OBR Daily Blog 1/19

Holy cow! Did you catch Al Davis' press conference? You can't even make that stuff up!

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(Subscriber) The View from St. Louis: Rams guru Howard Balzer talks to the OBR about what Browns fans can expect… http://bit.ly/erLmw3

Browns Sign Two Players
Dave Kolonich on January 19th, 2011 AT 3:35 PM

Press Release From the Cleveland Browns…


The Cleveland Browns today signed the following players to reserve/future contracts for the 2011 season.

Auston English               LB               6-3           250 
College: Oklahoma

Rod Windsor                  WR              6-2           205 
College: Western New Mexico

After signing as an undrafted free agent, English spent the 2010 offseason with the Browns before being waived on June 17. Windsor spent one week on the Browns’ practice squad in 2010.

Peyton Hillis on the Dan Patrick Show
Dave Kolonich on January 19th, 2011 AT 2:39 PM

Sports Radio Interviews.com – Peyton Hillis on Dan Patrick Show

What happened that made you in expendable in Denver? Who made that decision?

"To tell you the truth I have no idea. I wouldn't know and when I left Denver I start new and fresh. I really didn't care to know. I don't know how all that went down. I think there was a lot of turmoil there anyway. I really didn't try to get into it."

Were you angry at the Denver Broncos at all?

"You know at first I was, but then you know I tried to create a new start in Cleveland. You know I kept praying that the good lord would send me to a place I would enjoy and people would want to use me and like me for the talents that I had. It looks like I got that there in Cleveland."

Do you understand the whole novelty of being a white running back in the NFL?

"No sir I don't. I try not be covenant to it. You know I just like to go out there and play my hardest because I know a lot of people don't have a lot faith in me and even if you have a good year or a bad year there still going to criticize you and say you're not good enough. It just gives me the motivation to go out there and do better."

If you look at history there are few white running backs who rush for 1,000 yards. It's a novel story:

"Yes sir. Well you know since the season is over I haven't heard too much about it, but you know during the season people would come to me and tell me how exciting it was to see that. It made me happy to know that first and foremost the good lord put me in the position to do it. Secondly, that I could give people hope. Just having that and hearing peoples mind and what they really think is huge to me."

You face a lot of grief and trashing talking in the NFL. What do the players say to you on teams like the New York Jets? Pittsburgh Steelers?

"Yes every team did. You know they'll say "You white boy you ain't gonna run on us today. This is ridiculous why are you giving offensive lineman the ball?" You know all kinds of stuff like that you hear on the field, but I use that to my advantage. I kind of soaked it in, ate it up a little bit because I enjoyed it."

The best nickname for you that I heard was "The Avalanche:

"You know I heard a lot of different nicknames. I heard that one. You know I heard "White Rhino." I heard, crap, umm… "Chuck Norris," ah heck, I've heard it all. I kind of look down on that one just because you look at him as a overachiever. I didn't enjoy that one too much. I really haven't looked into. Whatever people want to think of me as I'll just let of them think it as that way. You know I just never got into nicknames much."


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Fred live on dsn.com now

NFL Network’s La Canfora: Musgrave Browns O-coordinator
Don Delco on January 19th, 2011 AT 11:56 AM

Per Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network, Atlanta Falcons quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave is expected to be the Browns new offensive coordinator.

Story here.

Musgrave also served as the Falcons assistant head coach and he has experience in the West Coast offense. His duties with the Browns will not involve calling plays, but instead working and developing quarterback Colt McCoy.

Musgrave, who interviewed Tuesday in Cleveland, has served as a quarterbacks coach for the Redskins in 2005, the Raiders in 1997, and he has been an offensive coordinator with the Jaguars (2003-04), Panthers (2000) and Eagles (1998). He also was the offensive coordinator at the University of Virginia (2001-02).

Jauron’s Defensive Stats Uninspiring
Barry McBride on January 19th, 2011 AT 10:17 AM

Despite an impressive resume and a top-flight reputation around the league, a link from our friend Jon at Patriots Insider left me a little bit uninspired this morning. Dick Jauron is also a candidate to take over as defensive coordinator in Philadelphia as well, and Philly.com took a look at how his teams ranked over the years.

His teams overall performance against the league when he was a defensive coordinator doesn’t really scream out “Best in Class”

YPG PPG YPP 3rd down Takeaways
1995 21st 28th 23rd 29th 24
1996 15th 19th 21st 29th 27
1997 23rd 15th 21st 30th 29
1998 25th 17th 23rd 11th 30
2004 22nd 18th 10th 28th 24

Read more of the analysis over at Philly.com. Not sure these stats will sell a lot of season tickets. 

Latest Links from the OBR Newswire
OBR Newswire on January 19th, 2011 AT 10:00 AM

These are links from the OBR Newswire for January 19th from 09:24 to 09:26:

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Offseason To-Do List: O-line: While adding some offensive playmakers is a top priority this offseason, the offen… http://bit.ly/dSonxO

Browns Show More E-W Shrine Game Interest
Don Delco on January 19th, 2011 AT 7:12 AM

The Browns held talks with two more players at this week’s East-West Shrine Game practice, according to an OBR source. Yesterday, we reported the Browns met with North Carolina defensive tackle Marvin Austin and Central Florida defensive end Bruce Miller.

In addition, the Browns also talked with Utah guard Caleb Schlauderaff and Arizona defensive end Ricky Elmore.

Schlauderaff (6-foot-4, 302 pounds) was named to The Associated Press All-American third team. He spent last spring at left tackle because of injuries, but he returned to guard before the season where he excelled for Utah. After redshirting his freshman year of 2006, Schlauderaff played in all 13 games in 2007, and started every game since.

Elmore (6-5, 260) led the Pac-10 in sacks (11) and finished six in the conference with 13 tackles for a loss, but for the second consecutive season he was not on the All-Pac-10 team. For his career at Arizona, Elmore finished with 27.5 sacks and 34 tackles for a loss.

If you’re keeping score, the Browns have talked to three, pass-rushing defensive linemen and a guard at the 86th annual East-West Shrine game, which will be played 4 p.m. Saturday at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando. Click HERE for the rosters.

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