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Statistics: Posted by justmebd — Thu Nov 26, 2015 3:55 pm

2015-11-21T08:57:57-04:00 <![CDATA[Cleveland Browns & The NFL • Re: The Race For Last]]>
He actually has us taking a receiver in the second round, so he obviously is operating under the belief we'll have a new Front Office because there's no way Farmer drafts a receiver. If he does, it might cause a rip in the space/time continuum.

Statistics: Posted by justmebd — Sat Nov 21, 2015 8:57 am

2015-11-17T12:58:58-04:00 <![CDATA[Cleveland Browns & The NFL • Re: The Race For Last]]>
And as it looks like they're gonna play Mr. Football the rest of the way, there's a solid chance they could stay there (despite his decent play versus the Hilljacks). Even if he plays decently, there's little chance the jacked-up Defense under these jacked-up coaches is gonna be enough help to pull out a W.

EXCEPT! Some of the teams left on the schedule are almost as incompetent as the Browns are. The Ravens and Niners games both loom as big danger spots - both at home. And we cannot afford to slip up and win even ONE game.

Remaining threats:

Detroit (2-7): I have no idea how they won that game in GB. They thoroughly outplayed the Packers but - like all bad teams - looked like they somehow found a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory at the end. But Mason Crosby shanked the kick like he was me playing golf and we got the second win that we all were so worried wouldn't come. Viva la Kitties!

Tennessee (2-7): A nice comeback win against the fading Aints got these schmoes their second win, and considering their division I have to think they've got another one in them somewhere.

Baltimore (2-7): Turns out that they were shafted in their walkoff loss, but since it boosted up another 2 win team then we can't be too frustrated by it. They play the Browns head-to-head here in a couple weeks - the loser of that will be the big-picture winner. Go purple pigeons!

San Diego (2-7): As damaged as they are and considering their lame duck situation, I can see this team going south in a hurry. They've got KC twice, DEN twice, Oakland, Miami, JAX... I be scared. We already did our part in losing to them - This could well come down to strength of schedule.

Dallas (2-7): I would be more frightened of this team if it weren't for the fact that Romo should be back and they're only 2 games out of first in the NFC Yeast. They need to get their shit together pronto or they might decide to tank.

San Fran (3-6): That win over Atlanta was such a breath of fresh air. Aaaaaaaaah! But that doesn't mean this heap of moose shit won't implode in Cleveland in December weather. Those guys will have never seen that kind of meteorological mess in the Bay area and might just psychologically forfeit.

Dropping out:

Jacksonville (3-6): Even though they're only a game behind the Browns in the win column, they've got a patsy schedule left and are playing almost competently. I'm going to consider them as a Threat Level Lavender.

Chicago (4-5): And two wins later, the Bears are actually in the playoff picture. And playing well. 4 wins should be more than enough to be out of the running. Good luck on your journey, Cutlerites.

Houston (4-5): Once again, Brian Hoyer proves that he is so good that he can lead his team to victory even after being knocked out of the game while trailing. He's the sniznit, the bomb, the bees knees. He's the closest thing to Michelle Pfeiffer that I've ever seen. The Haters complain about his noodle arm, his inconsistency, his inaccuracy. Pshaw! Just look at his win-loss record. Everyone knows that wins and losses are solely based on the QB. The rest of the team is just there for show. And a truly great QB can inhabit the soul of his replacement during injury situations and still propel his team to glorious victory. There's no way that Brandon Weeden or TJ Yates are winning those games without Hoyer carrying them from the sidelines/locker room. As if.

And that's why we should all take our hats off and thank Mr. Hero from the bottom of our heart for removing the Texans from contention in the only race that the Browns can still win. Thank you, my bald compadre. Thank you.

Next up - the Bye Week. Well, we're gonna lose some ground on a couple teams, there's no doubt about that. By this time next week we'll be tied with at least one or two teams for that top spot. But at least we can't accidentally win it either. And it gives Johnny plenty of time to get into a drunken altercation with a cheerleader at a Texas frat party, which would surely inspire the team to strive even more purposefully towards 2-14.

