April 18, 2014

Campbell’s play the true indictment of Weeden

Jason CampbellThree straight three and outs.

The Kansas City Chiefs marching up and down the field, seemingly 14 plays at a pop to score points.

An offense that looked like they wouldn’t cross midfield let alone score.

Why do we waste our time with this?

Because we love the Browns and that is what we do here. [Read more...]

Video: Angry Browns Fan goes all in on Davone Bess

I’m convinced (with no real empirical evidence) that Cleveland sports fans have more fun with less than any other city with professional sports teams. How else do you explain the continued fun of Mike Polk videos like The Factory of Sadness, and Ryan Pontbriand jerseys? Now, the modern age brings us Angry Browns Fan. Even as the team disappoints more often than not, things like this make it at least a little bit better.

If you want to try to be included in next week’s make sure you talk about the Ravens game while tagging #angrybrownsfan on twitter. Of course, we might not need to wait that long for a new video if the Browns decide to trade Josh Gordon or Jordan Cameron this week.

[Related: Scott Raab on the Browns vs. Chiefs, Lou Reed and the upcoming Cavaliers –WFNY Podcast – 2013-20-28]

Scott Raab on the Browns vs. Chiefs, Lou Reed and the upcoming Cavaliers – WFNY Podcast – 2013-20-28

WFNY Podcast LogoScott Raab was on his way to the airport and it was a perfect opportunity for us to do our podcast as he was driven through NY traffic. Here’s the email I sent him the night before.

Hope all is well.

We’ll obviously talk about the Browns. I’m not going to say too much, just that I wasn’t horribly disappointed and that I’m looking forward to next week’s game against the Ravens.

I also really want to talk about Lou Reed. I’m sure lots of people will too, but I would guess your perspective will be as good or better than nearly anyone’s. Even before Googling, I just assumed you had talked to Lou Reed at some point in your career and sure enough, I found this. http://www.esquire.com/features/what-ive-learned/lou-reed-learned-0400

I was late to understand Lou Reed. The first time I ever heard Sweet Jane it was the Cowboy Junkies version from Natural Born Killers. The Velvet Underground came into my world in high school, but even then I wasn’t sold. I couldn’t escape Lou Reed in my travels as a music fan, but it was weird. I loved all the bands that Lou Reed influenced in indie rock more than I loved the originator. Most notably the Pixies name-drop Lou Reed in one of their songs. Can’t remember which one right now.

It’s not right, but that’s how it worked for me. I never questioned his importance to American music though. Kind of like even if you don’t like Dylan, you can’t deny his importance.

Ron and Fez close every show on Sirius XM with Satellite of Love and it’s become my favorite Lou Reed song by a longshot. It makes me feel like a fraud though. I feel like loving that song makes me a Bowie fan more than a Lou Reed fan. Anyway, he should be talked about.

Lastly, I’d be interested to know if you’re watching the World Series.

Talk to you tomorrow!

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Cleveland Browns Inactives vs. Kansas City: Groves, Winn Both Out

The Browns announced their inactives this morning for their afternoon showdown against the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs. Linebacker Quentin Groves (who was doubtful) and defensive lineman Billy Winn (who was questionable) are both inactive today. Along with Groves and Winn, offensive lineman Garrett Gilkey, Patrick Lewis, and Martin Wallace are all inactive as well as tight end Keavon Milton.

For the Chiefs, wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, who was injured this week at practice, will give it a go against presumably Joe Haden.

The Browns only have six inactives listed due to the roster spot occupied by Charles Johnson, the infamous wide receiver picked up on waivers from Green Bay who happened to have a torn ACL. After this week, they can reclaim that spot, and it’s possible that they would then sign a third quarterback. Right now, Davone Bess and Marquise Gray are your third-string options.

Related; Browns-Chiefs: Three Things To Watch

Browns-Chiefs: Three things to watch

The Browns enter Arrowhead Stadium this afternoon as heavy underdogs and with a new starting quarterback for the third time this season. After the highs of the three-game winning streak, the team has lost two straight to NFC North opponents, and they’re looking to get back to the .500 mark. Facing one of the NFL’s fiercest and most surprisingly effective defenses, that’s no small task. Here’s three things I’m looking at if the Browns want to win or at least be competitive against the undefeated Chiefs this afternoon.

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1. You don’t need to be great, Campbell, just efficient. [Read more...]

