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News for the Browns: The Latest from Berea

News for the Browns:  The Latest from Berea

Browns Before Camp

The time is finally here; Cleveland Browns’ training camp begins in just one week! Hopefully Hue Jackson can run a tight ship and put the team in the best shape possible prior to week one. The news will continue to ramp up in the near future, however for now we take a look into another blow for the club as well as facing a future Hall of Famer.

Desmond’s Injury

In a similar fate to what happened a few years ago to former Browns defensive lineman Phil Taylor, veteran Desmond Bryant injured his pectoral muscles lifting weights. This led to surgery to repair this injury, which is expected to shelf the lineman for all of 2016 – something the Browns could ill-afford. Guys like Armonty Bryant (after he serves his four-game suspension) and rookie Carl Nassib will have to step up and fill the void at defensive end. I would not be surprised if the team signs another veteran in the next few weeks that could play this position as well. Bryant’s contract with the Browns runs though this season; it will be interesting to see what happens for both sides in February.

Brady’s Opener

This is lesser of a Browns’ story, but it still impacts the franchise headquartered in Berea. Veteran signal caller Tom Brady has finally waived the white flag and has accepted his four-game suspension to begin the regular season. His team then faces the Browns in week five – which will be in Cleveland. Could Brady be rusty and make mistakes allowing the home team pull the upset? Surely, and the quarterback is not getting any younger as well. However, the Patriots have been great since the turn of the century so my faith in the Browns winning this contest is not extremely strong.

Conclusion: As the Republican National Convention leaves town, it’s time to get back to football. The only benefit to an injury this early is that the Browns have time to react and make roster moves to see who can help along the defensive line. Meanwhile, beating the Patriots is no easy chore – facing their quarterback with a chip on his shoulder will not be an advantage for the orange and brown.


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Don’t Bring Me Down: Which Brown Should You Pin Your Hopes On (D/ST Edition)?

Earlier this week, we mined the Browns’ offense in search of the best players to follow throughout the season. Today, we look at the defense in hopes that there are some gentlemen worth investing in. Who should be your guy when the foes have the ball? Decide for yourself.

First, look to the secondary—Joe Haden, Donte Whitner and company. Haden is an actual, real-life Pro Bowl cornerback, and more importantly, he has gone all-out in support of the Cavs and Indians. Donte, as you likely know, is a proper Clevelander and Ohioan, having attended Glenville and Ohio State. I sat with his grandmother at training camp last week, and she was a delightful lady (She has not met LeBron yet, and she thinks it’s wonderful that Donte is playing at home again). With any luck at all, the DBs will embrace the Dawg Pound ideal and bark as loud as anyone since Minnifield and Dixon. If youngsters like Justin Gilbert and Buster Skrine can follow suit, the defensive backfield will be in good shape. Long live #TeamDBSwag.

The defensive line looks solid, but there doesn’t seem to be any one player who will consistently generate headlines or big stats. Athyba Rubin is sort of like the Browns’ Varejao: We like him because he works hard, and he’s one of the few guys who has been here for more than two years. Phil Taylor is more mountain than human, but this will be his fourth season, and there are more YouTube clips of a professional dart player of the same name than the Browns’ defensive lineman. Still, he plays as though the other team stole his lunch money, and he clubbed Roethlisberger in the head a few years ago, so we can safely assume he is against sexual assault. And speaking of criminal behavior, here’s Desmond Bryant’s mug shot:

Desmond Bryant

The linebackers and rush guys could be the best bets of the bunch. Mike Pettine’s Bills had 57 sacks last year, good for second in the league. In Jabaal Sheard, Paul Kruger, and Barkevious Mingo, the hope is that the Browns have three edge rushers capable of making quarterbacks abandon the pocket and/or evacuate their bowels. Rookie inside ‘backer Chris Kirksey looked spry in the first meaningless preseason game, and his pass coverage drew especially good reviews. Karlos Dansby was an animal in Arizona last year, with 6.5 sacks, four interceptions and two defensive TDs. However, he’s 32 and has over 150 games under his belt, so there may not be much tread left on those tires.

And, of course, there are always the special teamers. You may scoff, but some of the greatest modern era Browns were specialists: Josh Cribbs, Phil Dawson, even the unblockable Chris Gardocki and unflappable (for a time) Ryan Pontbriand. There’s hope with the current bunch too. Travis Benjamin is an over-caffeinated roadrunner on kick returns. Billy Cundiff was pretty good last year, and more importantly, he helped screw up the Ravens’ chances in 2012. And Spencer Lanning is the punter, because a “Spencer Lanning” couldn’t possibly play any other position.

Again, this is an important decision. Seasons are defined by who your guys are. If you chose Charlie Frye in 2006 like I did, it was a long year. If you chose Lee Suggs in 2004 like I did, it was a long year. If you chose Brodney Pool in 2008 like I did – Look, the odds aren’t great. But football fandom is weird, and you’ve gotta do it. Do your best, cross your fingers, and enjoy the ride.

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How much better are these Browns?

How much better are these Browns?

The 2014 Cleveland Browns – Really Improved or Excellent Marketing?

I recently went to the team’s official website ( and noticed there were multiple videos featuring veterans.  Two have been here for one season, while the other was a recent acquisition.  That being said, they have not been accustomed to the perpetual losing like some of the other members on the roster.  Are these athletes genuine and will they turn the team around, beginning this campaign?  Or is the website providing false optimism about the Browns now, while impending doom will occur in the fall?  It remains to be seen, but let’s review the three online videos.

Defensive End Desmond Bryant:

The athletic defender clamined to be hungry and ready to go for the upcoming season (following his irregular heartbeat, which prematurely concluded his 2013 campaign).  The now healthy Bryant has been working hard in California and is anxious to join his teammates.  As far as his new boss is concerned, the lineman has shown a great deal of  respect and admiration for coach Pettine – who is defensive-minded.  All of this is positive, and should Bryant remain healthy – I could see another solid year for him.

Cornerback Donte Whitner: 

Discussing the training regimen he is going through, Whitner knows what it takes to be a winner in this league (appearing in three consecutive NFL Championship Games).  The cornerback also spoke about team’s chemistry and how the players are buying in to the new regime.  In order to lay the foundation, Pettine assembled the roster and asked questions in order to find out more about the athletes.  This process was lauded by Whitner; none of this will matter when it’s third-and-goal being up four against the Steelers, and the defense needs a stop.  However, perhaps that moment will be the origin of a strong locker room – which will last for years to come.

Quarterback Brian Hoyer:

After tearing his ACL last season, the signal caller is excited for his teammates to return to Berea.  The veteran has been rehabilitating there and likely misses the camraderie of others.  Hoyer also spoke about the organization and changing the culture – obviously winning will expedite that transformation.  Spearheading that is the quarterback, who has the greatest impact on his team’s success.  Remaining confident, the former Michigan State player believes he will be “the guy” this year.  This interview is extremely positive, but there is ample amount of work to be accomplished, and many things have to go right, in order for his vision to be realized.

Conclusion:  As is likely the case with many fans, watching Bryant, Whitner, and Hoyer gets you amped for the regular season to commence.  However, the Cleveland Browns have not proved anything on the field as of late to give you hope for 2014.  As for the debate, this was a tremendous job by the organization to promote the players’ drive and determination.  I find it hard that the team is truly enhanced at this point; perhaps that won’t be the case in a few weeks or months though.

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Posted by on April 18, 2014 in Offseason, Players


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