OBR Daily Blog: 4/13-4/2010

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Posted on Twitter at: 12:41:00 AM
RT @AlvinKeels No trade talk at all on Leon. He is a Jet and is signing his tender to remain a Jet. > Put out those rumor fires.

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 12:34:00 AM

Next Weds 8PM: The Return of Dave-Te Thomas

NFL Draft Analyst Dave-Te Thomas, now working with Fox Sports, will be in our chat room the night before the draft, Wednesday at 8PM, to answer questions from OBR subscribers.

Folks who have participated in Dave-Te's chats before know that he's very opinionated, and very connected within the NFL, and he loves talking to Browns fans on the OBR, who he calls some of the best-informed fans he's ever talked to. Of course, we already knew that.

So, circle your calendar for 8PM EST on Wednesday before the draft for this one.

We are working on chats with Chris Steuber, Brent Sobleski, and the rest of the OBR gang as well. We've got some fun stuff planned before and after the draft we'll be able to tell you about soon.

Posted on Twitter at: 12:30:00 AM
All Crystal Baller Defensive Team: At this point, we all know who the top prospects are in the 2010 NFL Draft. But... http://bit.ly/aNBoR9

Posted on Twitter at: 11:01:00 PM
RT @GregKozarik Bottom of the 9th here at Progressive... Indians down 6-2 and about 1,100 faithful waiting for the rally > I LOVE DOLANBALL!

Posted on Twitter at: 10:59:00 PM
RT @revbobmek @TheOBR if berry is gone at 7, think we'll trade down to get thomas or take BPA? > Depends on who's left. See Lane's article.

Posted by: OBR Newswire
on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 at 6:00:00 PM

Latest Links from the OBR Newswire

These are links from the OBR Newswire for April 14th from 08:36 to 17:12:

Posted on Twitter at: 2:53:00 PM
RT @caplannfl Once again, Mayock saying Earl Thomas is the better player over Eric Berry. Just said it on national media call.

Posted on Twitter at: 2:24:00 PM
RT @WFNYScott @TheOBR Now that we know the price for Marshall, were there Browns even in the running? --> To the best of our knowledge, no.

Posted on Twitter at: 2:16:00 PM
3PM: AFC North Draft Chat: Zac Jackson of Fox Sports Ohio and Daniel Jeremiah of MoveTheSticks.com will talk NFL D... http://bit.ly/ciBPha

Posted on Twitter at: 1:49:00 PM
We'll have an opportunity for our visitors to chat with Daniel Jeremiah (MoveTheSticks) and Zac Jackson of FSOhio.com at 3PM. Link coming...

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 at 12:57:00 PM

Draft Sleepers and Feel-Good Rants

Here's some of what I encountered while innocently surfing the internet for rakish etchings of ladies useful Browns news:

  • Peter Schrager has an interesting look at potential draft sleepers in this year's draft, which earns extra points from me for dropping the name of New Hampshire TE Scott Sicko. Schrager admits that he regrets his decision to put Alan Branch near the top of the draft a few years ago. He should have listened to our OBR radio program that year, when NFL scout Tom Marino let us know all about Branch a month before the draft, telling us he wasn't worthy of a first-round pick. Branch hasn't started a game in three years. Backward-looking props to our old friend Tom on that one.
  • Little feel-good rant in Pittsburgh by columnist Bob Smizik saying that Steelers should dump QB/Multiple accusee Ben Roethlisberger. Lots of support from the locals who know darn well that the Steelers won't dump their franchise QB. It's always fun to cheerlead for high ethics with the absolute conviction that you'll still reap the benefits of lower ones. Perhaps Smizik is sincere, but I'd suggest those replying to his in the affirmative look in the mirror and ask themselves if they're really and truly hopeful that Roethlisberger get dumped. I can smell posturing a mile away. Or in this case over 100 miles away.
  • Finally, here's a video of Jay Glazer warning the Broncos that they're going to regret letting Brandon Marshall go. As someone who admits to having no fondness for that franchise (curse you John Elway!), I can get behind that.
<a href="http://video.msn.com/?mkt=en-us&amp;brand=foxsports&amp;from=metadatawidget_en-us_foxpsorts_videocentral&amp;vid=3faae8b1-572a-46db-af68-3f32ff295ba5" target="_new" title="Glazer: Mile High mistake">Video: Glazer: Mile High mistake</a>

