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  1. Kirwan and Carucci on Moving the Chains, Siruis XM with a great take on this. http://bit.ly/15YRWjI
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    what about Matt Flynn

    I'd rather see what Chud can do with Vince Young. I'm not saying that I WANT that, just that it would be interesting to see what he could do.
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    Julio Jones out for season

    I've got to think Lombardi's good buddy Tommy D. will be calling to see what kind of deal he can make for Gordon.
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    Browns Cuts

    Billy Cundiff
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    Browns Meeting With Winston Justice

    Yes exactly. Reading back, I should've distinguished the Winston I was referring to. E. Winston is a RT and was recently quoted as saying "Moving from tackle to guard is not as easy as you think".
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    Browns Meeting With Winston Justice

    I like the depth moves being considered here. I was high on Winston when the Texans cut him, but when the Chiefs cut him... There's something we don't know going on with him.
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    Draft Thoughts 2013

    Not a relative... not even a fan of Lombardi. Fire him for all I care. If you think he's running this draft, you should be fired with him. If you have an issue, it's with Banner. Let's be clear about that... Nonsense? Nonsense is the constant negativity with EVERYTHING this team does. They're damned if they do, damned if they don't. Tell me who exactly you would have taken in the 4th and 5th rounds. Clearly, you've done all the scouting and have talked to all of the college coaches and have ran an entire draft before. Let's go GM... You're on the clock.
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    Draft Thoughts 2013

    Sure there's depth, but you don't find immediate starters in the 4th and 5th rounds of a "depth" draft. Like I said, I think they had a few players in mind that were all picked before them. The question that should be asked is "Is this player I'm about to draft any better than the (1) players I have on my roster, or (2) a veteran UFA that is available at this position?".
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    Draft Thoughts 2013

    We got the Colts' 2014 4th round pick for the 5th this year.
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    Draft Thoughts 2013

    Thoughts on the recent trades... So smart. There isn't much talent out there today. At least not more than what they get in the 2nd wave of FA coming in a few weeks. Why not add some middle round picks for next year when the evaluation process of the team is more complete? I do think that if Simon weren't picked by the Seahawks, the Browns would've taken him. Since he was gone, so were they (with good value too). I've been really impressed by the way they've handled this off-season.
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    Switch To 3-4

    When I first heard the Browns were considering going back to the 34, I cringed. It got a little better when I heard Chud say "hybrid". When you think about it, how many teams are running a true 34? Not many. Even NE isn't running the true 34 anymore. In today's NFL, a majority of defenses are in some form of nickel most of the time and are running out of an even front. I don't think they will be transitioning to a true 34 any time soon, if ever. If aggressive, it will take at least 2 drafts and a couple FA periods and >$40M. That's assuming there are 3 of the front 7 already on the team, which I don't think is the case. In a hybrid however, you could get some pieces in place over the next few years and be able to run any defense you want. To be thorough, it's probably important to understand the roles and prototypical player attributes to fit the 34. You can decide for yourself if the Browns have any of the personel on their roster. I got some of this from "Take Your Eye Off the Ball" by Pat Kirwan, a must read for football fans. The 3-4 is based on the DL taking up 2 gaps each. It starts with the NT. he should be 6'2"-6'4', 350+lbs and long arms (Shaun Rogers). He needs to occupy th A gaps on either side of the center and should demand a double team on every play. The DE should be taller , but doesn't need to be as thick (Richard Seymour). Their job is to take care of the B and C gaps between the T and G on each side. The DL's responsibility is primarily to occupy as much of the OL as possible and keep blockers off the LBs. The ends are not pass rushers like in the 43. That's the job of the OLB. A solid mix of speed, power, and agility is the name of the game for the OLB (James Harrison, LT, etc). He needs to be able to rush the passer, cover the flat or hook zone, and seal the edge or persue in the run game. Undersized 43 DEs usually make the transition pretty easily to the 34. The ILBs should consist of two different types of LB. The strong ILB is a 6'3"-250lb thumper that can take on the guard with power (NYJ's Davis Harris). The weak side ILB doesn't need to be as big, because the weak side G will rarely get out on him. He'll be free to roam the line of scrimmage and make place in space (Ray Lewis). The DBs role in the 34 vs the 43 isn't as defined, but from what I see, corners in the 34 are usually asked to play man and need to have solid cover skills. It's nice having a ball hawking FS roaming the middle of the field. Of course this is all in base defense, which as I stated off the top, teams aren't in nearly as much. The other benefit that most don't think about, is the improvement you have on STs. Instead of having a plethora of DL, you have a stock-pile at LB that fill the coverage teams with speed and improved tackling ability. I hope this helps.
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    Fujita Done?

