OBR Daily Blog 11/10

Does the dog and pony show continue today or is Colt named starting QB?

9:13 PM

Dave Kolonich Joins OBR Team!: We’re happy to announce today that Dave Kolonich has joined the staff of the Oran… http://bit.ly/bGGk4A

8:43 PM

Browns-Patriots: Gameballs and Goats: Was there any doubt who would be at the top of the Gameballs listing? Nope. http://bit.ly/98xIks

Browns-Jets Injury Report for Wednesday
Barry McBride on November 10th, 2010 AT 8:36 PM

Here’s this week’s first pack of lies injury report from the Browns and Jets.


Did Not Participate

DB Mike Adams (Head)
QB Jake Delhomme (Ankle)
NT Shaun Rogers  (Ankle)

Limited Participation

DL Kenyon Coleman (Knee)
OL John St. Clair (Ankle)
QB Seneca Wallace  (Ankle)


Did Not Participate

DB Marquice Cole (Hamstring)
RB Tony Richardson (Not Injury Related)
OL Matt Slauson (Knee)
RB Ladanian Tomlinson (Not Injury Related)

Limited Participation

LB Josh Mauga (Hamstring)

Full Participation

LB Calvin Pace (Foot)
CB Darrelle Revis (Hamstring)

8:20 PM

Just added a little post-game of MoMass to the OBR home page: http://bit.ly/c2xUKZ

8:20 PM

Thank you! Happy to have him on the team! @saveallunicorns Great move getting Dave from Reboot on board. I may need to subscribe finally ;)

Latest Links from the OBR Newswire
OBR Newswire on November 10th, 2010 AT 5:00 PM

These are links from the OBR Newswire for November 10th from 13:15 to 16:39:

4:46 PM

@ceisenstat Based on what our Miami correspondents told me, Jason Allen probably isn’t a fit here.

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@ceisenstat Based on what our Miami correspondents told me, Jason Allen probably isn’t a fit here.

Browns Player Quotes, Nov. 10
Don Delco on November 10th, 2010 AT 3:50 PM

?RB Peyton Hillis

(On what being named AFC Offensive Player of the Week means to him)- "It means a lot. The Lord has blessed me enough where I can do it. I'm very thankful, but I can't do it without my o-line and my coaches."

(On facing one of the best run defenses this weekend)- "Every week presents its challenge and we are going to prepare as a team this week to face that challenge, no matter what it may be. If we can run or pass or whatever we can do to win the ball game, that's what we are going to do."

(On if already facing tough defenses in Baltimore and Pittsburgh can used as a point of reference)- "Oh yes, but I think we have played a lot more tougher defenses than just those two. I think we've had a real tough schedule so far and will continue to have a tough schedule. That shouldn't stop us from what we need to do. You need to do all phases on offense, you need to run, you need to have play action, you need to pass the ball and you need to pass protect. That's in every game that you play and we need to do it this game too."

(On the key to him running the ball effectively despite defenses keying on him)- "I don't know. I just know that we need to do our game and our game is hard, powerful, smash-mouth football and we need to hold to that."

(On if he thinks Colt McCoy could handle being the starter if the coaches decide to put him in that position)- "There isn't any doubt in my mind. Colt McCoy has been a winner his whole life and he's done great things for this team so far. He's proven it time and time again. With more opportunities and more shots, he's going to do more great things."

(On if he welcomes a bigger workload in a game)- "I've been blessed enough to not come out of the game very much. I don't really feel tired that much and I just think as the game goes on, I feel better and better. I thank the Lord for that and hopefully it can continue."

QB Colt McCoy

(On if he thinks he will start on Sunday)- "I'm not the coach. I'm going to prepare like I'm the starter this whole week and I've already got a good start. I spent a lot of time in the film room Monday and Tuesday and I'm looking forward to practice. If I play, I'm going to go out there and do the best that I can to help this team win, just like I have been doing the past couple of weeks. I'm just really excited about our team. We have really come together, we have really worked hard and we have had two solid wins. We have just got to try to keep the streak going."

(On what impresses him most about the Jets' defense)- "The Jets will be the toughest defense that we've played so far, that's the truth. I think their third in points per game and they're in the top 10 in just about every category defensively across the NFL. They do a lot of stuff, they try to confuse you. Their secondary is awesome, their corners are great and we understand how big of a challenge it's going to be for us just to be able to move the football and score some points. We have got our hands full."

