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Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on Tuesday, March 16, 2010 at 1:19:00 AM

Two Workouts, Visit for RB/WR:…

Two Workouts, Visit for RB/WR: Hot News for WR Dexter McCluster http://bit.ly/9GRxp5


Posted by: Barry McBride
on Tuesday, March 16, 2010 at 1:11:00 AM

More Browns Workout Activity


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on Tuesday, March 16, 2010 at 12:33:00 AM

(Subscriber) What We've Been T…

(Subscriber) What We've Been Told: Brady Quinn's Exit: What was it that caused the team's evaluators to sour on th... http://bit.ly/aak7TT


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on Tuesday, March 16, 2010 at 12:18:00 AM

Holmgren Looks for a Leader: T…

Holmgren Looks for a Leader: The Browns President made it very clear why he felt that Jake Delhomme was the right ... http://bit.ly/b1hjYj


Posted by: Barry McBride
on Tuesday, March 16, 2010 at 12:04:00 AM

Browns Scout WR Donald Jones

Scout.com's Ed Thompson reports that the Browns were among the teams watching as WR Donald Jones worked out for NFL clubs. Check out where Jones lies on Chris Steuber's list of the fifty top receivers available in this year's draft.

The Browns are clearly looking for help in a thin and young group of receivers.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on Monday, March 15, 2010 at 11:41:00 PM

NEW BLOG: Transcript: Eric Man…

NEW BLOG: Transcript: Eric Mangini and Mike Holmgren, 3/15: Browns President Mike Holmgren and Head Coach Eric Man... http://bit.ly/b4ZF7p


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on Monday, March 15, 2010 at 10:12:00 PM

RT @rickys_tweets @TheOBR Pete…

RT @rickys_tweets @TheOBR Peter King also called Hillis the best player in the Denver trade. ==> Hope he's right, but skeptical.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on Monday, March 15, 2010 at 10:07:00 PM

NEW BLOG: Press Release – Br…

NEW BLOG: Press Release – Browns Sign Jake Delhomme: For Immediate Release March 15, 2010 BROWNS SIGN JAKE... http://bit.ly/cdaasi


Posted by: Barry McBride
on Monday, March 15, 2010 at 9:51:00 PM

Tales from the Dork Side

Some stuff I felt the need to let you all in on…

  • Discovered today that our friend Pat McManamon, recently of the Beacon Journal now has his own page on Fanhouse. There's an RSS feed there, too, for you Google Reader types. If you've missed reading Pat's blend of insight, humor, and tell-it-like-(he thinks)-it-ism in the ABJ, scope it out.
  • Zac Jackson, long a mainstay of ClevelandBrowns.com, has joined us in Rupert's World by taking a gig with Fox Sports Ohio. Zac is going to get a chance to spread his wings and take on the Tribe, Cavs and more in addition to the Browns. You can catch him on Twitter at @FSOhioZJackson.
  • We're gearing up to casually reel off another awe-inspiring hour of sonic excellence with the OBR Radio Program, our sporadic attempt at small-scale audio. We're targeting Wednesday at 8PM. Mark your calendars.
  • Interesting document from the Del Duca Sports blog containing the "Workout scores that NFL scouts want to see". I'm not sure how seriously to take it, but it's interesting…
  • We're keeping our old blogs around, for use by fan bloggers like Ace Davis, and for storing documents too long for this blog. An example: Today's press release from the team about the signing of Jake Delhomme.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on Monday, March 15, 2010 at 9:11:00 PM

Greetham: Burn the Ships: Ther…

Greetham: Burn the Ships: There is no question who is in charge in Berea. Mike Holmgren made several surprising an... http://bit.ly/9qJawx


Posted by: OBR Newswire
on Monday, March 15, 2010 at 8:00:00 PM

Latest Links from the OBR Newswire

These are links from the OBR Newswire for March 15th from 13:18 to 19:04:

