April 17, 2014

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

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 of the backbone research. Yes, I never gave enough credit to Rick for his research and his writing as well, but I did help a little bit. This week, since we haven’t provided an update yet, I thought I’d swing back into the picture to provide the latest update and give some more historical context to Weeden’s rookie season.

Of course, this hasn’t been a perfect season for the much-maligned 29-year-old rookie from Oklahoma State (by way of the New York Yankees). He’s been highly criticized in many ways and certainly didn’t have a good performance against the Redskins in the home finale on Sunday. But, based on my research, he’s still OK compared to other QBs that have started every game of their first NFL season. [Read more...]

While We’re Waiting…

While We’re Waiting aims to be the round-up of the recent WFNY-esque information for your morning viewing.  Have something you think we should see?  Send it to our tips email in the sidebar.

Big Brother?  “As we reported earlier in the day, Kokinis traveled to New York on Wednesday to meet with owner Randy Lerner. But once Kokinis is hired, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the work will be done. As Peter King suggested earlier this month, Lerner could hire a Parcells-type overseer of the front office. It might be news to Mangini and/or Kokinis.” [Mike Florio/ProFootballTalk]

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Dante Lavelli, You Will Be Missed

There is not much that I can say that will do justice to Cleveland Browns legend Dante Lavelli.  By now, you have likely heard that Lavelli passed away late last night at the age of 85. 

Lavelli is widely considered one of the greatest receivers to ever wear the orange and brown.  He hauled in 386 passes for nearly 6,500 yards during his career – spanning both the AAFC and the NFL – placing him second to Ozzie Newsome in both categories. Lavelli’s 62 touchdown catches place him right behind Gary Collins.  He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1975, and will forever be remembered with teammates like Otto Graham and Lou “The Toe” Groza. 

For more, I reccomend checking out Bob Dolgan’s report that is featured over at Cleveland.com.