While We’re Waiting is a space on the WaitingForNextYear website where we share links every day. We’ve been doing it for about four years or so. Denny Mayo used to be much more amusing with his intros, if you recall. You know the drill: Email us with suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“In 2012, over a five game stretch, Richardson carried the ball at least 20 times during those games and the Browns won three of the five, while Richardson averaged just under 100 yards per game. He had 24 rushes for 122 yards and a score in a win over the Chargers, followed by a 25 for 105 yards in a loss to the Ravens.
In Week 10, Richardson had 28 carries for 95 yards in a loss to the Cowboys, followed by 29 rushes for 85 yards and a touchdown in a win over the Steelers. He had 20 carries for 72 yards and a score in a win over the Raiders in Week 12. The next week, the Browns beat the Chiefs 30-7 and Richardson had 18 rushes for just 42 yards and two touchdowns.
In the other 10 games of the season, Richardson had less than 20 carries, averaged 47 yards a game and the Browns were 2-8. He didn’t play in the season finale against the Steelers.” [Greetham/Orange and Brown Report]
WFNY’s Rick joins Will Leitch on his Will Leitch Experience podcast to wrap up a week of Cleveland podcasts at SportsOnEarth.com
The guys at Eleven Warriors take a look at Ohio State’s read option and the success Kenny Guiton had running it.
“Words cannot describe the sheer silly joy that I took from watching Guiton destroy San Diego State with a relatively simple play, over and over and over. You probably got bored after halftime, but it’s important to point out that Guiton was the leading rusher for the entire game last week. Of course, with that said, let’s be clear, even though Kenny Guiton is clearly an athletic dude, he isn’t Braxton Miller athletic. But the beauty of the read option is that he doesn’t have to be, he has to be just athletic enough to allow trickeration and execution do its work.
See, what I love about the read option is that it is an incredible equalizer in an inherently unfair game.
For much of football, if you’re bigger, stronger, faster, whatever, then you have a marked advantage over people who are not. It’s a constant reminder that the world is inherently mean to the little guy and that unfortunately, nice guys often finish last.
But the beauty of the sport is that there are always people looking for exceptions to the rule. Creative, skilled people will always try and find ways to subvert the system if it is stacked against them. The read option is part of this.
And the fact that Kenny Guiton ran this play to perfection last weekend is the topping on the delicious ice cream sundae of hubris that comes when a skinny, relatively slow, and unheralded quarterback reads the intent in the eyes of an overexcited defensive player and completely burns their britches by doing what they never expected: make the right read almost every. Single. Time.” [Ginter/Eleven Warriors]
“With the Indians sitting in striking distance of a wild card spot and a trip to the 2013 Major League playoffs, many questions have arisen in regards to the success of the team over the last few weeks of the season. One such issue is the ability of the rotation to remain strong as the grueling MLB season takes its toll on arm and body. If the rotation can hold up and stay strong, the Tribe has a chance at success, if they falter, the Indians are in a great deal of trouble.
Justin Masterson was the Indians ace to start the year, and he pitched like it through the first five months of the season. He leads the Indians with 14 wins and a 3.52 ERA. He is also fifth in the American League in strikeouts with 188. He faltered early on in August, but he has given up two runs or less in each of his last three starts and has emerged as one of the top pitchers in the AL. In his last start, he strained his oblique and will be out for an indeterminate amount of time. He was pitching strong and looked like he was going to be a leader in that rotation down the stretch. His return this season is in question, but his ability on the mound is not. Masterson is the Indians ace and has some of the best numbers of any starting pitcher in the AL.” [Tellalian/Did The Tribe Win Last Night]
Terry Pluto catches up with former Indians’ phenom Jaret Wright.
“Wright had not been to Cleveland since that 2007 game until being invited back last weekend as part of the Indians’ alumni program.
“Everyone has been super to me,” said Wright. “Just driving up to the park, my heart beat a little faster. The memories are vivid.”
Wright opened the 1997 season at Akron’s Canal Park. Not only was that his first game in Class AA, it was the first game at that new stadium in downtown Akron. By the end of June, Wright was pitching in Cleveland.
“Back then, I never was nervous,” he said. “I was ready for anything.”
Wright had a fastball in the 95-99 mph range. He had an angry slider that sliced the outside corner against right-handed hitters. He had a change-up that dived and fluttered away from lefties.
“I felt like I could just blow people away,” he recalled.
Wright was the Tribe’s first-round draft pick in 1994, the No. 10 selection. He’s the son of Clyde Wright, who pitched 10 years in the majors with a 100-111 record. As a senior in high school, he was written up in a small story by Sports Illustrated. Often, at least 30 scouts were at his games. He also was an excellent high school linebacker.” [Pluto/The Plain Dealer]
The NFL has produced a new web series to show fans the future of their great league.
“NFL.com has launched “NFL 2020,” an exclusive eight-part video series looking into the future of the NFL and what football will be like, both on and off the field, in the year 2020. Hosted by Seattle Seahawksquarterback Russell Wilson and located at NFL.com/2020, NFL.com’s “NFL 2020″ examines the ever-changing landscape of the NFL.
With the help of highly acclaimed NFL reporters Peter King, Armen Keteyian and Sam Farmer, along with NFL players Ryan Clark, Justin Tuckand head coach of the Super Bowl-champion Baltimore Ravens John Harbaugh, the series looks at every facet of the NFL, from the background of future players, to the changes in fan experience, the evolution of football equipment and the perception of the NFL in the wider culture.
The first webisode, “Look and Feel,” launched Friday, Sept. 13 and can be viewed here: http://www.nfl.com/2020.
Former NFL players Eric Davis, Terrell Davis, Lavar Arrington and Jeff Garcia will dig deeper into each webisode on NFL Network’s “NFL AM,” which airs weekday mornings at 6 a.m. ET. On Friday, Sept. 13 and Tuesday, Sept. 17, the program will dissect the speculation of what NFL players will be like, physically and mentally, in 2020.” [NFL.com]