The Franchise Quarterback: An unconventional approach to conventional wisdom

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Today’s conventional wisdom holds that the key to success in the National Football League is finding the Holy Grail: The Franchise Quarterback. The pursuit of this goal—this Superhero and Knight in Shining Armor—is usually discussed as if everyone knows it is the most important factor in a team’s level of success, with no close second.

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The Colts suspension of Trent Richardson voids over $3.1 million


The tale of Trent Richardson gets stranger by the day. No, I’m not talking about him getting traded or his continual disappointment between the lines on an NFL field. I’m talking about his very standing in the league and with his current team, the Indianapolis Colts. Trent Richardson missed the Colts’ final two playoff games

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Watch the game-changing penalty on Paul Kruger’s sack of Andrew Luck

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The Cleveland Browns lost to the Colts on Sunday, and all the momentum seemed to change when Paul Kruger was charged with a personal foul on his sack of Andrew Luck. At the time, the play would have forced fourth and ten and a likely punt. As it turned out, the Colts got a 15-yard

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Manziel jersey sales are tops in the NFL, trending down

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Johnny Manziel’s jersey is still very popular despite the fact that he’s not the Cleveland Browns’ starting quarterback just yet. Dick’s Sporting Goods keeps track of such things and releases stats, likely as a way to get people to think and talk about jerseys. In their report, you can see Manziel’s jerseys decline as a

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Is this Trent Richardson’s last chance to prove he’s not a bust?


This season marks Trent Richardson’s last chance to claim he isn’t an NFL draft bust. While many consider him an unmitigated bust already (“Two yards per carry!”), he’s still a physical specimen that will make just about any coaching staff think they can work with him. And there are some mitigating factors for his struggles

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Making the case for the Cleveland Browns and Johnny Manziel

It’s a divisive topic. Every time anything hits the WFNY Facebook page regarding Johnny Manziel, there’s an immediate split among fans who love the idea of Johnny Manziel becoming a Cleveland Brown and those who are as opposed to it as if Johnny Manziel is a fierce combination of Ryan Leaf, Mark Sanchez, Michael Vick

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Why I don’t like the Trent Richardson trade… yet

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I have the feeling that there are more fans of the Trent Richardson trade than detractors at this point in time. That wasn’t the case on the day that the trade occurred, I don’t think. Those who claimed that the Browns were tanking the season (like I did) have been treated to a three game

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What do you make of Brandon Weeden? – Cleveland Browns Roundtable


Craig: The takeaways from this week’s game seem to be setting the tone for the rest of the season. We’re going to continually look to define Brandon Weeden. On one side there will be those who seem to defend him out of hope, those that will bash him out of preemptive judgement, and those that

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NFL Preseason: Colts 27 Browns 6


The Browns dropped to 2-1 on the preseason with an uninspiring 27-6 loss in Indianapolis on Saturday night. As fun as the Browns starters were to watch during the team’s first two preseason games, Saturday night in Indianapolis was just the opposite. Through two and a half quarters Andrew Luck and the Colts outplayed the

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I don’t feel like it, but let’s talk Browns

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People are always talking about the Browns, it seems. Usually I’m one of the ones talking the most, but I don’t really feel like it right now. So to prove it to you, I’ll talk Browns just enough to tell you why it’s kind of boring to me right now. Brandon Weeden’s name has been

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Heckert on difference between Browns and Colts

Tom Heckert had a statement released by the Browns today, but he also spoke to WKNR’s Tony Grossi and gave this little nugget. “The difference between us and the Colts is the Colts won the close games and we didn’t,” Heckert said. “We’ve proved we can play with anybody. I think the outlook is awesome.”

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On Brandon Weeden’s rookie season, and other Browns rookie records

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Over the past two weeks (part 1 and part 2), my good friend and colleague Rick has posted updates on some historic NFL records being accomplished by the current trio of rookies on the Browns offense: QB Brandon Weeden, RB Trent Richardson and WR Josh Gordon. In his initial post, I helped to provide some

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Browns lose very winnable game to Colts 17-13

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If Pat Shurmur thought he was embroiled when the team was 0-5 he ain’t seen nothing yet. Pat Shurmur will be able to say things to defend himself, but the second-guessing is just too obvious on this day to be baseless. Yes, Shurmur called what should have been a go-ahead TD pass to Josh Gordon

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WFNY Podcast – 2012-10-20 – Talking Colts with a Colts fan


When you write sports at a website like WFNY for a while you get to know your own kinds of fans. As many of you know my house is divided from a football perspective because my wife grew up in Indianapolis. I spared you my wife being on the podcast, but my brother-in-law is very

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While We’re Waiting … BDL Previews Cavs, Colts Scouting Report, Jack Hannahan’s Future


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 Kickstarting their annual team previews, KD begins with at least some more optimistic words this year about Kyrie the Kid: “The Cleveland Cavaliers, once

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Browns vs. Colts – Reader Survey


Editor’s note: For those who are disappointed that we no longer do “The Browns Will Win If…” with discussion, etc. Have no fear. We’ll still be doing something like that via podcasting. Rick and I are planning on previewing the matchup this week. Plus, if you want to go ahead and break down the matchup

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Richardson, Weeden in top five for rookie jersey sales

Dick’s Sporting Goods does the Jersey Report all season long indicating what jerseys are selling best nationwide. While Andrew Luck and Peyton Manning lead the overall list, the Browns are well-represented in the rookie list right now. Trent Richardson comes in at #3 maintaining the actual draft order of Andrew Luck, RG3 and himself. Luke

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Richardson and Browns Reportedly Negotiating

Mary Kay Cabot is reporting that the Browns and Trent Richardson’s agent Jimmy Sexton are in the same physical space and negotiating a contract. The only possible sticking point left could be “offset language.” As we’ve discussed previously, the money shouldn’t be an issue anymore now that Andrew Luck and RG3 have both signed ahead

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Andrew Luck finally signs with the Colts

The wait is finally over now that Andrew Luck and his agent / uncle have had a chance to see what a real agent could get done for RG3. According to the Indy Star and Pro Football Talk, the deal is expected to be worth $22 million guaranteed. The second year of rookie contracts under

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NFL Draft: Five 2012 QB Draftees are better than Cam Newton

The quarterback position tops the list of needs for the Cleveland Browns and, per an anonymous NFL scout, the team could be in luck. In speaking with two scouts tasked with grading the upcoming draft class, Pete Dougherty from the Green Bay Press Gazette is told that there could be up to five quarterbacks selected

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