OBR Daily Blog 11/9

Still basking in the glow that is a two-game winning streak (and the cocky Bengals are 2-6)

12:42 AM

@himayboulin Shouldn’t even be a contest. Turner and Foster are great backs, but Hillis’ stats blow them out of the water.

Who Does Colt McCoy Remind You Of?
Barry McBride on November 10th, 2010 AT 12:40 AM

You can hear a couple of phoned responses in today’s podcast of the radio show, but here are some of the responses we got from our question on Twitter today.

There’s no consensus, but some very good names on this list:

@TheDraftPick: Raw Drew Brees

@Tim_Rychel: I see mccoy as a combination of guys. Accuracy of brees, mind of manning, legs of vick

@JoyceKeo: Tom Brady

@RedPheonix: Bernie…wasn’t supposed to start before injuries to others, relied on hard-nosed running game and just won games

@MikeAmmo: he reminds me of Ben Roethlisberger circa 2004, minus Wines Hard and Plax to throw to

@TheMagill: Agree with @MikeAmmo, he’s like Roethelisberger his first few years. Rely on the run and defense, throw 19 passes and don’t mess up

@RevBobMek: bernie kosar. He manages the game and doesn’t turn the ball over very much (yet).

@LeCharlesBent65: A young Drew Brees-Troy Smith
 (Yep, that’s LeCharles Bentley’s Twitter account)

@Kiltimagh Brady Quinn

@rbwhitney: Brian Sipe

@BobKosek: Jeff Garcia?

@Laugher74: A young Brett Favre.. with a little less zip on the ball..

@VReaperV69: McCoy reminds me of Jake Plummer(when he was good) and Drew Brees. Mobile and accurate.

@AwesomeStiffler: I see more Aaron Rodgers with a little less arm strength.

@prynsali: He reminds me of Big Ben/Brees mix

@timorourke: Drew Brees or Brian Sipe


Hillis Nominated for FedEx Ground Player of the Week
Barry McBride on November 10th, 2010 AT 12:18 AM

Go and vote, Browns fans! Honestly, is this even close? I think not. Here’s the press release we got earlier today:

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Quarterbacks BRETT FAVRE of the Minnesota Vikings, ELI MANNING of the New York Giants and PHILIP RIVERS of the San Diego Chargers are the finalists for the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week honors for games played on November 7 – 8, while running backs ARIAN FOSTER of the Houston Texans, PEYTON HILLIS of the Cleveland Browns and MICHAEL TURNER of the Atlanta Falcons are the finalists for the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week, the NFL announced today.

Fans can vote for one player in each category on NFL.com/FedEx from 9 a.m. EST on Tuesday through noon EST on Friday to determine the FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week. The winners will be announced Friday evening on NFL.com.  New this year, fans will be able to keep tabs on the achievements of their favorite Air & Ground players (and others) with the NFL Milestone Tracker, presented by FedEx.

Fans will be voting for more than their favorite player. As part of the Air & Ground program, FedEx continues its support of Safe Kids USA by making weekly $2,000 donations in each of the winning players’ names. The funding, allocated to local Safe Kids coalitions in that team’s city, is used for pedestrian safety improvements throughout the year, from upgraded crosswalks and safety signs to traffic barriers and educational training.

A closer look at the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week finalists:

  • Minnesota Vikings QB BRETT FAVRE  completed 36 of 47 passes for a career-high 446 yards with two touchdowns, including one with less than two minutes to go to tie the game and send it into overtime, and two interceptions in the Vikings’ 27 – 24 win over the Arizona Cardinals.
  • New York Giants QB ELI MANNING completed 21 of 32 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns in the Giants’ 41 – 7 win over the Seattle Seahawks.
  • San Diego Chargers QB PHILIP RIVERS completed 17 of 23 passes for 295 yards with four touchdowns and one interception in the Chargers’ 29 – 23 win over the Houston Texans.

