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Posted by: OBR Newswire
on Friday, March 19, 2010 at 7:00:00 PM

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Posted by: Barry McBride
on Friday, March 19, 2010 at 6:58:00 PM

Friday Night Reads: LaCanfora Calls Schein a Ninny

NFL.com's replacement for the Schefter-bot pens just one of this afternoon's stories worth reading.

BROWNS AMONG OFF-SEASON LOSERS? Of course, NFL.com reporter didn't just come right out and call Fox Sports / Sirius NFL sports commentator Adam Schein a ninny, but he didn't really have to.

All he had to do is sky over the volleyball net and spike Schein's "Browns have had good off-season" serve (linked below) right back at him. And he did so here, saying that "the deals given to Scott Fujita and Tony Pashos were eye-popping and shocked many around the league". LaCanfora spewed skepticism all over the Browns off-season, and it's going to take days to clean it off.  LaCanfora lists the Browns as one of four off-season NFL losers.

TEBOW ENTRANCES HOLMGREN: "Taylor S" pointed us to this story by Aaron Oberlin in the Tampa Tribune's "Gator Report". Sounding a little snarky, Oberlin claimed that the Browns "must have made up more than half" of the nearly 100 scouts, coaches, and team administrators watching Tebow walk on water the field to show his new motion. The entry really gives the impression the Browns were hypnotized by Tebow on Wednesday. Thanks for the heads-up Taylor!

INSERT "TOKING" JOKE HERE: The Browns paid close attention to LaGarrette Blount at the Senior Bowl and they did again yesterday at Oregon's Pro Day. The running back blazed to 4.54 40 and generally looked pretty good. Like vintners with California Wine and the Browns with PAC-10 running backs, Cleveland may plan to draft Blount and then let him age in a cellar for three years before breaking him out.

ALL MOD KONZ: Remember when the Cleveland Browns were the only team to show up for Kent State's Pro Day? It's strange, given that the school has given the NFL Antonio Gates and Josh Cribbs in recent years. National Football Post's Wes Bunting writes about Konz and speculates that interest in the tight end is far greater than the Browns solo attendance at Kent's Pro Day would indicate.

LOCAL WRITING: Pat McManamon, now of Fanhouse, writes a nice non-Browns column about the hidden meaning behind the Bills sending season ticket holders a photo of a Bills punt during the most horrifyingly dull game in NFL history.

Meanwhile, Terry Pluto looks for help writing a book about the Browns, but don't look to get a cut of the royalties. Pluto intends to title the sure-to-be-good book as "What I've Learned from Watching the Browns". Pluto will give you an autographed copy of the book, and you can hock that for probably $8 at Half-Price Books. So that's something.

More ominously, however, Pluto's working title may mean the end of his Plain Dealer career.PD headline guidelines clearly state that the title must read something like: "Hey Fans! Terry's Writin' about Learnin' From Them Cleveland Browns and ex-Quarterback Bernie Kosar, Team President Mike Holmgren, Head Coach Eric Mangini, WR Josh Cribbs, QB Jake Delhomme and Other Members of the Cleveland Browns NFL Football Team. Ya'll".

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Posted by: Barry McBride
on Friday, March 19, 2010 at 4:33:00 PM

Subscribers: Another Obscure Player of Interest

Scout.com's Chris Steuber clues us in on another small-school player the Browns have been paying close attention to via the Insider Blog. He got put through his paces by one of the Browns position coaches in person.

If you're surprised to hear this name over draft weekend, we ain't taking the rap.

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Friday, March 19, 2010 at 4:20:00 PM

Browns to Work Out CB Robinson

So, I had this posted a couple of hours ago, but overwrote it while testing the new direct URL linking hoo-hah (technical term).

Anyhow, if you didn't see it that time, here it is:

You'll notice below that we discussed the Browns interest in CB Patrick Robinson of Florida State. Clearly, they're very interested as Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post has informed the OBR that Robinson has scheduled a workout with the Browns on 3/23.

Keep an eye on Aaron's amazing NFP blog for more details on which other teams have scheduled workouts with the cornerback. I'd look for San Francisco to be on that list.

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Huh? Weird. I actually wrote some code that worked. Next step is to try to ram it through bit.ly I guess. Naaah. It's beer time.

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Friday, March 19, 2010 at 3:10:00 PM

I'm Tryin. I'm Tryin.

This is a test post to see if my new code pointing Tweets back to the actual blog article rather than the front page works.

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Friday, March 19, 2010 at 2:05:00 PM

Sobo Talks Sleepers

Alright, I admit it. This post partially exists so that I can test some new code that replaces the URL in Daily Blog tweets with the precise URL of the blog article rather than a pointer to the front page. No one will be more surprised than me if it works.

But it's also here to point subscribers to a thread in the Tap Room where Sobo is talking about draft sleepers.

We're not talking about the "sleepers" that will be showing up a lot in articles the next couple of week. Fourth or fifth rounders, in other words. Nope. These are deeeeeeep sleepers found deep in the sixth and seventh rounds from schools you may never have heard of. Check it out.

Posted by: John Taylor
on Friday, March 19, 2010 at 12:58:00 PM

Seminoles get once-over from Browns

Armed with 12 picks in the 2010 draft, the Browns have been hitting the Pro Days hard and heavy in search of anyone and everyone who can help turn around the organization.

Thursday was no exception as, in addition to the Pro Days at Middle Tennessee State and West Virginia that we had previously noted, a Cleveland mini-contingent was in Tallahassee giving a look-see at various former Seminoles.

Not only were the Browns one of 23 teams represented per Scout.com's Chris Steuber, they were one of eight teams to have at least two representatives in attendance.

