OBR Daily Blog: 3/22/2010

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Posted on Twitter at: 7:48:00 AM
We put our faith in Blast Hardcheese! RT @CoachA12 I respect Punch Rockgroin's opinion more than Blast Hardcheese personally. #mst3k

Posted on Twitter at: 7:46:00 AM
RT @tomecurran My sense of Tim Tebow is if you asked him to play nose, he'd play nose. There's a lot to like (about him). - B. Belichick

Posted on Twitter at: 7:40:00 AM
Three new stories added to Scout's NFL portal: http://bit.ly/93Hula

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RT @McClain_on_NFL Pitts say they're not drafting QB despite of uncertainty over Big Ben's situation. They better b prepared for the worst.

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NFL Transaction Wire Blog (3/22-3/28): Restricted free agents are starting to re-sign with their original teams. L... http://bit.ly/duX1Ch

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7 Points: Dual Threat: Will Dexter McCluster be a wide receiver or running back in the NFL? Will Jerry Hughes be t... http://bit.ly/aNvJtQ

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Monday, March 22, 2010 at 10:02:00 PM

That Really, Really, Really Hurts. Ow.

I guess Tim Tebow is a bit of a, let's say, polarizing figure.

For all the love he gets, Tebow gets smacked around harder in the press than any draft-eligible quarterback I can remember.

Exhibit 293: Gators WR Deonte Thompson referring to new field general John Brantley as "a real quarterback". As opposed, you know, to that last guy.

I can't riff on this any better than JT did in his other gig at College Football Talk, so I'll just link there.


Posted by: OBR Newswire
on Monday, March 22, 2010 at 9:00:00 PM

Latest Links from the OBR Newswire

These are links from the OBR Newswire for March 22nd from 17:08 to 20:25:

  • NFP - Iowa pro day results - While the NFL meetings in Orlando dominated the headlines on Monday, several future NFL players took the field in Iowa City for today's pro day workout at the University of Iowa
  • Plain Dealer - A man in charge - In the Browns headquarters, people still refer to Mike Holmgren as coach. But at his first NFL annual league meetings, Holmgren is acting as club owner.
  • Plain Dealer - Goodell: New overtime proposal is better, but not perfect - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell meets with the media at the opening and closing of league meetings. Here are some tidbits from his opening press conference today
  • National Football Post - Goodell: NFL Needs to Innovate - And Goodell also noted that teams need to ensure that going to a game at a stadium remains attractive with so many fans preferring to watch the game at home on their big-screen televisions.
  • ESPN - Colt McCoy to visit Browns - According to a league source, the Browns are interested in University of Texas quarterback Colt McCoy. Cleveland will bring McCoy in for a two-day visit on April 12-13, the source told the AFC North blog.

Posted on Twitter at: 6:38:00 PM
(Subscriber) Monday Draft Analyst: Let's Talk QBs: OBR Draft Analyst Brent Sobleski offers his take on the availab... http://bit.ly/9Jnl7y

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Monday, March 22, 2010 at 6:22:00 PM

Browns Get Precisely Zero Compensatory Picks

Once again, the NFL has awarded compensatory draft picks to each NFL team. Once against, the NFL has rewarded an estimated 0.00 picks to the Cleveland Browns. The previous estimate has a possible error range of plus-or-minus squat.

The Cincinnati Bengals picked up a third and fourth round pick or what we in Cleveland call the "Wimbley Plus" gift package. The Steelers snagged two fifths and a seventh, or what we call the "Super Bowl XL Wasn't Enough" gift package.

Baltimore and Cleveland are outside looking in, much like 1984-1995 and 1996-1998, respectively.

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Monday, March 22, 2010 at 5:04:00 PM

Colt McCoy to Visit Browns

Once again, we're seeing interest in Texas QB Colt McCoy by the Cleveland Browns as ESPN's James Walker reports that the Browns will bring McCoy in for a visit on April 12-3th.

Does it make sense for the Browns to bring in McCoy given Holmgren's statements yesterday?

Sure, but not if you buy the "Browns won't draft a QB in the first two rounds" spin that was put on the article. Looking at Holmgren's words, the Browns look to be exactly what we've been saying they would be regarding quarterbacks: opportunistic. If Bradford falls enough, they'll strike. If some other QBs fall enough, they'll strike.

