April 24, 2014

While We’re Waiting… Playoffs? We’re talking playoffs?

While We’re Waiting serves as the early morning gathering of WFNY-esque information for your viewing pleasure. Have something you think we should see? Send it to our tips email at tips@waitingfornextyear.com.

“The early returns on the 2012 draft appear fruitful with four rookies starting on offense in Richardson, Weeden, Schwartz and Gordon. Johnson starts on defense. Winn and Hughes are playing key roles and both started when Taylor and Rubin were injured.

The weakest year appears to be 2010 which was Heckert’s first year when he was bringing in players for Mangini’s system. He seems to be much better at bringing in players that fit the system he was accustomed to with the Eagles. Heckert said when he joined the Browns that he would build through the draft and he has. Heckert has drafted 12 of the 22 starters.” [Greetham/The OBR]

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This story from Saturday was gut-wrenching to watch live- “Senior Army quarterback Trent Steelman sat heartbroken on the bench after the Black Knights fumbled with a little more than a minute to go, giving away their last chance to beat Navy. He sobbed on the bench and kept sobbing through the traditional singing of the alma maters, as teammates and even Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo tried to console him.

We all got to see Steelman’s raw realization he would never beat Navy, and it was also apparent he understood how close Army came to breaking its long losing streak to its rival.” [Schwab/Dr. Saturday]

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Awesome idea. Would love to see more of this. “Texans players will wear the jackets on their trip to Foxboro, Mass., as the Texans face the Patriots on Monday Night Football. The 11-1 Texans may the the best team in the AFC (and perhaps in the NFL), but they’re still looking for any motivational edge they can get as they prepare to deal with the 9-3 Pats on national television. The idea, according to Barwin, was to recall the high school days most every Texans player can fondly remember.

“We have a dress code,” Barwin said. “Everybody’s going to wear them on the plane, on the trip to New England, on the bus. [I'm] pushing for khaki pants, white shirt, blue tie, jacket, so it looks like we’re about to get on a yellow bus with shoulder pads in our hands.”

There were no objections. Every player on the team got their own custom jacket with his jersey number and position. Even cornerback Stanforf Routt, acquired off the waiver wire this week, has put in an emergency order so that he can fit in.” [Farrar/Shutdown Corner]

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“There were five centers selected in the first round of the 2012 NBA draft. Two of them were on display at Quicken Loans Arena on Saturday: Detroit’s Andre Drummond and Cleveland’s Tyler Zeller. Drummond appears to have the most upside of the five centers, while Zeller might have the most skills.

If Zeller keeps making a 15-foot jumper, by the end of the season he could move into the starting lineup next to Anderson Varejao. His outside shot separates him from his peers. He’s averaging 7.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 0.6 blocks. Zeller is shooting 43.9 percent from the field and 58.3 percent from the foul line. The poor display at the foul line is peculiar since he shot 77.4 percent from the line in his four-year career at North Carolina.” [Finnan/News Herald]

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Here’s your “we won three games in a row can we make the playoffs” post. [Dawgs by Nature]

  • mgbode

    hey, the playoffs are most likely not happening (maybe 10% odds now of all that happening), but the fact we can still have these discussions about a possible week17 playoff game against Pitt is fun.

    and we are 1 win away from a very interesting Ori post as well.

  • ThatAlex

    The Denver game in 2 weeks singlehandedly drives the odds of the Browns making the playoffs way down…

  • mgbode

    there is a way for Denver to be locked into the 3seed by kickoff and not care about the game:

    1. NE wins the next 3 games to get to 12-3
    2. Denver loses next week to the Ravens and drops to 10-4
    3. NE holds the tiebreaker, so they would have locked themselves into the 2seed and Denver may not want to risk Peyton’s health.

    NE has the 1pm EST kickoff and we are at 4pm EST vs. Denver, so we will know the results at worst sometime in the 1st quarter.

  • Garry_Owen

    But what if they sit Manning? He likes to ride the bench in situations like this.
    Dream along with me . . .

  • mgbode

    I tried to work out a situation where he would sit. I couldn’t find it.

    If NE wins the next 3 games (they have early game wk16, we have late), then they will lockup the 2seed if Denver loses to Baltimore next week. But, if Denver loses to Baltimore, then Denver will be fighting with the Ravens for the 3seed.

    Sadly, it doesn’t look to work out in our favor. We are going to have to beat Denver the good old fashioned way with them trying their hardest.

  • Garry_Owen

    Yeah, I agree. But that’s why it’s called “dreaming.”

    But what if NE doesn’t win, and Denver beats Baltimore? NE could very easily lose tonight and possibly next week, and Baltimore doesn’t look anything like the unbeatable team that many thought they could be this year. In fact, I think Denver is the overall better team (which admittedly doesn’t bode [get it? I bet you've NEVER heard that before!] well for us).

    It could happen! Dream along with me!

  • mgbode

    NE has the tiebreaker over Denver, so the Broncos need a 2 game lead before kickoff to have locked up the 2seed. If NE loses the next 3 weeks, then they’ll be sitting at 9-6. If Denver beats Baltimore, then they’ll be at 11-3 and have it locked up.

    So, NE has Houston tonight, then SF, then JAX. The first 2 are definitely possible and the last one could be a fluke win? So, you are saying there’s a chance!!! Go Texans!

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    and I prefer “bode” to only be used in positive light :)

  • Jaker

    He does owe us for the time against Tennessee… Ahh, 2008

  • Garry_Owen

    Wasn’t that 2007? I was at the SF game in Week 17. Fans had the Colts horseshoe drawn on orange helmets. To this day, I hate the Colts, and always will (not to mention the intentional tanking last year to draft #1).

  • steve-o

    I’m not proud of this, but i just did the math and our odds are roughly 1%. I’m still geeked about it though. The odds haven’t been this good after week 14 since 2007.

  • BuckeyeDawg

    so you’re saying there’s a chance?

    Talking about a 1% chance of making the playoffs still beats the heck out of talking about draft position like we usually are at this point in the season…

    Oh, and the thought of a play-in game week 17 in Pittsburgh? Let’s just say that would be…fun. Really fun.

  • Natedawg86

    10% seems high no? I am trying to figure out how I can get action on this one. $20 could net me some serious cash haha

  • Natedawg86

    We will play Bal in first round of PO. It will snow in Denver and turn into a FG and ground and pound game which we will win. Cincy will lose to Bal and Philly, Pitts will lose this weekend to Dallas…book it

  • mgbode

    we should be favored in a FG-fest in Denver. Phil Dawson is in range once he steps into the stadium at that altitude.

  • Natedawg86

    I got $10 on it. Where do I sign up

  • Natedawg86

    Even if it is not a play in game for us, it could be a play out game for Pitt!