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The email Jimmy Haslam should have sent.

Jimmy Haslam’s emails to season ticket holders have famously missed the mark thus far.  It got me thinking whether there was anything he could have said to ease fans’ worries.  I think there is.  A little humility, contrition, and honesty would go a long way. Dear Browns fans: It’s been a little over a year since I assumed an active...

The worst team in pro football.

I got busy with some of the “all is well” people in the WFNY comments1 the other day when it dawned on me: The Browns are the worst team in the NFL. It was the realization that, since Dennis Allen wasn’t fired, Oakland now has more continuity than the Browns.  Oakland now has more forward momentum.  You still think Oakland’s...

Analysis of Joe Banner’s first season.

For a team that’s won one game since early October, I read a lot of positive pieces and comments about Joe Banner’s work to date.  And while I appreciate some of the play on the field and believe Chud will be a good coach and note that the players are still working hard… the sanguine mood toward Banner seems curious....

The Banner Plan.

. I wrote a post Thursday/Friday that was triggered by the Trent Richardson trade.  It was emotional, hot, angry, pleading, salty.  But yet it seems its point was not made effectively.  I’ve read several responses to it where the reaction centers on the trading Trent Richardson (and what value the Browns got for him).  That not just misses the primary point...

Browns 2013 preview: The year of indifference.

. The Cleveland Browns had five wins last year.  They’ve had four wins or five wins in each of the last five seasons.  The recent Browns teams have been pursuing mediocrity in vain.  Average would be a step in the right direction for 2013.  Trending upward would be something to be excited for.  Fill some holes, get some luck, and...

How I would renovate Berea.

Brent Stehlik, Browns EVP-Revenue, tweeted out a picture last week showing how the some of the renovations of Berea are coming along.  The latest renovation was one of the first orders of business for the Banner regime after taking over.  As it was for the Mangini era prior to that.  And by the Lerners in 1999.  All this for a...

#bringbacknaoko

Every newbie watching the Bruins on NESN since 2008 has shared the same ‘wait whut?’ moment:  when did NESN start participating in MIT Job Fairs?  Who’s this Bruins locker room reporter speaking in a tone like she’s in the tower at Augusta and conducting interviews as though she knows the game?  Why are the players smiling and unguarded when she talks...

Joe Banner is gonna fix your uniforms with focus groups.

. Why do seemingly reasonable men turn into pompous asses when they take charge of the Browns’ operations? Carmen Policy.  Wins four Super Bowls as CEO with the 49ers; abruptly quits as Browns CEO under a cloud.* Mike Collins.  Marketing executive pulls sloppy back-channel power play to fire GM Phil Savage, gets fired himself. Mike Holmgren.  SB winning coach can’t be...

Commitment to non-Excellence.

We’re not going 13-3 next year. Can’t disagree, Jimmy.  That fate seems well-settled now.  With the league’s smallest salary cap number and a draft that failed to address any team needs, there is indeed little chance for thirteen wins. But with a team who has been speaking down to us about building through the draft, and that we should avert...

Analytics? Shamalytics.

. There are 56 6’4″ and better WRs today.  Five years ago there were 31. . News item:  Huge cornerback Tharold Simon drafted by Seahawks two days after arrest for “public intimidation, resisting an officer and unnecessary noise.” Lessons:  Big cornerbacks are valuable; the best defense in the NFL knows this; the Browns do not. . After much ballyhoo about...