OBR Daily Blog: 4/11/2010

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Posted on Twitter at: 9:20:00 AM
Peter King's MMQB is great reading as always this morning. Some good Browns 411 in there: http://bit.ly/9PU4IJ

Posted by: OBR Newswire
on Sunday, April 11, 2010 at 10:00:00 PM

Latest Links from the OBR Newswire

These are links from the OBR Newswire for April 11th from 12:33 to 21:28:

Posted on Twitter at: 8:31:00 PM
I tried to warn you. RT @JamilSmith @TheOBR That ESPN segment was perhaps the most wasteful thing I've done in weeks. And I tweet, a lot.

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Sunday, April 11, 2010 at 8:22:00 PM

Evening Newswire Neglects to Insult Cleveland

Just finished surfing for news. There ain't much. I would have embedded a video of mindless ESPN yammering here, but...

... they won't let me embed the video.

I guess they feel folks are so desperate for three minutes of people in a Bristol studio offering up obvious insights that they'll all scurry to ESPN.com to watch it, rather than extending their omnipresent brand via video sharing.

To foil a decision that undoubtedly resulted from 3,209 meetings held in over a dozen buildings wadded full of ESPN executives, I'll merely recap it here. Among the highlights:

  • Eric Mangini did a good job of saving his own job
  • Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace are holding down the fort for the real QB of the future
  • The Browns have a lot of needs. Yep. A lot.
  • The Browns haven't been successful in the expansion era.

Not shown is a competition between Chris Mortensen, not-bitter-at-all Trent Dilfer, and Mel Kiper of them to see if any of them can find Cleveland on a map without resorting to Wikipedia.

There. I just saved you three valuable minutes of your precious life.

If you want, however, you can click over to ESPN so you can look at the car ads while Mel Kiper, Trent Dilfer, Chris Mortenson, and some other guy offer breathtaking insights. Because they won't let me embed it. Jerks.

ESPN, meet me at camera three:

You're making a rookie mistake. See, instead of promo for your talking heads, you just got deal four paragraphs of my own personal brand of disdain and xenophobia. I hope that this has taught you a valuable lesson. Re-enable sharing so that I can link your video in my blog for free, so that people can look at our awesome ads instead, instead of your lame ones, or face my devastating snark once more. I want my video, I want it free, and I want it now. Chop, chop.

Also in tonight's newswire: Pat Kirwan messing up an otherwise informative column by ignoring the Browns needs in the defensive secondary (at the bottom). You know the national media really doesn't care when it can't even bother to point out your obvious problems. Ugh. Even ESPN recognizes our suckage, even though it confuses them.

Posted on Twitter at: 12:33:00 PM
Interesting column by our compadre Howard Balzer speculating on the potential of a Browns-Rams trade: http://bit.ly/cF4KBJ

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Sunday, April 11, 2010 at 12:28:00 PM

Jimmy Clausen is Scary-Accurate

Well, I had a whole sort of "Sunday column" type of blog item written, but it disappeared between my machine and the internets, so let's try this.

I'm not a big Jimmy Clausen pimp, but there's no denying that he's got all the tools. Check out this highlight reel:

I'll try to write my column again later. Ugh. Stupid technology.

Posted by: OBR Newswire
on Sunday, April 11, 2010 at 11:00:00 AM

Latest Links from the OBR Newswire

These are links from the OBR Newswire for April 11th from 10:05 to 10:28:

Posted on Twitter at: 12:42:00 AM
Browns Week in Review: A gun and a cornerback dominated the Browns news this week as the Draft nears... http://bit.ly/agZckY

Posted on Twitter at: 12:28:00 AM
(Subscriber) Could Ghee Adapt to Cleveland?: The Browns need help in the defensive backfield, and Wake Forest corn... http://bit.ly/btit7k

Posted by: OBR Newswire
on Saturday, April 10, 2010 at 11:00:00 PM

Latest Links from the OBR Newswire

These are links from the OBR Newswire for April 10th from 14:28 to 22:09:

  • ABJ - Kent State recruits are a forgotten pipeline to the pros - Konz, a linebacker-turned-tight end who could play H-back in the pros, hit 46 inches — two inches higher than anyone invited to February's NFL Scouting Combine. But only two or three scouts were there to see him.
  • Philly.com - Brown: Eagles had players question coaches - But Brown took time last week to close the book on his career in Philadelphia during a pair of WIP radio interviews, and as always, he had some interesting things to say.
  • ESPN - Exploring Browns' draft options - The Cleveland Browns recently made a quality trade to land veteran cornerback Sheldon Brown from the Philadelphia Eagles. The deal plugged a major hole for Cleveland at cornerback, which was once a primary target to fill in this month's NFL draft.
  • Pro Football Talk - Santonio Holmes facing four-game suspension - Multiple sources have advised us that receiver Santonio Holmes is facing a four-game suspension under the league's substance-abuse policy.  It's presently unknown whether Holmes tested positive for a prohibited substance or committed some other violation of the policy, such as missing a required test.

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Saturday, April 10, 2010 at 6:18:00 PM

WR and DT Visiting Beautiful Berea

Scout.com's Ed Thompson tells the OBR this afternoon the Florida WR Riley Cooper has a visit scheduled with the Browns early next week. DT Torrell Troup from UCF is also flying in Sunday night for a visit on Monday.

Posted by: OBR Newswire
on Saturday, April 10, 2010 at 1:00:00 PM

OBR Newswire updates for April 9th through April 10th

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Posted by: Barry McBride
on Saturday, April 10, 2010 at 12:40:00 PM

QBs Heading Northward, Once More

Every year in the weeks leading up to the draft, quarterbacks suddenly gain appreciably in value, seemingly leaping up draft boards.

Remember back to the the first mock drafts this year? Bradford was a non-entity at the top spot, and it was all about whether the Rams would take Suh or McCoy. At the end of last year, there was chatter about whether teams should tank in order to get Suh.

But now Sam Bradford appears to be at the top of the charts, and seems to have a stranglehold on it. Jimmy Clausen is suddenly seeming less like a Ryan Leaf-in-training and more like a credible NFL quarterback.

But here's the one that really bugs me - lots of teams are now suddenly swirling around Colt McCoy. I had these little dreams, you see, of the Browns drafting a defensive standout in Round 1 and then landing McCoy in Round 2. It's starting to look increasingly like you have to trade up to the bottom of Round 1 if you want him.

The Dallas Morning-News has all sorts of puffery about the Rams loving McCoy. If they were to pick Suh or Gerald McCoy in the first round, you would almost have to trade up to the bottom of the first to grab the Texas QB.


Posted by: Barry McBride
on Friday, April 09, 2010 at 11:50:00 PM

Hey Berea, Pittsburgh is Announcing their Visitors

The Pittsburgh Steelers are an example of an organization that doesn't treat everything like the secret for building an atomic bomb, yet seems to keep winning anyway. They have publicly announced 28 of their 30 draft-eligible 30 visitors, and I'm guessing that won't impact their draft strategy much, or that of those around them.

Yet, there are some teams that threaten players that they won't draft them if word leaks that they visited. It seems to me the sort of rule that hurts a team more than helps it. For the record, I haven't heard that about the Browns, even in the worst days of Fortress Berea.

I guess the atomic bomb analogy is apt, as you're supposed to be able to find enough on the web to learn how to put one together. I'm putting together a big spreadsheet for our subscribers with all sorts of info on it, including who we know the Browns have had visit their facility. In just the last 24 hours, we've been able to piece together a third of the Browns visit list, seven from news on the web, three more from our own sources. I put that together from my notes in about ten minutes.

I haven't even dug back in the archives yet.

We're gunning for thirty, but if you want to keep 'em secret, that's your thing. It's our thing to try to name them all. Bwa ha ha. Etc.

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