A closer look at the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week finalists:

  • Houston Texans RB ARIAN FOSTER had 27 carries for 127 yards and two touchdowns in the Texans’ 29 – 23 loss to the San Diego Chargers.
  • Cleveland Browns RB PEYTON HILLIS rushed the Browns to a win with 29 carries for 184 yards and two touchdowns in Cleveland’s 34 – 14 win over the New England Patriots.
  • Atlanta Falcons RB MICHAEL TURNER rushed 24 times for 107 yards and two touchdowns in the Falcons’ 27-21 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

As the Official Delivery Service Sponsor of the NFL, Super Bowl and Pro Bowl, FedEx understands the need for a winning game plan, and created the Air & Ground program to highlight superior on-field performance among the league’s top-performing quarterbacks and running backs. Because FedEx has thousands of delivery trucks out on the roads each day, the company is committed to funding pedestrian safety improvements in local communities, donating more than $13 million to  Safe Kids Worldwide since 2000. Follow FedEx on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter @FedExDelivers and track the conversation at #FedExNFL.

10:15 PM

Podcast: The Thrashing of the Pats: The OBR gang revels in a huge win over the 6-1 New England Patriots. Are the… http://bit.ly/b9g4xH

9:36 PM

@nic_dion Awesome! Have fun and BE LOUD! GO BROWNS!!

9:30 PM

Just posted the KNR2 podcast from earlier today. It’s available on the left hand side of the home page. Full story coming….

3:06 PM

TSX: Browns’ Week 9 Grades: Two consecutive wins has the Browns GPA steadily rising. http://bit.ly/bDbkIM

Rob Ryan Press Conference Transcript, Nov. 9
Don Delco on November 9th, 2010 AT 2:43 PM

(?Note: The OBR’s Don Delco wrote a piece following Ryan’s conference. It can be read here.)

Below is the transcript from Rob Ryan’s Tuesday teleconference with the media.

(On if it has already started getting ugly as Rex Ryan had said)- "He drew first blood. There's a rumor that there's a picture and I did see it so it is a fact, that some blow darts have hit a picture of Eric (Mangini), Colt (McCoy) and then I have about 14 of them on me. I am taking offense to it and we are going to have some retaliatory reactions coming up later in the week (joking)."

(On how close he is to Rex and how often they talk)- "We talk all the time. We are as close as you can be. Like I say, I don't think there is any pair of brothers closer than we are. We had our own language when we were kids growing up. If you fought one of us you had to be real tough because you had to fight both of us. I don't think we ever lost any fights because (heck) we were always two on one or whatever it was. We found a way to win. We are extremely close. Again, we talk probably daily."

(On if he and his brother have any differences as football coaches)- "Tony (Grossi), I'd like to say I've put the numbers up that Rex has, but I haven't. He's been statistically probably the best Ryan that has ever coached. His stats have been unbelievable. My dad put up great numbers. I've put up great numbers. In college, I used to always put up better numbers than any of us. Pros, I've been in the top-three one time as a coordinator, but there's a lot that goes into that. We weren't exactly moving the ball real well in Oakland so you are out there a whole a lot. Shoot, we all know how to coach football and I think we are all great coaches."

(On if they have any differences philosophically as coaches)- "I don't think so. I think we know the source of the passing game which we learned from our father. He learned from Weeb Eubank and Y.A. Tittle. The source of that passing that is the quarterback. You do your best to disrupt them whether it be hitting them on every play and blitzing them or trying to confusing them with multiple coverages. You have to do a good job on the quarterback to slow down anybody's pass offense that includes today's game."

(On if he has been overlooked as a head coaching candidate because he had been with some bad offenses)- "I'm not sure if that's the reason. Really none of us, including my father, if you look and paint a picture of a head coach, you usually have got some pretty boy nowadays. I don't think me, Rex or my dad for that matter are male models by any stretch, but we are (darn) good football coaches. Whatever it is, that's how it is and that's just the way it goes."

