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While We’re Waiting… Greg Little getting some preseason hype

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“Baseball’s a long season, and we got a lot of baseball to play,” said Brantley, performing what may have been a double salchow cliché and nailing the landing. “It’s going to be fun this year.” Brantley, it turns out, is a living example of a baseball bromide that may even be older than the clubhouse cliché and the Cleveland Molly Maguires. In 2008, he was part of the deal that pried CC Sabathia out of Cleveland. He was truly the Wretched of the Earth.

“I,” said Michael Brantley proudly, “was the player to be named later.” [Pierce/Grantland]

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The Greg Little film room- “At times throughout his two year NFL career, Little has shown the ability to make amazing acrobatic catches but he has also shown that he sometimes loses focus or concentration resulting in drops – sometimes on wide open, routine plays. Little doesn’t show the ability to sink his hips during routes and moves more upright at times. He doesn’t possess blazing speed so his route running and technique will need to continue to improve. That being said, Little will be challenged to learn yet another group of route concepts this year under Coach Turner and so far, he seems to feel like the new system is a wide receivers dream.” [Krupka/Dawgs By Nature]

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Inside the making of the ‘Decision’, where Kanye fell asleep– “Inside of the Boys and Girls Club, we started setting up inside of what looked like the gym from Hoosiers. I had no idea how the space was going to hold LeBron, his big decision, and the backlash that would eventually rain down from the sports media heavens. At the time, I was unaware that rich neighborhoods even had Boys and Girls Clubs. What are they at risk for after school?” [Cox/Fansided]

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LB preview– “My big question for Sheard boils down to how well he will do when he has to drop back into coverage. For me, it’s one of those things that I’m really not confident in evaluating until we see how he does during the regular season. Sheard shouldn’t have to completely abandon his 4-3 experience, though. The Browns will continue to go with some four-man fronts in Ray Horton’s defense, and when that happens, I’d expect Sheard to be one of those outside guys with his hand on the ground.

Sheard’s job security isn’t as as high because of the fact that Barkevious Mingo, the team’s 6th overall pick, is behind him on the depth chart. There is no doubt these guys will work in a rotation, but if Sheard’s transition doesn’t go so well, does Mingo’s playing time continue to increase as the season progresses?” [Pokorny/Dawgs by Nature]

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Some of Kanick’s predictions– “Alex Mack will win his game of chicken with Banner and become UFA ultimately signing somewhere else for more than Max Unger. TJ Ward’s tackling will be exposed as a liability. Marecic will start and be not good. The greatness of Phil Dawson will be even more appreciated. Norv Turner will frustrate fans in the same way he has in every stop since his time with the 93 Cowboys. Ray Horton will take a head coaching job within a week after the end of the season. Two meaningless wins at end of season will get browns to six wins and Banner will proclaim progress. The front office will preach patience.” [Kanick]

  • Natedawg86

    Tom Heckert DUI arrest last night…

  • Natedawg86

    I think Little is going to have a breakout year this year. He started to show a little more maturity late in the season, hopefully it will carry over. He has a lot of energy and competitiveness, but needs to focus it into the right places.

  • mgbode

    a month ago, but reported last night (the day after another Broncos high level FO was reported with a DUI).

  • Ezzie Goldish

    That article on the Decision, which I read against my better judgment, was actually really good. Thanks.

  • mgbode

    I really hope so. He has all the makings of being our Anquan Boldin (the guy who just takes everything over the middle and it doesn’t matter if he’s covered by a smaller CB). I do hope that the drop issue was resolved, but it’s tough to believe it’s just gone despite the good 2nd half.

  • Harv 21

    Kanick’s slam on Norv Turner strange. Certainly a meh head coach, but he’s an acclaimed OC. And but for one year – 2006 – has been nothing but a head coach since he left Dallas. That’s like hiring Romeo as a DC and warning that he’d frustrate because if his bumbling as head coach. It’s just the Peter Principle in action. He’s returning to his area of strength and past accomplishment. Early July is a little early for the woe is me treatment of the new guy.

  • beware is all i’m saying. beware of reputation coordinators vacationing in hawaii before accepting large paychecks to come to cleveland. beware false ‘qb gurus.’

    how many ‘name brand’ coordinators do we have to go through before we start reserving judgement? crennell, mangini, holmgren, shurmur, jauron… all had decades of reputation preceding them.

    as for my ‘slamming’ him, no i don’t think so. i think of it as a counter-balance to the relentless fluffing he’s received thus far. if you’ve seen a read that doesn’t pump norv’s tires, please show me.

    not for nothing, but phil rivers QB rating has gone like this in the past five years: 106, 104, 102, 89, 89. isn’t it fair to question whether some of that accrues to norv?

    you and i have been through these regime changes enough times to guard our optimism by now, haven’t we harv?

  • Harv 21

    you’re missing the wrong point, Jim. The Peter Principle defined Crennel, Mangini, and all those you mention (‘cept maybe Shurmur, since I’m not sure he was even a successful OC). All of those failures resulted from the Browns hiring guys they badly projected as successful in positions requiring different skill sets. Generally, the people they’ve hired who were successful at that same position elsewhere – position coaches, coordinators, Heckert – have done about as well here. That includes coordinators they’ve hired as … coordinators.

    Re P. Rivers, I’d rather look at those coaches who work closest with the player, but if you finger the HC for his slippage (as opposed to the QB’s deteriorating supporting cast or other factors) do you also credit him for the successful years as one of the top QBs?

    You’re doing the Cleveland Flinch, my friend. We’re supposed to save that until at least the fourth quarter of the opener. C’mon, it’s hot and hazy and optimistic out.

  • Natedawg86

    May be a case of things not going well from the team and to much pressure. Hopefully with new O, things will open up a bit and the guys will have a little more fun and just play football

  • Natedawg86

    “You’re doing the Cleveland Flinch, my friend. We’re supposed to save that until at least the fourth quarter of the opener”
    Tell that to Charlie Frye circa 2007 haha

  • Natedawg86

    Oh, either way…sad

  • Natedawg86

    I am going to start a taxi service for people at bars. When you call me, I will send 2 drivers in the taxi. One to drive your car with you in it, and the other to pick up the driver at your house…

  • mgbode

    that is a great idea. wonder how much extra overhead and cost that would add to the actual drive. the one thing it doesn’t solve is people sharing the taxi going to multiple locations who all drove.

    also, I wonder if the NFL’s taxi service (they have a number that players can call and get a ride home anytime) extends to coaches and specific FO personnel?

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Loved the quote by Michael Brantley. You remind ’em Mike, you remind ’em!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    This might explain some of his DRAFTS!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I am happier then a camel on hump DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY so stop trying to ruin it!

  • goof

    It exists already. I almost applied once.
    http://www.bemydd.com/?nomobile=1

  • Natedawg86

    always a day late…

  • Jaker

    Love what Brantley said. And Kanick really hit where it hurts. He speaks like a true Cleveland fan

  • Natedawg86

    I wonder how much it would cost coaches / FO personnel to get a cab or limo when they are drunk…
    I have heard of a number you can call in certain places for a tow truck to come and give you and your car a ride home. I will never forget that commercial that the two guys order a pizza for delivery outside a pizza resturant and hop in the car with the pizza guy when he comes out with their pizza. Two birds with one stone!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I can’t handle the truth! It’s hailing in July for God’s sake.