August 26, 2014

Browns Preseason Game 2: Winners and Losers

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Oof. Entering Monday night the quarterback competition was really up for grabs, and unfortunately for Browns fans, neither quarterback took the opportunity to win the job.

You know the drill. It’s time for Winners and Losers.

WINNER: Armonty Bryant. The Michael Lombardi seventh-round gamble is having as good a showing in these preseason games as anyone. Bryant earned some time with the starting unit with his performance against the Lions and made the most of his chance on Monday night. He got a sack and put pressure on the QB on at least one other occasion.

WINNER: Phil Taylor and the run defense. Taylor, Ahtyba Rubin, Ishmaa’ily Kitchen, Billy Winn and John Hughes were all big against the run. Taylor swam and ripped past his blocker on several occasions and just blew up the play. He caused the fumble by Alfred Morris even if he didn’t hit him. And how about the goal-line stand? Morris had four chances from three yards out and the Browns stuffed him. This is not a back that gets stuffed very often. He’s a big back with a low center of gravity—a 224-pound wrecking ball—and the Browns stoned him four times. [Read more...]

Neither Johnny Manziel nor Brian Hoyer show up for QB competition in Washington

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Does anyone want to “win” this Cleveland Browns’ quarterback job? Based on the first half of the Browns’ second pre-season game against first-team defense, you wouldn’t think so. What happened?

As we all know Brian Hoyer got the first crack. You can’t necessarily blame Brian Hoyer for all the miscues that started the Browns’ pre-season game against Washington. There was an early snap and a Joe Thomas false start before Hoyer hit an unsuspecting Jordan Cameron with the football in his side before it fell harmlessly to the turf. On his second try, Hoyer had a couple of hand-offs to Ben Tate and a low third down throw.

Hoyer gave way to Johnny Manziel and Manziel didn’t do much better. He tossed to Ben Tate, threw low and incomplete and then got himself sacked. All this after being handed good field position by Joe Haden’s interception and 37-yard return into Washington territory.

After a long Washington drive, Manziel finally got the ball back at the Browns one inch line via defensive goal line stand.1 He completed the offense’s first first down to MarQueis Gray to get out of the shadow of his own end zone. Manziel eventually accounted for a drive of 11 plays and 60 yards and a punt. The drive was extended thanks to a 15-yard personal foul against Washington. Yet again the Browns’ first-team offense was held scoreless.

The Redskins replaced their first-team defense after that as Brian Hoyer re-entered the game for a Josh Gordon drop and a ball in the end zone thrown behind Andrew Hawkins. Thankfully for the Browns it did result in a field goal, but that’s hardly worth celebrating. This touchdown-less streak is starting to feel oppressive.

Washington finished the first half scoring a rushing TD to take a 7-3 lead into the locker room at halftime.

Four total completions and 84 total yards for Browns quarterbacks in the first half.

I’ve figured out the Browns’ offensive gameplan for this year and it’s just one word.

RUN!

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Footnotes:

  1. The goal line stand was really impressive, by the way. []

Josh Gordon verdict could take another week

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Looking for some closure in the Josh Gordon saga? You’ll have to wait a bit longer.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the Josh Gordon verdict may not be handed down from the NFL before the end of next week. The reasoning this time? Typing speed. Gordon’s two-day appeal hearing with Harold Henderson reportedly contained a high volume of testimony and evidence from both sides, leading to this lengthy delay due to transcription.

Concern is that Gordon, who would not get to apply for reinstatement for one year, would essentially miss all of next year’s training camp due to the longevity of this appeal. ESPN Cleveland’s Tony Grossi has mentioned a potential scenario where even if Gordon gets a one-year ban for violating the league’s drug policy, he’ll be able to apply for reinstatement after eight games and work out with the Browns during this time. Meanwhile, the waiting game continues on.

Gordon started Saturday night’s preseason opener against the Detroit Lions and caught two passes (four targets) for 32 yards. He has missed some time at this week’s training camp due to what’s being called an abdominal ailment.

