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  1. This. Take it from a fan of a team that did relocate.
  2. Do you miss the Colts-Patriots rivalry of the 2000s?

    You guys seriously have no sense of appreciation and enjoyment of greatness. I ABSOLUTELY miss that rivalry. It was pretty awesome even if mostly one-sided - the hype leading up to 2 of the greatest QBs ever playing against each other was memorable. 20 years from now I'll remember how it was - won't be able to get that time back. Younger generations won't know. I just don't understand why people get tired of something like that. But then I'm a big Brady fan. I was a big Peyton fan when he played. I'm a big Brees/Rodgers/whoever else is/was a damn good player fan. I love elite play and watching elite play. And I hope there are intense rivalries in the future - whether it's Brady vs. Mahomes or Mahomes vs. Whoever or Whoever vs. Whoever. I can't hate on greatness.
  3. NFL Could Push For 18-Game Season In Labor Talks

    Wow... apparently I'm in the extreme minority, but I'd love an 18 game season. I love football and so I want to see more games.
  4. 2019 Off-Season Roster Building: Free Agency & Draft

    I'm guessing 2 years, 20 or 21million.
  5. 2019 Off-Season Roster Building: Free Agency & Draft

    I think we need CB depth but honestly it doesn't concern me all that much. I think Terrance Mitchell is a pretty solid #2 CB who filled it nicely for Ward when Ward was out. TJ Carrie wasn't good but he managed as well. Randall can also fill in from time to time (though it's not the best way to utilize him) especially since we got Murray + Burnett. Don't get me wrong, it's a need. I just don't know if I'd spend a high draft pick on it unless it was a can't-miss guy. We can fill out our DBs with late/undrafted picks and cheap, prove-it deals to guys in FA with potential. The upgraded D-Line should help out our secondary for sure. If injury (to Ward) is what you're concerned about when prioritizing our CBs then you should seriously be worried about our O-Line depth. O-Line, LBs, and DBs in that order for me. I'd also like us to look at some defensive linemen in later rounds or get undrafted high-potential guys as well.
  6. (Poll) Win-Loss Predictions

    I could be wrong but I just don't think Jackson is going to be a decent NFL QB. His accuracy is horrid. People (Baltimore fans) excuse it by saying it's due to his mechanics and he'll improve, but I don't think something like that happens easily. He has to have ~natural~ accuracy being hindered by poor mechanics and I just don't see that ~natural~ accuracy. He's decisive which is good, but he's also a one-read QB. Doesn't progress through his reads. Extremely inconsistent altogether when it comes to passing and that's with the fact that his legs are a huge threat. If he ever tries to deliver from the pocket more and his legs are less of a threat, defenses will play the pass better. Idk, I just don't see it at all. Half of the Ravens fan base seem to be skeptical as well, while the other half are just overly optimistic about him (at least that's what I see on Reddit). Not that I'm upset - I hope they go all in on Lamar.
  7. (Poll) Win-Loss Predictions

    It's possible. That's the beauty of this team - I think we have a shot at winning vs. any team in the league. IMO, I don't think we beat the Pats AND Rams and I just think we have a better chance against the Pats. Yes, even though they won the Super Bowl, they're on a slow decline and are usually at their best in the playoffs. We'll be coming off a bye week as well. Also, Aaron Donald scares me and he's the type of player that can make Baker have an awful game. JC and even Bitonio will likely get mauled by that dude.
  8. (Poll) Win-Loss Predictions

