OBR Daily Blog: 3/21/2010

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Posted by: Barry McBride
on Sunday, March 21, 2010 at 9:33:00 PM

Holmgren Hedges About an Early QB Pick

There aren't many newspapers still able to fly their team reporters off to places like Orlando to cover an event as typically local news-free as an owner's meeting, but the Cleveland Plain Dealer is one of them.

In return for their money, the Plain Dealer got Mike Holmgren to talk a little bit about quarterbacks, and he suggested that the team likely isn't going to use a pick in the first or second round to select a QB.

Naturally, Holmgren didn't rule out trading up to take Sam Bradford, or trading back into the second round to grab a quarterback they might like, such as Colt McCoy or Tim Tebow. Taken at his word, though, Holmgren seemed to be indicating that the mid-to-late rounds are where the team would snag a QB.

The team's president also confirmed that the Browns are not that high on Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen, as reported on the OBR several weeks ago.

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Sunday, March 21, 2010 at 7:58:00 PM

It's 7:45PM and the Eagles Have Gotten on my Nerves

I'm finally through with the City of Philadelphia and their "Eagles" football franchise.

No, it's not memories of having to travel there all the time for work in 1998. It's not how they drafted Donovan McNabb after our pick and got their franchise quarterback for a decade while we got TIMMAH! It's not even the annoying tease of Andy Reid dangling quarterbacks at Browns fans and then yoinking them back as soon as anyone expresses interest.

Nope. Not all that. What's annoying me is this missive from Scout.com's Ed Thompson:

"LSU RB Charles Scott now has an official visit with the Eagles in addition to his workout with the Browns."

Since the Eagles failed to suck last season, they are drafting 24th this year, lurking about 14 spots ahead of the Browns. Just there, lurking, waiting to take our running back the we noticed first.

I've had it with them. Just had it. Camel's back, meet some more straw.

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Sunday, March 21, 2010 at 7:22:00 PM

Delhomme = Anderception? Not So Fast…

It might be the eternal "grabbing at straws" type of optimism I've developed over a lifetime of following the Browns, but I admit to zeroing in on a comment Lane Adkins made last week – either in ATI or in our podcast – about Jake Delhomme's 2009 interceptions being largely the fault of his receivers.

A short-to-medium range thrower, Delhomme relies a great deal on things like receivers gaining leverage on defenders on slant patterns and being where they need to be when the ball arrives. If that doesn't happen, well, bad things occur.

It caught my attention again when Chris from Louisville tipped the webmonkey on to a Terry Pluto column earlier where the columnist relayed the following:

A closer look shows that the Browns have a good chance of improving their interception total with Delhomme under center. Only five of Delhomme's picks last season were due to a bad decision on his part. Most of the others came as a result of tipped, dropped or inaccurate passes. That compares quite well to the seven interceptions that Quinn and Anderson threw as a result of bad decisions.

I wrote Terry asking where he got those numbers, and he was kind enough to reply back, pointing to "Football Scientist" KC Joyner as the source of the numbers.

So, we're up to three football guys I had a high regard for: The OBR's Adkins, PD's Pluto, and ESPN's Joyner, all echoing the same thing.

Maybe I don't feel as bad about this signing as I did last week.

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Sunday, March 21, 2010 at 3:08:00 PM

Iupati's Getting a Lot of Attention

Scout.com's Chris Steuber reports on Idaho OG Mike Iupati and his very full dance card.

Naturally, the offensive guard has the attention of the Browns, but has also attracted workouts from a number of other teams. No less than fifteen, in fact.

With a little over a month to go before the NFL draft, the offensive lineman appears to be moving up draft boards and farther away from where the Browns might be able to trade up to get him.

You may begin cursing now.

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Posted by: Barry McBride
on Sunday, March 21, 2010 at 1:28:00 PM

Your Guide to the NFL Lockout, Volume 1

Today in the Boston Globe, we got to read Patriots owner Bob Kraft saying the following:

"Probably the most important thing about this league meeting that's different than other years is that we continue to have a very united ownership. This is my 17th season, and I've never seen ownership as united on any issue as we are on this issue. We have a great sport, and we have to be smart enough to allow the league to grow for the players and the fans."