Hang in there, boys! Only 6 more to go. Maintain your focus - Pettine and company will do the rest.

Statistics: Posted by Hikohadon — Tue Nov 17, 2015 12:58 pm

2015-11-07T09:08:41-04:00 <![CDATA[Cleveland Browns & The NFL • Re: The Race For Last]]>
The cycle of suck no longer even gets to me, so it's easy to get through the rest of this season. Watching Ray Farmer sweat his way through his presser earlier this week was comical beyond belief.

The sad thing is I think Pettine could have been a good coach if he was backed by a strong front office that drafted well. Instead, it looks like he spends most of his week doing stuff he really shouldn't be wasting time on.

As much as I still hate Bill Belichick for sucking when he was here, his mantra of "Just do your job" is something no Cleveland front office has been able to master since the team came back in 1999.

It's a disgrace, and the NFL is to blame as much as any personnel that ever walked through the doors of the Berea complex. This league should not let these teams flounder like this for this long without doing some kind of intervention. But hey, maybe they can finagle a new stadium out of it.


Statistics: Posted by justmebd — Sat Nov 07, 2015 9:08 am

2015-11-06T13:04:45-04:00 <![CDATA[Cleveland Browns & The NFL • Re: The Race For Last]]>
Not only are they bad, but they're starting to quit too. The runaway train is entering free fall.

And they might keep starting Manziel for the rest of the season. I know the Manzielons are excited by this, but I think last night showed us exactly what happens when teams focus on not letting him get out of the pocket. On the run, he's dangerous and actually pretty good. But in the pocket - wow! It's like watching my daughters play darts. That's not an NFL QB.

What the Browns need is the #1 spot so that they finally have their choice of all the QB options. Get a legit prospect for once.

Oh, and probably a massive house cleaning. So our new #1 overall QB is coming into a situation with a new GM and a new coaching staff and new hope (a stretch, I know, but it's all I got).

Even before the Bengals mauling, it appears they were picking 4th. But that's not good (bad) enough, gentlemen.

At 2-7, there are only 2 teams with worse records (DET and TEN). Of the 7 remaining games, there are 4 where they have almost no shot of winning (CIN, SEA, 2 PIT). That's 11 losses right there. They only have to worry about Baltimore (I think the Ravens will be able to split the series), KC (playing much better as of late), and SF (this one might be hard for them to lose).

Will 3-13 be bad enough to secure the #1 spot? Doubtful. These guys are gonna have to lose out and hope for some help to get this thing done.

Detroit (1-7): Well, the Kitties just fired pretty much everyone. It didn't seem to inspire them last week in London, but maybe they were just sleepy. It still is outside of my ability to grasp that this team doesn't have enough talent to win at least ONE more game, but they may be tanking at this point. Man, I hate Matthew Stafford. He almost always looks like he's tanking, even when he isn't.

Tennessee (1-6): They're starting to fire up the firings as well, canning Whisenhunt. I'd like to say this might inspire them to win a few more games, especially in a historically bad division, but they just have ZERO talent outside of Mariota, who's gonna spend a good portion of the season getting the shit beaten out of him.

San Fran (2-6): Benching Kaepernick for Gabbert? Kaep's bad, but Gabbert? That's like moving your king unprotected to the center of the board and being like "What? Checkmate? Oh dear. How did that happen?" The SF-CLE game oughtta be nominated for a Best Comedy Golden Globe.

Baltimore (2-6): They were talking this week how they're gonna win out. Without their best player (Steve Smith). Suuuuuuure you are. And Joe Haden's gonna be an All Pro this year. Legit threat.

San Diego (2-6): As if the Chargers wouldn't love to pack a super-high draft pick in the U-Haul on their way up the 5 to their new LA home. Keenan Allen is now gone for the season, tough division... at least they beat us already though.

Chicago (2-5): This team is still bad, but not as bad as I expected. They play DET again, there have to be a few more wins in there.