  • Scout.com - Bills, Rams To Host QB McCoy - It's been a torturous couple of months for Texas quarterback Colt McCoy. After leaving the National Championship Game in the first quarter with a pinched nerve in his throwing shoulder, McCoy has yet to perform in front of scouts.
  • Denver Post - Orton not fretting Quinn trade - Talked to Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton earlier this evening. He's out in Hawaii attending the NFL union meetings. Orton's reaction to the Brady Quinn trade: ""We've made a lot great moves this offseason and this is another one,'' Orton said. ""He's a great player and I'll be happy to work with him.''
  • National Football Post - Ohio State pro day results - More than a dozen former Buckeyes participated in Ohio State's pro day in Columbus this past Friday, with several small-school prospects taking part as well
  • DDN - Quinn Sacrificed in the Name of Progress - So Brady Quinn is gone. Raise your hand if you're surprised. That's what happens when you turn over the front office and the coaching staff every couple of years.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on Monday, March 15, 2010 at 6:37:00 PM

CLE: Veteran QB Officially Sig…

CLE: Veteran QB Officially Signs: Hot News for QB Jake Delhomme http://bit.ly/baiGoJ


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on Monday, March 15, 2010 at 6:06:00 PM

NFL Transaction Wire Blog (3/1…

NFL Transaction Wire Blog (3/15-3/21): The free agency signings have slowed down a bit, but some veterans are find... http://bit.ly/bo2ewz


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on Monday, March 15, 2010 at 5:54:00 PM

(Subscriber) CLE: Veteran QB O…

(Subscriber) CLE: Veteran QB Officially Signs: Hot News for QB Jake Delhomme http://bit.ly/a9a1aO


Posted by: John Taylor
on Monday, March 15, 2010 at 5:39:00 PM

What I Got From The Mike & Eric Show

After watching Mike Holmgren and Eric Mangini – more so Holmgren – weave their verbal magic at the media masses this afternoon, it would not be a stretch in the least to say that the Browns will definitely select a quarterback in the first three rounds of the 2010 NFL draft.  Or they won't.

It would also not be much of a stretch to say that the Browns will definitely select a QB in the first two rounds.  Or they won't.

While it might still be somewhat unlikely that a first-round pick would be spent on a QB, it's less unlikely after today.  In fact, after today, all bets are off when it comes to QBs in the draft, and anyone and everyone with the ability to fling an oblong pigskin will be under consideration.  Or they won't be.

And, given the smoke that's normally wafting around this time of year, that's exactly what Holmgren wants the other 31 teams to have in the back of their mind for the next month and a half, especially when dealing with a team armed with 12 draft picks at the moment.

On a personal level, I will say this: If they come out of this April's draft with a signal caller in the first two rounds, it will make the still-head-scratching signings of Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace a little more palatable.

A little.


Posted by: Fred Greetham
on Monday, March 15, 2010 at 5:14:00 PM

Quick Hits

-- Holmgren said that the quarterback dilemma was something he has struggled with since taking the job with the Browns.

"It was on my mind constantly and how it was going to come down."

-- Holmgren said that Delhomme was not promised a starting job.

"When guys are brought in, they are not promised a starting job. We have an idea of what could happen, but Jake Delhomme has not been promised a starting job," Holmgren said. "That would be unfair to Seneca or other guys. That's a philosophy we have."

-- Holmgren said Delhomme wasn't brought in to be a mentor to a young quarterback.

"We talked to him about being the player we want him to be we want him to win games for us," Holmgren said.

-- Holmgren said that the Browns explored a lot of different options at quarterback and feel they made the best decision they could.

"Any time when you're kicking tires, you have to see what it will cost you," Holmgren said. " said. "We had to do our due diligence, even if it sounded a little screwy."

-- Holmgren said the Browns haven't evaluated the quarterbacks to the point in this year's draft to decide to try and get any one in particular.

"If you believe the guy is your guy, you take him," he said. "If you decide to play a rookie quarterback, the team will have a lot to do with how that guy will do."

-- Holmgren said that all of the decisions that have been made have been done as a group.

"We've done it together and have done what we thought was best for the Cleveland Browns," Holmgren said.

