April 17, 2014

Nate Burleson hopes to mentor Josh Gordon

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Coming over to Cleveland for at least the next year,  veteran wide receiver Nate Burleson is well aware of the off-field issues that have plagued Josh Gordon’s two-year-old career—and he wants to help.

Pro Football Talk has some anecdotes from a story surrounding Burleson and All-World receiver Calvin Johnson who praised the young Browns pass catcher. The Akron-Beacon Journal takes things a step further, discussing how Burleson sees himself mentoring the highly-discussed Pro Bowler.

“If I can take a guy out to dinner, hang out outside of the locker room, then I’m definitely going to do that because that’s one of the more important times when the lessons are learned, when you’ve got the jerseys off and you kind of unveil yourself and it’s not all football,” Burleson said. “That’s how I got so close to the receiving corps in Detroit. That’s how I was able to really get to know Calvin on a personal level because we spent so much time with each other off the field. That’s the plan. I’m going to continue to do that. That’s part of my nature, though. That’s just who I am. I’m a social butterfly, and I feel like positive conversation, positive reinforcement is always going to supersede anything else.”

Those who have played with Burleson speak very highly of his talent (when healthy), but more so about his character. A lot has been made about surrounding young Browns players with veteran leadership—D’Qwell Jackson spoke similarly about Gordon just a year ago, saying the receiver was “running out of lives.” The Browns, in attempt to do the same for Gordon in 2013 swung and missed (perhaps the understatement of the season) in acquiring Davone Bess, who was released earlier this year after multiple off-field issues.

Despite Bess’ shortcomings, Gordon had one hell of a season in 2013. Hopes are that the Burleson acquisition can only make matters that much better, perhaps starting with having No. 12 eligible for all 16 games.

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Kyrie and Dion love-fest and keeping the Wahoo narrative alive: While We’re Waiting

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The dumbest press conference ever? – Have you ever seen a press conference where teammates had to stand before the media to tell everyone how good of friends they are? I certainly hadn’t….prior to yesterday:

How would Irving describe his relationship with Waiters?

“Honestly, off the court and on the court, we’re the best of friends,” he said. “So when we come on the court, we’re just going to play basketball like we’ve been doing the past few games and our focus is on winning right now.”

Added Waiters, “On behalf of [Irving], myself, I just think we’ve been in so much media this year, and it’s not fair to either of us.

“I just think, man, throughout this whole year with us two not liking each other, it’s total BS. We’ve been friends before we even made the NBA, before any of this. I just think y’all saying we don’t like playing with one another …

“Yeah, we still need to learn certain things. But I think at the end of the day, we’re genuinely friends. I love him as a friend, teammate, everything. I just want everybody to know that. I don’t hate this guy. I’m pretty sure he don’t hate me. I know he don’t hate me. I hope he don’t hate me. Rome wasn’t built in one day. We’re still young. We’re still planning to stay together. We’re still working. As long as we’ve got great communication down, it’s fine.”

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Sorting out the Browns wide receiver situation

Little2The Browns announced the signing of Nate Burleson on Sunday night. Burleson will be 33 when the season begins. He has had a nice NFL career, but at this point he isn’t exactly the threat opposite Gordon that would make the Browns a dangerous offense. (Quarterback notwithstanding.)

The Browns currently have the following receivers on the roster: Josh Gordon, Nate Burleson Greg Little, Travis Benjamin, Andrew Hawkins, Josh Cooper, Charles Johnson, Tori Gurley and Vernon Conner.

Gordon is the legitimate number one receiver. He is one of the best in the league and still hasn’t reached his potential. Travis Benjamin tore his ACL last season against the Chiefs in week 8. He should be ready to go for the beginning of the season. Benjamin is dangerous because of his speed and agility. Hopefully he is able to fully come back from this injury. Even if fully healthy, he is a slot receiver and return specialist.

Andrew Hawkins is the free agent acquisition from the Bengals. Obviously the team thinks enough of him to outbid the Bengals for his services. Looking at his career to date, you wouldn’t think that Hawkins is being primed to be the second option behind Gordon. He is a very nice 3rd/4th option. [Read more...]