    Week 1 -- Titans = Win - I predict a blowout - not because the Titans are bad, but because I think our D-Line will be fresh (like last year vs. Pittsburgh) and the Titans O-Line isn't great. The anticipation will be huge @ home for us and our energy will be insane. Just don't think the Titans win this game. Maybe a slow start (13-10 at halftime), but our guys get it together and win 33-13. Week 2 -- at Jets = Win - Same thing - Jets O-Line is bad but I do think their defense and home crowd will make this tough. But the Browns are the better team and will win 24-21 Week 3 -- Rams = Loss - I think Baker will have a bad game with the interior pass rush from Donald. Nationally televised on SNF, this is the game where people question whether or not the Browns are the ~real deal~. Browns lose 17-31. Week 4 -- at Ravens = Win - Winning in Baltimore is never easy but by this time Lamar Jackson won't be the scary weapon that he was last year. Browns overcome the Ravens 27-14 in Baltimore. Week 5 -- at 49ers = Loss - It's MNF again but this time the favored 3-1 Browns fall yet again. Baker has a decent game but the 49ers are just playing their best game. 49ers win in a nailbiter, 24-23. Week 6 -- Seahawks = Loss - Can it be 2-straight losses? You bet! Browns lose the time of possession game to a Seahawks team that is strong in the running game. Baker plays well but just doesn't have many opportunities. The Browns defense shows cracks. Browns lose 14-24. Week 7 -- Bye Week 8 -- at Patriots = Win - Just a 3-3 team, questions arise. People are thinking the Browns are overrated and the Pats are favored to win in Foxborough. Instead, the Browns show the world the potential and capability that they have. Coming fresh off the bye they storm the Patriots 21-6 in the first half. The game slows down and NE gets starts to come back, but it's not enough and the Browns close the game 34-27. Week 9 -- at Broncos = Loss - The young Browns are high and confident after defeating the Pats and lose sight of a tough team to beat at Miles High stadium. Denver wins this game on the strength of their defense and special teams, 26-21. Week 10 -- Buffalo = Win - The Browns, at 4-4, begin the turnaround of their season with the destruction of a much weaker Bills team. It's Baker's best game of the year and the Browns come out on top 41-16 Week 11 -- Steelers = Win - Perhaps the best game against the Steelers in recent memory (not quite like the surprise beatdown about 4 years ago with Hoyer I think), the Browns execute well and beat their rivaled giant for the first time in years on TNF. Browns win 38-24 Week 12 -- Dolphins = Win - Can we make it 3 games in a row? Absolutely. The 2-9 Dolphins revert to full tank mode and the Browns are like a train picking up steam. Are the Browns finally figuring it out? Another wallop, with the Browns winning 31-7 Week 13 -- at Steelers = Loss - Just as the Browns fans are at an all-time high, it comes crashing down with a stark reminder that the Steelers are still our nemesis. The Steelers manage to steal this game on what should have been a win for the Browns, on the backs of some big plays by Ben Roethlisberger. Browns lose 17-27 Week 14 -- Bengals = Win - First game against the Bengals this year is pretty intense. They start off with a 17-3 lead, strongly motivated by the wrecking they received last year (yes, they still remember). But the Browns are simply the better team and deliver a smooth and explosive comeback to win this game 35-31. Week 15 -- at Cardinals = Win - Kyler Murray vs. Baker? Yezzzir. Exciting to see them on the field but that's kinda where it ends. Browns take the Cardinals to the shed in Arizona with another explosive output (starting to put it together!) to win 37-13 Week 16 -- Ravens = Win - Will the Ravens get their revenge? Nope. The five-win Ravens aren't a strong team at this point, with Lamar being injured for some games and RG3 filling in for some. Browns get a solid win, 28-10 Week 17 -- at Bengals = Loss - Believe it or not, the division is won in week 16. The 5-10 Ravens, 7-8 Bengals, 8-7 Steelers, and 10-5 Browns shape it out. Baker rests this game and we see a decent Bengals team win this game, 30-17. Browns final regular season - wins the division to earn a playoff birth, and finishes 10-6.
  9. Real Schedule Released

    Browns @ Jets MNF Week TWO. So we don't know yet who we're facing Week 1. It's not Baltimore or Pittsburgh (Ravens/Dolphins and Steelers/Patriots).
  10. Let's see... Brian Robiskie - thought he was gonna be really good. The sad part about it is it took me awhile to realize he just wasn't good. You know you're way off when you start blaming other aspects because you believe so much in an individual. Peyton Hillis - Thought he was gonna do it for multiple years Gary Baxter - I was hyped. But the injury curse struck (my goodness we've endured so much awful luck) There's many, many others... including being all in on the Brady Quinn train. I was at work during the 2007 draft and when we took Quinn I couldn't contain myself. I was ALL IN on Quinn. Man did he suck. Ever been caught on someone because of their name? I wasn't a huge fan of Syndric Steptoe but I had high hopes of his ability to return punts because... his name is Steptoe! Lol, dark times man. But it's all good now. Because I have never, ever, ever been into a player as much as I am into Baker. I watched hours of film (not highlights) of all top 5 QBs - Baker, Allen, Rosen, Darnold, Jackson back in January 2018. And I was BLOWN AWAY by what I saw in Baker. I wanted him above all the other QBs and I wanted him #1 overall. I went on a crusade for Baker to my friends and family, and posted my desire to take Baker on other message boards. And I was right!
  11. Duke Johnson trade imminent. *updates to come*

    I have a strong source. Verbatim, my source says, "Hilliard is definitely in the plans moving forward."
  12. I imagine the multiple complaints about a lack of touches can rub people the wrong way. It may have been tolerated while we were 1-31 but when we're winning (last year) and he's still complaining, it isn't a great look. It's warranted for sure - I hope he's able to be happy and get the touches he deserves on another team, but he has become someone I'm not crazy about keeping as we move forward.
  13. We'll enjoy him for sure. Thanks, brah.
  14. Browns RB Duke Johnson requests trade

    I'm quite confident in Dontrell Hilliard (but that's just me). We could also pick up Spencer Ware or one of the other FA RBs, or draft one late in the draft. It shouldn't take much to succeed in this offense. With the weapons we have, RBs aren't a major concern. You look at three other explosive offenses (Chiefs/Steelers/Patriots) and you'll see that they are able to insert and swap out RBs like pokemon cards. We all know about the Pats and their RBs, but the Chiefs have had a ton themselves and all have done well. Steelers went from Bell to Conner to Washington without skipping a beat. Browns will be fine. If we're talking injuries, we'll be in even bigger trouble if other positions (QB, O-Line, D-Line) are hit with injuries.
  15. Browns RB Duke Johnson requests trade

    He's not fast either. There's this perception that Duke is just a speedy guy just because he's smaller and catches the ball well but it's simply not true. Duke has never, EVER been the downhill guy that fires off with speed. There were times when I would get frustrated because I see how much yardage he's leaving on the field because he's too busy dancing. I won't take away from his skillset - extremely elusive and I'm always confident he'll make that first guy miss. His hands are pretty amazing too and his route running is great for a RB. But he's not explosive because he's lacking speed. Agility and speed are not the same thing.