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  1. John Ross is alive (old thread)

    He's got nowhere to go but up.
  2. AFC North standings

    Tyrod Taylor is in no way shape or form the future of the Browns. Maybe Mayfield is or maybe he'll be yet another flop to add to the jersey. Cousins had no reason to sign with the Browns because they don't have any hope of being a good team with Hue as coach. They had a middle of the pack defense last year which is an achievement for an 0-16 team. Upgrading the CBs would go a long ways toward making their defense top 5. That's why they took Ward with the 4th overall pick but they could have just traded for either Talib or Peters. They had better picks to offer than the former teams got for those players. They could have signed Johnson or Butler in free agency. They'd have had to pay more but they had the money to do so. Same thing with Cousins or Keenum. Browns started rookie QBs the last couple of years who turned the ball over a lot and cost them games. Put a veteran QB in there and they'd be better. Add some explosive offensive playmakers and they could be good. Joe Thomas played every snap of his career until he tore a muscle last year. The recovery time on that was a few months. He could have played this year but chose not to because he has lots of money saved and the team doesn't have much hope of improvement. with an owner who brings back a 1-31 coach. Saying they are investing in the future is one way to put it. Another is that they don't know what they're doing.
  3. AFC North standings

    They had $110 million in cap space. They replaced Isiah Crowell with Carlos Hyde. Big deal. Chris Smith was a backup with us and will be a backup with them. If they'd hired a coach to give them a fresh start and signed a top QB and CB, they be much better off. They could have traded for Michael Bennett or Aquib Talib or Marcus Peters. Tyrod Taylor isn't very good. If Mayfield stays on the bench, then they aren't getting much from the top pick. Imagine what they could have done if Haslam had fired Hue, apologized to the city for 0-16, dropped ticket and concession prices to get back to sellouts, brought in a good coach who talked Joe Thomas into returning, made some better trades, signed Cousins for $30 mil per year and used the top pick on Barkley or traded it for a boatload of picks the way the Colts did.
  4. AFC North standings

    Why does anyone think the Browns are going to win 7 or more games? They pretty much threw in the towel on the 2018 season when they kept Hue after records of 1-15 and 0-16. Then they blew the offseason by not doing much in free agency and had to use top 4 picks on a QB and CB. Imagine if they had hired Canton's Josh McDaniels, and signed Cousins or Keenum plus Malcolm Butler or Trumaine Johnson. They could have used the picks on Barkley and Chubb. Never change Jimmy Haslam.
  5. Draft watch

    Wynn is playing LT for the Pats.
  6. Draft watch

    Maybe Austin is an upgrade from Guenther and Pollack gets the O-line to play well. But if not, top 5 might be right. We're counting on a frequently injured LT and rookie center to upgrade a line which had problems at other positions too.
  7. Draft watch

    Sounds like Blaine Gabbert
  8. Early 53 man roster projection

    Same here. But I'd bet on Cody Core making it and Tate to PS. I fully expect Baker on the roster at DT.
  9. Draft watch

    I could see us being bad because Andy gets killed behind the O-line. We should have tried to add some talent at tackle in the draft. If Cordy Glenn's injuries recur or Fisher/Ogbuehi/Hart continue to suck at RT or nobody grabs the RG job, then what? It's hard to hide a weakness at multiple spots in the same position group. I could see us missing Burfict during his suspension and Eifert and Glenn getting hurt before he returns.
  10. Infamous Bengals

    Lots of guys from the 90s who didn't belong in the NFL but were starters for the Bengals. The Tom Tumulty types. Then there were the talented guys who just cashed checks. James Francis or Alfred whatshisname.
  11. Marvin Lewis done

    Got my hopes up, then see it's from last year. Please let 2018 be his last season. He should have been fired after the San Diego playoff game.
  12. 2018 Draft Grades

    Is Burfict allowed on the sideline for games while suspended?
  13. 2018 Draft Grades

    I'd give it a C-. We definitely needed a center but Price likely would have been on the board at 46 or they could have traded up and gotten him or Daniels earlier in the 2nd. Or at least trade down in the 1st before taking a C. Bad value. Bates is an ok prospect but S isn't that big a need. Seems more like a budgetary move than getting the best group of players. We passed on Orlando Brown twice in the 3rd round which is dumb. Hurst was worth a flyer on day 3 as was Griffin. Looks like we're going with Bullock again at K. There were just a lot of missed opportunities in this draft. CB Tony Brown of Bama went undrafted and he's certainly a better special teamer and probably a better cover man than the guy we took from Illinois.
  14. Projected offensive line?

    I wouldn't be too surprised if Redmond won the RG job.
  15. Rounds 2-3

    I'd like Mike Gesicki, Orlando Brown, and Shaquem Griffin tonight. Gesicki is a healthier Eifert Brown is a younger and healtier Andre Smith Griffin is a good nickel LB/teamer