Posted on Twitter at: 12:28:00 PM
Is Clausen A Franchise Quarterback?: The quarterback position is the most scrutinized position in sports and witho... http://bit.ly/bFNiPE

Posted on Twitter at: 12:28:00 PM
There's a New Marshall in Miami: The Broncos now have a hole at receiver opposite third-year pro Eddie Royal, but ... http://bit.ly/a3xWw4

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 at 9:58:00 AM

Marshall Heads to Miami

In retrospect, all the signs were there: Ted Ginn's sudden appearance on the market, Marshall signing his tender, etc. I guess we should have all seen this yesterday.

This morning's news that Brandon Marshall has been traded to Miami shouldn't have been a surprise, but it is, regardless. The price turns out to be a second-rounder this year, and a second-rounder next year, meaning that Denver has once-again made a nice profit on their original expenditure of a fourth-round pick to select Marshall. That organization has had the singular ability to pluck out players at skill positions in later rounds and turn them into top-flight players.

It's just another sign that you can't go to sleep on Saturday this year. Hitting on later-round picks is a crucial difference-maker in the NFL.

Posted on Twitter at: 11:36:00 PM
(Subscriber) Adkins: Clearing Away the Pre-Draft Smoke: There's a lot of wild speculation out there. Lane's source... http://bit.ly/c2x9gH

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at 9:23:00 PM

Tales from the Dork Side: Releases and RFAs

Various stuff I've picked up in my travels today, while waiting for my blogging client to install:

  • The Dolphins are shopping WR Ted Ginn. As interesting a story as it would be to have the Glenville standout come home, he's got a track record in the NFL, and it shows he can't be a number one receiver. He might be worth bringing in if the price isn't high, but his primary value is as a returner, which the Browns don't need. It's unlikely that he has the value to the Browns that the Dolphins want in compensation. As we've learned repeatedly starting with the moment the Browns brought back Antonio Langham in the Expansion Draft, feel-good stories are worthless unless they translate to the field.
  • The Ravens cut loose Samari Rolle earlier today. The corner was expected to be a huge addition to the Ravens when he came over to them in 2005, but his last three seasons have been notable mostly for the variety of ailments he has suffered. At 33 years of age, that's pretty much it for him in the NFL.
  • A large number of players have signed their RFA tenders today, but none of them are on the Cleveland Browns roster. Adam Caplan and I have already slammed a couple of updates into the Free Agent database, trying to track it all.
  • One of those players signing an RFA tender today is Broncos WR Brandon Marshall. Since signing an RFA tender can be a precursor for a trade (Chris Gocong signed his shortly before he was dealt to the Browns), there's plenty of speculation that Marshall may be on the move. Despite the early interest, that speculation does not extend to the Browns.
  • It's old news that Colt McCoy was to visit the Browns this week, but the interesting twist is that he moves next to the Rams. This has some pondering the notion that the Rams would take Ndamukong Suh in the first and try to pick up McCoy in the second. Clearly, such a move might make Sam Bradford suddenly more attainable, and would have huge ramifications for the Cleveland Browns. It would also force the team to trade up into the bottom of the first should they have an interest in McCoy.
  • "Big Ben's Beef Jerky" is no longer for sale. Which is strange, because the synergy between Ben Roethlisberger and jerky has never been greater than it is today.

Posted on Twitter at: 8:13:00 PM
RT @HBalzer721 Love crazy rumors: Roethlisberger to Rams for first pick in the draft. People in Pittsburgh trying to check it out.

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at 8:05:00 PM

Shaun Rogers Makes the Daily Show

Congratulations to Shaun Rogers on making the Daily Show's expose of alternative lifestyles. I feel a kinship with these people, mostly due to a similar circumference.