(On why players like playing for Rex so much)- "I think the biggest thing is Rex is genuine. He doesn't lie. He doesn't put up a front. He is who he is. He's a great person. I think everybody he meets, love Rex. He's just always had that infectious personality. The biggest thing is nowadays we coach men's football and the best thing to do is be yourself with all the flaws that you have and all that. People can try to sugar code things and move around them but I believe what Rex does best is he is direct with his players. He tells them the truth, not necessarily what they want to hear but it's the truth. It's easier to deal with human beings doing that. I had to deal with Warren Sapp and that's by far the best policy. They can come back at you pretty hard but the bottom line is at least you are who you are. To me, that's the best policy. My father always installed that in us, always be honest."

(On his thoughts about the criticism Rex took for his langue on Hard Knocks)- "I never even noticed it. I never noticed the language but then I heard all the criticism. I'm just glad they weren't here in Cleveland (joking).”

(On if Braylon Edwards' quotes about returning to Cleveland will motivate his defense)- "I haven't seen them to be honest with you. We've been busy at work, but Braylon is a super talented guy, (heck) their whole offense is. You look at Santonio Holmes, Braylon Edwards, this Dustin Keller and they have got these great backs and there's a rumor they have got L.T. (LaDainian Tomlinson). You know all of my focus will be on him because I don't know if I've ever beat him. I don't know what Braylon said, I know he's a good person. I don't know if he's taking any pot shots at Cleveland or anything, but I thought that left town when LeBron (James) left."

(On if he and his brother accepted jobs in the food service industry when they were younger to appease to their father, even though they both knew they only wanted to coach)- "I think that's been misquoted. We never accepted those, I think he accepted them for us. (Heck) no, we weren't going to do that, we never cared. We're football coaches and at one time, my whole goal was just to be able to have my own trailer, live in that and coach football. That was my life's ambition, but apparently that's grown now. My wife is definitely on track with a new role for me, she wasn't real big on that trailer deal. Honest to God, that's how we look at things. We've always been destined to be football coaches."

(On what age he and his brother knew they were going to follow their father into coaching)- "Right when we moved in with him right before high school. That was what we saw, we knew he was very successful and he was always our idol growing up. We idolized our dad and loved what he was doing. The things is, we are both smart guys and my older brother is a lawyer, so I guess we are all three smart. It's something we always wanted to do. We loved the strategy of the game, we loved dealing with humans and not necessarily computers. It's always been right up our alley and it's a great life. It's a tough life, you have got to move around a lot, but it's been a great business for us and it's been a great business for our entire family."

(On if he moved in with his dad in high school)- "Actually before that. It was about seventh grade. My mom and dad are divorced, so we moved in. I think the Ryans were kind of running roughshod on Canada, so we had to move. We moved in and got a little discipline, so that ended up helping us a little bit. Our lives kind of changed when we moved in with my father, that's for sure."

(On if his relationship with Rex will change this week leading up to the game)- "We talk early in the week, but usually we stop talking to each other later in the week out of respect for the game. We know he's going to get our best shot and we know we're going to get his. It will be a great game and hopefully it's not one of those games like when he was the defensive coordinator at Oklahoma and I was defensive coordinator at Oklahoma State and we squared off. We ended up winning that game and tore down the goal post, but by the end of it we were trying to convince everybody that we were the offensive coordinators, not the defensive coordinators.”

(On if he would like to be on the same coaching staff with his brother some day)- "We were together. I think we were second in the league in defense, which was a (darn) travesty because we thought we would be first for sure, both of us working there, but we were second. It was great. Obviously, it's great to work with your brother, but again we are creating paths for ourselves and it's also great to coach against him. We are always together. Any chance we can go to the Senior Bowl or the Combine, we are always together nonstop, 24/7."

