saturday when the team plane got stuck in the mud at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. The team was looking for a way to simultaneously annoy their players and create a perfect metaphor for the franchise’s return to Cleveland since 1999. (Either that or the pilot miscalculated his route to the runway. Sucks to be that guy.) Tony Grossi of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports that the team had to deplane and wait for a new plane to show up. The Browns eventually arrived in Indianapolis at 6:30 p.m. — roughly three and a half hours after they planned to get there. Defensive coordinator Dick Jauron has not yet taken the blame for the error.” [ProFootballTalk]
Keys for the Browns in Game 2: “We all know the Browns aren’t exactly known for pinning their ears back and getting to the quarterback, but if there was a time for a guy like Jabaal Sheard to have a breakout game, this is it. The Colts’ offensive line is shaky, so its necessary Defensive Coordinator Dick Jauron dials up some exotic blitz packages. If the Browns try to play man up or a vanilla cover-2 or cover-3, Collins still has the veteran savvy, strong arm, and group of receivers to make them pay. Joe Haden might be able to keep Reggie Wayne in check, but guys like TE Dallas Clark & WR Pierre Garcon could fiest on the Browns’ safeties and linebackers in coverage between the hashes and intermediate zones.” [Mike Parris/Real Man of Genius]
Only Week 2, but there’s a lot on the line: ” Fortunately, the Browns seem to have more going for them right now than the Colts. Colt McCoy should be the best quarterback on the field, and he’ll be throwing on a defense that allowed 34 points, although the Colts did intercept Matt Schaub twice. Additionally, they allowed 164 yards on the ground, which means the Browns will be pounding Peyton Hillis and Montario Hardesty all game. On defense, the Browns should attempt to exploit the right side of the Colts’ offensive line, which right now seems as patchwork as the Browns’. Joseph Addai and Delone Carter combined for only 64 yards rushing, so the defensive line will work to suppress a Colts rushing attack that’s sure to receive more emphasis while Kerry Collins continues to familiarize himself with the playbook. This is a crossroads game, plain and simple.” [Dawg Pound Daily]
Big market guys angling for a hard cap, too: “The big-market owners will bear the brunt of the new system and, according to sources, some of them are adamant about having a hard cap so that if they must share revenues, they’ll have more money from which to pull. ‘The big markets want to revenue share but not with their current profits,’ one of the sources said. ‘Instead, they want to share from the profit they would get from a harder cap.’ Boston’s Wyc Grousbeck has been widely reported to be a hawk, but it is not clear which of the other big-market owners – some of whom are New York’s James Dolan, the Los Angeles Lakers’ Jerry Buss, Chicago’s Jerry Reinsdorf and Toronto’s Larry Tanenbaum – share his philosophy. ” [TrueHoop]
Brendan is a weekend editor at WaitingForNextYear. He has been writing for the site since March of 2009. He went to college in Boston during a run of insufferable Beantown championships that only served to reinforce his Cleveland allegiance and fandom which he transcribes to you here at WFNY.