Posted on: April 15, 2012 12:06 pm

Browns are better off staying at 4

Trading down is a bad idea

Some Browns fans seem comfortable with the idea of trading down. Trading down is a bit of a gamble right now.

First off, why should the Browns pass up on both Justin Blackmon and Trent Richardson? If the Browns trade to the sixth overall pick with the Rams, they will certainly lose out on Justin Blackmon. Also, Tampa Bay would have to select Trent Richardson at number five. Why would they pass up on him after a Browns' blunder?

The Browns need big time playmakers and that's why there haven't given much thought into trading down. Tom Heckert mentioned he is considering trading down but it doesn't seem he's giving the impression that he wants to trade down. The Philadelphia Eagles weren't able to talk the Browns into it. It is doubtful the Browns had the number 15 pick in mind anyway.

The case for Blackmon

If there is any shot for Colt McCoy to develop into a good quarterback this year, he must have an elite target to throw to. Now, without seeing Blackmon on a NFL field, no one can claim he is elite just yet. However, he has the potential to be an elite receiver. He caught 113 passes for 1,337 yards and 15 touchdowns last season with the Oklahoma State Cowboys. He would be a welcome addition to pair up with Greg Little, who dropped way too many passes.

The Browns are expected to draft two receivers this year. Blackmon could potentially pair up with former Wisconsin Badger Nick Toon should the Browns want another explosive receiver as a solid number two option just ahead of Greg Little. The best option could be to draft two receivers in the first round, pairing up Blackmon with Michael Floyd, Kendall Wright, Stephen Hill, or Alshon Jeffery.

The NFL has turned into a passing league. Just ask the Manning brothers.

The case for Richardson

Some NFL fans in general doubt that Blackmon is elite right now. They don't think he is on the level of A.J. Green who racked up 1,057 yards and seven touchdowns. The scouting report on Richardson is that he can bowl tacklers over like they're bowling pins, has explosive speed and power, and can be used in the passing game. It's really hard to pass up on a running back with such impressive skills.

He can take a lot of pressure off McCoy and dominate the game on the ground and through the air. Passing up on him is about as tough as passing up on lemonade or iced tea on a hot summer day.

Posted on: September 9, 2011 10:22 am

Manning the helm: Colts may need new quarterback

Three neck surgeries. Uncertainty in the crystal ball. The Colts have officially said that Peyton Manning is out indefinately. There has been some talk from the NFL Network and ESPN that his sensational career may be nearing an end.

Everyone knows that quarterbacks need to move their neck constantly in order to spot open receivers. If even a slight turn can cause so much pain and damage to the neck, then it is time for the Colts' front office to evaluate Manning's future and decide on what to do next.

Another danger is a big hit. One monster hit to his upper body could have Manning out for the season, possibly ending his career. There could also be the danger of temporal or permanent paralysis.  

The Colts best option may be to turn to the draft. Andrew Luck from Stanford University should be available in next year's draft. If the Colts have a terrible record, they will not need to worry about trading up. If they do need to trade up, they may look to the Bengals and Raiders as trade partners. They need to identify a team that has multiple needs to address in the draft if that is what it will take to land a future star at quarterback.

Trading for a big name would not seem as likely. The Colts may be asked to give up a lot for a big bame so it is probably not the best option unless they can acquire a big arm at quarterback without giving up a lot. If there are any potential trade partners, the two teams likely to be included in such talk would be Denver and Carolina. The Colts could acquire Tim Tebow or Kyle Orton from the Broncos. They could look to the Panthers for Jimmy Clausen or Cam Newton with Clausen being the more likely candidate.

Can Cincinatti provide a different option than the draft? Perhaps the Colts could take advantage of Carson Palmer's uncertain future and take a gamble on him.  

If the Colts decide to roll the dice with Manning, they could have him in rehab for most of this season or all season long to bring him back at some point.

