OBR Daily Blog: 3/25/2010

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Posted by: John Taylor
on Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 5:22:00 PM

Tim Tebow Equals… Bernie?

There's probably not a more revered name in Cleveland Browns lore – hell, in Cleveland sports, period – than the great Bernie Kosar.

Invoke St. Bernard's name to most anyone who spent a portion of their life suffering with rooting for the Orange & Brown, and you'll likely get a smile followed quickly by a "remember that time when he…".

You'll also get plenty of talk about his… ahem… "unorthodox" way of delivering a football by way of the forward pass.

All of that is a roundabout way of getting to Tim Tebow, the former Florida quarterback who has, at least for public consumption, caught the attention of new president Mike Holmgren.  And someone who could find his way to Cleveland at some point after the 2010 draft.

Speaking to reporters at the annual league meetings this week, Carolina head coach John Fox was asked about Tebow's much-criticized, faulty throwing motion.

"You ever watch Bernie Kosar play?" Fox asked reporters according to SI.com's Don Banks.  That's all Fox said, and that was all the coach needed to say.

Point driven home very effectively.

As you may or may not recall, the last quarterback compared to Kosar – Phillip Rivers – turned out to be a damn good one, so who knows.

Very interesting, though, that Fox played the "Kosar" card in reference to Tebow.  Intriguing, actually.

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Posted by: Barry McBride
on Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 1:17:00 PM

Browns To Work Out WR Marcus Easley

WR Marcus Easley isn't the biggest name at the wide receiver position in this year's draft. In fact, he's waaaay down at #21 on Chris Steuber's list of the top draft-eligible wide receivers. This is largely because he didn't play very much prior to his senior season. In fact, he didn't even have a football scholarship until 2009.

But he's got the size and speed that NFL teams crave this time of year, so he's getting a lot of looks. The UConn walk-on is 6'3" and ran a blazing 4.39 40 at the combine. Suddenly, the late-round prospect is starting to look like a mid-round prospect. The mystery about him - he was a walk-on at UConn - just adds to teams' desire to see him up-close.

The Browns are among these teams, as the National Football Post reports this morning that he has a private workout scheduled with the Browns.

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 12:04:00 PM

Players Association Continues PR Battle

I've made no secret whose side I'm on in the upcoming battle between the NFL's wealthy players and obscenely wealthy owners: I'm on the side of fans and the ecosystem that has grown up around professional football. The latter includes such as cities like Cleveland, which invested heavily in a Stadium partially due to the supposed financial benefits of 10 home games a year, media like my own little business, local restaurants and bars who will be hurt if interest in the team declines, and many more.

As far as whether owners can push back the percentage that players get, or the players can gain additional freedoms and guarantees, I frankly don't care all that much. They're all ridiculously over-compensated for something with as minor a societal benefit as professional sports, and are idiotic for battling over billions while ordinary citizens struggle to find work and pay their bills. It's ridiculous, vulgar, and shouldn't be tolerated by anyone.

All I really care about is that the NFL is kept from abusing fans like they did in 1995, and that the league's excellent competitive balance is maintained, so that fans in cities like Cleveland aren't on the outside looking in, as we are with Major League Baseball.

So, I guess I feel the need to call B.S. on both sides, which are equally disingenuous, and exercise a bit of zero tolerance for public posturing trying to convince the public to side with one or the other. NFL owners and labor need to settle their "crucial issues" without impacting real people who rely on them for a break from the intensity/monotony of daily existence, and who would be impacted financially by their tantrums.

In any event, the NFLPA has just bought the NFLLockout.com domain name, so they can use that to offer up their PR broadsides against the owners. The sides aren't communicating, they're tossing cannonballs over castle walls at each other, and it's people like you and me who will get hit by the schrapnel.

Posted by: OBR Newswire
on Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 12:00:00 PM

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Posted by: Barry McBride
on Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 11:52:00 AM

Browns Put Haden Under the Microscope

Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reports this morning on some news that isn't exactly unexpected - the Browns have worked out Florida CB Joe Haden. Wilson reports that Browns DB coach Jerome Henderson travelled to Maryland to conduct a private workout and that Haden will visit Berea in April.

Haden has been assumed to be a Browns target by most mock drafts, every analyst, and anyone over the age of five who watched the Browns defend the pass during the 2009 season. He remains the top selection in mock drafts for the Cleveland Browns.

While Haden's stock suffered slightly due to a slow time at the Combine, he made a nice little comeback during his Pro Day. Anyone discounting Haden after the Combine would be foolish in any event, with years of game film showing what the Florida corner can do on game day.

For tons of articles on Haden and his career, click here.

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at 11:04:00 PM

Browns Descend on NC State Pro Day

Beyond their stay at Central Michigan earlier today, the Browns also visited North Carolina State's Pro Day.

There are several players who might have caught the Browns' eye, but the top player on the field per our rankings is DE/OLB Willie Young, who is probably an outside linebacker in the Browns 3-4 defense. Toney Baker, a running back who wasn't invited to the Combine, also did quite well, running a 4.5 on grass wearing cleats. The Pro Day also had an NCSU basketball player trying to make it as a tight end.

OBR subscribers who want to dive deeper can check out Pack Pride's thorough coverage of the Pro Day.

Posted by: OBR Newswire
on Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at 9:00:00 PM

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