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Playing the What Could Have Been card- “This is a remarkably sophisticated answer for a rookie. In fact, it’s a remarkably sophisticated answer for anyone. For years, the prevailing ethic among NFL players was that a player’s primary obligation was to stay on the field no matter how seriously they were injured. This created a code of self-destructive omertà, the results of which you can see limping around the various Super Bowl buffets, blankly looking for the wives they left behind a minute and a half ago. What Griffin is arguing here is that he owed it to his teammates to be honest with himself and with his doctors about whether he was ready to play. That honesty about his condition was his primary obligation as a teammate.” [Pierce/Grantland]—-
Chris takes his weekly look at the Browns’ play totals- “I’m still lost as to what Usama Young has shown to be our starting safety. Both of our safeties really struggle in pass coverage. Now that Joe Haden is back, I’d like to see Eric Hagg get a few more reps in the lineup again.” [Pokorny/Dawgs By Nature]
“One of the best wrestlers in Ohio high school history, Fickell still carries that mentality with him as a coach. There is never room for satisfaction, only improvement. At the end of the season, then you can reflect and be appreciative of the final product. If things continue like they have so far, that finished product could be a masterpiece. Ohio State is undefeated and ranked in the top 10 of the Associated Press poll in a year many considered the Buckeyes as an afterthought.
But to keep that unbeaten streak alive, it will take a better defensive effort. Like the team, Ohio State’s defense ranks in the top 10. The only problem is it’s in the Big Ten, not the country. The vaunted Silver Bullets are 10th in the league, ahead of just two teams.” [Rowland/Eleven Warriors]
“So how good will Tyler Zeller be this season? No way to know, but it is hard not to be encouraged by the early results. Zeller is smart, and doesn’t shy away from contact so there is reason to believe that he will be an effective rebounder and defender, perhaps sooner than we think. How his body will withstand the pro game is an open question. Against Orlando the other night (yes, it was preseason, I know) Zeller played 19 minutes and scored 10 points on 4 of 5 shooting. He had 5 rebounds in that time, but only one was defensive. Does he have an effective post game? Maybe not, but the Cavaliers are building around guards who can break people down off the dribble and distribute. Too many times last season guards found our centers for high percentage shots that for whatever reason they just couldn’t convert. Tristan Thompson doesn’t get a free pass here, either. But it does seem to me like a good idea to simply find guys who do possess good touch and can finish around the rim. Zeller could already be there. He is also a proficient free throw shooter and finds himself at the line regularly.” [Zavac/Fear the Sword]
“Again, it’s just the preseason. But Casspi is doing all the little things better than he did at the end of last year – moving without the ball, finishing at the rim, playing with confidence, etc. With Alonzo Gee and now even C.J. Miles in front of him, Casspi’s only choice is to make the absolute most of the minutes he receives. So far, it’s been difficult for coach Byron Scott to keep him off the court.
And as we saw Monday, a good night from Casspi may mean the difference between winning and falling into irrelevancy. That may sound overly dramatic – but if the Cavs are to challenge for the playoffs, a lot of it will be the result of how well the role players fare.” [Amico/FSO]