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“Remember when there were fans who were upset that the Browns chose running back Trent Richardson over wide receiver Justin Blackmon in the first round of the 2012 draft. In fact, you might have been one of them. The Browns instead drafted Josh Gordon, a raw but talented receiver, in the second round of the supplemental draft. It looks like that was the right decision so far.
Gordon has been the NFL’s most explosive rookie receiver this season and has outplayed Blackmon through seven weeks. Gordon has 14 catches for 333 yards (23.8-yard average) and four touchdowns. Blackmon has 14 receptions for 126 yards (9.0-yard average) and no touchdowns.” [Hensley/AFC North Blog]
“The entire befuddling sequence wasn’t appreciated by new Browns owner Jimmy Haslam. He was seen on television folding his legs in his suite and frowning in the video above. The two men exchanged texts Monday, but Shurmur was unaware of Haslam’s reaction. “I’d do that again. I think it worked out,” Shurmur said Monday of the punt.
There are so few times in football when fans and media truly are in position to say: “That’s a dumb move.” The coaches always have a massive advantage in information. But there is no reasonable way to explain Shurmur’s maddening reasoning.” [Rosenthall/NFL.com]
“This is my third year here, and I spend the majority of my time in Cleveland. When I do go back to L.A., it’s normally right after the season for a couple of weeks. Then I come back and start getting prepared for the draft and the season. I love Cleveland. It’s a wonderful city, and the people are fantastic. Just like everywhere else, every city has a negative. Cleveland’s is the weather. But I’ve been dealing with that for years — I was in Jersey for five years — so it doesn’t bother me one bit.” [Grzegorek/Scene]
A closer look at Sheldon Brown’s big sack and turnover. [Pokorny/Dawgs By Nature]
Predictions on the Cavaliers’ season- “1. Kyrie Irving will be an All-Star. Easy prediction, right? It seems like Kyrie certainly has the skill set to become an All-Star at the NBA level, but the Eastern Conference point guard position is pretty stacked. Last season, Derrick Rose, Rajon Rondo and Deron Williams all made the squad. I expect big years from both Rondo (now The Guy in Boston) and Williams (now caring for the first time in three years). And if Rose were healthy, I’m not so sure there’s spot on the roster for Irving. But with Rose recovering from ACL surgery, there should be enough room for Kyrie.
12. Austin Carr will have a new catchphrase. And it’ll be awful. I also predict that Fred McLeod will be the top Waiters Apologist. Every shot Waiters will miss will have “looked good as it left his hand” and Fred will have an excuse ready for every mistake. Which is fine, homer announcers are homer announcers. But still.” [Ben Cox/Fear the Sword]
“So how do we create this buzz? To nobody’s surprise it begins and ends with winning more games and developing our biggest asset, Kyrie Irving. In the 2012 NBA nothing draws more interest, besides money, than having a player that other players envision themselves playing with. Kyrie turned everyone’s heads at the Team USA workouts to the point where people are penciling him in for the 2016 Olympics and are debating whether or not this kid is going to be an all star this year. Frankly, that question will be answered by the Cavs as a whole more so than Kyrie Irving individually. There’s little doubt in my mind he has All Star talent but we’ll need to be respectable record-wise for him to get the nod. Obviously Kyrie is going to be our catalyst when it comes to winning but the Cavs are going to need some other things to fall in line as well.” [Nagel/Stepien Rules]