Posted on: August 24, 2010 11:33 am
Posted by Josh Katzowitz
Last year at this time, the Browns were staring at a mess. Their quarterback choices were Derek Anderson or Brady Quinn. WR Braylon Edwards would soon be on his way out of town. RB Jamal Lewis was getting old.
New head coach Eric Mangini already was facing problems within the organization. And as Tony Grossi from the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes, “Mike Furrey was one of the surest tacklers in the secondary. Yes, Mike Furrey, the possession receiver.”
Life is different now in Berea, Ohio, though.
Jake Delhomme might only be a slight upgrade – if that – but at least the QB spot isn’t in question, though if the coaches wanted to make things interesting, they could throw in Seneca Wallace every now and again (I’m not sure what the deal is here, but Grossi also mentions third-round pick Colt McCoy needs to play well in the final two preseason games in order to make the roster). Rookies Joe Haden and T.J. Ward have performed well in the secondary during training camp, and RB Jerome Harrison rushed for 561 yards in the final three games of last season.
Of course there are still plenty of questions in Cleveland and there’s almost no chance they won’t finish last in the AFC North, but life just seems a little bit better for the Browns. At least compared to last year.
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Posted on: June 26, 2010 8:11 pm
Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork reports that Braylon Edwards will not be suspended for pleading no contest for misdemeanor assault. Edwards was involved in an incident outside a Cleveland night club back in January. He allegedly hit a friend of LeBron James. It is believed that Edwards will still be fined an undisclosed amount by the NFL.
As Cimini points out, the Jets will already be without Santonio Holmes for the first four games of 2010 (Holmes is serving his own suspension). There was speculation that New York could bring Laveranues Coles back, but with Edwards now available for Week 1, that’s unlikely.
Posted on: June 24, 2010 4:14 pm
This time of year, very little is happening in the NFL. Thus, we have an opportunity to closely examine player comments that, in normal times, would not cause any sort of a ripple. Let’s do that with Braylon Edwards right now.
Edwards told Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press that he’s excited to play against the Lions in his home state of Michigan this November (lots of friends and family there, blah blah blah). He also noted that he’s especially excited to face the Browns the following week. "Seven days (after the Lions game) is the game I'm worried about,” Edwards said. “We go to Cleveland. You know I've got a little chip on my shoulder the size of the golden nugget. So I can't wait to go out there."
Let’s examine this. No need to talk about what kind of reception Edwards will get – Cleveland fans barely even liked the guy when he was with the team.
Instead, what about this chip on the shoulder Edwards speaks of? For one, it should be a crime for an athlete to beat the “chip on a shoulder” dead horse any further at this point. For two, Edwards has a “little chip” that’s the “size of the golden nugget.” Okay….so is that a little chip or a big chip? What’s he saying? And what does he mean by THE golden nugget? Is there a particularly famous golden nugget out there that everyone is supposed to know about?