-- Holmgren said he thinks the flurry of moves might quiet down.

"I don't anticipate a lot more taking place,"  he said. "We have the draft coming up."

-- Mangini said there are more players taking place in the off-season workouts than a year ago, although he declined to give a number.

"We had more guys than last year and will have more next week," Mangini said. "It was fun to see them all again and getting the juices going again."


Posted by: Fred Greetham
on Monday, March 15, 2010 at 4:46:00 PM

Holmgren Likes Bradford

Holmgren said that he likes QB Sam Bradford and didn't rule out trading up or trading down. "We have what 12 picks," he said. "We could do a lot of things." Holmgren made it sound like the Browns will select a quarterback to groom somewhere in this draft. He has used mid to lower round picks to develop a young quarterback. He said that by signing Delhomme for two years, it is 'obvious what we're looking to do.'


Posted by: Fred Greetham
on Monday, March 15, 2010 at 4:42:00 PM

More on the QBS

Holmgren said he doesn't look at Seneca Wallace and Jake Delhomme as a career backup and an aging veteran.He said that he feels that Delhomme can step in and be the leader the Browns need. "This team doesn't need an aging veteran," Holmgren said. "It needs a leader to grab the role and have the team rally around him." On Wallace. "Seneca was a player I've had for a long time and know him quite well," he said. "He's a good player and I think you'll see that." Holmgren said that he asked Delhomme what happened last year. "He has been very candid," he said. "This was not a physical reason and if there was, I don't think you do it. We have a fine coach and a fine staff." Holmgren said he is confident that Delhomme will rebound. "I have a lot of confidence in him," Holmgren said. "We signed him for two years and I think you can see what we're trying to do." Holmgren said the moves were based on a consensus basis. "I had last season and that's what I had to go on, and it looked like (the quarterbacks) were struggling," he said. "When they play the way they play, it's hard to win football games. "It wasn't just me," Holmgren said. "Eric, Tom Heckert. There were five guys in there talking through these situations.


Posted by: Fred Greetham
on Monday, March 15, 2010 at 4:33:00 PM

Why Trade Wimbley?

Holmgren said that there was a lot of interest in Kamerion Wimbley and the Browns were in a position to try and look at all their options. "The challenge was to look at everything and people came to us about this young man," Holmgren said. Mangini said that he sees the Browns deep at outside linebacker. Skeptics might not agree as the team was lead by Wimbley with 6.5 sacks. "Kam is a player I really enjoyed working with," he said. "He's a team player and we have a lot of areas to address. When you look at the outside linebacker position, I thought we were deep there and have a lot of candidates that could play there."


Posted by: Fred Greetham
on Monday, March 15, 2010 at 4:27:00 PM

Quarterback Situation: A collective decision

Eric Mangini and Mike Holmgren said it was a collective decision to go in the direction at quarterback that they did. "We looked at all different things in making the decision and it was a collective decision," Mangini said. "We thought it was the best one for us at this time." Holmgren said it was the most important area of discussion since he's been in Cleveland. "It probably has been the area that we've spent the most time one," Holmgren said. "I didnt get a good enough chance to meet with them. We all came to the same conclusion that we couldn't go into the season the same way we did last season. "Derek came into play because of the roster bonus." Holmgren said they didn't think Delhomme would be avaialable. "Quite honestly, we didn't expect Jake to be released," Holmgren said "One of the areas we looked at was a veteran quarterback who had done it that could come in and bring some stability." Holmgren said that Quinn wasn't given a fair chance to show what he could do. "Twelve games is not enough time and it's probably not fair," Holmgren said. "It's unfortunate, but as a coaching staff you kind of know where it's headed, but sometimes you have to make a decision. "Sometimes, it's better for every one to have a fresh start," Holmgren said. "Once the word got out about signing Delhomme, it limited some of the trade opportunities. In fairness to Brady, that's why we did it now." Holmgren an Mangini both are convinced that Delhomme just had a bad year and think he will rebound in 2010. "In Jake's career, he had a pretty good career and then had a really bad year last year," Holmgren said. "So did I." "His completion percentage over the years has been very good," Mangini said. "Guys do have bad years, but he has been consistent over his career."


