Coach Sam on Greg Little: “Get the Job Done and Stop the BS”

Guys like Greg Little who drop the ball yet do a dance while we’re 0-3? I would sit his ass down and tell him, ‘listen my friend, there’s no I in team, but there’s two I’s in “idiot.” Get the job done and stop the B.S.’

— Fomer Cleveland Browns head coach Sam Rutigliano, in an interview on 92.3 The Fan, when asked what he would do with wide receiver Greg Little. Little, on Sunday, dropped multiple passes but proceeded to celebrate when converting a first down with the Browns down by 14 points. He was involved with celebratory-based issues with fans just one week earlier.

[Related: Browns lose as a team to Bills 24-14]

  • MrCleaveland

    I hope this team is officially done with wasting high draft picks on projects with “character issues.” Jerks like Little (e.g., Dez Bryant, PacMan Jones etc. etc. etc.) are rarely worth the trouble they bring. Especially jerks who are coming off a year-long suspension in college.

    Don’t need ‘em. Can’t win with ‘em.

    Little is far more concerned with his next look-at-me celebration than anything else.

    I also hope Mr. Gordon is learning something from all this.

  • typo

    Little is an idiot. I don’t see much tolerance for him in the future from the fans or this team. He will probably end up like Braylon Edwards, unhappy at getting booed. Makes you wonder why these clowns are not researched properly beforehand. Why do we keep drafting them?

  • Garry_Owen

    “Two Is in ‘idiot.'” Awesome. Love it. Can’t believe I’ve never heard that before now.

  • Clown Baby

    Sam also said our Head Coach looks like he’s in over his head.

  • BomberDawg

    I hope Haslam cleans house. Yesterday was a complete embarrassment. I found myself doing the math in my head during the game, and except for a few relative high’ish points, it’s been 23 years since I’ve been feeling positive about our team. Like the government, fire them all.

  • Damage

    You know who Greg Little is? He’s Antonio Byrant, minus the collegiate accolades. I honest to allah don’t care about celebrating, but pick & choose your f***ing spots. It shows zero awareness. It’s embarrassing.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    We should try Greg Little at free safety. I’m dead serious… who says he’s a wide receiver anyway? He was a supreme athlete without a position when we drafted him and he’s the same thing now that he’s on the Browns. The fact that he can’t concentrate for 1 second to catch a ball won’t hurt our team quite as much if he’s roaming around in the secondary. (I’m actually half-kidding with this comment, not dead serious)

  • http://twitter.com/clevezirm Jordan Zirm

    I think the most baffling thing about this regime has been their refusal not only to bring a veteran wide receiver to mentor and help any of these young guys (not to mention Brandon Weeden), but their continued drafting of guys like Little and Gordon, two guys that did not play football for over a year and who have difficulty catching the ball. You know, that thing that receivers do. Their stubbornness has forced these guys to be thrust into starting positions that they are nowhere near ready for, and it’s almost mind-blowing.

  • Garry_Owen

    So, “not quite dead yet” serious?

  • DontbringLBJback

    Plaxico Burress and TO are looking sooooooo good right now.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Bring our yer dead, G_O. We’ve already got 4 or 5 Browns stacked on the wheelbarrow as it is.

  • BenRM

    Maybe on Plax, but TO couldn’t make the Seahawks.

  • Gren

    When those project players actually develop and sort out their character issues, 90% of the time they aren’t playing with the team that drafted them. I’m sick of projects I want talent!

    Even if it is with free agent character guys, take a chance on someone we know is a talent (Plax), not someone who might have potential (Little, Mass, Gordon, Benjamin, Cameron… heck the entire WR corps).

  • BuckeyeDawg

    I about lost it when I saw this screwball posing and gesturing to the stands after catching a 3 yard out route. Yes, it was for a 1st down, but it was a 3 yard out. This was shortly after dropping the crossing route where he had a good 15-20 yards in front of him on 3rd down. He’s down to his last strike as far as I’m concerned. If you can’t catch the ball, you can’t play WR. It’s that simple.