[Also See: Everything you need to know about the Josh Gordon saga: WFNY FAQs]

(Photo: Scott Sargent/WFNY)

Best-case scenario for Josh Gordon could be eight games

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Josh Gordon tosses the ball back after catching a ball during drills

All that’s left to figure out is what the reaction will be around the league. There are so many details out there about the Josh Gordon situation now, that all eyes and judgments are squarely on the NFL in the wake of the Ray Rice suspension and the pending Jim Irsay discipline. None of these things are totally related, mind you, but this is the narrative because the punishments all emanate from the same office. Now, Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com is reporting that eight games might be the best-case scenario for Gordon.

“… If he wins, he’ll resume his career without interruption, and if he loses, he’ll be banished from the team and the league for at least a year.

But the two sides can also hammer out a settlement, and that’s what the Browns are hoping for. Realistically, the best-case scenario would probably be about eight games, a source said.”

When I was on Les Levine’s show last night we were talking about if I believe the second-hand smoke argument and I do, actually. Once I heard that Josh Gordon had passed somewhere around 70 tests in and around this problematic one, it seems more than possible that he was exposed to second-hand smoke.

[Also See: Everything you need to know about the Josh Gordon saga: WFNY FAQs]

That might not matter to the NFL’s policy though. Being in the vicinity of marijuana smoke is an issue for a guy who is under strict testing guidelines. The NFL holds players responsible for what’s in their bodies and even if I think that’s heavy-handed, I don’t think it’s unreasonable for a guy to control what’s in his body. If a guy can make an honest mistake in GNC with supplements and be held accountable, then another guy who might be driving around with someone smoking marijuana can also be held accountable.

Operative word here being “can.”

Obviously my feelings on the matter differ, but I do understand the NFL’s policy. Regardless, if Josh Gordon gets eight games or more, the outcry is going to be deafening because of all the surrounding factors and the NFL’s recent history handing down punishments.

 

Everything you need to know about the Josh Gordon saga: WFNY FAQs

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So Josh Gordon’s appeal hearing has come and gone, but it may be a while before we hear anything in the way of an official ruling. Though he has missed a few minutes here and there to tend to some personal matters, Gordon has been in Training Camp this entire time. Oh, and the preseason starts in just a few days.

What was discussed? Who was there? Why is this taking so freaking long?

As the questions pile up, we here at WFNY have compiled a bit of an FAQ of sorts to help guide you through the process. Enjoy.

Q: Let’s start from the beginning. What the heck happened? [Read more...]

The Johnny Football smokescreen is covering the Browns

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Stop me if you’ve seen this story before, but there might be some quarterback controversy brewing in Cleveland. Brian Hoyer, the incumbent, has been firmly atop the depth chart since Johnny Manziel, the challenger, was drafted. Even as the career backup was recovering from ACL surgery, he was considered the man to beat. That continued into Training Camp as the hometown kid took all the snaps with the first-team offense. That was, until today, the Monday before the Browns’ first pre-season game against the Detroit Lions when Johnny Manziel took snaps with the ones.

It’s all anyone can talk about and it’s shielding the Browns organization from a whole host of other questions so far in camp. Now that Manziel is getting starter’s reps in practice, if the smokescreen wasn’t in full effect for the Browns before, it’s getting pretty thick now. [Read more...]

Johnny Takes Over the Ones: Training Camp Notes 08.04.2014

Johnny Manziel running the first team offense

Johnny Manziel running the first team offense

It’s Browns camp, and no surprise, everyone’s talking about quarterbacks! As per usual, Mike Pettine didn’t want to talk too much about today’s QB performances until he got a chance to talk to position coaches and check the tapes—after all, you can’t judge passers if the receivers are running the wrong routes. I appreciate that about Pettine. It’s not so much about avoiding the question as it is a reality of trying to take in everything that’s happening in front of him on a day-to-day basis.

Let’s talk about the rest of today’s happenings via bullet points. [Read more...]

