While We’re Waiting… The Browns are coming after your QB.

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“The Cleveland Browns could’ve gone with the flashy pick by drafting West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith. They could’ve played it safe by taking Alabama’s Dee Milliner, the top-rated cornerback in the draft.

Instead, Cleveland made the right move in going with LSU pass-rusher Barkevious Mingo with the No. 6 overall pick, sending a message to the rest of the league: The Browns are coming after your quarterback this season.” [Hensley/AFC North Blog]

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“Mingo is an athletic freak and NFL Network’s Mike Mayock was quick to compare him to last year’s first-round pick Bruce Irvin of the Seattle Seahawks. “Exact same height, weight and speed,” Mayock said. “He’s an explosive presence off the edge.”

Irvin had eight sacks for Seattle last season. Hopefully the similarities continue.” [Delco/The OBR]

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“There’s always concern when a college defensive end has to switch to linebacker in the pros. I asked Rob Chudzinski about that, and the Browns rookie head coach believes Mingo will make the adjustment. He said Mingo has the intellect to understand when it’s time to rush, and when he may have to cover a slot receiver or a tight end going out for a pass.

The last time the Browns made a move like this at the top of the draft, it was with Kamerion Wimbley. He became a very solid pro linebacker.” [Pluto/Cleveland.com]

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“Mingo is the most explosive pass rusher in this entire draft class and he possesses immense upside. While at LSU, Mingo was forced to play in a contain role from his left defensive end position. On the rare occasion that Mingo was asked to play on the edge, he was extremely disruptive and regularly beat offensive tackles to the edge. Mingo is more stout at the point of attack in the run game than given credit for and he has the tools to greatly improve. All in all, Mingo has everything that you look for in an edge rusher and if he ever reaches his potential, he could develop into the best player from this draft class when it’s all said and done.” [Leister/DraftBrowns]

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“When Byron Scott was fired by the Cleveland Cavaliers, I had some questions. I wasn’t shy about voicing the fact that I thought it was the wrong decision. We’ve gone over all of the reasons time and time again — Byron didn’t have enough time, the injuries were relentless, the team was so young, etc. When I looked at all of those factors, something just didn’t add up.

I had some unanswered questions.

Coach Scott is a good coach and he’s had plenty of success in the past. This team is clearly in a rebuilding phase and has pretty obviously not been built to win games over the past couple of seasons. So why would you fire a proven coach that the players like? Was it because they haven’t won enough games? Was it purely the lack of defensive progress? Without access to what was really going on behind the scenes, it looked like a poor decision. It looked like Chris Grant and Dan Gilbert were just trying to find a scapegoat and pin it all on Byron Scott. From where I stood, it appeared like the Cavs fired Byron Scott just for the sake of it. And I didn’t like that.” [Kaczmarek/Fear the Sword]

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“The Buckeye receiving corps is a far cry from the “clown show” that Meyer declared they were last spring. That may have been more motivating tactic than reality, but there is no doubt Ohio State’s wideouts are a stronger unit heading into 2013.

That starts with Corey Brown. Meyer announced after spring practice that Brown was playing at an All-Big Ten level. In my opinion, he was an All-Big Ten receiver last fall. Brown was the Buckeyes’ security blanket. He was the go-to receiver on third down, particularly in the underneath to middle zone with the offensive staff moving him between the Z outside position and H slot role to ensure he was generally the primary target. Brown became better after the catch as the season progressed. The key will be continuing to improve in that regard. He also demonstrated an adept ability this spring to adjust and catch vertical routes.” [Fulton/Eleven Warriors]

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Finally, the official list of Indians’ players at-bat music- “Some do it better than others. And with that in mind, let’s see how the 2013 Cleveland Indians did in selecting their pump-up tunes, in our much-anticipated annual “at-bat music” installment of CastroTurf.” [Castrovince/MLB.com]

  • http://twitter.com/RickWFNY rick grayshock

    Technical difficulties. My apologies for the late publish on while we’re waiting this morning.

  • Porkchop

    By technical difficulties do you mean you were doing a shot each time Gruden said “National Football League!!!” last night? No that cant be it. You’d been dead of alcohol poisoning by 8:15

  • http://twitter.com/RickWFNY rick grayshock

    Every once in a while, for reasons we really can’t figure out a scheduled post ‘misses’ going live. It’s annoying, but doesn’t happen all that often.

  • JNeids

    Maybe the Mingo ate yo’ QB!

  • mgbode

    sorry Rick, forgot to send you this one last night. Very good write-up on Mingo (and Jordan) IMO:

    http://www.footballoutsiders.com/futures/2013/futures-olbs-dion-jordan-and-barkevious-mingo

  • mgbode

    Brett Myers: “Answers To No One” by Colt Ford

    Could it be more fitting?

  • boomhauertjs

    While We’re Waiting… The Browns are coming after your QB and leaving your WR’s wide open (except one).

  • http://twitter.com/RickWFNY rick grayshock

    I think that’s my favorite Mingo name pun so far!