Jacksonville (2-5): I actually feel like they're on the rise and in an awful division will be hard-pressed not to win at least 5. They might even be my dark horse to win The Worst Division Ever.

Dallas (2-5): Even with awful QB play, they're right in all these games that they're losing (against good teams). Once Romo gets back, no way they don't win enough to prevent them from being a serious threat.

Houston (3-5): They're the only one of the 3 win teams I feel should be included as a serious threat since they have shitty QB play and lost their star RB and have been utterly blown out of several games. However, they too play in the AFC Worst, so they might win a couple more. Like last week, when they put the last sad nail in the Whisenhunt coffin.

Statistics: Posted by Hikohadon — Fri Nov 06, 2015 1:04 pm

2015-11-02T14:53:08-04:00 <![CDATA[Cleveland Browns & The NFL • Re: The Race For Last]]>
At this point, if he really wants to fix it, he's going to have to hire someone with credibility to run the entire org, a President of Football Ops. He's going to have to give them the power to basically be the de facto owner and hire/fire whomever he wants.

Peyton Manning leaps to mind (if he retires) since the Mannings and the Haslams are friendly, but it just needs to be someone with legit leaguewide credibility (cough cough not Joe Banner cough cough).

But I don't see Haslam voluntarily taking a backseat to anyone, so I guess we have to wait out his inevitable passing.

Statistics: Posted by Hikohadon — Mon Nov 02, 2015 2:53 pm

2015-11-02T12:52:25-04:00 <![CDATA[Cleveland Browns & The NFL • Re: The Race For Last]]>
My prediction as of 11:46 a.m. Monday, Nov. 2, 2015:

Alex Mack and/or Paul Kruger are gone by the trade deadline tomorrow should the right offer be made. Joe Thomas isn't going anywhere.

The front office will be nuked and Pettine will be allowed to finish out the season because, why not? What's life without whimsy?

Haslem then will do the silly thing and allow the new front office to decide whether to keep Pettine or not; but between the reality that a new front office really wouldn't be in place until after the season, plus the fact any qualified candidate wouldn't come near this raging dumpster fire, it will be wash, rinse, repeat with the next regime.

Haslem had ONE CHANCE to get this right and he cocked it up. The only real plan Haslem should have is an exit plan and sell the team. Only a new owner has a chance of bringing qualified people in at this point. Since I don't see that happening . . . .

Oh hey!! Shapiro left the Tribe Organization, should I actually look forward to pitchers and catchers reporting? Nah, the Dolans are cheap. Nevermind.

Statistics: Posted by justmebd — Mon Nov 02, 2015 12:52 pm

2015-11-02T11:56:42-04:00 <![CDATA[Cleveland Browns & The NFL • Re: The Race For Last]]>
Mismanagement issues have dogged the team through three owners and a bunch of GMs who were "too smart" by half. Now, there's nary a highly qualified front-office manager or a veteran head coach who would get within 100 miles of Lou Groza Boulevard. Kyle Shanahan tried, but lasted barely a season. When he left the team in disgust last off-season, he delivered a long list of grievances about how the team was being mishandled. Contents of the list were never made public, but they would be interesting indeed.

Is there any reason, just one little reason, to be optimistic about this team for the next 3, 4 or even 5 years??? Throw me a bone, here, Jimmy.

Statistics: Posted by jerryroche — Mon Nov 02, 2015 11:56 am

2015-10-29T01:15:44-04:00 <![CDATA[Cleveland Browns & The NFL • Re: The Race For Last]]>
Hikohadon wrote:
Browns currently are in the 4 through 8 spot depending on tiebreakers. There's a gleam, men, there's a gleam.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Have great draft position, draft badly, lose, get high draft picks, draft badly...

Wash. Rinse. Repeat.

Statistics: Posted by OldDawg — Thu Oct 29, 2015 1:15 am

2015-10-27T10:03:43-04:00 <![CDATA[Cleveland Browns & The NFL • Re: The Race For Last]]> Statistics: Posted by Hikohadon — Tue Oct 27, 2015 10:03 am