Bengals Kicked into Last Place
Barry McBride on October 31st, 2010 AT 10:12 PM
The Browns are (technically) no longer the last place team in the AFC North thanks to the Dolphins defeating the Bengals 22-14. Cincinnati started off with a strong offensive drive, but Carson Palmer retreated to his ineffective 2010 self in the second half, and the Dolphins kicked five field goals to push Cincinnati to a home loss.
The Bengals are now 2-5, like the Browns, but lost to the Browns earlier this season, giving the Browns a tie-breaker between the two teams. This is of no importance to anyone outside of Cleveland or the worldwide community of Browns fans, but it can at least make us feel a little bit better about the progress the team has made when, not long ago, prognosticators were foreseeing an 0-7 record by this point in the season.
At this point, it should be Marvin Lewis, not Eric Mangini, most fearful about keeping his job. Despite the loosest character standards in the NFL, the Bengals have tumbled into an embarrassing spot, and the entire locker room is probably due for a thorough cleaning after the season. Whether Mike Brown will dump Lewis depends a lot on how much money is left on his contract, but the Bengals head coach has certainly failed to deliver despite his lengthy opportunity.
A good part of the blame has to lie with QB Carson Palmer, whose promise appears like it will remain largely undelivered due to a history of injuries. The Bengals QB will be lucky to make it through the year without having to punch Shaun Smith at some point.
There Is No Escaping the OBR Daily Blog Now
Barry McBride on October 31st, 2010 AT 8:30 PM
We’ve implemented some more webdork hackery this evening, which will help us eliminate some linking issues we’ve been having with the blog. At the same time, you can now see the latest blog entry from the OBR forums. Links to the latest blog entry have been added to the forum lobby, Ask the Insiders, TAP Room, Watercooler, and OBR Football.
I was enjoying some Great Lakes Brewing Nosferatu Ale (evil laugh) while coding this, so let me know via the contact us form if we’ve somehow blown up the internet again.
For what it’s worth, the OBR staff is not responsible for the other technical weirdness you have been experiencing since Wednesday. People find this strange, because we’re usually responsible for things that don’t work. But it wasn’t us this time, for some reason. Kind of scary. It’s Halloween, after all.
Dolphins top Bengals 22-14, Bengals now technically in last place in the AFC North, meaning that the Browns are in third. Progress! Sort of.
@Spectre14 Thanks bro… and thanks for all the re-tweets and replies as well!
@AdamSchein How could *anyone* beating the Cowboys be considered an upset?
While I was tending to system issues on Scout, the OBR’s Twitter feed went over 5,000 followers. Awesome!
@telichtwit8 FWIW, I think Lebron’s latest Nike commercial is strangely appropriate. My 12-year-old likes that same exact type of donut.
@telichtwit8 Depends. Is LBJ still going to have the emotional maturity of a 12-year-old in five years? It’s up to his enablers, inc Nike.
Browns Outline Media Schedule, Chuckle Quietly to Themselves
Barry McBride on October 31st, 2010 AT 1:30 PM
The Browns will have availability on Monday (players and Eric Mangini in the AM) and Mike Holmgren will talk to the assembled media Tuesday at 3PM. We’ll be there for both activities, of course, although your expectations for big news coming from either should be low. Very low. Non-existent, really.
Still, there will be media hordes assembled tomorrow morning, and they’ll be looking for any possible signs of a quarterback controversy (Seneca Wallace is stretching with extra vigor this morning!To the presses!) in order to try to remain relevant or get people to click on ads or get their names elevated enough to jump to new jobs. Or whatever.
We’ll be there with the rest of the media jackals looking for something interesting without overtly making it up. If we’re lucky, someone will get fined for a water bottle or be forced to take a red eye back to Cleveland, which makes them sleepy. Then we can be featured on Pro Football Talk or sports radio for bringing the world that bit of awesome news. Cause that’s how the media works. Wish us luck.
OBR Newswire updates for October 29th through October 31st
OBR Newswire on October 31st, 2010 AT 12:00 PM
These are links from the OBR Newswire for October 29th through October 31st:
- Plain Dealer – New England Patriots and former Cleveland Browns coach Bill Belichick still has coaching in his blood – Like a good coach's son, Bill Belichick was born during the offseason in 1952.
- Plain Dealer – Assessing the Cleveland Browns at the midpoint of the 2010 season – The Browns are 2-5 at their bye weekend, just one game better than they were a year ago.
- The Assocated Press – Mangini, Browns weigh options at quarterback – Perhaps it's fitting that the Cleveland Browns reached their bye week on the eve of election day.
- News-Herald – Jeff Schudel’s NFL notes: A healthy Wallace is the Browns’ best QB option – As the Browns get closer to playing the New England Patriots a week from today, the debate about which quarterback Eric Mangini should start is sure to get hotter. So here is another log for the fire.
- Plain Dealer – Seneca Wallace says Cleveland Browns need to choose one QB, when all are healthy – The boot came off his injured right ankle. Now it appears that Seneca Wallace is taking the gloves off, as well.
- WhatzGonnaHappen – A Halloween Political Ad Week 8 NFL Picks – My opponent for the job of Week 8 NFL Prognosticator was Brett Favre’s penis photographer. Plus, she’s a witch.
- Rich’s Rants – Another vote for Colt – Allow me, please, to join the growing chorus of Colt McCoy boosters. Well, maybe not boosters. That's a little too high schoolish and college-like.
McCoy To Get Jersey Retired: The winningest quarterback in NCAA history will have his jersey retired Saturday, and… http://bit.ly/cnFDhZ
Looking for Mo Production: Browns second-year receiver, Mohamed Massaquoi, expects a big second-half http://bit.ly/97D8c1
(Subscriber) Adkins: The Tough Questions: OBR’s football analyst Lane Adkins answers the latest questions from Bro… http://bit.ly/aEksHi
Latest Links from the OBR Newswire
OBR Newswire on October 29th, 2010 AT 8:00 AM
These are links from the OBR Newswire for October 29th from 07:15 to 07:17:
- Akron Beacon Journal – Hard NFL hits subject of local research – Josh Cribbs appeared to be knocked out cold for a minute or two. Evan Moore went back in for another play. Mohamed Massaquoi needed two weeks to recover. Nick Sorensen was motionless and carried off the field on a stretcher.
- Canton Repository – Browns’ Lerner plays role of the quiet owner – No longer the boy owner who never dreamed the Browns would land in his lap so soon, Randy Lerner seems comfortably older.
- Canton Repository – Lerner covers Jim Brown issue, endorses Tom Heckert – One might expect that the owner of the Cleveland Browns would enjoy access to a treasure trove of memorabilia with which to adorn his office.
- Canton Repository – Lerner finds his man, and his attitude changes – Monday marks the one-year anniversary of the Windy City Storm. The Browns reached the 2009 bye week with a 30-6 loss at Chicago on Nov. 1.
Turning a Corner?: The Browns hope to have taken an important step forward Sunday, but the Patriots await… http://bit.ly/da2xvT
Browns-Saints: Gameballs and Goats: Some aging linebackers find the fountain of youth… and a truckload of gameballs. http://bit.ly/aKx3Ao