April 20, 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...]

Willoughby Pub Lending Support for Browns Coaching Candidate

Cleveland Browns fans are quite the faithful bunch, and that phenomenon would certainly explain a recent development at Mullarkey’s Irish Pub in downtown Willoughby, Ohio.

John Bowers, the restaurant’s owner, is launching a campaign for the Browns to hire Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey, who is interviewing with the team today in Cleveland. Although the two parties have no relation (note just one “l” for the coach), Bowers is using the unique connection to spark interest for the coach he feels has the best credentials for the position.

The namesake for the restaurant is the maiden name of Bowers’ wife, Eileen, and in fact, it’s likely Mularkey has already heard of the popular Irish pub.
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Browns Lose an Especially Ugly One to Falcons

Let’s put this 20-10 loss in perspective a little bit.  All-world left tackle Joe Thomas had an awful game at the hands of John Abraham.  Thomas gave up a sack.  He gave up the injury to Seneca Wallace’s right ankle that knocked him out of the game.  Lastly, he got housed by Abraham on Jake Delhomme’s final interception.  The loss isn’t Joe Thomas’ fault alone, but you just can’t expect to win a game like this when your very best, most consistent players fail so miserably.  This was like a bizarro injury-riddled Browns game.

Mohamed Massaquoi had a decent game.  That statement in and of itself should leave you shaking your head.  In a game where Seneca Wallace gets hurt and a still hobbled Jake Delhomme takes over, Massaquoi “explodes” for 5 catches and over 50 yards receiving.  As I said, it was a bizarro game.

If the QB injuries threatening to let us see Colt McCoy weren’t scary enough, Peyton Hillis’ injuries were worse during this game than I thought coming into it.  He played admirably catching a touchdown pass and coming in the game hurt multiple times, but ultimately the one-man Browns offense just couldn’t contribute the way he has been so far this season. [Read more...]

Pre-Game Intel – Falcons vs. Browns

When and Where: Sunday October 10th, 2010 – 1:00 PM – Cleveland Browns’ Stadium (It is 10-10-10… Keanu says “WHOA!”)

Overview: Matt Ryan and the Falcons were stifled in week one by the Pittsburgh Steelers in an ugly 15-9 loss.  Since, they have run off three straight with the highlight coming against the Saints in a thrilling overtime victory 27-24.  Most recently, they rattled off 16 unanswered points after going down 14-0 to the 49ers in Atlanta.

It wasn’t pretty, but the bottom line is that Atlanta is coming in with a three game winning streak.  They might not have impressed anyone outside of their own locker room defeating Frisco, but you have to give these Falcons credit.  They faced adversity going down 14-0 in the first quarter and they responded.  Matt Ryan, Roddy White, Tony Gonzalez, and the surprisingly good Atlanta defense come into Browns-town with some confidence.

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The Browns Will Win If…

I wrote once upon a time that I would consider it progress if the Browns had the same record as last year, but looked competitive. To that end, I consider this team improved. Not only have they earned their first win a week quicker, but their three losses have been by a total of 12 points, compared to last season where their first three losses were a combined 66 points. This week they take on the Dirty Birds from the A-T-L. Ahh ha / hush dat fuss / everybody move to the back of the bus.

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The Browns have another winnable game, but this one will not be easy. The Falcons have a solid offense, and are fifth in the league in total yards, 10th in passing yards, fourth in rushing yards, and ninth in points. In other words, the Browns need to sack up on defense. Both teams are middle-of-the-road on defense, as the Falcons are 16th-best (Browns 22nd) in yards-allowed. Atlanta is more vulnerable to the pass than to the run, yet they still are very good in scoring defense with just 15.0 ppg allowed. Without further ado…

The Browns Will Win If…

While We’re Waiting… A WFNY Brew, Tough Draft Position, and Tall Cavalier Tales

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.

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WFNY- The Beverage! We received several tips about  Great Lakes Brewing Company’s newest mix WIT Till Next Year- “True Cleveland sports fans are very familiar with this phrase, so do we really need to say any more? (By the way, this beer is a special Wit fairly similar to Holy Moses White Ale).” Great Lakes Brewing Co. [Read more...]

Vernon Gholston, First Overall?

Vernon GholstonWith the Miami Dolphins on the clock with the first overall selection in the upcoming draft, Bill Parcells and company have already stated that they will not be selecting Matt Ryan out of Boston College.  While it was reported yesterday that the ‘Phins have begun talks with the University of Michigan’s Jake Long, another Big Ten star has entered in to the equation.

Official contract negotiations with Michigan offensive tackle Jake Long, and Ohio State defensive end Vernon Gholston were started this week, according to a source. Coincidentally, Long and Gholston are represented by the same agency, CAA, but have different agents.

Long and Gholston are believed to be two of the five prospects the Dolphins have thoroughly investigated in case they don’t trade away the top pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, which takes place on April 26-27. [Read more...]