Browns

WFNY on the 2014 NFL Draft: Joe Gilbert’s Top Five Linebackers

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Linebackers are the brain of an NFL team’s defense. These players are the guys on the field who must put their teammates in the right formation and optimal spots. They are asked to rush the passer, stop the run, and go into coverage. The linebackers are typically the most athletic guys on the defense because of their

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Browns

Mike Pettine’s arrival likely means an upgrade at inside linebacker

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One thing that has been a hallmark for defenses under Mike Pettine has been inside linebacker. When he was with Rex Ryan in Baltimore, that meant Ray Lewis. When he and Ryan went to the Jets, Pettine is reportedly the man who wanted Bart Scott—badly. Also, it wasn’t until the Bills’ third pick last year,

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Headlines

Ohio State’s Shazier to leave for NFL Draft, Miller to stay

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Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier will leave for the NFL Draft, multiple media outlets reported on Saturday afternoon. Quarterback Braxton Miller will stay for his senior season, however, as reported by Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel. The news is fairly expected for Shazier. He was a First-Team All-American this season and is likely to be a

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Headlines

Ohio State’s Ryan Shazier named USA Today All-American

Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier was named by USA Today a First-Team All-American in their rosters released yesterday. The junior linebacker is the heart and soul of the Buckeyes defense. He joined Alabama’s C.J. Mosley and UCLA’s Anthony Barr on the First-Team roster. No other OSU players made the First- or Second-Teams. In 13 games

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Buckeyes

Hyde, Buckeyes extend streak to 22, but about that defense…

In another game in a weak schedule that the Buckeyes were heavy favorites, they took care of business yet again on the road. Braxton Miller moved the offense with his legs more than his arm, and Carlos Hyde exploded, particularly late, accounting for five total touchdowns and 270 yards of offense. The Buckeye defense missing

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Examining the Buckeye Defense at the Midpoint

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Ohio State is 6-0 and halfway to a second straight perfect regular season. But, flawless record or not, the Buckeyes haven’t been perfect. I covered the improved and multifaceted offense earlier, but what about the defense? In recent weeks, much has been written about the unit’s struggles through the first two games of the Big

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Headlines

Buckeyes’ Ryan Shazier honors injured teammate’s jersey number

Star Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier will switch his jersey number from No. 10 to No. 2 tonight to honor injured teammate Christian Bryant, according to multiple media reports. Bryant, the captain and senior safety, was lost for the season with a broken ankle in last week’s victory over Wisconsin. The Buckeyes’ secondary was already

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Buckeyes win opener while showing their youth on defense

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In the season opener, you expect an inferior opponent and a lack of focus to come into play at some point for the heavy favorite. The only problem was, against the Buffalo Bulls (4-8 last year), the Buckeyes cut the engines a bit after cruising out to a 23-0 first quarter lead. The offense looked

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Headlines

Ohio State 40 Buffalo 20: Buckeyes coast in opener

Urban Meyer improved his record as head football coach at Ohio State to 13-0 as his Buckeyes kicked off the season with a 40-20 victory over Buffalo. Ohio State entered the season ranked second in the country and looked the part early on. On the offense’s first drive of the game Heisman hopeful Braxton Miller

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General

While We’re Waiting…Dion Waiters next great SG, Ryan Shazier becomes leader, Browns receiving woes

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While We’re Waiting is the daily morning link roundup that WFNY has been serving up for breakfast for the last several years. We hope you enjoy the following recent collection of yummy and nutritious Cleveland sports-related articles. Anything else to add? Email us at tips@waitingfornextyear.com. ““I’m coming,” Waiters told HOOPSWORLD in a phone interview. “I

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While We’re Waiting… Ryan Shazier, Bubba Baker, and Fantasy Football

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While We’re Waiting is the daily morning link roundup that WFNY has been serving up for breakfast for the last several years. We hope you enjoy the following recent collection of yummy and nutritious Cleveland sports-related articles. Anything else to add? Email us at tips@waitingfornextyear.com.   Leading off, there’s a lot expected of junior linebacker

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Headlines

Athlon Sports gives Ohio Stadium top spot in Big Ten Rankings

Athlon Sports ranked the stadiums in the Big Ten, and the pride of Columbus, Ohio came out on top. “There is little doubt that the Horseshoe is the Big Ten’s best place to watch a game. A great nickname, awesome traditions, tremendous fan support and commitment, elite level of success, High Street and the Banks

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Buckeyes

The Buckeye Leaves

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The Big Ten has been busy the last two days handing out conference awards. Keep something in mind as we talk about which Buckeyes did and didn’t make these all conference teams and individual honors: Ohio State finished 8-0 in Big Ten play. Nebraska finished 7-1, Michigan 6-2 and Penn State 6-2. I mention those

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Buckeye Six Pack: The Game

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It feels so strange that there will be no more Ohio State football games. Especially after the team finished undefeated. Let’s get to it… 1) Stepping Up. In big games, nobody has been bigger for Ohio State in the last three years than John Simon. Seeing him in street clothes to start the game made

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Buckeyes

Ohio State’s one-game season

On Saturday afternoon I drove to the barbershop to get a haircut where I was greeted by the owner who happens to be a war veteran that has more opinions than there are topics. Just my kind of place. I was sporting an Ohio State hoodie and upon sitting down, he asks me if I

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Headlines

Box Score: No. 6 Ohio State 21, Wisconsin 14

Ryan Shazier was going to be the hero, but the Buckeyes gave Wisconsin one more chance to tie and force overtime. So they did, but then Ohio State won fair and square in the extra period by scoring first and then finally stopping the Badgers on fourth down. In yet another close-fought game between these

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Manti Te’o or Ryan Shazier?

Approximately 2.5 years ago, an undersized linebacker from Plantation, Florida decided to make a commitment to stay in his hometown to play football for the University of Florida. In spite of being somewhat undersized at 205-pounds, he was still a 4-star recruit with an enormous upside because of the intangibles he possessed. Unquestionably, Ohio State

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Headlines

Buckeyes’ Shazier, Dunn win weekly conference honors

For the second consecutive week, Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier was named the Big Ten’s defensive player of the week- Defensive Player of the Week, Ryan Shazier, Ohio State So., LB, Plantation, Fla./Plantation • Finished with a game-high 14 tackles, including 11 solo stops, and a pass breakup in Ohio State’s 52-22 victory over Illinois

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The Baffling Buckeyes

Well, as I said last week, our little run-in with Purdue in 2002 took several years off my life and this past Saturday only aided in yet another subtraction. While the expectations are much different for this season, it was still Purdue in spite of the fact that we knew they would give our defense

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