Schwartz-bowl

The only Jewish siblings in the NFL take each other on for the first time on Sunday.

BY REBECCA MEISER

339-20130726-0829_600It’s been 90 years since two brothers who remember each other’s bar mitzvahs have played on the same NFL field. And never has such a pair played against one another. Until Sunday– when Geoffrey Schwartz, an offensive linesman for the Kansas City Chiefs takes the field against his younger brother Mitchell Schwartz, an offensive linesman for the Cleveland Browns.

It is enough to make parents Olivia Goodkin and Lee Schwartz start reaching for the Maalox. “It’s a good thing they won’t be on the field at the same time or we might need a straight jacket [to contain all the nerves],” jokes Lee. [Read more...]

NFL Week Five: Winners and Losers

With the Browns having played last Thursday, we thought everyone might like to chime in on the games they watched instead of the Browns this Sunday. So who did you see? Who was the big winner? Who blew it?

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WINNER: Peyton Manning. Manning threw an interception on Sunday, which was the big news. He only threw 20 touchdown passes on the season before that pick. Four more touchdown passes and one rushing against the Cowboys in a win Sunday. Ho-hum. Another 400 yard performance.

LOSER: Solo possession of first place. Browns fans were pretty excited after Thursday’s win about being in first place, especially with the Bengals and Ravens both playing tough games this weekend. Well, both of them came up winners on Sunday. The Browns are back in a tie with Cincinnati and Baltimore. All three are 3-2. [Read more...]

.@Steelersdepot talks Browns, Steelers, Bengals, Ravens, Shamark-nado, Phil Dawson and more – WFNY Podcast – 2013-08-05

WFNY Podcast LogoEveryone loves when @SteelersDepot comes on the WFNY podcast. Yes, he’s a Steelers blogger, but his knowledge of the AFC North is gigantic. He’s as dedicated to it as anyone in the world, I think. So, when I want to find out what’s happening around the division, it’s an obvious call. Drop him a compliment on Twitter Browns fans. @Steelersdepot

  • Dave Bryan from the Steelers Depot talking AFC North football
  • Backhanded compliments for Dave
  • Browns training camp practices setting records
  • Michael Lombardi and what he knows
  • Davone Bess and how big a move that is for the Browns
  • Ray Horton and how good a corner he can be
  • Is it a crime not to spend for the Browns with holes?
  • Saving money for franchise quarterbacks
  • Alex Mack’s extension and when that will get done
  • T.J. Ward extension and whether the Browns will get that done
  • Losing Phil Dawson and whether or not Browns fans are crazy to be so big on Dawson
  • The Bengals and whether they’ve peaked with Andy Dalton [Read more...]

While We’re Waiting… Draft day trades brewing?

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Connecting the dots between a possible Kansas City-Miami trade that might affect the Browns’ plans with the No. 6 pick in the NFL Draft: “The connections between the Chiefs and the Dolphins, with regard to [Branden] Albert, have been present for awhile. Now, they possibility could be coming closer to being a reality. On Thursday, Arrowhead Pride passed along the information that the Chiefs had given permission to the Dolphins to speak to, but not meet with, Albert.” [Chris Pokorny/Dawgs By Nature]

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NFL Rumor: Steve Breaston won’t sign with Browns, considering knee surgery

Silly season is obviously going on now. After visiting with the Cleveland Browns on Wednesday, there’s been a bit of a reversal in the Steve Breaston narrative.

On Thursday and Friday, both the Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot and Elyria Chronicle-Telgram’s Scott Petrak respectively tweeted that the Browns would be unlikely to sign the free agent wide receiver. The 29-year-old, who played sparingly with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2012, had previously visited with AFC North rival Pittsburgh earlier in the week as well.

In addition to these reports on the receiver’s final destination, ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter brought in other big news on Breaston this afternoon. Here’s an excerpt from his article:

“Former Arizona Cardinals and Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Steve Breaston is considering undergoing the Regenokine treatment in Germany in an effort to repair knee inflammation and early arthritic symptoms, according to sources.

Breaston had visits this past week with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns.

It is the same treatment that players such as Kobe Bryant and Alex Rodriguez underwent to help save their careers.

During the procedure, a small cup of blood is removed from the patient, and then it is incubated at a slightly elevated temperature and spun in a centrifuge to make serum that’s injected to combat inflammation that may resolve the player’s irritation.”

