With Team's Wins Low, Tin Souljah's Got to Go
Soldier my ass.
Unless real bad-ass soldiers don't drill with their team because they're sore and unless real soldiers only show up to half their side's battles because of, in part, self-inflicted, dumb-ass motorcycle wounds and suspensions.
If actual soldiers had the attitude and scrambled brains that Kellen Winslow Jr. possesses we'd be speaking Farsi or German or maybe even Grenadian.
Seriously, good riddance to an unlikable, self centered athlete. Don't let the door hit you in your staph-addled ass or swollen scrotum either KWII.
Okay. Now that the personal feelings are documented and my dislike of the arrogant hump is out there, there is clearly no way at all that the Browns are a better football team today. They're just not. Winslow was immensely talented and there's no clear cut replacement on the roster to take his snaps. Snaps on which you'd think a rhythm QB like Brady Quinn could use sure hands and a talented tight end. Instead you're looking at those snaps being taken by a very young Martin Rucker and a very old and increasingly fragile Steve Heiden.
So we all agree KWII was talented and that the Browns have no one as talented as Winslow today to plug into that spot. That they're a worse football team without him than they were with him despite the fact he can be a prick and a distraction.
Was it the right move right now?
Yeah it was.
This team is 28-52 during KW2's tenure. Winslow doesn't have a single post-season catch. That's mostly due to the fact that despite his immense talent the team hasn't played in a single post-season game during his tenure. The guy has played in but 55% of all possible games due to legitimate injuries and stone cold stupidity. He might just be the oldest 26 yr old in the league when the season starts in September due to the arthritis in his knees. He's already shown signs of slowing down given the fact it was his hands more than his legs that he used to get open and create separation this past season. If you're not seeing that the officials certainly are.
Yeah, I know. He's a Pro Bowler. Well, he's a Pro Bowler like Derek Anderson is a Pro Bowler. He got the call when the actual Pro Bowlers begged out.
The Browns were 4-12 with Winslow last season. That's 4 wins and 12 losses with this indispensable, wonderful, irreplaceable, Pro Bowl talent. I'm thinking even without him the club wouldn't sport much worse of a record.
So they pick up a 2nd round pick this season and a 5th round pick next year. They needed the 2nd rounder since the last regime gave the 3rd round pick away. People who watch more football and more game tape than I do determined that even a healthy, decent year out of Winslow (which means 13-14 games played and most practices missed) wasn't worth the whining he does about money and everything else or the fact that each season seems to age him two or three years physically.
Good luck to the Pseudo Soldier in Tampa. I'd like to say he'll be missed on the field and in the locker room but, all things considered, that's simply not the case.
Welcome Back Joe Smith?
Looks like the path has been cleared for Joe Smith to return to the Cavaliers. Smith was waived by the Oklahoma City Thunder Sunday night and apparently a return to the Cavs is his first choice. Players released before midnight Sunday were eligible for the 2009 playoffs and Smith will step in immediately if/when signed by the Cavs, possibly playing Wednesday night when the Cavs take on the Milwaukee Bucks at ‘The Q'. Adding Smith likely would have happened even without the broken leg suffered by Ben Wallace but the need for an experienced, two-way big man reached critical stages when Wallace went down.
The 6' 10" Smith will give the Cavs some size and length defensively, will grab you 5-8 rebounds a night and is death from 10-15 feet. He'll be another option offensively who will benefit greatly from finding an open spot and having LeBron and Mo Williams find him off penetration.
Just in the nick of time too. Anderson Varejao and JJ Hickson are solid role players at this point but those boys leave some points on the table that Smith will cash in.
Would it be in poor taste to wave my problematic middle finger at Adam Miller and his never-ending string of aches and pains?