Still, there's not a great deal of consensus about where McCoy is going to be drafted. Scout.com's Chris Steuber lists McCoy as this sixth best quarterback available, behind such players as Jarrett Brown, Dan LeFevour, and Tim Tebow. Others place him considerably higher.

Posted on Twitter at: 4:52:00 PM
RT @DonNoLogoNeeded Release the hounds! :) RT @TheOBR: For the record, Fred just said he'd take Tebow in 2nd. He may get called on that.

Posted on Twitter at: 2:38:00 PM
(Subscriber) Adkins: What We've Been Told: Lane brings the 411 again, clueing in subscribers on what's really happ... http://bit.ly/bIwZUy

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For the record, Fred just said on WKNR2 that he'd take Tebow in the second. Hmmm... He may get called on that in the forums.

Posted by: OBR Newswire
on Monday, March 22, 2010 at 2:00:00 PM

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These are links from the OBR Newswire for March 22nd from 08:50 to 13:05:

Posted on Twitter at: 1:42:00 PM
Fred Greetham is on the air with Munch in just a few minutes. Click here to listen: http://bit.ly/dcANlA

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RT @alexmarvez "we're concerned ben continues to put himself in this position," goodell said. yikes!

Posted on Twitter at: 1:41:00 PM
RT @alexmarvez roger goodell said he will be speaking with ben roethlisberger at "appropriate time" about latest allegations

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Fred Greetham will join Mark "Munch" Bishop for "Lunch" with at 1:30PM today. Click here to tune in: http://bit.ly/dcANlA

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RT @caplannfl: I think something will happen there eventually. RT @RossMcGee: did you hear anything about a Chris Gocong trade

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Monday, March 22, 2010 at 9:43:00 AM

Brandon Marshall Impacting Sims Deal?

We've seen some spin emerging regarding the Browns interest in OG Rob Sims recently, as teams dance around regarding what Sims might be worth and how badly he's desired. The steps to this dance are always the same… it's the subtle variations which make it "art", in my opinion.

Anyhow, while the dance continues, there's a possibility that the Denver Broncos might elbow their way onto the floor. Brian McIntyre of NorthwestFootball.net describes how Sims might play a role in the Seahawks' pursuit of WR Brandon Marshall.

Posted by: OBR Newswire
on Monday, March 22, 2010 at 9:00:00 AM

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These are links from the OBR Newswire for March 22nd from 08:46 to 08:49:

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Monday, March 22, 2010 at 8:40:00 AM

Video: Holmgren Discusses Tebow

"GatorSports" tossed a video onto Youtube of Mike Holmgren talking about Tim Tebow after Gainseville Tebowpalooza Pro Day last week.

The audio is kind of hard to hear at times, so you may want to put on the headphones and crank it up to hear everything that Holmgren is saying.

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Monday, March 22, 2010 at 8:23:00 AM

Blog Prediction: No Compensatory Picks for You!

The formula that the NFL uses to calculate which teams get compensatory picks in each year's draft is a mysterious beast, surrounded by levels of security previously seen only in the innermost levels of the Pentagon or McDonalds Food Simulation Labs*.

Still, there are three things about the formula that we know for sure:

  1. Animal sacrifices are somehow involved,
  2. The Browns get absolutely nothing year after year, and,
  3. Blogger "Adamjt13" has a singular ability to reel off uncanny predictions of who will get what each year.

This year, Adamjt13 has once again offered his compensatory pick predictions and, once again, he foresees the Browns getting exactly squat. At best, the Browns stand an outside chance of getting a non-compensatory (aka "mercy") pick should too few compensatory picks be rewarded.

For all the elements of the NFL guidelines that are built towards helping the weak exchange places with the strong, compensatory picks seem to have the opposite effect. By rewarding teams with good past draft success, and whose teams have built enough success to help elevate players to the top tiers of free agency, the compensatory pick structure indirectly helps the rich stay richer.

It's sort of like pages 2,305 through 494,212 of the U.S. Tax Code, but that's a subject better left for other, and even more stridently annoying, websites.

To summarize: Compensatory picks are coming out soon, it's a non-event for us Browns fans, and doing my tax return makes me testy.

* – Many conspiracy theorists suggest that these are co-located.

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: 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.

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