Josh, Johnny and The BASW: While We’re Waiting…

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So, how ’bout the Tribe? Plenty more on them in a bit. But first…

Welcome to Josh Gordon Appeal Part Deux. Having spent almost all of Friday discussing the merits of inconclusive specimens and an NFL taking a pin to their very own public relations bubble, all parties will reportedly reconvene on Monday.  By now, you’ve likely read nearly every thought we have on the matter, but have you read this one from Grantland’s Andrew Sharp? In what may be the most eye-opening part of this whole fiasco, the fact that the NFL has a 15 nanogram threshold for marijuana—while the World Anti-doping Angency’s is 150 and Major League Baseball’s is 50—speaks volumes for the entire ‘misguided resources’ argument. Like Sharp says, regardless of how this ends, it all reflects worse on the NFL than it does on Josh Gordon. Unfortunately, it’s Cleveland fans who will have to deal with the collateral damage in the event the Pro Bowl receiver is thrown the book. “Only the NFL could act like it’s still the 1950s and expect the rest of us to just go along with it.”

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If you don’t follow me on Twitter, you likely weren’t aware of my work for ESPNDallas on Friday night for the Tribe-Rangers tilt.

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Of the five story links in this shot of the front page, four of them were written by yours truly. We have some pre-game notes: Alex Rios and Neal Cotts hope to be back next season, Rangers call up reliever Phil Klein, Wash on Cespedes: West lost a huge weapon. We have the requisite “Rapid Reaction” (filed immediately after the final pitch): Indians 12, Rangers 2: Rapid Reaction. And finally, my game story, which runs alongside the AP gamer: Williams must prove poor play is the exception

Working for ESPNDallas officially makes me one stop shy on the tour of regionals, as I’ve done some work for ESPNLA, ESPN Chicago and ESPNNY. I can think of a few assignments easier than just dropping in cold on a team that one doesn’t follow religiously—seriously, how many active Texas Rangers can you name?—and writing up a few thousand words on said organization. For some reason, ESPN lets me do it anyway. The fact that they gave me the front page was mighty nice of them.

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This Outside the Lines video on Jim Kelly and his fight against cancer was terrific.

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The Best American Sportswriting, 2014 edition, was released late last week. If you missed it, you can check out the list here. It’s great to see some younger writers (Flinder Boyd, Eli Saslow, etc.) get the nod in addition to multiple electronic outlets like Deadspin, Grantland and SB Nation.

Some of my favorites of the batch: Chris Jones’ incredibly well-reported piece on the grueling life of being a Japanese pitcher, Flinder Boyd’s terrific story about a Rucker Park hopeful, and Jay Caspian Kang’s story on the waning career arc of Don King.

The book will be available in October of this year.

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A lot of links today, but that won’t stop us from breaking out this week’s edition of #ActualSportswriting.

All Work and No Play for JJ Watt” by Robert Mays (Grantland): “Repeating [2012] was going to be next to impossible, but Watt came closer last year than most think. He was again a first-team All-Pro and could still lay claim to the title of best defensive player alive, but after three months without a win, blame becomes a virus. “When you’re 2-14,” Watt says, “you have moments of doubt.” That’s why Watt is here, on this Wednesday in mid-June, having just finished another workout at NRG Stadium. As he sits down at a table in a half-lit room used for press conferences, his gray sleeveless T-shirt is soaked through with sweat. Four drinks — two waters and two small protein shakes — sit in front of him. It’s the Texans’ day off.”

Summer basketball and youthful struggle…” by Lee Jenkins (Sports Illustrated): “Unlike many NBA superstars, who were prodigies by 16, George can recall what it’s like to be at square one. He wasn’t invited to join an AAU program until the summer before his senior year of high school, and even then, he was placed on the B team. Fresno State was the only major local college to offer him a scholarship, and in two years with the Bulldogs, he lost more games than he won. He went scoreless as a sophomore against San Jose State. Indiana gambled by drafting him 10th overall in 2010 and head coach Jim O’Brien planted him on the bench. When George predicted at a team dinner that he would be an All Star by his third season, one Pacer laughed.”