(On if there are any similarities between the Jets' defense and the first three that he has faced so far)- "I think there are a lot of similarities. A lot of teams do the same things, but this one really is tough. They can come from anywhere, they have got all-stars on their defense. You almost know all of their names before you even turn the film on, so you know they can play. You know they're tough and they've been playing well all year long. We have really got to be sharp and understand our game plan. We also understand that this is going to be a huge challenge for us. They're really good."

(On if he feels like he is just as experienced as Mark Sanchez because they were in college at the same time)- "The NFL is a different game than college. Mark has played for two years, he has been to an AFC Championship game, so he has got experience. For me, week to week I grow, I get better and I just want to continue to learn and improve and do the best I can to help this team."

(On if he still feels like a rookie)- "I am a rookie. Like I said, it's all about what happens out here on the practice field and if you can carry that over into Sunday. I felt like week to week, I've gotten a little bit better, but at the same time, I've watched the film this week and spent both days up here long and hard. This is the toughest defense that we'll play so far and they're really good."

(On what the biggest difference is from training camp to now for him personally)- "I think just being able to play again, getting reps, interacting with the guys in the locker room, earning respect, the hours that you spend and there's just a lot of things that go into playing football on Sundays that a you don't really see. It's fun. I love it, I love playing and like I said, I'm just going to continue to do what's best for this team."

(On if he thinks he is the same person he was before the season started)- "Yes, definitely."

(On if there is any part about starting in the NFL that is tougher than he expected)- "I knew it was going to be tough, but you look at the teams that we've played and how well us as a locker room, as a group, as a team have been able to play the last three weeks going on the road and being able to win at home, we talked about all that this morning. All of that is put behind us. We are not focusing on that anymore, we are focusing on the Jets and what we have to do to prepare and what we have to do to be able to go out and execute. In my mind, that's what it's all about."

(On if he is hearing about still being a rookie as much since he has a few wins now)- "I try not to pay too much attention. My focus really is in here and with the team, with my coaches and what we have got to do to win next week."

(On if it is different with the guys in the locker room since he has been starting)- "We have a lot of fun. I think the locker room gets a little bit better when you win games. It's a lot more fun to wake up and come to work and be around each other. I think it makes us work a little bit harder and understand that we can do this. I think the last two weeks have been good, but like I said, it's a huge one this week."

(On if he gets a sense of the excitement that is building around Cleveland for the team)- "I sensed it Sunday at the game. I thought our fans were awesome and I thought they were into the game. They were loud, it was fun and we played well and that's how it should be."

(On if he has ever played against a cornerback with as much talent as Darrelle Revis)- "I don't think there's anybody that I've played against that's like him and you can put (Antonio) Cromartie in the same sentence with him. Both of those guys are fantastic and you don't see very many balls caught on them. Like I said, we sat in meetings this morning and offensively, we understood that this is a challenge for us. These guys are really good and we are going to have to do some things this week to prepare and be ready to execute on Sunday."

(On how he approaches going against a player like Revis)- "I don't know, I've never played against a guy like that. We'll see. Lots of hard work, lots of preparation and maybe finding out some things here and there of what part of the field we can attack. We obviously have to get the running game going for us again, that was huge for us last week. All round and all across the board, they're a really tough defense."

(On if he will throw right at Revis the first play of the game like Detroit did last week)- "They did. They took a shot and Revis made a great play."

(On if it is smart to try to go at a guy like Revis early on in the game)- "I don't know, I've never played against a guy like that, so I really can't answer that."

(On how badly he wants to start the rest of the season)- "Again, it's not up to me. I want to do my best on Sundays to help this team win and I've given everything I had the last couple of weeks and we've been fortunate enough to win a couple of games. This locker room needs to win more, this team needs to win more and I'm just going to go about it like I always have. I'm going to prepare, I'm going to study and ultimately in the end, the coaches will make that decision. What's best for this team is the decision that he's going to make."

(On if Tom Brady talked to him after the game Sunday)- "I did not speak with him, he ran off of the field after the game."

(On if playing against Sanchez, a player that was picked higher than him in the draft, gives him motivation to prove himself)- "Nothing against Mark and I'm great friends with Mark. Mark and I have the same agent and we have trained together, we know each other well. We are in the same class actually, we came out of high school together. For me, I want to go out there and play my best every week. I don't need any motivation or anything outside of that. I want to go out there and compete and give this team the best opportunity to win."