Browns reportedly agree to terms with Nate Burleson

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The Browns thought they had a reliable veteran receiver when they traded for Davone Bess last season. That didn’t work out all that well for the Browns as Bess turned into what appeared to be a pot-smoking rastafarian via his own social media presence. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Browns have found a new veteran as they’ve agreed to terms with Nate Burleson.

Burleson comes with his own problems, of course. He’s only been able to play 15 games in the last two seasons. Burleson has also only had one season of 1000 yards and that occurred an awful long time ago back in 2004.

None of this means Burleson can’t help for a year or so in Cleveland, of course. The 32-year-old former third rounder has had a long career and certainly knows what it takes to be a receiver in the NFL. We’ll see if he can find a way to contribute alongside Josh Gordon, newly signed Andrew Hawkins and whoever the Browns are likely to draft next month.

Speaking of Josh Gordon, he and Kyrie Irving are supposedly fighting.

[Related: The drama continues: Kyrie Irving calls out Josh Gordon]

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The drama continues: Kyrie Irving calls out Josh Gordon

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The drama permeating from the Cleveland Cavaliers’ locker room has officially transcended over to Berea. All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving has shot back at Pro Bowl wide receiver Josh Gordon for comments the NFL receiving yards leader made about the Wine and Gold. From Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal:

“Guys like Josh Gordon need to stay in his sport and mind his own business. Does he still play for the Browns? I’ll continue to root for the Browns, but in terms of this stuff here, what goes on in this locker room, he needs to stay out of it.”

Earlier this week, Gordon, speaking in an ESPN interview, said “I talked about it with Dion [Waiters]. He’s my neighbor in my building so we hang out all the time. I’m aware of the rift in the locker room. That’s just alpha males and supreme athletes trying to share the spotlight.”

In a move that isn’t likely to do much for his Q Score amongst Cleveland fans, the receiver already responded to Irving’s declaration, doing so via Instagram.

In his attempt to stay out of the middle of a war of words between two of Cleveland’s most popular athletes, Waiters said that “[Gordon] can’t put words in my mouth. That’s his opinion. That’s what he thinks. I can’t stop a man from saying that. That’s what he thinks.”

While Irving’s “does he still play” comment is a bit empty given Gordon’s recent barrage of national media attention, the message is very clear: Gordon should be staying in his lane. As if Cleveland’s trench of sports-related issues wasn’t deep enough…

Silver lining: At least Kyrie Irving roots for the Browns.

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Yan Gomes and Miguel Cabrera get paid; Josh Gordon wants Johnny Manziel: While We’re Waiting

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First and foremost: Baseball!

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First and foremost (Part II), if you haven’t cast your votes yet, now is the time to do so. WFNY is nominated for Best Sports Blog and Best Podcast in Cleveland. We do this for free and count on you all to show your support through the ballot box. It’s Opening Day…why not start things off right? Thanks in advance, folks.

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Josh wants Johnny. Not long after discussing quarterback Johnny Manziel on Radio Row at the Super Bowl, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon, once again, puts his Pro Bowl vote behind the Texas A&M quarterback for the Browns at No. 4 this May.

“To bring that spark to a team—that play-making ability—would be huge,” Gordon said of Manziel. “I’d love to see what he can do.”

There are some who wonder if Gordon is tipping the Browns’ draft hand, but those are also people who believe players are involved in the front office’s draft discussions. Earlier in the week, when he was on ESPN’s First Take, Gordon predicted a 10-6 record for the Browns in 2014 as led by one Brian Hoyer, so he’s nothing if not diplomatic. What Gordon’s words do signify is that (in addition to not being a scout) he’s a bit tired of catching passes from a different guy every week. The Browns continue to say that they don’t feel the need to draft a quarterback early, but the national pundits aren’t buying it. The question will come down to who’s there at No. 4, who does the team actually want (a lot of Teddy Bridgewater rumblings remain) , and do those stars align.

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Yanimal. I was pleasantly surprised to see the Yan Gomes news come across the wire this weekend as he’s clearly a guy who should be playing for more than the MLB minimum. It’s a team-friendly deal, and I’m all about the team. But I’m also all about said team locking up the only player who received MVP consideration a year ago in Jason Kipnis. This is the second offseason wherein the Indians and Kipnis were reportedly negotiating, and with Opening Day just hours away, it appears that we will head into another season without a long-term deal in place. Kipnis plays a premium position and is widely considered to be a player on the ascent. If another MVP-caliber season is on the horizon, the team is going to be in for a rude awakening once arbitration season rolls around. The Los Angeles Angels avoided such a mess by inking Mike Trout for the foreseeable future. If the Tribe wants to keep their word about locking up their core, they may want to realize the commodity they have and do the same. The benchmarks are already in place.

