OBR Daily Blog: 4/16/2010

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RT @RS1071 @TheOBR: My weirdness cup runneth over. Please refrain from posting anymore today....Thanks! >> Things will REALLY get weird soon

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RT @geofflatulippe @TheOBR McCoy isn't THAT far off from Bradford/Clausen - why not take a top defensive guy 1 and QB 2? >> Makes sense.

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RT @Draftfanatic @TheOBR over/under on his release from the team? >> Need to learn more about what happened, specifically.

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RT @Spectre14 RT @TheOBR: ‘Velvet Dog' Lands RB Jennings in Hot Water > I didn't know the unemployment line was nicknamed "hot water" ;)

Posted by: John Taylor
on Saturday, April 17, 2010 at 10:39:00 AM

‘Velvet Dog' Lands RB Jennings in Hot Water

Growing up, my father always warned me to be wary of things that included the word "velvet", mainly because I think the "Velvet Elvis" that was popular at the time really creeped him out.

If only Chris Jennings had heeded those words, he might not be embroiled in a legal "issue" this morning.

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Jennings was arrested early Saturday morning in downtown Cleveland following an incident outside of the "Velvet Dog" nightclub.  Jennings and a doorman at the club apparently were involved in a beef that ended up with the running back being cuffed and stuffed on suspicion of assault.

He had not been officially charged as of a little after 8 a.m. ET this morning.

I hate to drive this point so far into the ground that it pisses off the Chinese, but may this serve as a lesson to the young people in the audience: velvet=bad. 

Nothing good ever happens after midnight – or even before midnight – at any establishment that feels the need to use that particular fabric in their name.


Posted by: John Taylor
on Saturday, April 17, 2010 at 10:27:00 AM

Trader Mike to Revert to Seattle Form?

If Mike Holmgren's past is any indication, Browns fans should begin preparations to strap themselves into their recliner because this Thursday could turn into a wild ride.

Late this past week, Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch laid out the history of Holmgren during his time in Seattle, and the data suggests his new organization could be doing some moving in the first round of this year's draft.

"In his first 10 years as Seattle's coach, five of which he doubled as general manager," Hunter wrote, "the club made eight trades involving first-round picks. In his first four seasons as general manager (1999-2002), he made five trades involving first-round picks - all involving picks yet to be made."

Perhaps more so than any club this offseason, the Browns have been the subject of trade speculation involving their first-round pick, whether it be moving down in the draft, which seems to be the consensus, or moving up for someone like Sam Bradford, which still maintains a flicker of hope.

Of course, all of this rumor and innuendo could be based in large part on Holmgren's past – and that of new general manager Tom Heckert as well – but it still should make for one of the most intriguing first days of the draft in these parts in a long time.

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Friday, April 16, 2010 at 8:54:00 PM

Another Pick: Baldinger Says Browns Pick Spiller

If nothing else, the nation's talking heads seem to be confused as to what the Browns are going to do. NFL Network's Brian Baldinger's mock has Eric Berry going to Kansas City, while the Browns pick C.J. Spiller with the seventh selection. In his mock, Jimmy Clausen falls out of the top ten. Baldinger dismisses Jerome Harrison's impressive performances down the stretch as being partially the result of "poor competition".

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Posted by: Barry McBride
on Friday, April 16, 2010 at 3:54:00 PM

Caplan Mock: Browns Take Clausen

In his much-awaited mock draft, at least as far as mock drafts go, Adam Caplan has pegged the Cleveland Browns as taking Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen with the seventh pick in the draft. Clausen starting to trend upwards in the mock drafts.

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Posted by: Barry McBride
on Friday, April 16, 2010 at 1:21:00 PM

Ginn Dumped to the Niners

Browns fans interested in the notion of Glenville HS star Ted Ginn returning to Cleveland will he disappointed to hear that Ginn has been dumped to the Niners for a late-round draft selection in the upcoming draft, per Jay Glazer.

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Friday, April 16, 2010 at 10:47:00 AM

Roethlisberger Goes from Dumb to Evil

It wasn't too long ago that sportswriters-cum-ethics experts were wagging their fingers at Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger and advising him to "grow up". It also wasn't long ago that fans were imagining trade scenarios involving Roethlisberger that assumed he actually had some value to other clubs.