(On what the key is to getting the ball to the wide receivers more)- "We just need to get them going early. I thought Mo (Mohamed Massaquoi) played great. I got some balls to Robo (Brian Robiskie), we got outside to Evan (Moore) and we spread the field a little bit more this past week. I think it helped us offensively."

(On how much insight he has got from Rob Ryan about the Jets' defense)- "I think more obvious than that is we have been going against this defense a lot, ever since training camp. There are bits and pieces of it that are different, but the scheme is about the same. We have had some work at it and we are just going to have to continue to improve and have a good week this week. We will just see where it gets us."

Mangini Press Conference Transcript, Nov. 10
Don Delco on November 10th, 2010 AT 3:20 PM

(Opening statement)- "Good morning everybody, how are you doing? Today, the only guys that should be missing are Jake (Delhomme) and Baby (Shaun Rogers), so we have that same d-line switch that we do during the week. Seneca (Wallace) should get some limited reps and John St. Clair should get some limited reps as well. In terms of what we did this morning, we watched some of the New England tape and it was abbreviated but going through the positive things and the things we need to fix because we don't want to lose track of those things moving into next week. After we did that, we jumped right into the Jets and I think this is going to be another fun week, another challenging week. In watching what Rex (Ryan) has done there, I think he's done an outstanding job. He really has and in all three phases they present challenges and multiple challenges and very creative challenges. I think offensively, they've been able to run the football really effectively whether it's L.T. (LaDainian Tomlinson) or Shonn Greene. I think that their offensive line is outstanding with the development of D'Brickashaw (Ferguson), Nick Mangold and the job that Bill Callahan does with them. Him and George (Warhop), I have been very lucky in my experiences with two offensive line coaches like that. After they get the running game going they've got the ability to get some big passes off of play action. They've got a group of big-play receivers whether it's Santonio (Holmes), Braylon (Edwards) or Dustin Keller. Jerricho Cotchery is very consistent and he can hurt you both deep or short, really a solid player, great person. Dustin Keller is a young guy who continues to get better week in and week out and just knowing his work ethic he'll eventually make it to the Pro Bowl. I'd say defensively, there are a lot of things to deal with. They can generate pass rush with three guys, four guys, multiple blitzes from all different angles and they're outstanding against the run. They generate a lot of negative runs which puts you behind the count which then allows them to blitz that much more effectively. Mike Pettine's done a good job along with Rex and Bob Sutton and the way that they all work together to come up with a plan that's innovative and challenges that opponent that week. Outstanding group of corners, I might go on for a while and bore you all to death. Then on special teams with Mike Westhoff. I love Brad Seely and I really love Mike Westhoff. Mike, I didn't know whether he and I would get along and I'm sure he didn't know whether we would get along but after sitting down and talking with him and seeing how creative he was, what a good coach he was, I really was happy to have him on the staff. Whether it's the fakes, the variations of rushes on the punt team, the consistently being at the top of the league in kickoff return, regardless of who the returner is. If you look at it year in and year out, he does a great job there so we'll have our hands full there as well."

(On if he's had any discussions about the quarterbacks and if he has declared a starter)- "This is really Seneca's first day back and first day doing any field work so Colt (McCoy) will get the bulk of all the reps. He'll get the majority of the reps and at this point it's just seeing what Seneca can do. This is the next step but we're really early.”

(On what Wallace will be able to do today in practice)- "I'd say he'll be able to take part in about a quarter of the practice, typically. There will be some drills he can do and some drills he can't do. We'll coordinate that with the trainer and just gauge it as we go."

(On if he can see any negative or positive with naming a starting quarterback for the rest of the season)- "I think Tony (Grossi), the important thing is to just continue to gather information and get all of our guys healthy and see where they are. Don't really know where they are going to be at this point so I don't think that there's a need to rush into any decision. I feel really comfortable with all three of those guys whether it's Jake, whether it's Seneca, whether it's Colt, they've all done positive things. The group of offensive players are very confident with any one of them in there, so I just think it's important to see how we keep going and make decisions based off of as much information as possible."