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Big Money Miguel. By now, you’ve seen plenty of opinions on the deal signed by Miguel Cabrera and the Detroit Tigers.  It was just a matter of time before Nate Silver gave his thoughts over at FiveThirtyEight, and given my personal intersection of sports and business, I couldn’t help but be intrigued by the economic rationale of why the Tigers’ deal—while disgusting on the cover—may not be as bad as we think. As the value of the average MLB franchise increases at a rate better than that of the S&P 500, and the number of billionaires continues to grow, Silver says that the economic impact of signing Cabrera to such a lucrative deal may simply be akin to holding (and eventually selling) a basket of goods—and Cabrera is a good good. Of course, there’s also the chance that this is all a huge bubble (something our own Craig has been calling for years) and Mike Ilitch could be left holding the bag. He’ll also still be a billionaire.

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And just because: We’ll miss you, Dayton. Hell of a run.

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Josh Gordon thinks Browns will draft a QB at No. 4

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Josh Gordon might not know a whole lot more about the Cleveland Browns’ draft plans than we do. That has to be stated first and foremost. Still, Gordon’s opinion on the matter is interesting just the same. On Thursday, the Pro Bowl wide receiver told ESPN that he believes the Browns will call a quarterback’s name with the fourth pick of the 2014 NFL draft.

We won’t go so far as to speculate that this is something that Josh Gordon wants as a receiver. I’m guessing the guy who was able to go for over 1,600 yards in only 14 games while catching passes from Brian Hoyer, Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell feels pretty comfortable in his ability to get open enough for just about any quarterback.

[Related: Johnny Manziel will wear helmet and shoulder pads at pro day]

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Pics: Josh Gordon’s back tattoo has reached a whole new level

When we last left Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon, he was starting to get the space around his preexisting “Gordon 12″ filled in with a variety of items—including, but not limited to a giant Koi.

Today, we see that Gordon, amidst his jet-setting and being a part of the Free Agent Welcome Wagon, has kept going to work on the rest of his back. See for yourself (click to enlarge):

Josh Gordon Back Tattoo Progression

The back piece has moved its way to the the Pro Bowl wide receiver’s arms, being filled in geisha imagery and Greek mythology1. Per Gordon, he won’t be stopping until his tattoo artist (Miami’s Tattz By D) “runs outta space.”

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  1. Gordon also has a tattoo of Poseidon on his right hand []

Pic: Haden, Gordon and Sheard welcome Dansby and Whitner to team in style

It surely didn’t take long for two of the Browns’ latest additions to become welcomed members of the team.

Continuing on with his offseason of jet-setting, cornerback Joe Haden was joined by teammates Jabaal Sheard and Josh Gordon as the three players played G6 host to Karlos Dansby and Donte Whitner—the fomer donning a Browns ski cap. Given Gordon’s subsequent cloud-cutting Instagram post, it appears that the five men are heading to Miami for a little sun. Given the six-to-eight inches of snow expected to hit Cleveland on Wednesday, who can blame them?

NFL salary cap could jump to $160 million by 2016

Screen Shot 2014-03-08 at 9.31.31 AMLast week the NFL set the salary cap for 2014 at $133 million which was higher than many thought it would be. According to league sources in contact with Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, it could be a trend that continues.

One source with knowledge of the process…  tells PFT that the cap could spike to $145 million in 2015 and a whopping $160 million in 2016.

While the Browns are still struggling to get out of the basement of the league and shouldn’t probably be working too hard to spend all their money to maintain the status quo on their roster, it’s still good news. The Browns have a ton of money available to them this year, and this just means they’ll have that much more going forward.

Even as the Browns haven’t been successful on the field yet, there are still some players that the Browns will want to take care of and presumably keep using that money. Jordan Cameron, Jabaal Sheard, and Phil Taylor will be free agents after the 2014 NFL season. Add Joe Haden to the list if the Browns don’t get his extension done earlier.

