Flog that pony.

. I’ve been at this short d-back thing for months.  I know it seems like I’m beating this horse and I promise, I’ll let it go once my twitter timeline can go 24 hours without telling me that Leon McFadden was a smart pick.  More precisely, that McFadden represents addressing the issue at cornerback. My problem is that I keep finding data...

Who won the draft? The usual suspects.

Kanick didn’t like the Browns draft.  Offered up some reasons why… but it turns out I, as an expert, am not persuasive. Instead of flogging that dead horse, I thought it’d be interesting to compare the Banner draft with some other GMs.  Other, proven, really good*, GMs: Jerry Reese (Giants GM, 2007) Ted Thompson (Packers GM, 2005) Kevin Colbert (Steelers...

Your 2013 depth chart.

Here’s your depth chart.  You can read it same as me.  Pretty much the same amount of red and yellow as at the start of the off-season.  Good depth on the d-front.  Yay. _____ Traded out of 4th and 5th rounds?  No biggie. In case there’s any lingering confusion about the value of 4th/5th picks, here are alumni of those...

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...

KKE, 2: Do the Browns HAVE to Draft a Cornerback at Number Six?

So it turns out that 30 odd federal agents DO don bullet-proof vests to procure Lori McFarland’s emails.   I admit, I find it disappointing that, when given the choice between: building a landmark case that might protect the truly most vulnerable of our society and possibly strangle off the worst of the truck-stop sub-culture or; demonstrating the how a...

Is Rubin the new Vickers?

The news yesterday was that Star Lotulelei is coming in for a private workout in Berea.  He joins Ansah, Floyd, D. Jones, Jordan, Mingo, and Richardson.  In other words, every top rated d-lineman in the draft will have visited Berea.  It’s hard to see this list of visitors without concluding that the Browns aren’t done ‘fixing’ the defensive line. ....

Kerry Rhodes, s.v.p.

. Usama Young is gone.  Good.  Our free safety currently is Eric Hagg.  Not good.  Time to get us a free safety. It’s been awhile since we’ve had a strong FS: Young, Adams,  Elam, Pool, Russell, Little, Bush, Ellsworth, Fuller, Turner+, Newsome, Gash, Wright, Rockins, Rogers, Whitwell, Scott, Darden*, Sumner, Howell. That’s all the Browns starting free safeties going back to 1970.  One all-pro,...

Smaug’s Cave found.

. . Well this is awkward.  Pretty quiet out there.  Nobody wants to say it?  Ok, I will: The Browns’ execution of this free agency period has been ‘disappointing.’ Browns currently sit with the most or second most cap space of any team; just as they started the FA season.  Their cap space –left to Banner/Lombardi by Heckert– provided a...

FA target #4: Dustin Keller

. Editor’s note:  I wrote this three weeks ago and didn’t publish because of possible ‘diva’ signs and because I expected the Jets to franchise him rendering the discussion moot.  It turns out the Browns are sniffing around Jared Cook of the Titans and Brandon Myers of the Raiders.  IMO, neither are in Keller’s class.  Also, there’s been surprising little...

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