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  1. Great points Mike! Both franchises got great players that made them very happy. That said, only 1 of the franchises still needs a QB in order to get out of park - and it's not Cleveland (even though this should NOT be the main criteria for ROTY). This is the first year I remembered Andrew Luck getting reasonable protection in the pocket, which produced 39 TD passes to just 15 INTs instead of the bumps and bruises of a crash test dummy. Much of that was from the arrival of rookie OG Quenton Nelson who also helped their running game inside and outside. Without glamour stats pleading his case, he didn't stand much of a chance to win. My reason for bringing him up is that nothing can change the profound impact of him or Baker on their offense in spite of not winning the award. FWIW, if you go take a look at what Chubb's rushing stats were projecting with his 5.2 ypc if he started all 16 games - it betters Barkley's rushing yardage like I clearly predicted in Dutch's 18 questions thread. Barkley finished with 1307 rush yards with 69 more carries than Chubb (69 x Chubb's 5.2 ypc = 358.80 yards). Adding that 358.80 yards to Chubb's 996 rushing yards brings him up to 1354.80 yards. ´╗┐He also had 11 carries over 20 yards which projected well for him if he started all 16 games. And that doesn't suck... Understanding this team was winless after 2 games and behind in the 2nd quarter in week 3 (after 0-16 in 2017) - the CPR this franchise so desperately needed was given by Baker Mayfield. He came in and threw more TD passes (27) as a rookie in just 13 starts than any other QB in NFL history inclusive of former NFL Rookie of the Year - Peyton Manning (who threw 26 TD passes and 28 INTs). Manning had 2 HOF players in his first huddle (Marshall Faulk and Marvin Harrison) aside from himself. Baker also threw less INTs (14) and won more games than Manning for whatever it's worth. That's pretty freakin cool! And if we look as recently as last year - both conferences crowned a ROTY on both sides of the ball (that could easily have Baker's name on 1 of them). Have they announced these Conference award recipients yet? Once they acknowledge and announce what should be a foregone conclusion in the AFC - I think it would take away some of the sting people are feeling from yesterday.
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    Dutch's '18 Browns Questions

    Hey, it works. He was like the very first Andrew Dice Clay except he was in charge of the Roman Empire. Knowing you're Spanish - the only alternative screen name I could see for you was a badasss fictional Gladiator called "Spaniard".
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    Inside the Browns front office, ESPN

    I hear ya, which is why i said "Well said!" I just added the hindsight 20/20 to show how many teams/scouts didn't have the first clue what this guy was capable of.
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    Dutch's '18 Browns Questions

    Italian? Then what's up with the screen name? The last 2 Italian guys that wanted to be Dutch were Brutus and Cassius. Now we have a Spanish guy that wants to be called Nero; and it's like Ancestry.Com just slapped you right upside the head with - how bout a little Michael Corleone needing to defend his mother here?
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    Inside the Browns front office, ESPN

    Well said! Hindsight 20/20 shows we could have traded back even further into round 1 or round 2 (and landed more picks) for the very same Michael Thomas that wasn't drafted until the 47th slot overall in round 2. Hard to believe he was the 6th WR taken in that draft...
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    Dutch's '18 Browns Questions

    Thanks Tour! Are they still selling that HE HATE ME jersey anywhere?
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    Inside the Browns front office, ESPN

    Yeah, again my biggest and main beef from the time I entered the thread and responded to London Browns was the timing of the author. I've mentioned in this thread Jimmy made countless mistakes along the way enough to understand why people were worrying (myself included at times). Today, I'm pumped the franchise took a U-turn from chaos and confusion in 2018.
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    Freddie's Staff searches

    Silly? No! Dumber than a pet rock? Yes! I was wondering how the Hell does a need a better source than Freddie! Now where did I put my village idiot hat?
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    The Missed Call in NFC Champ. Game

    Wow! Thanks Mark! That's what is so batshitt nuts about this Commish cramming LA market size down the esophagi. Roger needs 2 teams because of market size when that same market size didn't give the first shitt about the last Rams team that frequented post seasons let alone 2 different NFL teams? Needs assessment anyone? Roger has HIS 2 playoff teams in LA today and one of them needs to frequent SBs or he's going to be dangerously close to sending one of them back to St Louis and the other one elsewhere. The Chargers deserve something better than half a seating capacity of 27,000 fans interested in them. That's been too good of franchise with Dan Fouts, Stan Humphries, Drew Brees, and Phillip Rivers to warrant that lack of interest. Here's a concept, how about finding out why a team that frequents NFL post seasons can't keep locals interested in viewing or attending games. When I had season tickets to Vandy games before Franklin showed up and gave them back to back 9 wins seasons - I thought it was pathetic an SEC Team with a seating capacity of 35,000 couldn't muster up at least 17,000 home fans. Ready for this? Season tickets only cost $192 for me and my wife. The Chargers aren't even beating that right now; but Roger got the big TV contracts so there's an inevitable blind eye or 32 to the situation...
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    Inside the Browns front office, ESPN