The following year could shape up to be a biggie too if Josh Gordon can keep his nose clean and continues to play at the Pro Bowl level he played in 2013. Oh yeah, and if the Browns win the lottery and Brian Hoyer proves he’s a legitimate NFL starter, his $1.25 million salary for 2014 won’t be good enough to bring him back in 2015.

This rise in the salary cap also means that the free agency pool is likely to get even less efficient as the same players who were fighting for a piece of $126 million now get to chase a piece of $133 million.

Josh Gordon’s impending back tattoo is impressive, huge

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon recently shared a few updates of a tattoo which was being inked on his back and shoulder area. As it turns out it literally is back and shoulder as the Pro Bowl wide receiver is getting the whitespace between his last name and No. 12 filled in across his entire back.

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Gordon has had most of the name-and-number outline for quite some time, but the filling and ancillary items are a work in progress. It’s worth mentioning that Gordon was not No. 12 in Cleveland until this past season where he was finally able to obtain the number he had when he was a member of the Baylor Bears. It’s also worth mentioning that the No. 12 is retired in Buffalo (Jim Kelly), New York (Joe Namath), San Francisco (John Brodie) and Miami (Bob Griese). And yes, that is a Koi.

(Image via Josh Gordon’s Instagram)

Browns hire Kyle Shanahan as offensive coordinator according to reports

The on-again, off-again prospects of Kyle Shanahan with the Browns appear to be on for real this time. Alex Marvez reports via his sources that the Browns have made Shanahan the offensive coordinator for Mike Pettine’s Cleveland Browns.

While many more details of what Kyle Shanahan is going to do need to come forth, it seems like a pretty good hire from the outside. In Shanahan, the Browns are getting a candidate with good experience, despite being just 34 years-old.

[See: Browns to interview Kyle Shanahan for offensive coordinator job]

Shanahan obviously had a foot in the door via his father, Mike Shanahan, but he’s got a lot of stops since starting his coaching career in 2003. He’s been in offensive coaching and staff positions with the Buccaneers, Texans, and finally alongside his dad with the Redskins. Shanahan’s been an offensive coordinator since the Texans gave him the gig in 2008.

Obviously, nothing on a resume can prove that he’ll be successful in Cleveland. The all-important quarterback questions have helped to overmatch every other offensive coordinator in Cleveland since 1999, and it won’t be any different for Shanahan. So, whether it’s helping Brian Hoyer become the real deal, bringing along a drafted rookie or some combination of the two, Shanahan’s success will ultimately ride on that QB.

But as Cleveland fans, you already knew that.

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Browns to reportedly hire Baltimore’s Andy Moeller as new offensive line coach

All-Pro Josh Gordon: ‘You cannot replace Norv Turner’

All-Pro Josh Gordon: ‘You cannot replace Norv Turner’

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“You cannot replace Norv Turner. That’s a legendary Hall of Fame coach. If it’s the same offense, heck, we’d be lucky to have it. Anything else, West Coast, I’ve run it before with [Pat] Shurmur. Maybe more exotic, but I doubt it. We should be OK, I think.”

“We’re a little slow right now, offensively, that’s for sure. We’re definitely trying to get something going because we have no offensive coordinator. I’m not sure what direction they’re trying to go. I’m waiting to see.”

– Pro Bowl wide receiver Josh Gordon said on Friday, as per several media sources including The Plain Dealer and ESPN Cleveland. The Browns star was busy during Super Bowl week media madness. He was everywhere on Friday, from ESPN’s FirstTake to NFL Network to additional other interviews with the media.

The 22-year-old’s comments on Turner were perhaps the most intriguing of the day. He said Turner “definitely was upset” by the moves. Gordon said last year’s coaching arrangement was “an all-star staff” and that Rob Chudzinski’s tenure “really wasn’t a fair opportunity, I think. But business is business.”

Now, Turner has landed as the Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator. The Browns have officially hired Dowell Loggains as their QB coach or possibly offensive coordinator, depending on the possible hiring of Kyle Shanahan.

Other noteworthy Gordon quotes from his varied media appearances:

On the QB draft prospects: “I think I would be all right with anybody we get. We got some great guys right now that we are going to have returning, but the young guys, Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles, those guys are great actually. I’m a fan of Derek Carr down at Fresno State. There is a bunch of talent out there, so anybody really.”

