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While We’re Waiting… Did the Browns actually win the Chip Kelly sweepstakes?

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Cleveland sports fans are waiting. Thus, while we’re all waiting, the WFNY editors thought you might enjoy reading. Because you never know how long we might be waiting. So here are assorted reading goodies for you to enjoy. Send more good links for tomorrow’s edition to tips@waitingfornextyear.com

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Ha. “Jim Tressel’s Least Favorite Moment of the game- After a long morning of apple picking, Tressel returned home just in time to catch the opening kickoff of his beloved former football team. He was enjoying a tall glass of cider and a crisp Ohio McIntosh late in the second quarter, when the Ohio State offense lined up on fourth-and-10 at the Iowa 29. “Are you kiddin’ me?” Tressel asked Ellen when Evan Spencer couldn’t hang onto the ball after hitting the ground in the end zone. “That’s only a 47-yarder there, Coach. Drew Basil could hit that in his sleep.” Then Tressel caught a whiff of apple pie wafting in from the kitchen and relaxed. This would be a good day.” [Citro/Eleven Warriors]

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“So about that Chip Kelly revolution… An offense, hailed at the beginning of the season as transcendent, had trouble transcending midfield on Sunday, piling up three points in a 17-3 home loss to a 4-3 Cowboys team that isn’t known for its defense. That’s nine straight home defeats for Philadelphia dating back to last season.

Mike Vick is hurt and backup Nick Foles followed him to the injured list on Sunday, yet this isn’t the juggernaut many believed would bring NFL defenses to their knees. The Eagles’ fast-paced offense came into Sunday with 409 total plays from scrimmage, good for ninth in the league – two behind the Cleveland Browns. The Eagles’ points per game ranked a strong fifth, but that was two spots behind the Cowboys, who took sole possession of first place in the NFC East on Sunday.” [Adelson/Yahoo]

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“The Indians were 50-20 when Pestano appeared in a game. He recorded a strikeout in each of his first 21 appearances, which was the longest such streak by an Indians reliever to start a season since 1918. From late June until the middle of August, he threw 21 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. Only once throughout the entire season did he allow runs to score in back-to-back appearances.

One of the common things discussed throughout this season was the decline of Pestano’s fastball. It was frequently noted that his velocity was not quite what it once was.

According to the statistics at Fangraphs.com, Pestano’s velocity on his fastball was down from an average of 93 miles per hour and a maximum of 95.1 in his rookie season to an average of 91.1 MPH with a maximum of 93.8 this year. The opponent’s batting average against his fastball has climbed from .162 in 2011 to .225 in 2012 to .271 this season.” [Toth/DTTWLN]

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“So, it’s come to this. As Paul said on Friday, “Pinktober reached its inevitable apotheosis (or nadir) yesterday, as Oregon announced that it will be wearing pink helmets, socks and gloves this weekend.” The previews were bad enough. The real thing, as you can see above — is worse. It’s a good thing they didn’t over do it.” [Hecken/Uni Watch]

  • MrCleaveland

    Yeah, that’s quite a debacle there in Philly.

  • TNB

    The eagles are running a large amount of plays, and maybe the browns have two more, but the eagles are putting up huge points and far more yards a game than almost every team, including the browns. In fact, the Eagles had over 400 yards of offense in every one of their first six games leading up to this one against the cowboys, who also noticeably struggled if you didn’t see the tape.

    maybe we shouldn’t try to make ourselves feel better by talking down on this and lets not try to pretend like we wouldn’t love seeing that type of offensive ability here in Cleveland.

  • JNeids

    Welp, Miami managed to lose to a QB that was deemed “not better than Brandon Weeden” and got me booted from the Eliminator Challenge. grumble grumble grumble…

  • mgbode

    yeah, it’ll still be interesting to see how Chip has them rebuild the roster for his offense. and, it’s odd for the Y! writer to lambast his style when the Redskins, Colts, and Broncos are all running very similar paces (not to mention the Pats, Packers, and others at times).

    I just wish we could have a semblence of an offense regardless of which one we are running. getting frustrating hoping we can muster together anything resembling a drive.

  • BenRM

    I think this was the gravamen of the article: “It’s not that Kelly’s system can’t work; it’s that the hype was preposterous and somewhat insulting to all the coaches and coordinators who get paid to come up with an edge every single week of every season.”

    I think it’s pretty spot on. The article was more about the people rushing to crown Kelly king of the NFL.

  • MrCleaveland

    Me too, Neids. Grumble grumble . . .

  • mgbode

    well, that’s just the media being the media. anything new has 1/2 the writers saying it’s “the best” and the other 1/2 saying it’s “the worst.” then, if it’s successful RIGHT AWAY, the best 1/2 guys can beat their chests. if it’s unsuccessful RIGHT AWAY, the worst 1/2 guys can beat their chests.

    then, on every turn of fortune, the other 1/2 has an article to write.

    it was hilarious updating ESPN yesterday just for the comic relief of their headlines (on SNF game):

    Broncos 2 early TDs: “It’s as if Peyton never left”
    Colts jump out to big lead: “Peyton cannot go home again”
    Broncos making comeback: “Luck in rearview mirror”
    Colts win: “The future is now”

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Many people around here, not the ones who know what they talk about, scoffed and predicted the Colts doing badly this season. Oops! Of course those are probably the same people who bought Weeden jerseys.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Dude Nick Foles killed two of my fantasy teams WTF! That’ll teach me to not stick with my man Tom Brady even in a down season. Speaking of which I’m World Series bound baby go BoSox!

  • Natedawg86

    Wishful thinkingh my friend. Only reason that I rooted for Denver on Sun night. A Indy loss improves our draft selection/team.