Third and Short- Playing Like a Brown
1. When Mike Pettine was named head coach of the Cleveland Browns he said “to compete in the AFC North you have to be willing to bloody your nose a little bit.” And that is the type of game the Cleveland Browns played against the New Orleans Saints. That is the type of game the Browns will have to play in order to win without Josh Gordon, Ben Tate, or Jordan Cameron– clutch plays on both sides of the ball, while making less mistakes (0 offensive turnovers) and less penalties than their opponent (Saints had 5 penalties for 39 yards, Browns had 4 for 30 yards). It wasn’t always pretty pretty, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and nothing is more beautiful than a win. All that matters is the Browns had more points at the end of the fourth quarter.
After last week’s season opener, I wasn’t sure whether we’d get the 1st half team that rolled over for the Steelers or last week’s 2nd half team that almost stole the game in Pittsburgh in the home opener against the New Orleans Saints. Fortunately for Browns’ fans, we got the 2nd half version for the whole game. The Browns beat the Saints, and were able to give new coach Mike Pettine his first NFL win as a head coach. My reactions to yesterday’s game: (more…)
As the NFL season prepares to kick off (finally!), my thoughts turn to the Browns chances in Week 1 against the Steelers. It feels odd to be facing off against Pittsburgh in Week 1 with so many of the recents match ups being late in the season. (more…)
By now you’ve heard that the Cleveland Cavaliers have acquired power forward/center Kevin Love from the Minnesota Timberwolves for forwards Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins, plus the protected draft pick they received in the sign-and-trade of LeBron James when he left for Miami. But some still ask why? Or another way of saying it is- What’s Love got to do with it? (more…)
As the Browns get set for the 2014 season there is a quarterback controversy in Cleveland, imagine that! It seems every year the Browns have a backup quarterback that will be the “savior of the franchise”- a list that includes such illustrious names as Jason Campbell, Brandon Weeden, Colt McCoy, Seneca Wallace, Brady Quinn, Derek Anderson, and Charlie Frye, the list goes on, but those are the most recent. Who can argue with the kind of success that Cleveland backup quarterbacks have wrought on the league? Some of those qb’s have had their moments, and others never became anything more than backups. In the end, neither the starter nor the backup helped the Browns win many games. (more…)
After recording and watching the Browns preseason debut against the Lions on Saturday night, I wanted to share my reactions. Please keep in mind that this was the Browns first preseason game, and several important players were either limited or didn’t play at all (Gipson, Justin Gilbert and a few others). Here’s what I took away from the game: (more…)
With preseason finally starting and the regular season just around the corner, the Diehard Nerd staff got together to share their thoughts on the Cleveland Browns- players, position battles, and things they’re looking for in the upcoming season. (more…)
By now most fans have seen that the Cleveland Indians have traded Asdrubal Cabrera to the Washington Nationals for AAA infielder Zach Walters and Justin Masterson to the St. Louis Cardinals for AAA outfielder James Ramsey.
Immediately following the trades some were questioning the moves, from a) Indians would’ve been better off keeping the players, b) that the trades didn’t address areas of concern, and/or c) that the players the Indians received weren’t equal returns for what the Tribe sent out, and d) some even said the Indians were “sellers” at the trade deadline. (more…)
Well, here we are, Lebron James is a Cleveland Cavalier. Since last Friday’s news, my mind has been racing through all of the angles to talk about Lebron’s return and what it means for the team. Sorry it took me so long to focus and digest my own thoughts before sharing with you, without further adieu my thoughts on how Lebron James changes the Cleveland Cavaliers: (more…)
What a difference five years can make. The difference isn’t just in time, but what the time brings; life lessons, maturity, and the normal highs and lows of life’s roller coaster. In short, five years gives you experience.
Five years ago the Cleveland Cavaliers headed into free agency determined to get LeBron James a better supporting cast. The Cavs had already been to the finals, only to get blownout in four games by the San Antonio Spurs. Since then, the Cavs had failed to make it back to the finals. And they were desperate to get James a championship to entice him into a max contract that offseason. (more…)
Hello Cleveland!! It’s been some time since I last chimed in, but what a week, eh? Weekly PiECes 8.0 is going to run the gambit, but The Return of The King has me gushing #Cavs. Here we go… (more…)
As Cleveland celebrates the return of LeBron James the Diehard Nerd staff got together to answer some questions about what it means for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Joining me are Chris (@chrswlsn), EC(@ECMercer2), Ed (@augustduke), and David (@davidlburkart) give them a follower on twitter. Without further ado… here’s our thoughts on the LeBron James and the Cavs. (more…)
After opting out two days before free agency began, LeBron James has formally announced his intent to return the Cleveland Cavaliers in a letter published by Sports Illustrated. That’s right, it’s the return of the King! Here’s a link to the article if you missed it http://www.si.com/nba/2014/07/11/lebron-james-cleveland-cavaliers