On Johnny Manziel: “For the media market and a city like Cleveland, which is real small, I think it would be huge to have him.”

On Brian Hoyer’s candidacy for starter: “Man, that’s above my head, but Brian’s a great guy, great quarterback.”

[Pro Bowl Highlights: Josh Gordon pulls in a touchdown, gets upended by TJ Ward]

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What should the Browns do with Greg Little?

Greg Little FilteredAs we make our way through the off-season and think about various positions on the roster, nobody’s position might be stranger than Greg Little’s. Little is a good guy with very good physical attributes. He’s a receiver who “flashes” on occasion, but then disappears for long stretches when he isn’t dropping passes. Despite some mostly meaningless traffic incidents that served to bring him a bit of negative attention, he largely does and says all the right things. He works as hard as he can whether it’s extra time catching passes or learning hand-fighting techniques of defensive linemen in the pre-season. Greg Little is, in many ways, exactly what you want a young player to be and yet, he was rumored to be a guy that Browns brass wanted Rob Chudzinski to cut to send a message. Chud is gone of course, but for now Greg Little is still here.

If you were to poll Browns fans and ask them if Greg Little should be cut from the team, I bet the vote would be 50/50. I can’t even tell you what I would say, personally. After his third year, there’s no doubt in my mind that he’s not a number two wide receiver, let alone a number one. I know for a fact that he’s not a guy I want returning kickoffs either. By the way, despite that infuriating chapter of the 2013 Browns season, Little averaged 21.57 yards per return in seven attempts. I would have bet it was nowhere near that good an average. And that’s kind of instructive for Greg Little’s entire career. [Read more...]

Browns to interview Kyle Shanahan for offensive coordinator job

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports that the Cleveland Browns will interview ex-Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan for their offensive coordinator vacancy on Wednesday.

Dallas Cowboys v Washington RedskinsFollowing the debacle in Washington this past season,  Shanahan’s star has faded a bit over the past calendar year, but he’s still viewed as a bright, young mind having just 34 years of age. Given the success of wide receivers in Kyle Shanahan-led offenses (Pierre Garçon hauled in 113 catches for 1,346 yards this past season), adding him to the fold would only serve to help the progress of Josh Gordon as well as any other pass-catching talent that the Browns can manage to land.

A Kyle Shanahan-led offense also focuses on the run game, having led to solid carrers in the way of Steve Slaton (1,300 yards in 2008) and Alfred Morris (1,600 yards in 2012, 1,300 in 2013). The son of long-time football mind Mike Shanahan, Kyle was thought to be in the mix for the Baltimore Ravens’ job prior to them agreeing to terms with Gary Kubiak.

“I studied every potential X’s and O’s play and issue possible,” Shanahan said back in 2006. “I spent my whole life working on that. My goal was that any question a player could have about anything on the field, I’d be able to answer it. There’s more to it. I’m learning that now. You have to communicate with your guys. The guys have to feel comfortable with you. They have to trust you, or they’ll tune you out.”

Despite the lack of success in 2013, the Redskins had a top-five offense in 2012 with a fully healthy Robert Griffin III at the helm.

Mortensen’s ESPN colleague, John Keim, first mentioned the Shanahan-Cleveland connection earlier Tuesday. The team will also interview Oakland Raiders quarterback coach John Defilippo on Thursday.

[Related: Pettine’s staff needs a major piece to fall in place]

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Animated: Josh Gordon pulls in a touchdown, gets upended by TJ Ward

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon made the most out of his trip to the 2014 Pro Bowl, hauling in six passes, including a touchdown, for 66 yards. The touchdown, a 10-yarder, came from the hand of San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers and included some fancy footwork by the All-Pro recevier.

In a play that will undoubtedly be on highlight reels galore, Gordon also took an end-around run to the right side of the field where he was upended by Browns teammate TJ Ward.

If you’re looking for a video rather than a gif, we have you covered.

After getting to their feet following the , Ward and Gordon exchanged a high-five. “I don’t think he knew what he was doing, but I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt on that one,” Gordon told the Associated Press. “I’ll get him back in Cleveland.”

Ward, of course, is a free agent this offseason. Here’s hoping that Gordon is given the chance to “get him back.”

