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Quarterback Harassments – The Full Story

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

Defensive lineman Desmond Bryant was the Browns’ most efficient pass rusher last season (Photo: Staff Writer: Justin Higdon

This past Saturday, veteran columnist Terry Pluto briefly discussed the Browns’ 2013 defensive struggles. Pluto pointed out a number of statistics that proved just how misleading Cleveland’s ninth place ranking in yards allowed really was. As anyone who watched could attest, the team’s primary struggles came on third down, leading to sustained drives, and eventually, a hell of a lot of points for the opposition. None of this is surprising or new, but another stat Pluto included in his column did get my attention. (more…)

Uncovering the Athletes: SPARQ Concepts and the Cleveland Browns

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

Second-year defensive back Josh Aubrey (#37) possesses an impressive combination of speed and power (Photo: Staff Writer: Justin Higdon

Just before Independence Day, writer Chris Wesseling wrote about the Seattle Seahawks’ recent success with late round draft choices, and the team’s connection to Nike’s SPARQ rating for athletic ability. SPARQ stands for speed, power, agility, reaction and quickness, and its calculation for football uses numbers from several of the drills players run at the NFL Scouting Combine and their pro days. According to Wesseling’s research, Seahawks strength and conditioning coach Chris Carlisle helped develop the SPARQ formula, and SB Nation site has covered Seattle’s connection in great depth. Unfortunately, Nike no longer makes the SPARQ calculator available on its website, but there are still ways to approximate values based on information that is available. With this in mind, I’ve crunched some numbers to find out which young, late round or undrafted players currently on the Browns roster are the most impressive athletes, and could, in turn, emerge as contributors once the regular season starts. (more…)

Pettine’s Recipe on Offense will Borrow from the Champs

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

Seattle’s success with Russell Wilson could ultimately help Johnny Manziel win Cleveland’s quarterback competition (Photo: USA TODAY Sports) Staff Writer: Justin Higdon

After an arrest for DWI in North Carolina, it is obvious that Josh Gordon is incapable of staying out of his own way. The NFL’s reigning leader in receiving yards was already facing a probable year-long ban for repeated violations of the league’s substance abuse policy, before Saturday’s news further frustrated his employers and fans. The Browns were hopeful that Gordon’s suspension might be reduced on appeal, but the 23-year old receiver’s most recent brush with the law is a laugh in the face of that hope, slamming the door on any chances of Gordon playing meaningful football this season, and maybe ever suiting up for Cleveland again. It’s an unfortunate story, written by one of the most (if not the most) naturally gifted athletes ever to suit up for the new Browns.

There is no question that the weekend DWI is extremely disappointing to the team’s coaching staff and front office, but the Browns have been preparing themselves for life without Gordon since about two weeks before news of a failed drug test first leaked on Day Two of the draft. There were no reactionary draft picks in rounds two through seven, but the organization did add veterans Earl Bennett (since released) and Miles Austin in an effort to bolster the receiving corps. There is no replacing Gordon, but there are ways to minimize the impact of his loss. In fact, the wheels have probably been in motion to reduce the importance of the number one receiver since the 2013 season ended. After all, despite Gordon’s gaudy statistics, The Browns finished their last campaign with 11 or more losses for the sixth year in a row. For all of the flash on paper, last year’s offensive formula under Rob Chudzinski and Norv Turner was a failure on the field, so Jimmy Haslam hired a new team of chemists for the lab this season. First-year Head Coach Mike Pettine has brought in former Texans and Redskins coordinator Kyle Shanahan, and together they are borrowing a blueprint that should transform the Cleveland offense into something vastly different in 2014. (more…)

2014 Cleveland Browns Undrafted Free Agents

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

This is where you can find all of the Cleveland Browns’ undrafted free agent signings.  Please take note that all signings in bold have been confirmed by the team.  All other names on the list are unconfirmed and we are assuming that those players have been invited to minicamp on a tryout basis. (more…)

“It’s All Smoke” and 5th Year Options

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

The Browns might draft a Quarterback high next week, but that won’t deter Brian Hoyer from living his dream. (photo:

DraftBrowns Contributor, Ryan Alton

I’m trying Johnny fans, I really am.  But every time I put the blinders on and block out the typical pre-draft noise hitting me square in the face, someone somewhere will say something that gives me serious doubts about the likelihood of the Browns taking a quarterback with the 4th overall pick in the draft.


As we round the curve and prepare to sprint down the final stretch before next week’s NFL Draft, more and more key figures in Berea are voicing their opinions and philosophies regarding the question that EVERYONE has on their minds… “When are you going to FINALLY address the Quarterback position?”  (more…)

Draft Thoughts: One Month Out

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Who can it be now? With a month to go, the Browns have everyone guessing. (photo: Contributor:  Ryan Alton

We are one month away!  I’m too exciting to sleep!  Actually, on the contrary, sleep is about all I wish I could do for the next 30 days in order to avoid the over-saturation of analysis and second-guessing that is sure to permeate the Twittersphere.  I suppose I could have stuck to my promise and stayed off Twitter through Easter which would’ve brought me back just in time for the final stretch, when things are bound to be getting good. But where’s the fun in that?  I can’t help but think of all the good times I would’ve missed… “Pro Day Gate”, Cavs vs. Browns, Indians fans vs. everyone, grandstanding over Chief Wahoo and the Sin Tax, and of course, Grossi Mocks 3.0 through 9.7.  (Hey Tony!  Dewey Decimal has gone the way of the Fullback.  Just sayin.  #100YearsWar) (more…)

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