  • JRS19

    Yeah, that’s true. That Bills-Browns playoff game was 1990. It has been almost 23 years…Damn it is depressing being a Browns fan. It’s also gotten to the point where I accept the laughing that inevitably follows my admission of being a Browns fan when sports talk happens around the office.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Oh coach it’s not the ’80s anymore welcome to the new era of the NFL where doing your job just part of the time is cause for celebration. Heckert can’t draft WRs it’s clear he can only live off that DeSean Jackson selection in Philly for so long.

  • Garry_Owen

    What would be the risk in signing Plax? I can’t figure it out. Seems like nothing but upside. The only risk that I can possible consider is that they’d have to drop someone from the 53 man roster.
    (Hey, Marecic! Don’t try to hide in the back row there! We see you!)

  • bobbyd

    See this is what happens when you give every kid a trophy for showing up. Start giving trophies to the winners only.

  • brownstowner

    Julio Jones would’ve been nice to have about now. Ugh, the Falcons sold us a lemon.

  • Sean Anthony

    Maybe if we spent more time on the team rather than working on a fan free environment, we might make some progress. Don’t forget to text ###-###-#### about the fan that is cheering or standing too much so we can remove the 3 points we get for being the home team. BTW, if you text something like, “The Browns suck” to that number, they block you for awhile. At least it’s something to do while you are sitting in your seat waiting for the embarrassment to end.

  • Jaker

    I clicked the down button by mistake, just wanted everyone to that this is awesome and in no way is there someone out there who would dislike this comment

  • Garry_Owen

    Whew. Now I just need to figure out how to recall that hit squad I sent to your house.
    Don’t worry. I’m sure I’ll figure it out. All the same, though, you might consider laying low for a while. A couple of weeks should do.

  • mgbode

    would we have even picked Julio there? Heckert was looking at the defense that draft and JJ Watt was taken just a few picks later (among other DL there as well – Fairley may have been under consideration).

    Weeden, Little, Taylor are the 3 main pieces we got. Still a long way to go to figure out that trade.

  • jjjou812@aol.com

    Greg Little’s conduct is exactly what is wrong with this team. He celebrates a minor accomplishment (catching the ball for a first down) when behind by 10, after having dropped 2-3 balls already. Here is a guy that doesn’t care if they win or lose, only if he has good personal stats. Congrats man, you finally did your job. On second thought, maybe him catching the ball is a major accomplishment because they can not score or win a game. Greg Little must have grown up in the era of “participation trophies.” Bench him, trade him, fine him, but get him off the field.

  • Steve

    This is an impressive leap in logic. You show no understanding about how and why we treat children sports like we do. Young children get trophies because it doesn’t matter who wins, and you want everyone to have fun so they come back and play next year. As they grow up, they naturally realize the increasing importance of the final result, and we adjust our reward strategy accordingly.

  • BrownieBob

    Ok… a few points to make to get everyone thinking…
    1. Would you rather have Joe Thomas or Ben Rothlesberger?????…. best LT in football or ” barely ” top 10 QB???…..I thought so……LT position is way overrated….
    2. Its been 27 games since we scored at least 30 points…..guess how many since we scored 40???……37 games…..In the last 51 games we have only scored 28 or more points 4 times……people….eventually you have to score to win games…and we just dont score……But we have a great LT !!!!!!!!!…..
    3. Plaxico or TO would instantly be the best receiver on this team….how sad is that…And why would we grab one of them and see if Weeden do well with a real receiver????/
    4. It seems like when evaluating everything we seem to forget that schemes are often times way more important than talent….how else to explain all the upsets??? trouble is we dont do very well in that area…..because our head coach is lost in a fog……
    5. For all of you that ” want ” Gruden or Cowher….remember, you would have been saying the same thing about Holmgren if in fact he wasnt here…..just saying…..
    6. I do think TRich will be a star……but we need a passing game to help him get started and his confidence built up…..

