July 25, 2014

While We’re Waiting… Browns-Steelers renew rivalry

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Lots of advantages for the Browns in this detailed scouting report, with this being a solid final point: “Given the Steelers’ solid defense, there’s no way I can project some sort of a blowout. Yards will be tough to come by for Cleveland, but Pittsburgh’s struggles should set the offense up with some situations where they can manage a couple of field goals and a touchdown or two down the stretch. Many quarterbacks can rally a team from behind, but Batch isn’t one of them.” [Chris Pokorny/Dawgs By Nature]

This was a really neat story of two old friends, and on Sunday, two opposing defensive coordinators: “Jauron and LeBeau happen to be best friends. ‘He’s been a great example for me and a mentor,’ Jauron said of LeBeau last year. ‘If I had a mentor in the professional game, he would be it. He’s as good as it gets. He’s a good man.’” [Tony Grossi/ESPN Cleveland]

Here’s part of one list of thankful items related to the Browns. Anything else you’d add? “We’re thankful it’s not 2009 anymore, when the Browns were losing games 36-0. We’re thankful that there isn’t a quarterback controversy. Thankful that the plague of staph and bacterial infections appears to have subsided. That Randy Lerner is gone and Mike Holmgren soon will be too. We’re thankful the team has a new owner in Jimmy Haslam III who seems to give a crap. Like, really give a crap.” [Jimmy Weinland/Dawg Pound Daily]

Asking the dangerous question that has bugged the Browns since their return: “Is Weeden the guy? Everyone from fans to the team’s new CEO Joe Banner has asked that question. What we do know is, aside from a majority of the 2007 by Derek Anderson and a handful of games from Tim Couch and Kelly Holcomb, Weeden is arguably the best quarterback this team has had since 1999 in terms of possessing a complete skill set an NFL quarterback needs.” [Don Delco/The Orange & Brown Report]

A look from the other side now, with how the Steelers match up against the Browns: “With both Ben Roethlisberger and Byron Leftwich out due to injury, veteran Charlie Batch will take the helm of the offense. For some fans, this is a move that they cried for last week, and now they will get their wish. Batch seems to be a perfect fit for this style of play, and should be able to move the ball through the air. He could get a boost if the offensive line and running game show up to play again. Lost in the frustration of the divisional loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday night, is the fact that the running game performed well.” [Mark Mihalko/Steelers 101]

Man, it would have been just heart-breaking to be in Columbus and see Simon walk out in sweats: “John Simon walked slowly to midfield. It was Senior Day in Ohio Stadium, and the Buckeyes’ heart and soul, as Simon is often referred, was ready for his final act. But a serious knee injury suffered the previous week ended the captain’s career prematurely. Simon finished with a school record-tying four sacks at Wisconsin. He rehabbed throughout the week, but his knee never recovered to the level at which he could play. Ohio State completed its perfect season without him, knocking off Michigan, 26-21. But many shared the heartbreaking circumstances with Simon.” [Kyle Rowland/Eleven Warriors]

Another beautiful college football story from the Yahoo team: “In what may be the perfect summation of college football today, former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel was celebrated Saturday during the Buckeyes’ 26-21 victory over Michigan even though it was his breaking of NCAA rules that led to the program’s current postseason ban. That sanction cost 12-0 Ohio State a spot in the Big Ten title game and perhaps a shot at a national championship. If you’d think being responsible for such a mess would keep a person from the stadium, let alone being lifted in the air to the roaring delight of over 100,000 fans in attendance, well, you don’t understand college football.” [Dan Wetzel/Yahoo Sports]

And finally, in case you were curious, Deadspin lists that peculiar soundtrack ABC happened to use for the OSU-Michigan. You’re not crazy, it’s OK.