(On he's ever coached a rookie quarterback before and if this decision is more difficult than he anticipated)- "I've had young quarterbacks. I had Kellen Clemens and he was in the competition there the year we drafted him then weren't sure really where Chad Pennington was going to be. One of the things that I talked about with the rookies the other night on Saturday night, Joe Haden was one of the guys who spoke to the team, in the league the conventional thinking is that after you get to eight games you're no longer a rookie. You're a rookie with an asterisks but you've had enough time to get used to your system, get used to your surroundings, get used to expectations, get used to game planning and you're performance should continue to grow and you should be playing as opposed to thinking and playing. We're at that point and I think the young guys have responded really well."

(On what his philosophy is with picking a starting quarterback and if he isn't sure that McCoy gives them the best chance to win)- "What I'm saying is that we've got three guys that we all feel very good about. I think Colt has done a really good job and I like the way that he is able to take more each week and it's a great thing and it's fun to watch. I'm proud of what he's done, now it's just a function of getting all of our guys healthy, seeing where we are and making the best the best decision."

(On what point he considers having four quarterbacks on the roster a luxury he can no longer afford)- "You start talking about that when they're all healthy. That's really the point that we have to get to and we haven't been at at all.”

(On what point he would sideline Delhomme for the year)- "We haven't had any decisions like that at all Tony (Grossi). I like Jake a lot, Jake's been very helpful to Colt. He spends a lot of time working with him, he spends a lot of time helping him out on the sidelines. He spends a lot of time helping him in the meeting rooms and at practice. I really respect Jake even more now that I've seen him in different situations because he's the consummate team player and he is doing everything he can. When Seneca was in it was the same way. He's doing everything he can to help those guys as much as he can so I really like Jake."

(On the Braylon Edwards trade and how it has worked out)- "I think Braylon's done a good job and when we made the decision and talking to Braylon I thought it was important that he get a fresh start, that he go and make the best of that opportunity and that he'd have the chance to do that. I was really happy with the guys that we have with Chansi (Stuckey). I think everyone is getting to know him a little bit better and the contributions that he's made and Jason Trusnik. Now Shawn Lauvao ends up being a part of that and Larry Asante is a young guy who is developing so ideally when you make a trade it benefits both teams and all the players involved. None of them are perfect but you try to do that and that's why everyone makes those things, they hope both sides win.”

(On how Mark Sanchez has developed)- "I think last week is a good example of how he's developed. There's a game that they're behind, it's late in the game and he's able to make some plays. A very important part of that game when the pressure was on to move them down the field, tie up the game and then to win it like he did, shows maturity. From a quarterbacking perspective he does a lot of things in terms of using his different tools, being able to check in to stuff, check out of stuff, throw some side adjusts, throw some hots, things along those lines that aren't just your standard, ‘Okay, you're going to follow this package of plays,' and not have any freedom at the line of scrimmage to make decisions to get them into a better play."

(On if he thinks that last year he was in a position where taking a quarterback with the fifth pick would have been an impossible situation)- "No, you were here last year Jeff (Schudel), one guy was an unknown quantity a first round draft pick, there was some promising things there. Another guy had come off a Pro Bowl season so two very good candidates that you had to learn a lot more about. At that time being able to trade back was a good thing and get the guys that we got. Alex Mack I think is going to be an outstanding player here for many years to come. Kenyon (Coleman) has done a great job with starting the games that he has and contributing the ways he has. Abe Elam I think has started every game since he's been here, so there are real pluses to both sides and at that point making a decision on a quarterback, I don't think would have been the best route to go."

(On if he was worried how it would affect the team getting rid of a talented player like Edwards)- "You make personnel decisions and you're really doing them for one purpose, it's to help your team be successful. Ideally, as you make those decisions it helps the player be successful as well and the players that come in the same thing, that everyone is able to move forward in a really positive way. I just thought that that was the best decision to make at that point. Braylon's done a nice job. He really has since he's been in New York and I'm happy for that and I'm really happy that we have Chansi (Stuckey) and Jason (Trusnik) and Shawn (Lauvao) and Larry (Asante) and the guys that we got. They are doing some really good things here as well."

