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  1. Flugel

    Another feather in the cap of Mayfield

    And if we factor in how many consecutive games this franchise went without a win prior to the first game Baker appeared in (and overcame a deficit) - even more remarkable!
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    Browns vs Texans

    I appreciate you trying make me feel better about it all Larry. I think I'm going to finally learn and choose the route of I'd rather be pleasantly surprised than disappointed. It's no so much about Carolina's WRs - it's more about what Gregg Williams trusts or doesn't trust out of our corners in the schematic. We're right back to extending the gimme to QBs on short throws. So what's the problem? Remember what Gregg Williams said about why he was excited to add an elite corner like Ward instead of another edge rusher? In 2017, he counted over 28 plays where our pass rush and Myles Garrett in particular was within 1-1.5 steps of hitting the QB before the throw. He said if they would have had better coverage against the quick throws - many of those plays would have been sacks via causing the QBs to hold onto the ball for that extra 10th-100th of a second. Consequently, we drafted Ward instead of Bradley Chubb. I don't know if anyone remembers the start we got off to prior to losing Mitchell in the Raiders game - but the pass rush was getting to Roethlisberger, Brees, and other QBs in the form of sacks and turnover differential to celebrate. It's the dynamic we just don't "next man up" since we've been missing 50% of the upgraded corner tandem here. Hopefully, we'll get Ward back next week for the last 3 games.... I NEVER get excited about struggling FG kickers. For example, we both attended the OT game in Tampa where a kicker (that got cut 1-2 weeks after we played them) drilled a 59 yard FG right down the middle in OT. If ANYONE ever has a struggling kicker - just play Cleveland and they're cured for at least 1 week. And there's our side of the kicker thang where we can draft a talented Lou Groza Award winner and have him needing prozac and intensive therapy by week 2 of his 2nd season.
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    Browns vs Texans

    Great summary! It was a very disappointing outing on both sides of the ball IMO. It's hard to get pumped up about the ole "next man up" on defense when the scheme our HC/DC resorted to seemed more like it was because he doesn't trust who he has at corner. Consequently, we're playing a zone that is supposed to have everyone in ideal position to make the tackle. 1 problem, not everyone looked like they wanted to tackle people and the zone transition (or lack thereof) still showed me a lot of guys out of position. Adding salt to wound, we lost Denzel Ward (which means replacing a 4th overall draft pick talent with an NFL journey man type of drop off). Zone coverage could be good against a mobile QB like Watson in lieu of having cover guys with their backs to him if you can play a well disciplined zone with a willingness to tackle people. I'm not going to spend a lot of time complaining about one of the biggest bright spots of our season (Baker). BUT you are correct that the 1st half from Baker was an absolute stinker we couldn't overcome prior to the 2nd half prevent defense that enabled him to spike his stats. The only disagreement I have is the height related/induced INT from Baker. I think that came from a better point you made about Romeo and the specific plan he had for some of our offensive tendencies. I saw Rosen throw a pick 6 vrs the Bears that he was fortunate enough to have called back where he didn't see the defender either. IMO, height had less bearing than inexperience on the same exact mistake Baker was vulnerable to. Game plans don't just attack playbook tendencies - they go after some bad/sloppy habits developing that a lot of young QBs may be vulnerable to. The good news is this is a correctable mistake. Another part of this week's game plan that I heard was emphasized all week was to get the ball out of the QBs hands early and often because of Watt and Clowney. When we tried a deeper throw that asks the QB to hold onto the ball a little bit longer - the TD pass was called back for holding. As you alluded to, the first half full of get the ball out quicker didn't show us a version of Baker we wanted to see. Houston dominated time of possession and got the comfortable lead they needed to coast the rest of the day. If you want to chalk up the batted down pass by JJ Watt to Baker's height - you probably won't get many arguments. That said, Watt has always produced an elite amount of batted down passes that aren't exclusive to just the shorter guys. Bernie used to get more passes batted down than Baker especially late in his career after injuries to his shoulder and elbow that were bringing his release down dangerously close to that of MLB Pitcher Kent Tekulve. Okay, I added a little Hollywood to that... I was really looking forward to the return of our Mitchell-Ward tandem this coming week so we could return to the aggressive style of attack up front Williams felt comfortable/excited to use. Next man up stuff works way better on teams not coming off 0-16 football with injuries to 2 of their most important upgrades (Mitchell and Ward). Maybe we'll get them back together for the last 3 games...
  4. As I continue to hear how wonderful the SEC is - I often wonder if ANY of their fans realize how much more frequently Nick Saban was challenged as a Head Coach in the Big 10 than he is in the Cakewalk Comfort Zone Sequel he never wants to leave. He only had 1 season in the Big 10 with just 2 losses while all the rest were 4-6 losses further splaining why he couldn't get to LSU fast enough for the ideal change of fate op. Teams like Georgia are the reason WHY he never wants to leave his gig in Alabama today! Working with a 14 point lead, they had a chance to go up by 17 with a chip shot FG. Their kicker that allegedly never misses just so happened to miss. And then a QB that was benched for an inability to hit the broad side of a barn in the passing game went a perfect 5 for 5 on 3rd downs vrs a defense that was stopping Bama's BETTER passer for all of the quarters leading up to the one that mattered most. In the process, Fromm got cold too. Bottom line: They CHOKED! Why reward that when you're asking several different conferences full of fans paying $ to see their teams compete to win Conference Championships to get a shot at the Final 4. So guess who was crying right after the game that they deserve the chance to play Alabama more than anyone else? If you deserved the chance to be considered a CHAMPION - you would have WON your Championship. Winners win and whiners whine. Just out of curiosity, what has Georgia ever won? They even gagged in the big game when they had Herschel Walker. I'll be the first to admit I'm reluctant to want to see Ohio State show up to another Final 4 after seeing a team with way more NFL prospects on it lose 35-0 to Clemson. Then all the Big 10 sucks nonsense starts almost as if Zeke Elliott isn't still scoring TDs on that Bama defense that was allegedly supposed to stifle them. My take on this year's Ohio State team is why not relish what Urban Meyer did with an imperfect team going 12-1 than let Bama or Clemson exploit the OSU LBer Corps and other deficiencies. Just my opinion; but I think one of those coaches will have the ability to Re-Purdue them with better talent than Purdue had. I'm fine with Oklahoma or even the 2nd consecutive undefeated UCF program (that beat 2 SEC teams last year inclusive of the Auburn team that beat Bama). UCF now has the largest enrollment of any DI program in the country so their sudden rise to #1 in the state of Florida isn't any accident. I know this seems strange from someone that is supposed to be an OSU fan but I've seen their defense make 1 week superstars out of too many RBs this year to be comfortable putting that in front of Bama or Clemson again. Hey, it's way more honest than Georgia pretending they're not going to get paralyzed with stage fright in the 4th Quarter again.
  5. Flugel