(On if his brother's success as a head coach might help him out down the road)- "I hope it does. We've coached for a long time and like I say, Rex was the best assistant coach in football for about five years in a row, but he never got a job. I don't think this job, being a head coach, is something that you have to hire some guy that is going to stand up there and bore the (heck) out of you. I think it's good that you get somebody fresh that is exciting, is energetic and you see his team. I think they're an energetic team. I know he's been thinking that they would be undefeated at this time, but they still do have the best record in football. They're doing a great job and they're a very well coached team, but they also have some fun too."

(On if his father was shocked with anything he or Rex have done or said)- "My dad? No. Me and Rex have said that about him before, but absolutely not. He knows who we are, he raised two good sons and now we are grown men so we can say what we want to say."

(On where they were when he moved in with his father)- "That was in Minnesota."

(On if they have enough emotion left to play in a second consecutive game against a team which the Browns have so many ties to)- "Oh yes, we are just starting. I think we are starting to turn the corner with our team. We beat New Orleans and we beat New England in the last two weeks. I believe that makes us 7-5 over the last 12 games. Our team is definitely on the upswing, we are looking to keep going and to do better things. I really think it's a credit to Eric (Mangini), our entire team and all the players that we are all working hard together and we are starting to go in the right direction."

(On if he has a favorite story about himself and his brother)- "I'll tell you one of Rex's favorites. When we were playing baseball and he was a big time home run hitter, and I was a pretty good player myself, we were playing against the number one pitcher in Chicago. This kid struck him out the first time, hit me on an 0-2 pitch in the middle of the back because I hit his dad before with a fungo bat, so the kid paid me back. The next time up, and there were pro scouts in the stands and everything, Rex has got two fastballs by him, which nobody ever snuck a fastball by him. He's like, ‘Just a second, time out.' He was only playing with one contact lens, so he goes in and goes, ‘Rob give me your left contact.' I give it to him and he plucks it in his eye and goes up and smashes a home run. I think the thing is still going, I think they found it in Cuba somewhere. He comes out and he circles the bases and comes in with a big smile on his face and goes, ‘Do you want that contact back?' I'm like, ‘Nah, you can keep it.' I think that was our best story right there."

(On Mark Sanchez)- "I tell you what, he's been really impressive on the tapes I've been watching. They have so many weapons around him, that guy looks like his confidence keeps getting better and better. I know he's had a couple of rough outings, especially last year, but even the game against Green Bay they dropped like nine or 10 passes on him. I really think he's one of their stars and it looks like, to me, that he's getting better each week."

(On who the older twin is)- "Rex is, five minutes."

(On if he and Rex still use their own language they used when they were kids)- "We still have it. The last time I think we used it was on the airplane when I met my wife. In twin talk, I told him, ‘Hey, I have got some babe sitting across from me.' One thing led to another and I ended up marrying her. That's a true story."

(On if his father will be at the game Sunday)- "Yes, he will."

1:04 PM

Rob Ryan ready for twin brother, Jets: Close-knit growing up, Rob and Rex followed their dad Buddy into the coac… http://bit.ly/aS5gT4

12:25 PM

Today’s Twitter Question: Does Colt McCoy remind of you any other quarterback with the Browns or elsewhere in the NFL? If so, who?

12:24 PM

I’m madly prepping for the Zeppe’s Pizzeria OBR Radio Program today at 4PM on KNR2 1540AM and ESPNCleveland.com

12:23 PM

Check out Don’s recap of Rob Ryan’s phone call with the media this morning on the OBR home page: http://cle.scout.com

Latest Links from the OBR Newswire
OBR Newswire on November 9th, 2010 AT 10:00 AM

These are links from the OBR Newswire for November 9th from 08:39 to 08:45:

9:05 AM

Browns-Patriots: Joe’s Game Review: Joe Brownlee spreads the credit around after the Browns 34-14 win Sunday http://bit.ly/9pl7FF

10:53 PM

@Nic_Dion I’m more rooting for “massive earthquake swallows both teams whole”.

9:10 PM

The Mirage: Three Strikes: Brian Tarcy is more discombobulated than normal today. http://bit.ly/d22ZJ7

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