Likely, the impression that many had of the sexual assault allegations in Milledgeville, Ga, was that they were a by-product of two extremely drunken individuals doing something stupid and later regretted. Or that the young woman involved in the incident might be some sort of money-hungry opportunist.

That seems to be over now.

What we seem to be learning via witness statements (very adult/nasty) is that Roethlisberger's actions at the "Velvet Elvis" nightclub (please) appear to be less a product of inebriation than the sort of dim, self-satisfied entitlement that cause one to question exactly in whose image mankind was created. And the beat goes on.

I haven't been kind to Roethlisberger over the years, and admit to photoshopping graphics of monkeys and bananas into his photographs because he never acted or looked like a rocket scientist. Plus, he's a Steeler, so he won't be treated fairly here even under normal circumstances.

But I guess I never had any idea what a stupidly evil Cro-Magnon throwback this guy really is.

If these allegations, individually or in sum, have any merit, he shouldn't be suspended. He should be tossed out of the league.

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Friday, April 16, 2010 at 9:44:00 AM

Quality Time with Tony Pike

If you're anything like me - and God help you if you are – you've probably lost track of the zillion private workouts, visits, "displayed interest in", and other indications of ardor between the Browns and potential draft picks.

Frankly, I'm not sure how much of Cincinnati QB Tony Pike's schedule has been reported, but Aaron Wilson gives a run-down in the National Football Post this morning, indicating that "a source close to the program" relays that Pike both had a private workout with the Browns and a visit to Berea.

If you've been tracking the draft to date* then this comes as less than a complete shock, as the Browns have been going through this with all potential quarterback picks in the first several rounds. While Pike isn't considered to be in the same class as Colt McCoy and Tim Tebow, who should go off the board late in the first round or early in the second, he brings along all the physical tools needed to be an NFL standout.

Early on, league sources told us that Holmgren was intrigued with the 6'6" quarterback, but Pike didn't use opportunities alone on the stage to stand out during the Senior Bowl and Combine. Not a lot has been heard about the Browns vis-a-vis Pike of late, but the Browns are clearly doing their due diligence and making sure that they have Pike at the right spot on their board.


* and if you haven't, Hi there!

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Posted by: OBR Newswire
on Friday, April 16, 2010 at 8:00:00 AM

OBR Newswire updates for April 15th through April 16th

These are links from the OBR Newswire for April 15th through April 16th:

Posted by: OBR Newswire
on Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 7:00:00 PM

Latest Links from the OBR Newswire

These are links from the OBR Newswire for April 15th from 16:09 to 18:47:

  • ABJ - Holmgren believes Rogers' story - Asked if Rogers should be on the team, Holmgren said, "I talked to Shaun and how he appeared to everybody on television and after the thing, it was too bad, he felt bad about it. It was not an intentional thing. He made a mistake, clearly. We'll deal with those decisions at some point in the future."
  • Chronicle-Telegram - Holmgren Says Trade for #1 Unlikely - While the Browns have played "phone tag" with the St. Louis Rams regarding the availability of the No. 1 pick in next week's draft — which the Browns would use on Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford — Holmgren said it's a long shot a deal will get done. The Browns hold the No. 7 pick.
  • ESPN - Holmgren sends mixed messages on Clausen - A few weeks ago Holmgren hinted that he didn't like Clausen as much as he would prefer. But on Thursday Holmgren praised Clausen during his pre-draft press conference to no end.
  • Yahoo - Tale of the tape: Berry vs. Thomas - Two safeties stand apart in the 2010 NFL draft class: Eric Berry and Earl Thomas. Berry may be the most well-developed player at any position this year, while Thomas is a series of slightly raw tools just looking to bust loose. How do they fit in the NFL? Let's see what the tape says:

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 6:49:00 PM

Press Conference Transcript Posted

We've posted the transcript from Tom Heckert and Mike Holmgren from today. You can find it in the somewhat un-famous old Blog spot, where we stash transcripts too long to post in the Daily Blogs

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