August 26, 2014

Browns-Bengals Inactives For Week 11

The inactives for today’s AFC North tilt between the Browns and Bengals have been announced. For the 4-5 Browns, who are pretty healthy overall, there are no lineup changes and no real surprises on the inactive list either.

For Cleveland, the seven inactives are tight end/wildcat star Marquise Gray, linebacker Brandon Magee, four offensive lineman in Patrick Lewis, Martin Wallace, Garrett Gilkey and Reid Fragel, and finally defensive lineman Ishmaa’ily Kitchen. Of note for the Browns is offensive lineman Jason Pinkston returning to the active roster for the first time this season.

The 6-4 Bengals are missing several starters, much like they were in the last matchup between these two teams, including right guard Kevin Zeitler, linebacker Rey Maualuga, and safety Chris Crocker. Active today are both linebacker James Harrison and defensive lineman Vontaze Burfict, who were both limited in practice earlier in the week. Other inactive for Cincy are running back Rex Burkhead, tackle Tanner Hawkinson, wide receiver Ryan Whalen, and defensive lineman Devon Still.

Related: Browns-Bengals: Three Things For Power In The AFC North

.@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...]

Bengals’ Maualuga: Trent Richardson “Didn’t do nothing spectacular”

Unintended double negatives aside, the Cincinnati Bengals LB Rey Maualuga is not concerned about facing Trent Richardson this Sunday when the Cleveland Browns and Bengals square off in Cincinnati.

According to ESPN’s AFC North blogger Jamison Hensley, the Bengals LB wasn’t too shy about making his unimpressed opinions of the Browns’ rookie RB known:

Middle linebacker Rey Maualuga didn’t come away impressed after watching tape of Browns rookie running back Trent Richardson. “He can run you over and you can miss a tackle, at the same time, from what we’ve seen he didn’t do nothing spectacular,” Maualuga told CBSSports.com. “From running screens, missing passes, trying to find a hole when he’s running the ball. He just didn’t do anything spectacular from what I’ve seen.” I double-checked and made sure this was Maulauga and not Jim Brown talking. This is funny because Maualuga “didn’t do nothing spectacular” in the season opener against the Ravens. He managed five tackles in a game where he got continually blocked by Ravens fullback Vonta Leach.

Outside of running over defenders and making people miss, I’m not sure what else a RB needs to do to impress Maualuga. Of course, presumably, averaging more than 2.1 yards per carry would be a good start.

Either way, I believe the first verbal shots have been fired. We’ll see how the Richardson and the Browns respond. A victory over the Bengals would be this author’s preferred response.

[Related: Browns Offer a ‘Taste of the Browns’ for the Cleveland Foodbank]

Browns Fade in Second Half to Lose in Cincinnati

The Cleveland Browns carried a ten point lead into halftime, but couldn’t make it stand up.  The Bengals capitalized on some big plays to tie it at 20 before taking the lead for good with under a minute to go in the game, 23-20.  It was a crushing defeat for the Browns, but they have nobody to blame but themselves, as a team, in all phases of the game.

Most notably, the Browns again had a miscue in the field goal game.  Granted, Phil Dawson’s 55-yard go-ahead attempt was not a gimme.  No matter, as Ryan Ponbriand rolled the snap back to punter Brad Maynard who did well to even allow Phil Dawson to take a swipe at the ball which flew wide left and maybe even short.

The Browns had miscues on defense that led to big plays by A.J. Green, Cedric Benson and Jermaine Gresham.  Reserve safety, and 7th round rookie, Eric Hagg was victimized worst in a mismatch with the talented and much larger Gresham.  Joe Haden found it lonely being on an island with A.J. Green at times.  Usama Young was one of a few Browns who was noticeably beaten by Cedric Benson.  The Browns will also be kicking themselves for dropping interceptions.  Chris Gocong dropped a sure one.  [Read more...]

While We’re Waiting… Tommy Likes Mike, Tribe Winter Development, and Andy’s New Approach

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.

the who TommyGo to the Mirror! “The turning point in the recruitment of the high-respected executive was the involvement of Holmgren.  Last year around this time, Heckert had the opportunity to interview for the GM job made available by the firing of Phil Savage.  However, the more Heckert talked with owner Randy Lerner and others around the league, the more it became crystal clear that not only would Eric Mangini become “his” head coach if he accepted an offer, but that Mangini would wield considerable power and clout within the organizational structure.   That dynamic has changed, however, by Holmgren’s presence atop the club’s flow chart.” [Lane Adkins & John Taylor/The OBR]

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Browns Sign Kaluka Maiava, that Other USC Guy

kaluka-maiavaDuring various portions of the pre-draft hand-wringing that we in Browns town participate in, there were many cries for Rey Maualuga to be selected.  In the end his tumble down the draft board occurred and the Browns looked in many other directions.  Eventually, though, they did draft a linebacker from USC.  One Kaluka Maiava whom played alongside Rey Maualuga, Brian Cushing and Clay Matthews Jr. for Pete Carroll.  And now the Browns have inked the Hawaiian boar hunter to his rookie contract.  According to our good friends at The OBR.

The OBR’s John Taylor is reporting that the Cleveland Browns and OLB Kaluka Maiava have to agreed a four-year deal. The four-year deal is believed to be worth just under $2.5 million, and was agreed to yesterday. [Read more...]

While We’re Waiting… KG, Maualuga, and Alex Mack to Start Your Day

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.

So it goes: “A lot of speculation has been going around about what exactly the intentions were behind my decision to enter my name into the draft. Some called it a publicity stunt. Others called it…yeah, pretty much everyone called it a publicity stunt.” [Mark Titus/Club Trillion]

On KG’s constant growling: “The question is, has Garnett always been this intensely arrogant and he just got a free pass because he played for the TWolves and everyone felt sorry for him and the losing ways he had to put up with? Or perhaps he was always this loudly irritating and it was merely a case of noone hearing it (if a KG barks in the woods of Minnesota and noone is there, does it make a noise?).” [A Stern Warning] [Read more...]