You may be asking yourself what the hell he's talking about. Well, given our experiences in the mid-1990s, we Clevelanders have built up a tremendous knowledgebase of NFL-owner-to-English translation capabilities. Here's what Kraft is saying, in English:

"What's truly awesome is that even the stupidest NFL owners are convinced that we need to push the players to the wall as soon as the season is over. Usually, there's some bonehead more focused on fans and the sport than money. Not this time. We're going to force the union to kneel before us, give back some of their money, and use that cash to push our pro football monopoly relentlessly into every possible horizontal market we can."

Bob Kraft is influential, for sure, and runs one of the NFL's great money machines. He voted for Art Modell to move the team in 1995, and used the example of Cleveland to force a palatial new stadium to be built for his Patriots. Remember him well.

It doesn't matter how many websites the NFL builds, what propaganda their media holdings spew, or anything else. What matters is that the owners have decided that they're going to force chaos and a potentially destroyed 2011 season down our throats so that they can have a larger slice of the pie, and give the players a smaller one.

Am I angry that they're doing this? You bet. A work stoppage would have a devastating effect on myself, all the OBR employees, and our families. If the 2011 season is destroyed, how many Browns fans will walk away from the team, forever? They're barely holding on after 15 years of backstabbing and bad football as it is.

Ignore the B.S. – there will be a lot of it – and focus on what the owners do, not what they say. This is all about money. The owners want to spend less of it and keep more. You and I don't matter. We've seen all of this before.

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Sunday, March 21, 2010 at 9:23:00 AM

Muncher Still Spews Out Haden

Changes typically come slowly to the Mock Draft Muncher, an app which is pretty well-hidden here on Scout, but which we've been diligently updating, nonetheless.

Since mock drafters have a tendency to read and follow each other at this point in the off-season, the general consensus tends to change in waves. And like a wave slowly rolling in, we've seen increased speculation that Eric Berry will somehow slide to the Browns at pick seven.

What you see above is the chart of Browns picks. The (x) horizontal axis is the day (from the end of January until now) and the vertical (y) axis is the number of mock drafts picking a particular player. The black line represents the number of mocks picking Haden, the red line indicates the number of mocks picking Berry.

So, as you can see, there's been a steady rise in the number of mock drafts who think that Berry will somehow slip to the Browns at the seventh spot. Berry, a guy we've been pimping since last season, clearly fits a need for the Browns, and there's no lack of consensus that the team would love to have him.

Increasingly, in the minds of mock drafters at least, the possibility of landing the Tennessee safety seems real. But the majority continue to insist that CB Joe Haden will be the pick next month.

Posted by: OBR Newswire
on Sunday, March 21, 2010 at 9:00:00 AM

Latest Links from the OBR Newswire

These are links from the OBR Newswire for March 21st from 08:30 to 08:37:

  • ESPN - A look at NFL owners meetings agenda - The meeting will be dominated by the first upcoming uncapped season in nearly two decadeds and the collective bargaining agreement that's scheduled to expire in 2011. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will update the owners on where they are in the process and exchange ideas on their strategy moving forward.
  • Associated Press - Roethlisberger's status concerns Tomlin - Coach Mike Tomlin admits to anxiety over the sexual-assault allegation against Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
  • Plain Dealer - Tony Grossi Q-and-A Column - hey have to draft a playmaker on defense. That's why I think Eric Berry is a better choice than Joe Haden. All things being equal -- no injury situations, no background check red flares, etc. -- I would consider trading up a notch or two to select Berry.
  • Plain Dealer - Terry Pluto Sunday Column - Remember when Jerome Harrison would play a bit, show real flashes, and then sit? Remember when some Browns fans wanted him to play more, and how they wondered how a guy who came into 2009 averaging 5.8 yards per carry (yes, limited duty), was being ignored? That's how Denver fans felt about Peyton Hillis.

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Posted by: OBR Newswire
on Saturday, March 20, 2010 at 10:00:00 PM

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