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Friday, March 19, 2010 at 9:57:00 AM

Shocker! Top CB Works Out; Browns Are There

Once again, we find the Cleveland Browns playing close attention as one of the draft's top defensive backs works out.

There's no surprise (or shame) in this, as we've seen the team attend every workout of a top safety or corner so far this year.

This time out, the defensive back in question is CB Patrick Robinson of Florida State, who worked out at the team's Pro Day day yesterday in Tallahassee. Scout.com has Robinson as the fourth-best corner available, trailing only Joe Haden, Devin McCourtry, and Kyle Wilson.

Per unparalleled Pro Day obsessive Chris Steuber, 23 teams attended the event, with San Francisco sending head coach Mike Singletary and DB coach Vance Joseph to study every move that Robinson made.

As for the Browns, we know that they were one of 23 teams there, and one of just eight who sent multiple representatives armed with stopwatches and strict instructions to return with the 411 needed to stack the draft board.

Another player of interest was OLB Dekoda Watson, who Steuber ranks as the 12th-best outside linebacker available in the draft.

Robinson clocked a 4.38 in the 40, which won't hurt his draft status, and Watson clocked a 4.40.

Robinson looks set to go late in the first or early in the second. Robinson prefers the former, and the Browns might have an interest in the latter:

"That would mean a lot to me, to be a first-rounder", Robinson said via an FSU press release. "The last first-rounder we had was Lawrence Timmons in 2006 or 2007. I'm trying to end that drought and be another Florida State first-rounder… I was definitely trying to get under a 4.4. I did 4.38 and I'm satisfied with what I ran today."

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Posted by: Barry McBride
on Friday, March 19, 2010 at 8:04:00 AM

Adam Schein Thinks the Browns Are Better

Fox Sports' Adam Schein thinks the Browns have become a better team already this off-season. Here's his take:

Posted by: OBR Newswire
on Friday, March 19, 2010 at 8:00:00 AM

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Posted by: John Taylor
on Friday, March 19, 2010 at 12:45:00 AM

Interesting RB draft news

Things that make ya go, hmmm…

Scout.com's Chris Steuber has dropped the following very intriguing nugget into the lap of theOBR regarding Fresno State running back Ryan Mathews:

I know it's been reported that A.J. Smith (Chargers GM) attended Wednesday's Fresno State Pro Day, but there were a couple of running back coaches in attendance, as well as another high ranking executive.

Cleveland Browns RB Coach Gary Brown and Cincinnati Bengals RB Coach Jim Anderson were in attendance watching Ryan Mathews and Lonyae Miller. St. Louis Rams Director of Player Personnel Lawrence McCutcheon was also at the Pro Day, and I'm told he was focused on WR Seyi Ajirotutu and CB A.J. Jefferson.

Mathews, the nation's leading rusher in 2009 – yes, the former Bulldog averaged 150.7 YPG, compared to Toby Gerhart's 143.9 and Dion Lewis' 138.4 – is a 5-11, 220-pounder who is very quickly rising up the draft charts and will likely not be available once you get past the first round.

Again, hmmm

Posted by: OBR Newswire
on Friday, March 19, 2010 at 12:00:00 AM

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Posted by: Barry McBride
on Thursday, March 18, 2010 at 9:08:00 PM

Browns After Eagle's Gocong?

For a new General Manager, Tom Heckert has been somewhat lax in bringing over tons of players he likes from his old team. Anyone who had seen the flood of Giants following Belichick, Jets following Mangini, and guys-he-couldn't-recruit-in-high-school following Davis couldn't help but expect to see a flock of Eagles flying in.

We may have some opportunities of that type beginning to appear (newly available Shawn Andrews, anyone?) in the low-key personage of LB Chris Gocong.

The rumor appeared first, to our knowledge, in an Eagles blog called "Eagles Blitz". Before you wave it off as a fanboy invention, though, understand that this blog is written by a part-time contributor to the Eagles official site. So, maybe…f

Is there anything to it? We've already jumped on it for subscribers in the Insider Blog, which is where you can find Lane Adkins' 411 on it. 

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Thursday, March 18, 2010 at 9:00:00 PM

Tales from the Dork Side

Miscellaneous notes from the land o' OBR on a beautiful Thursday evening here in Cleveland. 

  • We've updated the Free Agent Database with the latest moves, including the player purge in Philly that has made Shawn Andrews and Kevin Curtis available. Plus we've accounted for the retirement of Jon Runyan and trade of Charlie Whitehurst. Adam Caplan and I are deeply obsessive about maintaining this thing. It might not be completely healthy, frankly. Someone needs to have an intervention.
  • We haven't posted it on the front page yet, but Greg at Prime Sports Network has both Windows Media and MP3 versions of last night's sonic OBR brilliance posted. I think we kept the on-air belching down pretty well last night, considering what day it was. Professionalism = us.
  • In case anyone's tracking it, Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter is expensive but also "da bomb", as the kids say.
  • For the record, the notion that Jake Delhomme was signed as a precursor to hiring John Fox next year is one of the stupidest things I've ever heard. Well, perhaps that's hyperbole… I've been covering sports for a decade, so I've heard a lot of really stupid things. Still, that's really pushing it, unnamed gigantic sports network with a rigid top-down management structure. Please stop.
  • Updating a previous story, Taylor's brand new iPhone works now, and he's giddy with techno-joy. When last seen, he was calling Chloe O'Brien and demanding that she download the Library of Congress to his cell along with the satellite feed of Lou Groza Blvd in Berea. For the record, he didn't have time explain why, she just needs to do it now

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