The Hargrave Four” by Chad Nielsen (SB Nation): “Nothing could stand in their way, no obstacle and certainly no other player. Coveted by coaches, anointed by the media, the Hargrave Four were destined for collegiate glory, professional cash, and all the trappings that fame would bring. Until something odd happened: nothing. None of it happened. Today, in 2014, football has forgotten the most talented defensive line in amateur history, even as the last man standing battles for an NFL roster spot.”

Party Like a Browns Star” by Mike Tanier (Sports on Earth): “Johnny Manziel stopped for a beer at a joint called Two Bucks in Middleburg Heights, Ohio last week. As per federal law, someone snapped some photos of him and shared them with the world. A few days later, I arrived at a hotel in Middleburg Heights to cover Browns training camp. The little airport hotel was staggering distance from an official Johnny Manziel Hotspot! It afforded me a unique opportunity. I cannot sip martinis in Sinatra’s Vegas haunts as they were in the Rat Pack glory days. I cannot roam the canals of Venice in the footsteps of Casanova, catching his conquests on the rebound. But I could hunker down on Manziel’s still-warm barstool and briefly experience life as the NFL’s most notorious young socialite and quarterback-about-town.”

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And finally: Common’s new album, “Nobody’s Smiling” came out late last month. Even if you don’t appreciate hip-hop, you can appreciate well-written album reviews. Happy Monday, folks.

Josh Gordon hearing to continue on Monday

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Read into this what you will, but the Josh Gordon-NFLPA hearing is officially To Be Continued. After convening at 9:30 a.m. EST in New York, New York, the two sides reportedly departed at 7 p.m. EST and will gather again on Monday, August 4.

Gordon’s attorneys, Heather McPhee of the NFLPA and Maurice Suh, will reportedly argue that the wide receiver—who is looking down the barrel of a season-long ban for violating the NFL’s drug policy—is the victim of inconsistent test results. His “A” and “B” specimens turned up different amounts, one below league threshold, leading  to a huge public relations push under the belief that Gordon should not be subject to banishment from the NFL having allegedly passed 70 additional tests.

No NFL player is believed to have won an appeal with a second-hand smoke defense, but with the PR push and mounting evidence, Gordon’s chances appear to be better than any of those who were heard before him. (He could still face discipline for his July 4 weekend DWI. That hearing on that case is scheduled for Aug. 26.)

No decision on Josh Gordon’s potential suspension is expected Friday

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And the Josh Gordon saga drags on. As the Cleveland Browns continue to roll through Training Camp, wide receiver Josh Gordon is expected to have his appeal hearing on Friday, but no ruling is expected to come out for several days.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will be in Canton, Ohio for the 2014 Hall of Fame enshrinement and is expected to meet with Gordon later in the coming week. Gordon’s appeal will instead be heard by arbitrator Harold Henderson in New York with a decision will be handed down “soon.”

No NFL player is believed to have won an appeal with a second-hand smoke defense, but with the PR push and mounting evidence, Gordon’s chances appear to be better than any of those who were heard before him. (He could still face discipline for his July 4 weekend DWI. That hearing on that case is scheduled for Aug. 26.) Gordon’s attorneys, Heather McPhee of the NFLPA and Maurice Suh, will reportedly argue that the wide receiver’s test results were inconsistent—his “A” and “B” specimens turning up different amounts, one below league threshold—and that Gordon should not be subject to banishment from the NFL having allegedly passed 70 additional tests.

Gordon was naturally missing from Thursday morning’s practice session with the Browns, who deemed his absence due to “traveling.” Given that the initial news regarding the possible suspension broke during the NFL Draft, what’s another few days?

