Posts Tagged ‘football’

Browns talent deficit continues

March 12, 2012

Year after year since 1999, the Browns have been playing catch up in regards to  player talent. Playing in the AFC North, it’s never going to be easy with the Steelers, Ravens and even the Bengals having a system in place and good drafting over the last few years.  The Browns have no elite skill position players on offense.

The Redskins traded this week for the draft rights to Robert Griffin III. The dynamic signal caller from Baylor has speed, intelligence and a strong arm. He would have been a huge shot in the arm in Cleveland. But, the Redskins gave up 3 number one picks.  It is hard to say the Browns could have topped this bid or should have.

Andrew Luck will be taken first by Indianapolis. Griffin to Washington will follow.  Minnesota is next and then the Browns. I really have no idea what player is in their sights. If it was my choice, I would trade down a few spots and pick Trent Richardson, the running back from Alabama.  With Peyton Hillis likely leaving, the Browns could use a solid back and he looks to be a potential star. Plus the extra pick acquired in trading down could be used to add extra talent later.

This is going to be an important off season. Cleveland is looking to establish an identity and build a core of offensive talent. If no progress is made, more seasons like the last ten will follow.

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Browns season ends with 13-9 defeat to Steelers

January 2, 2012

It’s finally over. The Browns end the season with a 4-12 record. In what seems like a broken record or perhaps a sick and twisted version of the movie “Groundhog Day”, the Browns again will be picking high in the draft and looking for something to build on from this horrific season. I’m not going to delve into the game facts a lot but it wasn’t a bad game for the defense. Jabaal Sheard added a sack to his total of 8.5. Josh Cribbs had a nice game. Otherwise not much to be excited about.

The Browns have a lot of important decisions ahead. What to do about the Quarterback position; who to take with the fourth overall pick; to hire an offensive coordinator. Plus, looking at potential free agents that could be added and deciding what to do with Peyton Hillis. From my vantage point, it seems they should be better next year with even a few new players. It never works out that way though. It’s really hard to have positive feelings about the Browns right now.

Ohio Sports weekend wrap up

November 29, 2011

Browns lose to Bengals 23-20

After leading at the half 17-7, the Browns couldn’t finish the deal. Greg Little dropped several key passes, the defense faltered, and Colt McCoy threw an ill timed interception as well. The Browns main problem right now is a lack of play makers. It goes all the way back to the former regimes’ trading away Kellen Winslow and Braylon Edwards and not finding suitable replacements for them. Coach Shurmer needs to get better at calling plays as well.  The Browns face the Ravens next week and it will again be a struggle. Hopefully they can get an upset or two these last few weeks.

Ohio State hires Urban Meyer

In possibly the worst kept secret ever, the Buckeyes hired former Florida coach Urban Meyer to a six year contract worth twenty four million.  Interim coach Luke Fickell stays on as defensive coordinator and will coach the team in the bowl game if offered one. The hiring takes the sting out of the OSU loss to Michigan Saturday, 36-30.

Grady Sizemore resigns with the Indians

Meet the new center fielder. Same as the old one. Grady is back for 4 million and another potential five in bonuses. If healthy Sizemore can be an offensive catalyst. He hasn’t been able to stay on the field lately though. He didn’t want to leave and I’m glad they kept him around for another go at it.

Blue Jackets continue to struggle and lose again to St. Louis

Sunday night in Columbus saw the Jackets go down to defeat against former coach Ken Hitchcock and his Blues 2-1 in a shoot out. The CBJ have been playing some what better but still can’t get enough offense to really roll out a nice winning streak. The Capitals and Hurricanes both fired coaches today. Its interesting to me that Scott Arniel is hanging in there after all the switching around the NHL.

Ohio State basketball

Ohio State mens basketball team hosts Duke on Tuesday. #2 against #3. Very good test early for the Buckeyes as they look to establish themselves at the top of the rankings and big ten as well.

a look ahead to the Battle of Ohio

November 26, 2011

In the first match up in Cleveland, the Bengals came out on top 27-17. This time, I expect a different outcome. It seems these games are always close and the Browns should have Peyton Hillis back finally.  The improved play of Colt McCoy and improving young defense give the Browns at least a fighters chance.

Head to Head  All time-    Bengals 40 wins Browns 36

the line-  Bengals -7.5

My prediction- Browns 17 Bengals 14