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“Because coming into the season, there was some thought that the young players that showed promise in 2011 would build on their successful (to varying degrees) years last year and would keep the Indians around in the AL Central pennant race, with the Indians needing a little luck and a lot of good health to perhaps make a push towards contention throughout the season. At this point, with September on our doorstep, to say that none of that has happened (developing players, pleasant surprises, health) is too sweeping of a statement, but it isn’t that far off-base. While so much of the focus has been placed on the failures of the past off-season, with Santana’s power outage, Masterson’s regression, Cabrera’s ordinariness, and Kipnis’ recent struggles, the players that looked like they could form a backbone to a team that resembled a contender disappointed and put the onus of production on a supporting cast that was poorly-designed and ill-equipped to assume it.
So what happened here?” [Cousineau/The DiaTribe]
“If Cameron develops into a big-time player, the Browns will owe a debt of gratitude to Seahawks coach Pete Carroll. When Carroll was at USC, he told Cameron he could make it in the NFL.
“I was a basketball family growing up,” said Cameron, whose sister Brynn played for USC. “The reason I made the switch, and I was just talking to Coach Carroll about all this — he really thought I had a future in football and I believed that I did, too. So when he told me that, it kind of tipped me over the edge and made me want to focus on football more and it helped a lot.
“He gave me some confidence that I could actually play this game and play it at a high level. Definitely that switch was all about me wanting to get back to the game of football.”
The reasons the Browns were attracted to Cameron are the same reasons he made the switch.” [Petrak/Chronicle Online]
“The taxing practices are now a thing of the past. During the first two weeks of camp, the pretenders retreated to the third- and fourth-string units, while the contributors rose to the occasion, securing time well spent on the field this fall.
Before camp started, Meyer said it was going to be hard-hitting. What ensued over the following two weeks can certainly be defined as rough and tumble. Every aspect of Meyer’s programs is well thought out, and the degree of difficulty in regard to practice is no different.” [Rowland/Eleven Warriors]
Matt Williamson made a ranking of the top 200 players in the NFL. The only Brown to top the top 25 was Joe Thomas at #21. Insider subscription required. [Williamson/ESPN]
Speaking of ESPN lists, the Uni-Watch rankings have the Indians at # 98, and the Browns at #59. Not a good showing in Lucas’ first uniform power rankings. Add in the Cavaliers ranking of 101 and you get a city average of 86. [Lucas/Uni-Watch]