(On if his emotions are different going into this game than they were going into the New England game)- "Both games are special, they are and I spent so much time in New England and that was such an important part of the development. The thing with New England is being there and the system, it changes each week but core philosophies stay the same and you have real insight into that and you appreciate how hard they work, how disciplined they are. You appreciate a lot of those things because you were in there and you experienced that first hand so that was one component of it. In New York, I got my first opportunity to be a head coach which was tremendous at a young age and Mike (Tannenbaum) and Woody (Johnson) were really supportive while I was there. I think we did some really positive things, but in leaving them and Rex (Ryan) taking over even though it's a lot of the players are the same I don't know what's happening in the building the same way. I don't have that same insight because I've never worked with Rex. I don't know if that makes sense, but they're both special but it's just a little bit different with each one. What I'm really most excited about is the way that we're playing. You appreciate that against a team like New England because they are hard to beat and they do a lot of things really well and you have to do a lot of things really well to beat them. It will be the same thing against the Jets. They're outstanding in so many areas and we're continuing each week to make some strides and I want to see that continue. I really enjoy this team."

(On what he learned in New York that he has adjusted to in Cleveland)- "There are a lot of things that I learned there that I have adjusted here. I tried to, really tried to become a better communicator and tried to over communicate and make sure that if there is a problem you don't let something small turn into something big. Talking much more in my voice, I think when you get a job at a young age and you don't have a lot of experience you go back to what you've learned, what your mentor's taught you. Often times you talk in that voice and I do with parenting. Sometimes I hear my father's voice as I'm saying something to Jake or Luke, well really it was Jake as I've gotten now down to Zack it's my voice and you just grow. You learn that you take the best things from all those experiences that you've had but you got to do it in the way that you believe in and in your style. That's the most effective and the most authentic and it takes some time to really become comfortable in any new role. I think I've grown a lot that way and just become a lot more comfortable in this position."

(On if it helps having Rob Ryan to give insight in the mind of his brother and the Jets defense)- "I don't know if it helps or hurts because you know what the potential is too. You see the mindset and the potential at the same time. Yes and no, I think there are some similarities in approach. One thing that's similar in both of these guys is that they are going to throw up some stuff. Rob says that, ‘Somebody's band is going to play, either ours or theirs.' There's going to be some of those plays, there's going to be, ‘you can't throw with tears in your eyes,' types of blitzes that come. Those types of things that you know they are coming, you have just got to be able to figure out how they are coming."

(On if he is bracing himself for Rob and Rex Ryan's verbal back and forth that will take place this week)- "Rob is really only going to be talking on Friday, so it will be limited from that perspective. I enjoy Rex's press conferences as much as anybody. It's must-see TV. I'm sure he will have a lot of entertaining stuff to say and stories that will come out. Rex is a funny guy."

(On how well he got to know Sanchez before the draft last year)- "I'd say similar to the way that we research all quarterbacks, it's really a thorough process. You go through and you evaluate them physically and do the backgrounds and talk to the player and you go through all of those steps. I'd say it's a similar process to all of the ones that we have looked at over the years."

(On what his impressions were of Sanchez)- "I thought he was a good guy. I spent a lot of time with him actually up at USC, just he and I together. I thought he was a really good guy. I thought he was smart, I thought he made some excellent plays on his feet and I thought he was really likeable. I could see guys playing for him. He's just a nice, nice is probably not the word, a very likeable personality. He's a very likeable person as well as intelligent and capable."

(On if Edwards was counterproductive to what he was trying to accomplish with this team)- "My goal with any player, and this isn't just Braylon, is we are all working in the same direction. That's what you're always looking for and you're always trying to move things forward together as a group. You go and you make decisions and you move forward. I think he's moved forward and done some nice things and we've moved forward and done some nice things. Ideally from my perspective, you want everybody to just continue to push in the right direction. My experience with Braylon was that he did that for the most part."

(On if other receivers will have to step up because of Darrelle Revis)- "Revis is outstanding and he can match up with anybody at all. I think Antonio Cromartie has done an excellent job as well. They play a lot of man to man coverage and they're going to test us from that perspective and go down and see whether or not we can get open. They've got some other good, young players in there whether it's Drew Coleman, Dwight Lowery or Kyle Wilson, right on down the line. They have got quite a few players that can go play man to man coverage and do it effectively. Darrelle is arguably the best, if not in the top five."

(On if Mohamed Massaquoi's performance last Sunday was a reflection of them trying to get the ball to the receivers more)- "It wasn't a focal point. We are not really going to do that, where we push the ball one place or the other for numbers. What we are always going to try to do is push the ball to the open receiver and that's the goal. Some weeks they may have more catches, some weeks they may have less catches, so it's really the plan to win that game on Sunday. I was happy with Mohamed's production and he made some great catches. There were a couple of catches that he made that were not easy catches. The one on the sideline, the one over the middle where both (passes) were low and I thought he had an outstanding day."

