Scott Raab on the Browns beating the Ravens, Chris Perez and Chris Grant’s future – WFNY Podcast – 2013-11-04

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WFNY Podcast LogoScott Raab ended this week’s podcast telling everyone to go to the dentist, don’t do drugs and stay in school. You should listen all the way to the end to see how we got there. As per usual, here’s the email I sent Scott last night.


They beat the Ravens. It was a “proof of parity” game for the Browns. The Cleveland Browns with Jason Campbell are no longer defying the rules of parity in the NFL! There’s nothing like going into a bye week with a win. Love it. Love being consistently mediocre with a chance to win. I hate myself for loving it as much as I do.

Farewell Chris Perez. There was a lot of talk about Chris Perez’ legacy this week in Cleveland and it seems like a waste of breath. I supported Chris Perez talking when he was in Cleveland because I kind of like it when athletes don’t shy away from saying something real as opposed to a cookie-cutter phrase. But Perez is proof positive that you can erase anything good you did by being an a******.

You look at Vinnie Pestano and how he imploded this year and how the fans stuck by him, and it kind of tells the tale. Pestano didn’t have anywhere near the success for the Tribe that Perez did, and because he was such a nice guy they supported him even when he failed them on the field.

There’s a Josh Cribbs thought in here as well. Totally different case, but he seems to put all that good will in jeopardy from time to time with a quote or a tweet.

Granted, I still don’t understand why fans would be upset with Josh Cribbs for talking trash about his former teammates and coaches. It isn’t like he said Browns fans quit at any point. But here were a bunch of Cleveland fans presumably getting bent out of shape as if they needed to spring to the defense of Mike Holmgren, Pat Shurmur, Eric Mangini Braylon Edwards, or Romeo Crennel.

Lastly, I asked on Twitter, despite how early it is, what if the Cavs stink this year? How much rope does Chris Grant have? Again, I know it’s ridiculously early, but Michael Carter-Williams and Ben McLemore (for example) are already showing things in the NBA. Anthony Bennett has two points in three games with those two points coming on free throws. Plus as you’ve noted time and again, he’s out of shape.

So, does Chris Grant get until after the presumed LBJ free agency if they fail to win this year?

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  • mddawg

    I for one was delighted with the Chudzinski hire as I live in NC and saw what he did with the Panther’s offense and Cam Newton in particular. The front office has to get credit for hiring him and recommending Ray Horton to him as a DC.

  • Harv 21

    so, the Browns have spread their local broadcast affiliates in order to dilute media criticism of the organization? Ok, sure Raab, no valid biz reason, fear of bad pub in a town of slavish fans is the reason. Yes, yes! – this FO is the very embodiment of manipulative evil. I turned off the podcast right there.

    I am a huge fan of this guy’s writing but really, WFNY, you’re not doing your site any favors by featuring him every single week. It seems like the gig has gotten so good to him that he’s lost any inclination to control his worst impulses. He’s this close to becoming Mike Trivisonno with a bigger vocabulary. What a huge favor he’s doing us saps, clearing everything up.

  • dimoko

    i agree harv. Raab likes to intimidate every time Craig says something he doesnt agree with.