Gordon had a key reception in what would ultimately be the game-winning drive. He joined Joe Thomas and Joe Haden as victors, with each player earning $53,000.

Uniwatch: Josh Gordon’s Pro Bowl uniform, complete with orange visor

There’s so much to love about this image. For starters: Josh Gordon is currently in Hawaii where he, rightfully, will play in the Pro Bowl. The jersey he’s been given—the white with orange letter and silver accent—is purchase-worthy, as long as it isn’t dated with some gargantuan Pro Bowl patch. And the orange visor? Exponentially cooler than the limo tint that he’s usually sporting.

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Whither Bernie Kosar

Bernie Kosar“He’s got style and class at age 23…..the MVP of the AFC.” 

Growing up in Cleveland in the 1980′s, Bernie Kosar was my hero. He was everybody’s hero. Bernie was the thinking man’s Quarterback. His decisions were decisive; his accuracy, pinpoint. He didn’t have the cannon of Dan Marino or the escapability of his nemesis John Elway, but Bernie had the superior intangibles that helped him reach the top tier of quarterbacks in his prime. From 1985, when he took over for the injured Gary Danielson, through 1989, Bernie was “it.” And he was ours.

I still maintain that the downfall of career came on Opening Day of the 1988 season in Kansas City. Chiefs defensive back Lloyd Burress came on a blitz and hit Bernie under his shoulder just as he was letting go of a big throw. I can remember the play so vividly. From that point on, Kosar was never the same. He would go on to start just nine games that season. The Browns actually used four different starters and still finished 10-6, ultimately making the playoffs. Imagine that in today’s NFL. By 1993, Bernie looked like a shell of his former self and then coach Bill Belichick made one of the most controversial moves in Browns history, releasing Kosar mid-season, citing his “diminishing skills.”

Throughout it all, there was nobody in town more popular than Bernie. Here was the kid from Boardman, Ohio who entered the NFL as a 21-year old who wanted to play in Cleveland more than anywhere else. Heck, he had just spent his college days in Miami, but home is where Kosar wanted to be. All he did was lead the Browns to the AFC Championship game three times in four years, starting at age 23. His best games were on the biggest stages. We all knew the words to “Bernie Bernie.”

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My Cleveland Sportsman of 2013: Josh Gordon

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A year of making doubters and defensive backs look incredibly foolish
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Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year is an annual must-read. Given that the national recognition rarely has anything to do with the teams or individuals whom we cover. In turn, WFNY will soon announce its choice for 2013′s Cleveland Sportsman of the Year. Here’s one of the nominations for that honor by an WFNY writer.
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Josh Gordon and Joe Thomas headline Browns players receiving NFL All-Pro honors

Joe ThomasThe Cleveland Browns had five Pro Bowlers nominated to make the trip to Hawaii, but that wasn’t official enough for some people who discount that honor due to fan voting. Now, the AP has selected their best players of the year using a ballot of 50 voters. The Cleveland Browns were once again well-represented.

Josh Gordon and Joe Thomas made the first team while Alex Mack, Joe Haden and T.J. Ward made the second team.

Thomas and Jason Peters were selected at tackle as Tyron Smith and Joe Staley were named second teamers. For Browns fans, Thomas’ play has been so good for so long, that this year probably felt like a down year for us. Not so for the AP voters.

At receiver, Josh Gordon shares first-team honors with Detroit’s Calvin Johnson. Those two are backed up by some impressive guys in A.J. Green, Demaryius Thomas and Antonio Brown.

NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal wasn’t as impressed with Josh Gordon.

Gordon led the league in receiving, but is he really the second best receiver in the league? No one would take him as a complete player compared to Gordon. I’d take Brown over Gordon this year too. This was a fantasy football pick.

Haden was beat out by Richard Sherman and Patrick Peterson at the cornerback slot for the first team while Mack was beat out by Ryan Kalil at offensive line, and Ward was edged by Earl Thomas and Eric Berry at safety.

All in all a good year for the Browns in terms of recognition, especially considering the way their record turned out. Of course, the prevailing question among Browns fans is if Mack and Ward will be back to try and follow up these seasons as members of the Cleveland Browns.

[Also see: Video: Josh Gordon’s 2013 highlights are fun to watch]

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