2:04 PM

Hillis Collecting Accolades, Recognition: Since Sunday’s performance, Hillis receving numerous demands on his time http://bit.ly/bkUIpN

New York Is Reminded of Eric Mangini
Dave Kolonich on November 10th, 2010 AT 1:40 PM

There’s an old saying, “absence makes the heart grow fonder.” But, if one covers the Jets and the carnival that is Rex Ryan, such sentiments are easily lost.

From the New Jersey Star Ledger:

Eric Mangini Says He’s a Better Person, Coach After Time With Jets

As for the way he has changed, Mangini spoke of wanting to mimic Belichick and Bill Parcells, his “football fathers,” when he took over for the Jets in 2006 because he was young and that had been his experience. (It’s won a lot of Super Bowls,” he said, “and it’s been very successful.”)

But the second time around, he said he’s been able to find more of his own voice and style — like a second time parent.

Driving Force
Dave Kolonich on November 10th, 2010 AT 12:54 PM

Do you think maybe John Madden was onto something this week?

Madden Honors Browns’ Offensive Line

If anyone can speak to the effectiveness of a physical offensive line, it would be the former Oakland coaching great and longtime NFL commentator.

Although the narrative pouring out of Browns Nation so far this week has revolved around the emerging potential of Colt McCoy and ascending stardom of Peyton Hillis, it’s clear that the Browns’ offensive line has emerged as a true driving force over the past two weeks.

While further talk of an improbable playoff run and figurative “turning points” have coincided with the Browns’ two week stretch of giant killing, perhaps we should return to the basics of why this team has suddenly become the darlings of the league.

In particular, Alex Mack has elevated his game to a Pro Bowl level.

While there were countless other intangibles that led to last week’s thumping of the Patriots, one drive stands out as the essence of this burgeoning new identity of Browns’ football.

Revisiting the first offensive drive of the second half against New England, it becomes clear that Mack is becoming a master technician. On this drive – which culminated in Colt McCoy’s brilliant touchdown scramble – Mack completely neutralized the mammoth Vince Wilfork, a player who has been recognized as the best at his position.

In terms of leverage, Mack repeatedly got underneath Wilfork and was able to either push him back or at least hold him up on every down of the possession. With Wilfork neutralized, the rest of the Browns’ offensive line was able to create running room for Hillis.

On the plays in which Mack blocked second-year lineman Ron Brace, the result was pretty much unfair. Mack completely destroyed Brace on multiple plays – simply by getting underneath him and driving him with his great lower body strength.

As the drive progressed, it was becoming evident that the Patriots’ legs were getting heavy. As Hillis pounded away, the tone was set – if not finalized – for the remainder of the game.

As for the rest of the line, this was clearly the unit’s best overall performance of the season. Joe Thomas easily contained his side of the line and helped to seal some effective outside runs. Billy Yates proved effective at the point of attack and showed some nice mobility on a first half counter. In particular, the combination of Mack and Yates helped to squeeze the Patriots’ defensive front, allowing Lawrence Vickers room to lead block for Hillis.

Bonus points have to be handed out to Ben Watson and everyone’s favorite 2009 whipping boy Robert Royal. When the Browns went with a two-tight end set, the Patriots’ outside linebackers were swallowed up and some effective cut back lanes opened up.

Perhaps the only negative found up front this past Sunday came with the play of Eric Steinbach, particularly in the first half. In what is becoming a disturbing trend, Steinbach was simply outmuscled – specifically during plays in which he had to quickly engage opposing blockers.

And because I don’t want to evoke any Butch Davis/Pete Garcia memories today, I won’t dwell on that play in which Gerard Warren simply tossed Steinbach aside.

However, being the wily veteran that he is, Steinbach delivered two crushing blocks on counter runs during the fourth quarter. The last of these helped spring Hillis en route to his final signature touchdown.

But of course, the key Sunday remains Mack. Considering the veterans who are currently plugged into the starting line and the idea that opposing defenses are still loading up 7-8 defenders in the box, Mack’s importance to this team is only beginning to grow.

And as Madden noted, recognition may be soon to follow.