Posted by: Fred Greetham
on Monday, March 15, 2010 at 4:12:00 PM

Not Yet

The Holmgren/Mangini press conference has not begun as of 4:12 p.m.


Posted by: Fred Greetham
on Monday, March 15, 2010 at 3:57:00 PM

Delhomme Signed

Prior to Mike Holmgren and Eric Mangini's address with the media, the Browns PR staff passed out a press release announcing that QB Jake Delhomme had officially signed a multi-year contract. No terms were disclosed.


Posted by: Barry McBride
on Monday, March 15, 2010 at 2:52:00 PM

YinzerWatch: Big Ben Missing from Off-Season Workouts

Ben Roethlisberger, who an unnamed webdork toiling for one of the Steelers rivals almost always refers to as "Roethlisbonehead", is not at the team's off-season workouts which started today.

While a number of RFAs are cranky and not in attendance throughout the league, the Steelers QB absence is more likely to be tied to an investigation about some alleged sexual assault in the great state of Georgia.

The Yinzers have brought back Randle El and Ryan Clark this year. **Yawn**. They did sign Hampton to a long-term contract, which was a decent move, and Will Allen did alright for Tampa Bay. But Jonathan Scott? Arnaz Battle? Whatever.

But this is the big story. Roethlisberger's situation has to be a big dark cloud hanging over the team.

For Browns fans unhappy about this off-season so far, at least you can be sure that there's not a lot of great news showing up two hours east of us, either.


Posted by: Fred Greetham
on Monday, March 15, 2010 at 2:49:00 PM

Delhomme Sighting

Newly added QB Jake Delhomme was seen at Browns headquarters in Berea. It is assumed he was getting his physical and signing his contract with the team. Team president Mike Holmgren and Eric Mangini are meeting with the media at 4 p.m. Stay tuned as we'll instantly put breaking news on the OBR Blog.


Posted by: Barry McBride
on Monday, March 15, 2010 at 1:49:00 PM

Browns to Work out S Earl Thomas

Scout.com's Chris Steuber tells the OBR that the Browns will be at the University of Texas to work out Earl Thomas on April 5th.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on Monday, March 15, 2010 at 1:43:00 PM

Here's the right link for Fred…

Here's the right link for Fred and Munch on ESPN2: http://ow.ly/1lcRt


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on Monday, March 15, 2010 at 1:25:00 PM

Fred Greetham, knower of Brown…

Fred Greetham, knower of Browns facts and forest terror, will be talking Browns with Munch on WKNR2 shortly. Listen here: http://ow.ly/1lcjU


Posted by: OBR Newswire
on Monday, March 15, 2010 at 1:07:00 PM

Latest Links from the OBR Newswire

These are links from the OBR Newswire for March 15th from 11:31 to 13:03:

  • News-Herald - Bye, Brady: Browns trade Quinn to Denver, Wimbley to Raiders - The Brady Quinn era with the Browns, which never really began, came to an unceremonious end Sunday after three years of frustration, injuries and mostly standing on the sideline watching someone else play quarterback.
  • The Chronicle-Telegram - Talent Never Matched Quinn's Hype - How the mighty have fallen. Quinn isn't even a Brown anymore, as he was shipped Sunday to Denver for backup running back Peyton Hillis and two future draft picks. Not much of a haul for a supposed big-time quarterback.
  • The Chronicle-Telegram - Quinn Sent to Denver, Wimbley to Oakland - Brady Quinn never got the chance he thought he deserved with his beloved Browns. Nor the opportunity normally given to someone who entered the NFL with such fanfare.
  • Contra Costa Times - Raiders acquire Wimbley - Adam Caplan of Scout.com is reporting the Raiders have traded for linebacker Kamerion Wimbley for an undisclosed draft pick. No confirmations yet from the Raiders or Browns, but multiple outlets are now reporting this story.
  • ABJ - Trades send Quinn, Wimbley packing - But the housecleaning that began Tuesday with the release of quarterback Derek Anderson took a surprising turn Sunday, when two former first-round draft picks were traded.
  • ABJ - Hard to see deals making Browns better - But above all else, the Browns' trades of quarterback Brady Quinn to the Denver Broncos and linebacker Kamerion Wimbley to the Oakland Raiders look like a complete repudiation of the regime of General Manager Phil Savage and coach Romeo Crennel.
  • AP - Quinn's status as a Broncos starter still is unsure - Brady Quinn will get a chance to start over in Denver. Whether he'll get to start is up in the air.
  • Cleveland Frowns - Cleveland's Quarterback: Jake Delhomme - It's not necessarily inconsistent to be unsure that Brady Quinn couldn't be the guy here in Cleveland, but also unsure enough that he could be to conclude that the best option is just to give everyone a fresh start, especially with a suitable replacement available.
  • Plain Dealer - Pluto: Cleveland Browns prompt plenty of questions - I've said that more than once in the last few days. Let's start with what dumping Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson means, besides the coming of Jake Delhomme. I am OK with deciding the start-over at quarterback. No matter how I try to like it, I can't buy into the signing of the 35-year-old Delhomme.
  • DDN - Browns trade Quinn to Denver - Quinn, the former Notre Dame quarterback who endured three frustrating seasons with the Cleveland Browns after being a first-round draft pick, was traded today, March 14, to the Denver Broncos for running back Peyton Hillis and two undisclosed draft choices.
  • Official Site - Hillis, two picks acquired for Quinn - Late Sunday afternoon, the Browns announced the trade of quarterback Brady Quinn to the Broncos for the rights to fullback Peyton Hillis and two future undisclosed draft picks.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on Monday, March 15, 2010 at 1:01:00 PM

NEW BLOG: Pairing the roster: …

NEW BLOG: Pairing the roster: Dizzy from the swirl of off-season transactions? The helpful handle I grab is to ma... http://bit.ly/coNoou


Posted by: Barry McBride
on Monday, March 15, 2010 at 12:49:00 PM

6PM: The Wisdom of John Taylor

The OBR's John Taylor will be on ESPN 1420 in St. Augustine, Florida at 6PM to talk about the Browns weekend moves with Charlie Bernstein, who also writes for the terrific JagNation.com.

You can listen live right here.


Posted by: Barry McBride
on Monday, March 15, 2010 at 10:56:00 AM

Browns to talk to Media at 4PM

The Browns have just announced that Mike Holmgren and Eric Mangini will be available to the media today at 4PM in Berea. The OBR's Fred Greetham will be there and his updates will show up in this blog during the press conference.

See you then!


Posted by: Barry McBride
on Monday, March 15, 2010 at 10:47:00 AM

Some Other Views of Jake Delhomme

Our bro Peter over at Cleveland Frowns has talked to some Panthers bloggers about Jake Delhomme, and their takes may pleasantly surprise folks (like myself) still a little unenthused about the Delhomme trade. Click here to check it out. Good job Peter!


Posted by: Barry McBride
on Monday, March 15, 2010 at 10:36:00 AM

An Interesting Name at WR

John Taylor offers up some previously-unheard info for subscribers in the OBR Insider Blog.

If you want something radically different from the same-old local sports coverage – writers who answer your questions, talk to you directly, and dig for every scrap of inside buzz they can get – sign up here.


Posted by: Barry McBride
on Monday, March 15, 2010 at 10:01:00 AM

Fred Greetham Explains It All

Look for Fred once again today on "Lunch with Munch" on WKNR2. He should be on around 1:30PM… you can listen in here and call the station at 216-583-9527 to talk to Munch and Fred.


Posted by: OBR Newswire
on Monday, March 15, 2010 at 12:00:00 AM

Latest Links from the OBR Newswire

These are links from the OBR Newswire for March 14th from 13:44 to 23:29:


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