    Browns at Texans gameday thread

    Good points! WITH the Mitchell and Ward tandem changing the way we play defense - the Steelers were lucky to tie us (thanks to the bs penalty called on tackling Ben to the ground OUTSIDE the pocket) before the Saints needed us to miss 2 extra points and 2 FGs. Next man up didn't allow our pass rush to get there nearly as much protecting Mitchell's replacement in more zone coverage (not contesting the quick throws with the aggressive styles the talents of Ward and Mitchell permitted). It mattered... That was the difference between Pitt I and Pitt II. We'll have that tandem back together with 4 games left for more of the same sic em, sock em and sack em we started the year off with.
  6. As I continue to hear how wonderful the SEC is - I often wonder if ANY of their fans realize how much more frequently Nick Saban was challenged as a Head Coach in the Big 10 than he is in the Cakewalk Comfort Zone Sequel he never wants to leave. He only had 1 season in the Big 10 with just 2 losses while all the rest were 4-6 losses further splaining why he couldn't get to LSU fast enough for the ideal change of fate op. Teams like Georgia are the reason WHY he never wants to leave his gig in Alabama! Working with a 14 point lead, they had a chance to go up by 17 with a chip shot FG. Their kicker that allegedly never misses just so happened to miss. And then a QB that was benched for an inability to hit the broad side of a barn in the passing game went a perfect 5 for 5 on 3rd downs vrs a defense that was stopping Bama's BETTER passer for all of the quarters leading up to the one that mattered most. In the process, Fromm got cold too. Bottom line: They CHOKED! Why reward that when you're asking several different conferences full of fans paying $ to see their teams got a shot at the Final 4. So guess who was crying right after the game that they deserve the chance to play Alabama more than anyone else? If you deserved the chance to be considered a CHAMPION - you would have WON your Championship. Winners win and whiners whine. Just out of curiosity, what has Georgia ever won? They even gagged in the big game when they had Herschel Walker. I'll be the first to admit I'm reluctant to want to see Ohio State show up to another Final 4 after seeing a team with way more NFL prospects on it lose 35-0 to Clemson. Then all the Big 10 sucks nonsense starts almost as if Zeke Elliott isn't still scoring TDs on that Bama defense that was allegedly supposed to stifle them. My take on this year's Ohio State team is why not relish what Urban Meyer did with an imperfect team going 12-1 than let Bama or Clemson exploit the OSU LBer Corps and other deficiencies. Just my opinion; but I think one of those coaches will have the ability to Re-Purdue them with better talent than Purdue had. I'm fine with Oklahoma or even the 2nd consecutive undefeated UCF program (that beat 2 SEC teams last year inclusive of the Auburn team that beat Bama). UCF now has the largest enrollment of any DI program in the country so their sudden rise to #1 in the state of Florida isn't any accident. I know this seems strange from someone that is supposed to be an OSU fan but I've seen their defense make 1 week superstars out of too many RBs this year to be comfortable putting that in front of Bama or Clemson again. Hey, it's way more honest than Georgia pretending they're not going to get paralyzed with stage fright in the 4th Quarter again.
  7. Flugel

