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    Playoff Picture

    Oops. Sorry... in a 4- or 5-way tie involving the Colts, the Titans would first be eliminated by the Colts due to the divisional record. If this happens, then of the 2 or 3 remaining teams - Browns-Colts or Brown-Colts-Raiders - the Browns win with better Conference record.
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    Playoff Picture

    I believe that the only way they get in is if there is a 4-way or 5-way tie. Steelers and Titans have to lose both remaining. Browns and Raiders and/or Colts have to win both remaining. If this is the case, Browns and Steelers use divisional tie-breakers first, which the Browns win by division record. With 3 or 4 teams remaining, head-to-head rule won't apply as they didn't all play each other. Browns would then win over Titans and Raiders and/or Colts because of Conference record. If Raiders and Colts don't win both and it is a 3-way tie, then Titans are in. Browns and Steelers still use divisional tie-breaker which Browns win by division record. Browns lose to Titans due to head-to-head, as Browns lost in week 1 to Titans.
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    Rankem Browns HCs since 1999

    "Best" 3 chronologically - Crennel, Pettine, Williams Worst 3 is a tie - Jackson, Jackson, Jackson and Mangini, Mangini, Mangini
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    But really, What is the major malfunction?

    Many have commented on Mayfield's "regression" this year. It's a little comical to talk about regression for a second-year QB, I think. Last year he threw into double coverage a lot... a LOT... and got away with it. This year he's trying to do the same - throw into double and triple coverage and rely on the strength of his arm to get the ball there... and is throwing more interceptions as a result because teams have better preparation for him. He hasn't developed a finesse pass, yet. Just throw it hard. Understandable. He's only in his second year. So, now he's gun shy. Doesn't want to throw interceptions, so he's late... or second guesses himself... or - worst of all - tries to throw even harder. Classic sophomore season. Did you REALLY expect anything else? If so, then just review the overwhelming history of QBs who started playing right out of college... it's not pretty. And it goes to show that this RARELY works. You can't expect instant gratification. It just doesn't work that way. Never did. Still doesn't, despite the expectations of teams and fans. As an end note, I would point out that there is history on his side in the form of other hard-throwing QBs who struggled in their first few seasons until they learned the game. John Elway comes to mind. We can talk Mayfield in 2022 and we'll see what we're saying then.
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    But really, What is the major malfunction?

    Is it really THAT much of a surprise? Change your coaching staff. Second year (and still unproven) QB, different O-line, some new receivers... Suspect LBs and secondary... To buy the Kool-Aid that we were sold all summer and from the Vegas odds-makers... This was an 8-8 team from the start, in the first year of - yet another - rebuild, but with the team talent skipped a year to the second year of - yet another - rebuild. The schedule killed them, as you can NEVER evaluate a rebuilding team before the first half of the season - when they're still learning to play with each other. We were sold the idea that we FINALLY had the MESSIAH! The QB to save the NFL. We would score TDs on EVERY possession. It bothers me more that there still isn't any discipline on this team after 8 games, as the unnecessary penalties are killing them. And I'm more concerned with the defense, because you just don't win in this league without it. The D-line is geared towards pass rush/sacks and isn't stopping the run. The LBs and secondary are awful at times. No one knows how to tackle - just hit (although that isn't THAT surprising , since that's what they're coached to do) Defense wins championships... and we don't have a championship caliber defense yet. After Buffalo, the schedule favors them. 8-8. Just like they should have been from the beginning.
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    Defense Wins Championships

    The core of any sport is to score points and keep the other team from scoring points. You don't win championships without winning games and you don't win games without a defense. And if you are content with losing games as long as they are entertaining... that is exactly what the NFL is counting on. Last year's Super Bowl was the epitome of that. Both teams chose to play NO defense and it was one of the most boring games I've watched. All pass, all the time and all scoring. And it took ONE - just ONE - defensive play at the end to win the game.
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    3-4 defense....

    It didn't work because you need stud LBs for a 3-4.... Browns didn't have any and didn't draft any. We wanted QBs.
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    The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

    Sorry Mike, but tackling is no longer a "fundamental". The "hit", the biggest "impact collision" you can make is what is coached now. But it really doesn't matter about defense in today's NFL, either. So, there really isn't much point about railing on about whether or not they tackle.
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    I think we might crush it this week

    Ummm.... I have been watching the Cavs and.... well... Spring training starts in 3 months!
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    Tanking in the NFL

    Won't be but a few years before gambling pads are available at every seat in every stadium, let alone on your phones. So, when you see those shots of QBs on the sidelines with a pad, you can be sure they'll be checking the current line, placing a bet, then trotting out for the next offensive series... ? So, yeah... greatest thing to happen to sports since sliced bread...
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    Browns vs. Chiefs Factoids

    The Super Ball. I remember those. Had many of them. I'm sure in today's world they would be banned, though.
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    Tanking in the NFL

    Your assumption is only valid if the team is dedicated to building through the draft - such as Haslam has stated numerous times since he bought the Browns. (therefore, implied 'no costly free agent signings') From what I've read, there's only one guy available in the draft next year who could be an NFL "franchise" QB. Even if they get him, it's pretty long odds that he actually IS a "franchise" QB - ironically appropriate for a team moving to Vegas.
  13. Honestly, not the way I saw it. Defender did what he was coached to do. Mayfield was upright, trying for first down when defender 'launches' his body at what-would-have-been his chest. Not trying to tackle, but create a collision impact. Only, Mayfield starts to slide and defender - already being in mid-air - hits him helmet to helmet. Didn't look like he intended to hit him high and in the helmet. It's the result of coaching the value of hitting over tackling.
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    Opportunity Cost - Effective discipline?

    Hard to lay this all on the players when they are coached and taught to do a lot of these bonehead things. Lineman are taught to hold. 95% of it doesn't get called, so play the percentages. Defense is taught that tackling is wrong, that it's 'old school'. In today's NFL they are coached to create the hardest impact and collision. Most guys don't even try to use their arms anymore. They're taught to hit high and hard, even if it leads to helmet first collisions. When you stiff-arm a guy, grab his face mask and twist it off. That never gets called. If I'm teaching guys to skirt the rules, it's kind of hard to dock their pay when they get caught.
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    Backup Quarterbacks

    Actually, I'm more surprised that so many of these guys are still in the league, let alone #2 on the depth charts.