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/10/15/report-scott-fujita-has-neck-injury-that-may-be-career-ending/ Hope not...
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    Owners Approve Sale To Haslam

    I just got back from the Marriott in Chicago. I got to meet and shake the hands of Mr. Haslem, Vic Caruicci, Jim Donovan, Tony Grossi, and several others that came by, shocked to see a fan at the Fall League Meetings, most curoious how I got passed security. All were incredibly nice guys. Jimmy Haslem shook my hand and patted me on the back, happy to see my #32 Jim Brown jersey as he walked by towards the podium before he addressed the media. I'm so excited about this guy taking over. I just had to go and be a part if it in person. I truly believe today is the day we get our team back. It's gonna be bumpy still, but winning doesn't come easy. And after shaking his hand, I know Jimmy's got the work ethic to make this happen.
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    Ray Ray Out For The Year

    I hear you. The original post read like you were excited they were done for the year. Sometimes we forget that these guys have lives and families off the field.
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    Tailgate - 10/21 At Indy

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    Tailgate - 10/21 At Indy

    Anyone on here going to the game in Indy in a couple weeks? My dad and I are driving in from Chicago and looking for some Browns fans to hang out with before the game.
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    Ray Ray Out For The Year

    Well said. Again, I'll say it... I'd rather the Browns beat the Ravens with Lewis, Webb, and Suggs ON the field. It gives it more credence. I'll celebrate the win, but will hold off on saying they've arrived if they do it against the best.
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    Weeden Last Five Games

    Yes, lots of batted balls. At least that can be worked on. He'll be able to adjust to that. He's gonna learn to step up in the pocket, move around to create the passing lanes. His offensive line could help with that as well. I'm not saying he's great, just that he's making better decisions... Willing to throw it away or tuck it and run, live to fight another day. He's improved every week so far. His ceiling is as high as we've seen in quite some time.
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    Most Impressive Thing About Today's Win?

    Not in agreement on this one... It may have been his best performance, but there is so much more to be desired. The play-calling and execution in the 3rd quarter was terrible, luckily for both teams. If not for the Cribbs punt return that flipped the field, I don't know if we win that game. Then, if not for a forced fumble, we likely go to OT because of a time management mistake on 3rd down with 4 mins left in the game. The PLAYERS won the game. Like Marty Schottenheimer says, "When you're in trouble, think players, not plays".
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    Weeden Last Five Games

    And making good decisions with the football. In my mind, his INT on Sunday was the reason I think they should start dividing INTs into halves like with sacks. It's hard to put that whole pick on him.
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    Ray Ray Out For The Year

    For real... That's sad. Injuries are a part of the game, but never something you cheer for. As a Browns fan, I want the team to beat the best with their best on the field. That's how you know if you're legit or not.
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    Ripe For Expansion?

    Green Bay falls in the Milwaukee area. Jacksonville is right in the middle of the best CFB conference. Perhaps trying to piggy-back on some of those numbers?
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    Shurmur Needs To Stay

    My main issue with Shurmer has to do with his duties on the sideline each Sunday. He has put way too much on his plate each week. He doesn't have the experience to be able to handle play calling and typical head coaching duties. To me, it seems like he losses grasp of what's happening in the flow of the game. This is certainly something a coach can see from the press box. Last year he had Dick Juran on the sideline with him to help him a bit. Now all the "experience" is in a press box. I know Childress doesn't like calling plays Sunday, but in my opinion, one of two things needs to happen for him to succeed in Cleveland. 1. Transfer play calling to someone else Or... 2. Bring Juran or Childress to the sideline on Sundays. To Bacon's point, I think the talent has been a bit lacking, but there are other teams in the league in a similar situation as the Browns, but have shown success (Dolphins, Titans). This has to go on Shurmer. My point is that it isn't due to his inability as coach, but rather his self-imposed burden on the sidelines.
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    What Just Happened?

    Even though I've had a night and most of this morning to think about it, I'm still trying to figure out what I was just witness to. Again, we saw a glimpse of something great, only to have it disappear as quickly as it arrived. While the Giants didn't panic when down 14-0 early, it seems that the Browns did panic; they were not sure how to handle the success. Without a doubt in my mind, the play in the 2nd quarter on 3rd and 1 in the red zone absolutely changed the outcome of that game. Some bring up the Cribbs fumble, but my argument is he isn't on the field if Weeden doesn't throw the interception. It doesn't matter who's to blame for it (Shurmer for calling it or Weeden for over-throwing it), it was the difference in the game. As that ball was snapped, I said, out loud, "I don't like this..." Before I could piece it all together, the Giants were celebrating a 17-20 point swing, including the points off the Cribbs fumble. By half time, the game was over. There was no way this team was going to overcome those 2 mistakes. The self-destruction continued into the 2nd half with bad penalties, key injuries, and lack of leadership. It's such a difficult thing to diagnose... Is it bad coaching or lack of talent. If Shurmer were coaching talented players, would it be different. If someone else was cosching these players, would the Browns be 4-1? We'll never know. But this is why we'll likely see a coaching change before we see all the players replaced... It's much easier. I don't think Shurmur will be fired any time soon, at least not until Haslem brings in his own front office staff. I believe he will bring in outside help to evaluate his current staff. Unlike Holmgren, Haslem will not give them another year unless it is deserved. That being said, I don't see how a staff that has gone 4-17 and, more importantly, currently on an 11-game losing streak can expect to get another year to prove themselves. Remember, Mangini had won the final 4 games the year before Holmgren officially took over, though I didn't think Holmgren should have wasted that first year, it was at least justified. Either way, we are in for a lot of what we saw yesterday; a team without direction, wondering through the battlefield of the NFL. They will win a couple of battles by the end of the year, but the war is already over. As a fan of these beloved Browns, I will continue to watch the games, look for improvement of the core players on the team (Richardson, Weeden, Haden, Jackson, Taylor, Sheard, Ward), and wait with bated breath for Jimmy Haslem to turn this franchise into a winner.