  • Steve

    Nice work shammy. Absolutely right. It may be frustrating to watch as fans, but it doesn’t affect the outcome of the game. Little isn’t planning dances instead of studying the playbook.

  • Steve

    The Giants and the Patriots played in the Super Bowl last year (and a couple years before, and are continuously among the best teams in the game, etc) because they both have some of the best lines in the game (both sides of the ball). You need great line play.

  • bobbyd

    really thats your answer. How about throwing the kids a party if they don’t when and give them rinkets and awards but save the 3 foot trophy for when they win something. Stop making wimps out of your kids, let them fail. Let them cry over a loss, don’t reward them for their loss with a 3 foot trophy.

  • Steve

    How many kids do you know have 3 foot trophies for losing? Participation trophies are small enough that kids lose them.

    If people want young children to cry, I am going to seriously lose faith in humanity. The ultimate reason you play (until you make the pros and get paid) is that you love the game. We want to make children love the game, not let parents refuse to grow up and live vicariously through their kids. Your 9 year old is not a wimp because his football league is fun for everyone.

  • BuckeyeDawg

    I’m sure Greg Little’s behavior is the direct result of receiving a participation ribbon when he was in elementary school. Right.

    Who is handing out “3 foot trophies” after a loss? Is this happening anywhere in the real world? Perhaps we should stop awarding silver and bronze medals at the Olympics as well? Second place is first loser, after all…

    There is nothing wrong with recognizing effort at lower levels, so long as you phase that out as kids get older and start approaching the “real world”. Steve explained it well.

  • Sean Anthony

    And I’m a season ticket holder forced to sit through this sorry excuse for a team, so I am allowed to say they suck.

  • porckchopexpress

    Why do we call Sam “coach”? How long has it been since he held that job, 20-30 years? My short list of people who keep a title for life after vacating the position; POTUS, Heavyweight Champion, and coach. The first two I get because of the few number of people who have ever held those positions. There are literally 10’s of thousands of people to hold the title “coach”. Is it the teaching aspect? Because I was and will be a teacher, and in this interim period nobody addresses me as “Teach” in fact nobody addressed me that way when I was teaching. I guess I’m just not getting it.

  • LazyDawg

    Did Edwards change his name to Little and sneak onto the team?

  • http://www.facebook.com/anne.dunn.144 Anne Dunn

    Good one. They say that receivers who can’t catch become defensive backs. Little may be the expert on dropped passes. He could put that talent to good use.on defense/ And it’s not like he spent a long time learning how to be a receiver.

  • markn95

    Uhh, with that clown I wouldn’t be so sure.

  • brownstowner

    Yes, I’m pretty confident we would’ve picked Julio there if we hadn’t done another patented Browns trade-down maneuver. Facts are that Greg Little and Josh Gordon are both assclowns. Meanwhile, Julio Jones might be a top 10 receiver in the league by year’s end.

    That my friend in a nutshell is why we will likely be waiting a long time for next year.

  • saggy

    I think if you “re-click” the same button it essentially “un-clicks” your effort.

  • saggy

    I can show you a 2.5-foot trophy for second place that my nephew just got. I was on a team that lost in the national finals of my sport back in 1994 and we got a freaking quarter-sized silver medal and a gift certificate to Hardee’s.

    @Steve who loses a trophy? mine when on my shelf. and, of course, since i am awesome, i had to build more shelves when those got full.

  • saggy

    May be?? Julio is a top-3 WR right now.

  • mgbode

    honestly, it’s debateable if he’s the best WR on his own team. he is definitely in the discussion.

    regardless, my point above was that we were building the defense in that draft and looking heavily at DL. there is a good chance we take Fairley or JJ Watt or another DL at that slot if we didn’t have the trade down setup with ATL.

  • mgbode

    it is sort of a circle argument. if the kids care enough about the game and the outcome, then they will cry if they lose. heck, they might cry if they win.

    crying isn’t a bad thing, it just means that they cared enough that it hurt them. the job of the parent is to make sure they understand it’s a good thing and build them back up so they can focus on why they cared so much.