    You don't want it to make sense so you're painting Zegura out to be the media person that doesn't know what he's talking about while defending Mary Kay Cabot and Tony Grossi for repeatedly attacking new leaderships in Cleveland before their contract ink dries. AGAIN, Zegura pointed out that draft picks made from Sashi, Farmer and Banner (good or bad) weren't being made with nearly the same criteria, decision making process and majority of people Dorsey is using here in 2018 and 2019. That was his main message about the timing of it all reflecting toward 2018 and 2019 ahead instead of dwelling on the sins of 2013 and 2014 that have no pertinence moving forward. None. Weren't you just telling me you totally agree the timing of the article was strange? When it is after the fact, I prefer a less biased agenda from sports writers like Pluto that give you an honest summary of both pros and cons rather than the convenient percentages of truth MKC and Grossi prefer to include in their summaries.
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    Inside the Browns front office, ESPN

    As much as I look like I only want to hear positive stuff - how many more times can they beat a dead horse with all the negative crap we already hear about over and over and over again. Now that people are starting to see reasons to get excited - here it comes again at an unparalleled effort without pointing inexperience leads to growing pains in most dumpster fires that have never been put out. But that sort of defies the agenda and venom juice. The only thing I remember about the movie the Poseiden Adventure (in parallel to what this fan base has experienced) is the following verse from the theme song: "Oh can't you see the morning after." It sure would be nice with the momentum and mojo of the back stretch of the 2018 season to let this fan base see a morning after for a refreshing change. I have a sense of cautious/guarded optimism just like anyone else. That said my football background of showing up with a game face that always gave me a much better chance than showing up in a feral position with we're gonna get our asses kicked is just too hard to change from this old dawg that doesn't learn new tricks.
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    Inside the Browns front office, ESPN

    I don't see many getting the same positive message you got from the article Nero nor do I think the author wanted any readers getting all warm and fuzzy about Jimmy today. And for all the reasons you mentioned in your first paragraph - that's what made the timing of it all really strange as recent posts have mentioned... There was a tremendous need to make those already worried about Jimmy - even more worried or 1 step closer to Nurse Ratchid. It was like an alarm clock reminder to all the media in Cleveland along the lines of - "have you all forgotten venom sells before this Cinderella story in the 2nd half of 2018 reaches an inevitable early midnight?" Now Tony Grossi and Mary Kay are going to get all jealous that someone in the media outside of Cleveland just beat them to stirring up controversy immediately the first hint this organization showed it was starting to progress past it (reflected by a team improving from 16 losses to 8 in just 1 year.
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    The Missed Call in NFC Champ. Game