There is much speculation at this point and very little definate  answers as to what the Colts will do to remedy the situation.
Posted on: April 23, 2011 7:37 pm

Browns second round needs

The Browns will draft A.J. Green or Julio Jones in round 1. Bank on it! Heckert typically drafts the best available player but we all know that the Browns have specific needs to have to be addressed. Heckert's drafting system may be ineffective. Let's look at some possibilities for round 2. Keep in mind the Browns have drafted Green or Jones at this point.

1. Cameron Heyward-The Browns need a guy who can take down a quarterback or at least pressure him. Heyward can do that.

2. Build the offensive line- James Carpenter with Joe Thomas and Eric Steinbach? Perfect protection! The Browns wanted young lineman and Carpenter would be a nice addition.

3. Two weapons are better than one-Cleveland had a terrible receiving core. If this is going to improve, perhaps the Browns can roll the dice and select a wide receiver in the second round as well. Leonard Hankerson may or may not be available, but the Browns could take former Boise State Bronco Titus Young.
Category: NFL Draft
Posted on: May 20, 2010 3:00 pm

Gladiators look like an Arenabowl team, finally.

     After dropping the first three games and looking like the Cleveland Browns, the Gladiators finally prove that they are on the same level that they were during the 2008 season, the first year of the franchise. After starting the season 0-3, the Gladiators defeated the Spokane Shock 72-68, Iowa Barnstormers 70-56, and the Tulsa Talons 68-55.  The three losses were against the Arizona Rattlers 61-56, Chicago Rush 59-56, and the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz 63-50. Now you may get the sense that there is a huge winning streak on the horizon. Maybe there will be a string of wins or at least a winning record to get them into the playoffs.

     The Gladiators are the fifth best team in the Arena Football League according to this weeks coaches' poll.  Five other teams have a record of 3-3. The Milwaukee Iron stand on top with a 5-1 record, followed by the Jacksonville Sharks with a 5-1 record as well. Chicago is the third best team with a 4-2 record, followed by Spokane, also having a 4-2 record. 

      Gladiators starting Quarterback John Dutton and Wide Receiver Ben Nelson received the Russell Athletic Offensive Player of the week award. Dutton became the seventh player all time in AFL history to reach 30,000 passing yards and just the sixth player all time to throw for 600 touchdowns in a career.

      Nelson caught a season best 202 yards on 13 catches and six touchdowns in the win against Tulsa. He caught the game winning touchdown. He leads the league with 144 points.

      For those of you who are astonished by these numbers, I should remind you that arena football is not like the N.F.L. There is a 50 yard field instead of a 100 yard field. Scoring is much easier in this league.

      The Gladiators play at Jacksonville this Saturday, then return for a home game against Chicago on May 29. 

      The Arena football League was suspended last year due to financial difficulty.
Posted on: May 10, 2010 7:56 pm

Should Mike Brown change his coaching style?

I have to wonder what really works best for the Cavs. Should Mike Brown adopt to Steph Van Gundy's coaching style, using emotional power to rally the Cavs? Or is just best to stick to his guns, that is being the calm and collected coach he usually is. Of course, recently he let the Cavs have it, but he usually doesn't get angry. I have to wonder if Mike Brown is about to change as a coach. Is it for the best that he changes? This could be interesting.
Category: NBA
Posted on: May 1, 2010 3:56 pm

The Age Factor-Cavs vs. Celtics

On the whole, the Cavs are a much younger, deeper team than the Boston Celtics. Seeing how Boston has old players such as Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Rasheed Wallace, you would have to think that these guys might not have as much endurance as players like LeBron James, Antawn Jamison, Mo Williams, Anthony Parker, and Delonte West.

What the Cavs need to do is they need to use a full court style offense. Take advantage of Boston's aged lineup, wear them out. If the Cavs do that, this series could be over very quickly.

What the Celtics need to do is force the Cavs to play a half-court game. The Celtics know that age is against them. They have to prevent the Cavs from running around. If the Cavs get a lot of fast break opportunities, the Celtics are in trouble right away.If they slow the Cavs down, this could easily turn into a six or seven game series.

The only advantage age gives Boston is the level of experience they have. Boston is know to have a really good defense. I think the fact that this is "renewed rivalry", this will be a very interesting series.

Category: NBA
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