    Browns at Texans gameday thread

    My keys to the game? Our offensive line that didn't allow us to run inside the tackles very well last week at all have 2 gigantic challenges lining up right across from our OTs this week. Wattshisname and Clowney. As tough as this challenge is - it's NOT impossible. We're about to see if I'm just wishful thinking that. That said, Greg Robinson has quietly responded well to every challenge thrown at him in Cleveland so I'd love this pleasant surprise to continue. Hubbard hasn't been bad since Kitchen has been calling the shots on offense. It'll be interesting to see how Baker responds to the challenge. It's always fun to see his response stuff he's told he shouldn't or couldn't be doing. Last Baker heard, we weren't supposed to win a road game or win 2 games in a row. But here we are - what it is... I WISH we had Terrence Mitchell back this week but we only have to wait 1 more week for that. I just loved the way we didn't forfeit the quick passes with the tandem of Mitchell and Ward allowing our pass rush to get to the QB more frequently. As much as I hear the next man up stuff - I see the difference in what our experienced DC does to protect the replacement for Mitchell in scheme. All that said, if we stop the run up front - I like our chances to be in position to win this sucker in the end!
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    Kareem Hunt

    Bob, while I see where you are coming from - I don't feel sorry for any of the athletes that put themselves in these positions. To say such a thing I'll tell you why I feel this way. The NFL does give them a rookie symposium all about this every year. Problem? The ole "IT WON'T HAPPEN TO ME" is an equivalent to 2 DEAF EARS. And not for nothing, what are all these agents doing on their behalf after they cash in on their portions of the signing bonuses? And even worse? They keep seeing guys like Pac Man Jones and Josh Gordon getting multiple chances in spite of their stupidity which perpetuates their "IT WON'T HAPPEN TO ME" mentality even further.
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    McCarthy?

    If we complete the next 5 games with a consensus feeling that Kitchens and WILL-I-AMs are GOTTA KEEP, the only thing we're prolly losing is the word "Interim" in front of the "Head Coach" title. I've been wrong before though... New coaches, new systems, and new philosophies won't seem compatible with progress we're seeing. When is the last time we've seen a rookie QB put together a 3 week period like Baker has? And when have we had a defense that has had us leading the turnover differential for the length of time this team has done it before slipping to #2 overall? Throwing out the staff - will undoubtedly have us purging out guys that we're progressing as keepers and creating way more turnover than necessary. We've seen this sequel enough times to know exactly how it ends.
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    McCarthy?

    😄 He meant well anyway. But yeah, the solution to severe head aches from an inoperable tumor is not the Head Coach position for the Cleveland Browns. Having said that, whoever does have that position when this franchise starts winning again will represent the closest thing we've seen to anybody walking on water. Stay tuned...
  11. Flugel

    Damarius Randall Vid at Bengals game

    We have one - Joe Schobert. That said, I'd welcome another just like him....
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    Kareem Hunt

    Not to sound like an owl, but WHO?
  13. Flugel

    Kareem Hunt

    Well said LB!
  14. Flugel

    Baker gets ROW 4th time!

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY YOUNG MAN! We intercept this wonderful news with the following telepathic message from Josh Rosen: Baker only has 4 Rookie of the Week honors from Pepsi and 1 Rookie of the Month honor? Way to celebrate mediocrity Cleveland! Just like the crappy team I inherited in college, if I went to the same winning tradition the little guy inherited in C-Town - I would already have 11 consecutive Rookie of the Week honors from a real beverage like Lipton Tea, 3 Rookie of the Month honors and a Partridge in a Pear Tree. That is, when I'm not walking on water. Please tell me Taco is not the only one smart enough in here to GET this. I'm not trying to be an assshole; but Ancestry.Com tells me Moses is my great, great, great, great, great, great, great grandfather. Did anyone beside Taco take inventory of how many times the word great showed up in that last sentence? I told you all those teams that didn't pick me were going to deeply regret their mistakes. They already named a movie after me a few decades before I even showed up to this dump. It's called "Raising Arizona" and Colin Cowherd LOVES it every bit as much as he loves my leadership, maturity and ability to elevate the performance of my teammates. Aside from our 2 wins BECAUSE of me - we've also already celebrated 9 moral victories with about 5 games left. I told you I'm going to be better than Tom Brady...
  15. Yes. I had to correct his # of starts to 13 and record to 8-5 as a rookie . That being the case, he won the starting job as a rookie on his way to ROTY and making his 1st Pro Bowl in 2006. In 2007, he started 15 games and went 9-6. He got injured in his 3rd year (2008) and won his only start. He came back in 2009 and had 10 starts winning 8 of them and earning his 2nd trip to the Pro Bowl. In 2010, he had 8 starts and won half them during his final year of playing for TN.
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