    Love the fire in you. Just my opinion, but I think it's way deeper than the instant replay so hear me out on this long winded rant that won't please any of our fans living in CA. I stopped watching the NBA years ago when the officials had more say in the outcomes than the players in order to KEEP the CA markets in the finals. I can't tell you how many times I saw the Utah Jazz not getting to the free throw line for obvious fouls committed while the Lakers went to the line for every every ticky tacky foul possibly invented. Whenever they could get a Boston-LA matchup for the higher market TV ratings spike - those calling the game were often more influential to the outcome than the players. I was hoping this wouldn't bleed over into the NFL but Roger Goodfella got his dream of 2 Teams in LA. Guess who both made the playoffs? And guess who just made the SB on one of the shadiest/most controversial non-calls? The Saints just got Utah Jazzed by that same LA market agenda from the top to bring this sport a, drum roll please..... Boston-LA matchup. Officiating had everything to do with 1 of those teams getting there. Some have even suggested that Dee Ford penalty has often been a warning to the player by the line judge before a flag is thrown especially if officials don't allegedly want to impact the final score. If he was playing for the right market against the Saints, that's a non-call all the way as we all witnessed in the 2 penalties 1 officiating crew purposely selected not to call at the most crucial point in the game. BTW, this parity they want us to think is so special has us watching everybody but NE, Pittsburgh and Ratville,MD changing coaches every other year or so in the AFC. In the NFC that only applies to Seattle, New Orleans, Carolina and Dallas. The NBA used to have the same kind of parity when they perpetuated all the same teams competing to win it all while the small markets elsewhere never really got relevant. There's still people under the assumption that NFL owners get most of their profit from home attendance. Not any more man. Roger Goodfella became a hero to ALL the owners when he helped get them the gigantic TV contracts giving all 32 owners a shared revenue that blows away what each team brings in from stadium attendances. The worst thing that could happen right now is for all the people in that LA market to get just as bored with their NFL teams as they once did with the Rams franchise that frequented post seasons. Not to worry - we just watched how Roger prevented that. When you really think about it - there was quite a trend of NFL line judges and linesmen missing blatant false starts on the LA Chargers' LT and sometimes more than once a game. Now all that alleged need to challenge pass interference calls is just a nice detour from a really stinky scent; and Roger adores it. I used to get pissed off when people would say - that game was fixed, not to be confused with someone getting hosed on a bad call. Today? Roger is more interested in new TV markets out of this country than he is about ever caring what happens to traditional/storied franchises buried in his agenda. That said, now that ATT has taken over DirecTV and their monopoly - their current level of customer service needs chemotherapy before it metastasizes beyond all repair. If you're going to charge long time customers an arm and a leg - shouldn't you at least hire someone that knows how to bill customers correctly?
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    Senior/Pro Bowl Chatroom

    I was just messing around. I did not know that about your tennis background. Believe it or not, one of my favorite competitors to watch in that sport is Roger Federer. I'm not very up to date on the female tennis players; but any time I see one of the Williams sisters - I watch. Shifting gears a little. I stopped watching the NBA years ago when the officials had more say in the outcomes than the players in order to KEEP the CA markets in the finals. I can't tell you how many times I saw the Utah Jazz not getting to the free throw line for obvious fouls committed while the Lakers went to the line for every every ticky tacky foul possibly invented. Whenever they could get a Boston-LA matchup for the higher market TV ratings spike - those calling the game were often more influential to the outcome than the players. I was hoping this wouldn't bleed over into the NFL but Roger Goodfella got his dream of 2 Teams in LA. Guess who both made the playoffs? And guess who just made the SB on one of the shadiest/most controversial non-calls? The Saints just got Utah Jazzed by that same LA market agenda from the top to bring this sport a, drum roll please..... Boston-LA matchup. Officiating had everything to do with 1 of those teams getting there. Some have even suggested that Dee Ford penalty has often been a warning to the player by the line judge before a flag is thrown especially if officials don't allegedly want to impact the final score. If he was playing for the right market against the Saints, that's a non-call all the way as we all witnessed in the 2 penalties 1 officiating crew purposely selected not to call at the most crucial point in the game. BTW, this parity they want us to think is so special has us watching everybody but NE, Pittsburgh and Ratville,MD changing coaches every other year or so in the AFC. In the NFC that only applies to Seattle, New Orleans, Carolina and Dallas. The NBA used to have the same kind of parity when they perpetuated all the same teams competing to win it all while the small markets elsewhere never really got relevant. There's still people under the assumption that NFL owners get most of their profit from home attendance. Not any more man. Roger Goodfella became a hero to ALL the owners when he helped get them the gigantic TV contracts giving all 32 owners a shared revenue that blows away what each team brings in from stadium attendances. The worst thing that could happen right now is for all the people in that LA market to get just as bored with their NFL teams as they once did with the Rams franchise that frequented post seasons. Not to worry - we just watched how Roger prevented that. When you really think about it - there was quite a trend of NFL line judges and linesmen missing blatant false starts on the LA Chargers' LT and sometimes more than once a game. Now all that alleged need to challenge pass interference calls is just a nice detour from a really stinky scent; and Roger adores it. I used to get pissed off when people would say - that game was fixed, not to be confused with someone getting hosed on a bad call. Today? Roger is more interested in new TV markets out of this country than he is about ever caring what happens to traditional/storied franchises buried in his agenda. That said, now that ATT has taken over DirecTV and their monopoly - their current level of customer service needs chemotherapy before it metastasizes beyond all repair. If you're going to charge long time customers an arm and a leg - shouldn't you at least hire someone that knows how to bill customers correctly?
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    Inside the Browns front office, ESPN

    If it wasn't such a perfect place to teach swimming lessons to Ratbird fans I might have the time to give air boat tours. They love my buy 1 get one free specials; and so do the alligators...
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