Madden Honors Browns Offensive Line
Barry McBride on November 10th, 2010 AT 12:48 PM

Press release just into OBR World Headquarters:



Cleveland Offensive Line Controls Line of Scrimmage In Win Over Patriots; Now In Contention for Madden MVP Award Presented By Prilosec OTC

CINCINNATI, OH (November 10, 2010) – For the second straight game, the Cleveland Browns offense used a poised, confident and physical ground-oriented attack to take down one of the league’s elite teams, earning an impressive 34-14 victory over the New England Patriots Sunday afternoon. The Browns offensive line now joins the list of this year’s contenders for the 2nd annual Madden Most Valuable Protectors Award, presented by Prilosec OTC. The award honors the NFL’s best offensive line and will be presented during the week of Super Bowl XLV which will be played on February 6, 2011 in North Texas.

The Madden Most Valuable Protectors Award recognizes the fundamental role offensive linemen play in their teams’ success by providing consistent and reliable protection day in and day out, just as Prilosec OTC provides 24-hour heartburn protection when used as directed. For more information on the Madden Most Valuable Protectors Award presented by Prilosec OTC, visit www.MaddenProtectorsAward.com.

The Cleveland offensive line is anchored by tackles JOE THOMAS (Wisconsin) and FLOYD WOMACK (Mississippi State). Guards ERIC STEINBACH (Iowa) and BILLY YATES (Texas A&M) provide the interior blocking while center ALEX MACK (California) is in his second season. Rookie guard SHAWN LAUVAO (Arizona State) also saw action Sunday. GEORGE WARHOP is in his 2nd season as the Browns offensive line coach.

Two weeks ago, Cleveland used solid defense and offensive trickery to defeat the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints, 30-17. Sunday, running back PEYTON HILLIS (Arkansas) bulldozed his way to a career-best 184 yards on the ground on a career-high 29 carries to help the Browns defeat the New England Patriots, who entered the contest with the league’s best record. Cleveland’s offensive line was particularly impressive in the second half, with Hillis carrying 18 times for 111 yards and a 35-yard touchdown. Browns quarterback COLT McCOY (Texas) was 14-for-19 for 174 yards and did not commit a turnover. McCoy efficiently directed his team to scoring drives in each of the four quarters to help Cleveland record their most impressive victory of the season. The Browns offensive line was sound throughout the game helping achieve season highs in points (34), first downs (22), total yards (404) and dominate the time of possession (38:08 to 21:52). The Browns offensive line did not allow a sack Sunday and committed just one penalty. Cleveland scored rushing touchdowns in each quarter and added field goals on their first drives of the first and fourth quarters.

“Cleveland’s offense is starting to click now as the line is creating the space needed for Peyton Hillis to pick up big chunks of yards at a time,” said Pro Football Hall of Fame Coach JOHN MADDEN. “You can tell how much the Browns offensive line is growing together and becoming more physical and confident with each passing week in both their run blocking and pass protection.”

Other offensive lines from around the league delivering powerful protection during Week 9 of the season included the GREEN BAY PACKERS (415 total yards, including 277 passing yards and 138 rushing yards); NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (408 yards of total offense including 243 yards passing and 165 rushing yards) and the NEW YORK GIANTS (487 yards of total offense including 290 passing yards).

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Hillis named AFC Offensive Player of the Week
Don Delco on November 10th, 2010 AT 12:17 PM

The player most Browns fans were introduced to on a Saturday night last August, well, the entire league is taking notice.

After Peyton Hillis ran roughshod over the Patriots defense on Sunday, the national pundits began signing his praises and now, so, too, has the NFL.

Hillis was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week for Nov. 7-8, the leauge announced today, after rushing for 184 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries against New England.

Hillis recorded career-high rushing totals of 184 yards, 29 carries and two touchdowns as the Browns defeated the New England Patriots, 34-14, on Sunday at Cleveland Browns Stadium. His rushing performance is the second-highest single-game total in the NFL this season. He also added three receptions for 36 yards for a single-game career-best 220 total yards from scrimmage. The award is the first of his three-year career and he is the first Browns player to be named AFC Offensive Player of the Week since quarterback Derek Anderson was selected during Week 2 of the 2007 season. He is the fourth Browns player and first running back to garner the award since the team returned to action in 1999.

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We’ve got 3 guys we all feel really good about. When all healthy make a decision.

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Seneca limited reps wed. Jake not practicing. St clair limited reps.

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Hillis afc player of week

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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.

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