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“To observe Ohio State’s practice, even from afar and even without full pads, is to notice that more than a handful of players with “freshman” listed next to their names on the team roster look more like second-year NFL players than guys who just walked the stage at high school graduation eight weeks ago.
Meyer recruits well and promises nothing but opportunity. A few members of this highly-touted freshman class — seven players were Scout.com top 100 prospects — were on campus for spring football, but the bulk of the class has been here just a few weeks. And this class has bulk. And muscle. And gifts.” [Jackson/FSO]
Could you at least give some kind of reason for your statement Jamison- “The Browns should have named Weeden the starter at the June mandatory minicamp. Yes, the announcement should have come nine weeks ago. The Colts and Redskins wasted no time in handing the ball to Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III. The Browns should have followed suit. It would have put more pressure on Weeden, but he could’ve handled it. He already looked like the starter at that point by his confidence and comfort level in the offense.” [Hensley/AFC North Blog]
“Once again, Hyde enters the season knowing the starting running back will be sidelined. This time it’s because of a tendon injury Jordan Hall suffered in his right foot after stepping on a piece of glass outside his apartment. Hyde is the lone running back on the team who’s started a game or played any substantial amount of time. Behind him is the fumble-prone Rod Smith and true freshmen Bri’onte Dunn and Warren Ball.
With Hyde all but guaranteed to be the starter when the season opens Sept. 1 against Miami (Ohio), head coach Urban Meyer has put the onus on him to live up to the hype that accompanied him to Columbus after a stellar high school career and one season at Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia. “It’s time for Carlos Hyde to step up and take the baton and go as hard as he can,” Meyer said. “This is the defining moment of Carlos Hyde’s career. It’s either yes or no. There can’t be anymore gray area.” [Rowland/Eleven Warriors]
“This weekend Jason Cole wrote on Twitter that NFL sources suggested Jonathan Vilma’s suspension would have been reduced to maybe 4 games instead of the entire season had the NFLPA cooperated with the NFL. Really? How is that a reasoned, non-arbitrary system to retaliate against players due the advice of their union and lawyers?
The idea is that had Vilma and other players cooperated with the NFL, they would have got a reduced punishment. Don’t think there is any evidence of that.
The Saints coaches participated in the flawed, secret evidence, bizarre due process appeal to the Comissioner, and got zero reduction of their suspension. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell believed that the coaches lied. Both Saints head coach Sean Payton in his sole public statement, and interim head coach Joe Vitt in sworn court testimony suggested that they didn’t lie. If Goodell doesn’t believe Payton after speaking to him in person, and Vitt after he has testified under threat of prosecution of perjury, I’m not sure what evidence is sufficient for Goodell.” [Stradley]
“With the team, front office, and ownership staring at a fanbase that’s still last in attendance despite cheap tickets, great promotions, and a stellar ballpark, it’s maddening to consider the Indians were somehow in first place much of 2011 and 2012, then just a few games back in the AL Central after the “Verlander Game” — before the bottom fell out.” [Kaufman/Midwest Sports Fans]