[Related: The “Help” Josh Gordon Really Needs]

The “Help” Josh Gordon Really Needs

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Josh Gordon needs help. This has been a common sentence bandied about the vacuum of opinions we call the Internet ever since the news came down that the gazelle-like receiver might have failed yet another drug test. And he does. There is no denying that Gordon’s choice of recreational activities since his college days have been sub par, and it is somewhat unthinkable that he ever made it to the hollowed football fields of the NFL. Whatever your stance on the sticky icky is, the NCAA and NFL don’t take kindly to it being in your system, though Gordon’s issues aren’t only relegated to a somewhat illegal plant. Getting a DWI while driving a vehicle registered to a former college basketball player who was once suspended by the NCAA and enjoys punching children out on the basketball court is a bad look.

But what “help” does Gordon need, exactly? [Read more...]

Josh Gordon has reportedly passed “at least 70 drug tests”

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We found out recently that Josh Gordon hired Richard Sherman’s lawyer to help handle his appeal with the NFL. In that case Maurice Suh called into question the specimen collection process and created doubt around the “he-said, he-said” case between the player and the collector. Now, Pro Football Talk is reporting what Josh Gordon’s strategy heading into the appeal on August 1. No surprise, the argument will once again center on the sample.

In the NFL, drug tests are split into two samples. They test one and then depending on the result test the second to double check. Here’s what PFT has to say.

For Gordon, the “A” bottle showed a concentration of 16 ng/ml, only one nanogram per milliliter above the limits of 15. The “B” bottle showed a concentration of 13.6 ng/ml — less than the threshold.

But because the “A” bottle was labeled “A” and not “B” and because the “B” bottle was labeled “B” and not “A”, the end result is a positive and a minimum one-year banishment from the NFL. Flip the bottles when it’s time to apply the labels, and Gordon isn’t facing a suspension.

The really interesting thing to me was what PFT stated before these details: Josh Gordon has passed at least 70 drug tests according to PFT’s source and was really close to passing this test as well. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Gordon’s legal team is hinging their argument on the stated inconsistencies in addition to the potential for the test being skewed by second-hand smoke.

We will see how effective these defenses are. For Gordon, the stakes are high as he faces the road that Justin Blackmon has traveled with an indefinite ban requiring application for reinstatement. Josh Gordon and the Browns would rather see him win a fight over the sample collection process (and the potential cause) regardless of how minute the technicality might be.

Then again, even as Josh Gordon has passed over 70 tests, he’s always one test away from finding himself out.

[Also see: A look at Kyle Shanahan’s Zone Run Game, Part I: Cleveland Browns Film Room]

(Photo: Scott Sargent/WFNY)

 

Josh Gordon has hired Richard Sherman’s lawyer for appeal

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Josh Gordon’s appeal date with the NFL is set for Friday, August 1. The Pro Bowl receiver is facing a year-long suspension for violating the terms of the league’s drug policy again.

When he has his chance to defend himself in front of the NFL, he is taking the most ammunition he can find.

According to Adam Schefter, Josh Gordon has hired attorney Maurice Suh, who successfully argued on Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman’s behalf back in December of 2012. Sherman was facing a four-game suspension that would have kept him out of the playoffs. Suh’s defense centered around the collection process.

“The decision really relied most heavily on the collection problem, and it comes down to that the arbitrator believed Richard Sherman over the collector’s recounting of the facts,” said Suh after the Sherman case. “This is a case in which there were two different versions – the collector tried to refute what Richard had said about what had happened, and frankly, we didn’t feel the collector was believable and we tried to bring that up in cross examination.”

Gordon is appealing in order to get his suspension reduced in hopes of playing this year.

[Related: Balancing competition and aggression, training camp notes]

(Photo: Scott Sargent/WFNY)

Josh Gordon may have checked himself into rehab

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Mike Garafolo reported Thursday night on FOX Sports One’s evening show America’s Pregame that Josh Gordon checked himself into rehab after his July 4th arrest in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Patient confidentiality being what it is, it may be difficult to confirm if Gordon did in fact complete the program unless it comes from Gordon himself.

