While We’re Waiting… Grading the Cavaliers, Robert Griffin’s 40 and Acta’s line-up

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Mid-Season report card- “#36 Omri Casspi: Previous grade: D+ –> New grade: C- Good news: J.J. Hickson is downright terrible for Sacramento. Bad news: Omri Casspi isn’t much better for Cleveland. He’s starting to get a little more comfortable and rebound better, but his shooting is still pretty miserable. He’s shooting under 30% from deep and just a bit over 40% overall. His defense is questionable and more often than not, Scott turns to Gee when the Cavs need it the most. The Casspi-experiment has been slightly better than a trainwreck thus far.” [Kaczmarek/Fear the Sword]

“Acta had joked all spring to this point that he would give us one or two lineup spots each week leading up to Opening Day. Well, Manny finally caved under our persistent perstering and revealed the bulk of his tentative batting order: 1. Brantley, 2. Cabrera, 3. Choo, 4. Santana, 5. Hafner, 6. Kotchman, 7. Kipnis.” [Bastian/MLB.com]

“Well we would certainly hope that Jackson is thrilled – that’s healthy chunk of change to hand out to a player who has only been healthy for a full season once in the past three years. But once the team decided it wanted to keep Jackson, they were going to have to devote some of their salary cap to him, the only question being how much. Hopefully the team played the right side of the risk on this one. With Jackson taken care of, the Browns can now turn their attention to their other two most important free agents – kicker Phil Dawson and running back Peyton Hillis.” [Red Right 88]

Interesting video. What would RGIII, Andrew Luck and Cam Newton look like racing in the 40 yd dash. [Shutdown Corner]

“Every team has played at least 30 games, and some as many as 35. Except for the usual light Thursday nights, the schedule is so packed it makes every day seem like opening day. It makes difficult to not only follow what’s going on around the entire league, but with your favorite team.

“Wait a minute, the Cavaliers play AGAIN tonight?” is a question fans frequently ask. The answer is most often yes. And unlike many teams, the Cavs have yet to take part in one of those three-games-in-three-nights adventures.

That’s not to say the heads of all NBA fans are spinning. Those without jobs, families or schoolwork may actually be thrilled. As columnist Mike Imrem wrote in the Arlington Heights (Ill.) Daily Herald, “Too many games and too much of the season feel out of whack. There’s hardly a chance to check the standings before another flurry of games shakes them up.” On the bright side, if you lose a game you thought you should have won — well, there’s always tomorrow. And, hey, if your team stinks, you can get it turned around in no time.” [Amico/FSO]

  • swig

    I was thinking the same thing as Amico last week.  Trying to watch all these games was taking its toll on me as a fan.  Good timing on the all-star break.  I’m feeling refreshed and ready to go!

  • BuckeyeDawg

    When was the last time anyone cared about the Super Bowl winning QB’s 40 yard dash time? 

    I don’t want my QB running 40 yards.  I want him THROWING it 40 yards.  Consistently and with accuracy.  If RGIII proves he can do that as well…then you have my attention. 

  • MrCleaveland

    Can you imagine if they’d had the Combine when Bernie Kosar came out?

  • mgbode

    he was high-profile enough that he would have just refused to run.  teams would have assumed it was because he would run a 5.0 40, and not realize that he’s more of a 5.9 guy until later :)

  • mgbode

    RGIII has great accuracy on his deep throws.  I want to see him throw the mid-range more (not his fault, just wasn’t a big part of his college playbook)

  • porkchpxprss

    The combine baffles me, they take several completely arbitrary tests of physical talent, apply them uniformly to a group of people whose positions require totally different skill sets, and use this information as a key piece in determining to pay someone millions of dollars.  Imagine if doctors were chosen by hospital by the speed with which they could sew a button on a shirt, speed they could name all the parts of the body, and total number of different diseases they could name in 5 minutes.

  • Garry_Owen

    Did anyone see Griffin’s broad jump?  We gotta take this kid. 

  • porkchpxprss

    you need to remove that decimal point from 59 if you really want to do Bernie justice.

    It really is funny how locked into racial stereotypes people still are when it comes to athletes.  You could never watch a second of college football and tell whether the QB is white or black depending on which buzz words or phrases are used to describe him.
    I know that Andrew Luck is cerebral, disciplined, a pocket passer who looks to make plays with his head and his arm.
    I know that Robert Griffin is a scrambler who can beat you with his athletecism outside the pocket. 

    Its why the Jeremy Lin thing has thrown the whole country for such a loop, you can’t do the Dirk must be Larry Bird, and Lebron must be Dr J thing, with him.  The talking heads at The worldwide leader, get upset when people don’t fit into the boxes they should. 

  • Harv 21

    Also imagine Dan Marino at the combine. Or Dan Fouts. “Immobile.  Relies heavily on belief he can thread ball into any window downfield, may not translate well at next level. Somewhat arrogant smile.” 

  • Max

    and with today’s rules either one of them could throw for 7k in a season. I think 5400 yards now is like 2700 in 1985

  • Max

    what’s her name? did she run the 40 also?

  • Garry_Owen

    Or Joe Montana.  “Unimpressive physical specimen.  Poor arm strength.  Too short for NFL.  Limited potential.  Projected career back-up.”

  • Garry_Owen

    Groucho Max. 

  • Henry Brown

    If you watched the Alamo Bowl he was throwing a lot of short to mid range passes.

  • Henry Brown

    This isn’t really true, a lot of the movement drills the DLs and LBs do is totally different from stuff QBs and WRs do. We don’t really know how to interpret the movement skills but the pros are looking for things like how they drop their hips, do they get too high, are they fluid or stiff in their movements.

  • Harv 21

    Wow, Max jumps dead center IN the Groucho pocket today.

  • mgbode

    I did watch the game though and don’t remember it that way.  I remember them rushing at-will.  But the passes all seemed inside 10 yards our longer than 25 (in the air).  It’s just the offense they run though. 

    maybe I don’t remember it well enough.  can’t find a good enough highlight package of the game, they show the bigger plays (like the 11yd TD play that was a 3yd bubble screen from RGIII)

    http://scores.espn.go.com/ncf/video?gameId=313630239

  • mgbode

    no way, Bernie would have broken 6.0 in the 40 when he left Miami.   he had some limited mobility back then :)

  • mgbode

    well that did happen to him, which is why he went in the 3rd round

  • BrownsFanSF

    I’m pretty sure the Alamo Bowl was a lot of Baylor running Washington into the ground and an “efficient” performance by RG III.  I wouldn’t say this was his mid range break-out game.  Did the Huskies have 11 guys on defense?

  • Harv 21

    sounds a lot like … hey wait, ya think maybe …

  • MrCleaveland

     Absolutely!

  • Garry_Owen

    Oh yeah.  Good point.  Sometimes my brain walks out on me ala Homer Simpson.

    Here’s the deal brain, you get me through this WFNY conversation, and I’ll go back to killing you with beer.

  • mgbode

    no doubt about it.  has to be.

  • mgbode

    no beer and no WFNY makes Garry something-something.