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Open Carrier Discrimination
Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Tea Party

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at 7:44:00 PM

Holmgren and Heckert to Meet the Press

The Browns announced the following to the media today:

Cleveland Browns President Mike Holmgren and General Manager Tom Heckert will hold a pre-draft press availability on Thursday, April 15 at approximately 11:30 a.m., in the Dino Lucarelli Media Center at the team's training facility in Berea.

So, starting Thursday afternoon, you'll have some Browns news to read again. It won't be much, because neither of the Browns execs will give away their draft strategy, but there will be hints and red herrings out there that everyone in the local media can get excited about. We'll have reports from Berea during and after the press conference.

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at 7:32:00 PM

OT: OBR Blog Thwarted by the Gods of Circumstance

So, no blog today, eh? Well, we still had yesterday's blog, but I ran into trouble starting today's edition.

There were two problems, neither of which have any cure. Neither of these have anything to do with the Browns, so I'm going to put an off-topic indicator in front of the title, like we do on the forums.

The first problem is that all Mac blogging clients suck. All of them. It's alarming, but true. For such a well-designed operating system and platform, the Mac is completely and utterly bereft of any blogging clients which can do the job from my perspective. I've tried them all: Blogo, Ecto, Mars Edit, MacJournal. Try, try, try, try, fail, fail, fail, fail. Nice attempts all, but none of them achieve the awesomeness that is Microsoft's best software program: (wait for it) Microsoft Live Writer (blare of trumpets, huzzahs, flowers strewn about).

Live Writer is so awesome in it's single-function worthiness that it's the primary regret that I have leaving the Windows world for the Cult of Steve Jobs.

So, in order to prepare myself for this final stretch run to the draft, I've been desperately trying to get it working on the Mac. All the possible paths: Parallels VM, VMWare, Wine, etc, all total time-consuming failures. I'm now using a Remote Desktop session in to my old PC just to use this one program.

Anyhow, trying to come up with a solution took me and the blog off-line for a while.

The second issue I have had, and again there is no cure, is Tinnitus. You know… ringing in the ears? Over the last four days, it has been deafening. I have an appointment with a specialist who will probably tell me it's just due to stress or something. Anyhow, Tinnitus, like Mac blogging clients, utterly sucks. It just sort of drills you into the ground after a while and makes it impossible to concentrate. Freakin' ugh.

Tinnitus isn't an ear problem, it's a brain problem, and if you've been reading this blog for any length of time, you already know that there's something seriously wrong with my brain. So this is no surprise.

Sorry for the off-topic ramble, but wanted to apologize for being scarce the last 18 hours. Back to bloggin'.

Posted on Twitter at: 3:30:00 PM
Steuber's Second Round Mock Draft: The St. Louis Rams kick off the second round, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have... http://bit.ly/9ls5A8

Posted on Twitter at: 3:30:00 PM
Scout.com: Steuber's Two-Round Mock Draft: With just one week remaining until the annual spring spectacle, Scout.c... http://bit.ly/bJQj9u

Posted on Twitter at: 10:46:00 AM
(Subscriber) Taylor: The Buzz on Clausen (and more): Rehashed debates? Chasing smoke? No, thanks. That's not our t... http://bit.ly/bUIOEb

Posted by: OBR Newswire
on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at 10:00:00 AM

OBR Newswire updates for April 12th through April 13th

These are links from the OBR Newswire for April 12th through April 13th:

Posted on Twitter at: 9:23:00 AM
Value Shopping in the 2010 Draft: Where in the draft are teams like the Browns likely to find the best value? Here... http://bit.ly/aUmEO1

Posted on Twitter at: 8:38:00 AM
Scout NFL Radio: Draft Edition: On Wednesday, April 14th, Scout.com's Chris Steuber hosts Scout NFL Radio from 6:3... http://bit.ly/aj8LXl

Posted on Twitter at: 8:16:00 AM
RT @SI_PeterKing: RT @DonCheech: Draft moving to primetime ruins one of the best days of the year. ... I hear this everywhere I go.

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