Would a completed rehab program have any weight at all in the eyes of the NFL as far as reducing his impending suspension? Could the rehab program itself be the reason Gordon’s hearing hasn’t already happened?

[Related: Josh Gordon's hearing set for August 1st]

 

Josh Gordon’s hearing is set for August 1

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“Good things come to those who wait,” is a famous phrase, but in the case of Josh Gordon we’ll have to see if it’s true. Chris Wesseling of NFL Network is reporting that Gordon’s appeals hearing to determine whether and how long he’ll be suspended is August 1 in New York. At this stage of the game, I bet Gordon wishes it had happened a long time ago.

The timeline begins the day after the draft. While Browns fans were in the afterglow of a draft that saw them get one of the best corners in the draft and also one of the most decorated quarterbacks coming into the league, we were smacked by Josh Gordon news that he might have failed another drug test.

Hey, anyone know when Josh Gordon’s appeal is?

Then, over Memorial Day weekend, Josh Gordon was pulled over for speeding. No big deal, right? Most of us could get caught doing 74 in a 60 MPH zone. Oh, but one of his passengers was cited for possession of marijuana. That doesn’t look good during an appeals hearing. At minimum, it probably requires a discussion, right?

Hey, anyone know when Josh Gordon’s appeal is?

Not until after the July 4th weekend when Gordon was pulled over and arrested for DWI in North Carolina. As it turns out, Gordon’s reported BAC was 0.09 and the legal limit is 0.08. “Close” obviously isn’t good enough, but if this was an isolated incident for a guy, you might chalk it up as a one-time mistake.

But this is Josh Gordon and now we know his appeal is scheduled for August 1st. It’s scheduled after he was pulled over for speeding and one of his passengers had pot and also after getting popped for DWI while also coming off a season in which he was suspended while also trying to overcome a checkered past involving drugs throughout a shortened college career.

I’m out of breath and I wonder if Roger Goodell’s run out of patience. We’ll see on August 1st.

I think it’s safe to say that Guiness lied in their advertising, at least in the case of Josh Gordon and Browns fans.

Mike Pettine: Josh Gordon is a Cleveland Brown

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In a recent interview with The Akron Beacon-Journal, Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine reiterated that the team has no plans to cut maligned wide receiver Josh Gordon in the wake of his troubled off-season.

“We’re firm,” said Pettine. “We want to find that middle ground. Josh is a Cleveland Brown. We want to do what’s best for him. We have a player that potentially needs help. Whether it’s him or whether it’s anybody else that wears the uniform, if we can help, we’ll help. We want to make our decisions always, what’s best for the player, and you try to marry it with what’s best for the team. So that’s why I don’t think that cutting him, while it may have worked for some other people, I don’t know if that’s necessarily the best option here. It might be the worst option for both — for us and for him. We’re going to wait and see what happens and then act accordingly.”

Pettine would not get into details regarding how the team can, or will, help Gordon as the league is allegedly sensitive to substance abuse issues. Coincidentally, it’s the league that has yet to determine whether or not Gordon—who reportedly violated the league’s policy earlier this offseason—will miss any games for the 2014 season.

Coming off of a Pro Bowl season wherein Gordon led the league in receiving (despite missing two games), the 23-year-old was expected to be the top target for quarterback Brian Hoyer or newly drafted Johnny Manziel this coming year. The Browns added veterans Nate Burleson, Andrew Hawkins and Miles Austin to help bolster an already top-heavy unit. If Gordon misses any time, or even a full season, Pettine iterated that the team will not be able to replace such a talent, but will instead have to draw up creative schemes that will help hide their considerably weak receiving corps.

“You don’t replace him,” said Pettine. “I think you have to get creative. It’s got to be a committee approach, and I think you also have to get creative in how you run your offense whether it’s an extra tight end — that’s where adding Jim Dray and having a veteran like Gary Barnidge helps — [allowing] you to maybe move Jordan [Cameron] around a little bit and play with groupings that maybe involve less wide receivers. You don’t become as wide receiver dependent… I think we have more options there than maybe people think.”