Schefter wrote that Breaston hopes to continue to train until he is ready to sign with an NFL team. But for now, you can cross the Browns out of the running and we’ll see if they continue to look toward other free agent options at this position.

[Related: NFL Free Agency Primer: Part 1- Wide Receivers]

San Francisco to send QB Alex Smith to Kansas City per reports

Last weekend it was reported that an ‘unidentified team’ had a deal in place for San Francisco QB Alex Smith. Today, FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer reported that the team is indeed the Kansas City Chiefs.

https://twitter.com/JayGlazer/status/306809645597605888

ESPN’s Adam Schefter has more details about the deal:

“Chiefs traded second-round pick, the second pick in the second round, to SF. Niners also got another conditional mid-round pick in 2014.”

“SF now owns picks at No. 31, 34, and 61 in a draft with lots of depth but not a lot of surefire stars.”

Those wishing the Browns would make a move for the veteran QB can now focus their attention elsewhere.

[Related: I don't feel like it, but let's talk Browns]

NFL Rumor: Unknown team has trade in place for Alex Smith

Combine news was all over Twitter during the daytime on Sunday, but then CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora just recently dropped this quarterback news-bomb on the world:

With Colin Kaepernick fully entrenched as San Francisco’s long-term starter, it’s certainly logical why Alex Smith’s name has been all over the rumor mill thus far this offseason. The former Utah Utes star who turns 29 years old in May was a solid yet unspectacular starter for the 49ers for the vast majority of time since being the No. 1 overall pick in 2005. But he has a lot of NFL experience and many teams might consider him a safer option than utilizing an early draft pick on a QB.

Previously today, we saw the reported rumors from NFL.com that the Kansas City Chiefs were indeed very interested in Smith — along with drafting OT Luke Joeckel with the No. 1 pick in the draft. Ian Rapoport wrote: “But word is starting to leak of their interest in the San Francisco 49ers’ backup quarterback. At this point, based on what I’m hearing, Kansas City has shown more interest than anyone else in dealing for a quarterback who could step in and start from Day 1 while the rest of the franchise is rebuilt.”

Also this week in Smith news, the 49ers publicly declared that they would be unlikely to release the quarterback outright. Head coach Jim Harbaugh said Smith would either be traded or remain with the team throughout the offseason, and only if no suitable trading partner was found, would then he potentially be released.

For now, the Browns are likely in the next tier of possible contenders for Smith’s long-term services. The Chiefs are probably the odds-on favorite for the team that La Canfora was referring to, with the Jaguars and Browns among several teams that also could be on the large overall list of teams with quarterback needs.

Update at 6:30 p.m. Sunday: Jaguars beat writer Ryan O’Halloran, who was just on his way back from Indianapolis and the combine, tweeted out this bit moments ago. He reports the Jags are not the team with this deal in place:

Update at 7:55 p.m. Sunday: Mary Kay Cabot has the latest on the Cleveland side of things. According to her source, the Browns are not this team.

[Related: NFL News: Chudzinski “excited” about Weeden, still needs to see more]

NFL Report: Browns also interested in Chiefs’ Ray Farmer

Add one more to the list: ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Browns also have requested permission to interview Ray Farmer, currently the Director of Pro Personnel for the Kansas City Chiefs:

A two-time All-ACC saftey at Duke, he once held the NCAA record for 8 blocked PATs in his collegiate career. He then played 32 games in the NFL as a linebacker and now has been with the Chiefs organization for the last seven seasons. He previously was a pro scout for the Atlanta Falcons from 2002-2005.

As has been heavily reported already, owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner are likely looking for a salary cap expert to assist the Browns front office. It’s likely that this isn’t a traditional GM opening, but just someone who will assist the team’s personnel department.

[Related: NFL Report: Browns ask permission to interview Vikings’ George Paton]

Chiefs’ Shaun Smith fights fans on Twitter, threatens reporter

Shaun Smith practically tried to choke out Trent Richardson this Sunday during one extended tackle. It was dirty for sure and it will be interesting to see how the NFL comes down on it. After the loss to the Browns by more than three touchdowns, Smith was ill-tempered on Twitter after his prediction that the Chiefs would win by 10 fell flat.

Smith was fighting with fans and then got into it with a local radio guy, Danny Parkins who pointed out that the backlash shouldn’t have been a surprise. Smith responded with a not-so-vague threat.