  • JNeids

    I smell TShirt idea!!

    What number is Quentin Groves? I wanna get a jersey and change the name on the back to “Magnum.”

  • mgbode

    oh, and to all, I highly suggest taking a look at that Chik-Fil-A play. It is absolutely amazing how quick he gets across and down the LOS to stop the RB and strip him.

  • mgbode

    but good luck finding them with Mingo in your face!

  • https://twitter.com/jimkanicki jimkanicki

    doesnt take long to throw a jump ball to The Skrine Side.
    /ass defense.

  • Harv 21

    Kaczmarek echoes a common reason not to fire a coach that I think is just wrong. You don’t need to be sure the replacement is better if you are sure the current coach is failing. Stability is not always a positive. Sometimes a coach is clearly not working out (like when the team as a whole frequently refuses to give effort), or maybe even doing damage. If a GM thinks a replacement, even a first-time head coach, might be better, that’s a legit reason to fire the current one.

    No one likes change, but there’s no need to keep a guy just because he’s Byron Scott. Guys may coach better in one situation than another, but the coach must positively influence the team culture. When for three straight seasons, with different guys on the roster, the team as a whole quits for weeks at a time and only a couple defense-first players show the inclination to play any defense, this is indicative of a coaching issue more than a talent issue. Bad players and young players can try and do try. Ours did not.

  • mgbode

    if Mingo doesn’t deflect that pass :)

    also, still time to draft a CB, Sheldon Brown still looking for work, FS can be used on that side of the field, et cetera

    go watch the Mingo v. Clemson game and try not to smile. he plays out of control, but causes havoc on nearly every play.

    (yeah, CB2, FS, OG, TE are still concerns)

  • https://twitter.com/jimkanicki jimkanicki

    i loved mingo in college. in particular, the chik-fil-a he was hugely disruptive. (although the net of mingo’s work was tajh boyd rose to the top of my 2014 draft board.)

    my harumphing is just this:
    I’d be all in on Mingo if we hadn’t just SIGNED TWO FREE-AGENT EDGE RUSHERS AND MOVED OUR BEST PASS RUSHER TO THE POSITION MINGO PLAYS.

  • Harv 21

    great find, mg. I’m sure the Big Bens and Flaccos will sidestep a lot of his burst into the pocket and still make their plays, but maybe they’ll also step right into Kruger coming from the other side. Hopefully the days of the opponent QB standing calmly in the pocket and checking to the third receiver are dwindling.

    He’ll need to come up with something other than a spin move and straight speed rush, but so do all rooks. And he’ll have to gain some weight while keeping that burst. But on the other hand, the Steelers may have to draft some new O-linemen pretty high next year. Wouldn’t it be sweet to force a division rival to counter our moves for once.

  • mgbode

    surprised you have Boyd over Bridgewater. and yes, I agree that we should have done something different in FA, but I’m not going to knock getting the best pass rusher in the draft.

    as I noted before the draft, I hated that we entered the draft with obvious, urgent needs. it tends to cause teams to over-react and reach for those needs. it’s actually a bit refreshing to see us still take the BPA (as I prefer that strategy – ESPECIALLY in the top10).

    now, I still want to hear Banner/Lombardi discuss what our plan is for CB2, FS, OG, TE.

  • https://twitter.com/jimkanicki jimkanicki

    we’ll see next season, but boyd showed A LOT in that game. (as did hopkins.)

    that was a great game; most memorable bowl of the season.

  • tsm

    All the draft “experts” indicate that this is a deep draft and the guys in rounds 2-4 are not much worse that the top guys. I think we will draft secodnary help in the rest of the draft. I agree with their philosophy that you must attack the QB. Remember, even Montana throwing to Rice (2 of the best ever) did not work when LT & the NYG defense was in his face all day at the NFV championship game back in 86. Same wit Bray-Moss after their undefeated season. It wasn’t the secondary that stopped those great passing attacks, it was the relentless pass rush.

  • mgbode

    yes, that was the best game of the bowl season.

    Bridgewater just shocked me with how easy he picked apart an incredibly good Gator defense and he had noone as good as Hopkins on his side.

    also, it is an absolute crime against sports that Louisville and Clemson didn’t find a way for the future ACC rivals to play against each other next season.

  • mgbode

    if Mingo becomes our LT, then there will be no counter move

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Unlike Geno Smith I like Bridgewater.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Mingo the merciless!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    ^5

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    The Bengals offense got alot scarier!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Sheard being your best pass rusher is a scary thing which is probably why you saw Mingo drafted in addition to the signing of Krueger. I can’t see Sheard translating as well in this new defense so maybe there is still a possibility he’ll be traded. Maybe that trade will help ease some of our secondary concerns I don’t know.

  • humboldt

    Is this a verbatim quote from Jimmy Haslam’s last press conference?

    /rebated

  • Harv 21

    “Never show a fool half-finished work,”

    [Russian proverb]