Top 5 Offseason Stories: The Baltimore Ravens

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Note: A big part of the Cleveland Browns’ chances in any season is the outlook on teams they play two times each in their own division. This week, we will be going over the Top 5 stories from each of the Browns’ divisional rivals as we head closer to training camp and the 2015 NFL

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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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Browns lose chess match to Ravens 23-21

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The Cleveland Browns lost the chess match. With the ball deep in their own territory, they punted it back to the Ravens with about two minutes to go in the game and an impossibly small one-point lead 21-20. It left the Ravens with plenty of time and only about 20 yards to get a game-winning

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Browns trail Ravens 10-7 at the half

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The Cleveland Browns put together an impressive 80-yard drive to take a 7-3 lead, but ended up giving up a nearly identical one to trail at the half 10-7. The Ravens had no issues running the ball against the Browns, but it was a blown coverage by Barkevious Mingo that allowed fullback Kyle Juszczyk to

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Would Browns trade down to draft Derek Carr?

Not many Derek Carr fans around these parts.

I lust for the day when the Cleveland Browns draft rumors won’t involve first round quarterbacks. In order for that to be the case, the Browns will have to find one, probably in the first round. So, the only question is where in the first round? As the Browns are set to host Carr in

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Calling out the worst of all NFL draft clichés

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Leading up to an NFL draft, there are a lot of hackneyed conversations that will drive a fan absolutely crazy. It seems that some fans want to rely on simplistic rules to simplify the NFL draft for themselves. It’s a coping mechanism to help deal with the fact that most fans have do not possess nearly

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The Cleveland Browns begin beautiful bye by beating Ravens 24-18

It’s going to be a fun bye week Browns fans. Your team beat a division rival. They beat them without a lot of gimmicks or tricks. Your team stood up and played to their capabilities and just flat out beat the Baltimore Ravens 24-18. Yes, this team has lost tons of players since last season,

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Week 2: Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens open thread

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Over the last four seasons, no 0-2 team in the NFL has eventually made the playoffs. This afternoon, the Browns head off to Baltimore to see which AFC North team will fall to the basement of the division in the early part of the 2013 season. The Ravens will be passing out their Super Bowl

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What do you make of the Ravens game? – Cleveland Browns Roundtable

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Craig: So now that the negativity from week one has been exhausted, how does everyone feel about the Browns’ chances to bounce back against a Ravens team that got their faces pounded against Denver. Michael Oher is likely to be hobbled if not out. The Browns defense didn’t play horribly against Miami. The Ravens defense

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Ranking the teams in the AFC North: Cleveland Browns Roundtable

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There’s no doubt the AFC North is under construction this season. It stands to reason that this could be one of the bigger years of upheaval in the division considering the Ravens Super Bowl victory and subsequent player departures. So, how does the WFNY crew think the division shakes out this year? (Also see our

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Do the Browns have too much unused salary cap space in 2013?

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As the Browns head toward their first pre-season game and we wonder who is going to win starting jobs at cornerback and safety, it’s worth looking at the Browns’ unused salary cap space for a minute. This available space is one of the more controversial topics among Browns fans. In a league that is rife

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NFL News: Joe Flacco, Ravens reach historic deal

Less than a month after winning the Super Bowl, the Baltimore Ravens have reached a historic deal to keep their sudden-star QB. It was reported by various outlets Friday evening that the Ravens and 28-year-old Joe Flacco have reached a tentative agreement of a deal in excess of 6 years and $120 million. Such a

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How the Browns could win a Joe Flacco negotiation

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The world of NFL contracts is pretty tough to comprehend at times due to the fact that there are various bonuses and cap implications. Baseball, conversely, is pretty easy. There are contracts with dollar amounts and options, and other than options, pretty much everything else is guaranteed. The structures (and re-structures) of NFL contracts will sometimes

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NFL Rumor: Browns listed as prime candidate to steal Flacco from Ravens

The Cleveland Browns could conceivably roll into Year One of the Joe Banner experiment with Brandon Weeden at the helm. They could bring in a cagey veteran to give Weeden a bit of a challenge for the starting spot. They could also try to acquire a questionable cast-aside starter in San Francisco’s Alex Smith. Sports Illustrated’s

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Shaky decisions haunt Browns as they lose and say hello to the bye

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It’s going to be a long couple of weeks Browns fans. Buckle up. Pat Shurmur is his own worst enemy sometimes. With the game on the line and facing 4th and 2 from their own 28 yard line and he seemed to want to prove that he’s learned to be aggressive. Never mind that the

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Browns miss big opportunities, lose to Ravens 23-16

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The Cleveland Browns certainly didn’t embarrass themselves (just like Josh Cribbs1 said) in losing 23-16 to the Ravens, but this team seems to be the absolute opposite of opportunistic. You have to give the Browns credit for having a plan on defense. They got gashed at times, but they kept Ray Rice under control and

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Week 16: The Browns Will Win If…

It’s tough to remember that another football game actually took place between Colt McCoy’s concussion and this coming contest between the Browns and the Ravens, but it’s true: actual football has been played since James Harrison went all full-forced Zenedine Zidane on the Browns’ quarterback. Seneca Wallace will be getting the nod once again, but his

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Overmatched and Underwhelming Browns Lose to Ravens

The Cleveland Browns were beaten handily by Ray Rice and the Ravens 24-10, but that doesn’t tell the story.  The Ravens appeared to be trying very hard to keep the Browns in the game over the course of the first three quarters.  The Browns had plenty of opportunities, but they shot themselves in the foot

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While We’re Waiting… Scott’s Honeymoon Over, Comparing McCoy and a Michigan Man

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 tips@waitingfornextyear.com. Byron Scott draws some criticism- “It’s time to have a go at Scott, though. Not because of that record, but because he’s the latest

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Browns Lose Virtually to Ravens 80-7

The Browns lost this weekend to the Ravens 20-10 and it didn’t even seem that close, really.  I just found out how much worse it could have been.  How does 80 to 7 sound?  Ouch! What would we do without technology?  Someone played a 2010 version of Super Tecmo Bowl with the Browns and Ravens.

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