“… i have faith n my teammates that’s why i said it so u r blocked chump u don’t want to c me in the streets so be easy”

Smith then tweeted: “Am not on Here to make friends so if u don’t like what the f i say don’t follow me n i mean that my houses 6 cards are paid for i love the game of football so either say something positive to me or kick rocks thanks u shaun smith”

There’s more about the entire episode, but it isn’t hard to understand why Shaun Smith has played so many places without sticking, despite his massive size and ability to clog lanes. Smith has now played with Dallas, Arizona, New Orleans, Cincy, Cleveland, Detroit, Cincy again, and Kansas City. That’s a lot of movement for a 31-year-old player.

[Related: Remember when Smith was rumored to have punched Brady Quinn in the face in the weight room?]

Cleveland Browns beat up Kansas City Chiefs 30-7

I’ve been waiting for the Browns to have a convincing victory from beginning to end, and I think this one suffices as the Browns defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 30-7. Three wins in a row too, if you need them. Yes, the Browns started the game in a 7-0 hole after the first play from scrimmage after deferring, but that terrifying play was all the Chiefs could do all day to score. Brady Quinn, Peyton Hillis and Romeo Crennel didn’t get to exact any revenge for any various reasons they might have had, instead proving once and for all why the Browns need not regret the departures of any of the three of them.

There’s no such thing as a perfect game in the NFL and I’m sure there will be some detractors even as the Browns beat a bad team at home by more than three touchdowns. Sure, the Chiefs dropped a couple interceptions, Montario Hardesty put the ball on the ground and the Browns were far from perfect in the red zone. Those things matter so much less when the Browns win so big. It’s the benefit of the big win and the Browns deserve it to a large extent.  [Read more...]

Benjamin records longest punt return in Browns history

On the first play of the 2nd quarter, Browns rookie receiver Travis Benjamin returned Dustin Colquitt’s punt a franchise record long 93 yards for a touchdown.

Josh Cribbs was initially back deep to return the punt, but the Browns shifted Cribbs up to the line to go for the block.  While Cribbs shifted up, Benjamin shifted back from his spot out wide over the gunner and into position to field the punt.

Benjamin broke Eric Metcalf’s previous record of 92 yards set back in 1994. 

Game 13 : Browns vs. Chiefs open thread

The Browns possess their first winning streak of the year heading into Sunday’s matchup vs. Kansas City. Cleveland has won two in a row, and four out of their last seven.

The Brownies are 6.5 point favorites against the 2-12 Chiefs. The Chiefs have been the NFL’s worst team, but played their best game in a 27-21 win last week over Carolina. [Read more...]

Crennel told players not to respond to Joe Thomas comments

ESPN Cleveland’s Chris Fedor is reporting that in a team meeting this week, Kansas City Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel specifically instructed players not to respond to comments made by Browns all-pro Joe Thomas.

Thomas described Chief’s running back Peyton Hillis’ time in Cleveland as “toxic”.

Hours after the meeting, Hillis went to the Kansas City media and fired back at Thomas’ comments.

This isn’t the first time a story has broke of Hillis ignoring team leaders. In 2011 Hillis drew criticism for leaving the Browns midweek to attend his own wedding back in Arkansas.

Read all about the Hillis and Thomas soap opera at WFNY.

While We’re Waiting…Vick and Andy Reid as Browns, Playoff Scenarios

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“With four games left to play, the Browns are notmathematically eliminated from the playoffs yet!!!

Let me say right off the bat that I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT THE BROWNS WILL MAKE THE PLAYOFFS. However, since it is still technically possible, let’s break it down real quick.

First of all, the Browns would need to run the table and finish 8-8, which is a nearly impossible feat. So eight wins is the magic number that we need to keep in mind here.

In the AFC there are five teams that have the inside track on the postseason: Patriots (9-3), Ravens (9-3), Texans (11-1), Broncos (10-3) and Colts (8-4). That leaves one spot left for the Browns.” [Flack/Bleacher Report]

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Quinn vs. Weeden: Jaws’ 29th and 30th ranked QB’s

ESPN’s Ron Jaworski has Chief’s Brady Quinn and Browns’ Brandon Weeden ranked 29th and 30th of his quarterback rankings.

Both Quinn and Weeden are coming off career days in which Weeden threw for 364 yards and Quinn completed 19 of 23 for 201 yards and a touchdown.