The team believes they will hear word on Gordon’s future within the next 10 days.  The two years remaining on his contract will be tolled if he is indeed suspended. The Browns, theoretically, could have an elite talent at salaries of $825,000 in 2015 and $1.06 million in 2016. Training Camp is set to begin on Saturday, July 26.

 

 

The return of LeBron James plus Johnny Manziel and Josh Gordon – WFNY Podcast – 2014-07-07

WFNY Podcast LogoAs I said in the podcast, I have a new album coming out this week. My band name is The Company Line and the album is called “Losing My Voice.” It’s available right now for pre-order on Amazon. It’s supposed to be on iTunes and Spotify as well. Please search it out. Please listen to it. Please tell a friend. Please enjoy it.

Here’s the story behind the album.

Here’s a track from it.

Now on to the Podcast.

It was a wild weekend on Twitter with all the sports news. TD and I ran it down.

  • LeBron James coming back to Cleveland?
  • Dan Gilbert’s plane!
  • The practical issues surrounding the Miami Heat rebuilding
  • LeBron facing Pat Riley and what that might be like
  • New song from Craig’s band The Company Line
  • Josh Gordon getting pulled over for speeding and DWI
  • Johnny Manziel rolling up dollar bills. Is it a story?
  • Michael Brantley makes the all-star team
  • The Indians should trade Asdrubal Cabrera and Justin Masterson

 

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Josh Gordon reportedly arrested last night in North Carolina

Josh Gordon faces suspension from the NFL already, and it seems that his appeals process might have hit another bump in the road last night. According to (the) Twitter, Gordon was arrested last night in North Carolina.

Obviously without knowing what the charges were, it’s hard to have much of a reaction. I mean if he was nailed for drug possession or public drunkenness or public urination, the reactions are going to be very different. It could have been just driving way too fast. So, I’ll reserve judgement.

The only thing that I will say is something that I’ve said for years and years. It’s my own personal cliche, but I think it’s apropos.

Not getting arrested is the easiest part of my day. It’s simple for me, and I don’t think I’m bragging when I say that.

Josh Gordon’s Appeal Hearing Reportedly Set for Late July

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The Cleveland Browns have been in limbo ever since the first report of Josh Gordon’s potential suspension.  The team could finally get an answer on his suspension in the next couple weeks. According to ProFootballTalk, the appeal hearing for Josh Gordon’s suspension is scheduled for sometime in late July.  The announcement could be sooner if the NFL and the NFLPA can work out a reduced suspension before the appeal hearing.  He is reportedly facing a year long suspension for a violation of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.  The Browns have had no comment about Josh Gordon’s potential suspension until they receive the final verdict.  It will be a huge blow for the Browns if they lose their star number one receiver Josh Gordon.

Browns and Gordon still waiting, with no appeal date set

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The NFL still has not officially handed down a suspension for Browns WR Josh Gordon.

The team still can’t talk about the situation.

On Monday, Pro Football Talk.com reported however that Josh Gordon still does not even have an appeal hearing set.

What is the significance of this news? Simply put, it is about timing. The Browns would like to know if they will have their star receiver and biggest offensive weapon for half a season, a third of a season or not at all. The number of games he is suspended could make a huge difference in how Cleveland prepares for the upcoming season.

If he is suspended for a year, the Browns would like him to start serving that suspension immediately, so that one calendar year can pass and Gordon would possibly be eligible to return to the team for the 2015 training camp.

Word first leaked of a possible Gordon suspension back on May 10th, during the second day of the NFL Draft. The thought was Gordon’s case would be cleared up before the league offices went on summer break. If the appeal news is true, there is no way the league makes a final decision until later in the summer.

Is this fair to the Browns? Well, there really isn’t much precedent here to say whether the league is dragging their feet or not. In Joe Haden’s case, news of his failed test came on August 8th 2012, and the NFL handed down his suspension on September 10th, after his appeal was heard.

[Related: Browns film room- Joel Bitonio]