While USC’s Sam Darnold has been the consensus No. 1 pick for weeks due to being the safest pick the Cleveland Browns could make, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports on the morning of the draft there is a “mounting belief” around the league from head coaches and general managers that Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield will be the first overall pick. Mayfield going No. 1 will send ripple effects to the top of the draft. The Browns have had 28 different starting quarterbacks since 1999. Tyrod Taylor will be No. 29 to open the 2018 season and Mayfield the likely pick will certainly be No. 30 at some point in 18.
Former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley is expected to become the Cleveland Browns new offensive coordinator. All signs point to former #Steelers OC Todd Haley being named #Browns OC soon https://t.co/SKpvICfRHW — Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) January 22, 2018 Haley will take over the play-calling from Hue Jackson and it will be an intriguing situation for Haley if Jackson actually stays out of the way. With the first and fourth overall picks, Cleveland is primed to draft a potential franchise quarterback. If Haley develops good chemistry with whoever the Browns draft, it’s not a far-fetched scenario that 1-31 Hue Jackson gets fired mid-season by new GM John Dorsey and Haley gets a look as interim coach or a candidate to replace Jackson at somepoint. For a guy who has been on no one’s radar as a head coaching candidate, this is a smart move by Haley that could eventuallyRead More »
The New England Patriots are headed back to the Super Bowl and James Harrison showed he can still play. New England always finds a way and they did again with a 4th quarter comeback in rallying past the Jaguars for a 24-20 win in the AFC Title Game. New England trailed by 10 in the 4th quarter but in typical New England fashion, the Patriots would outscore the Jaguars 14-0 in the final nine minutes of the game to secure a trip to Super Bowl LII. The Steelers couldn’t find time for James Harrison to even get 5 snaps a game. When the Patriots needed stops, all Harrison did today was go out and provide 3 QB pressures in the 4th quarter and a sack at the 2-minute warning to force a 3rd and 19 for the Jaguars and eventual turn over on downs. The Steelers could have used aRead More »
The 0-12 Cleveland Browns have fired General Manager Sashi Brown. “We have great appreciation and gratitude for Sashi’s commitment and leadership to our organization but believe transitioning to someone with strong experience and success in drafting and building consistently winning football teams is critical to the future of the Cleveland Browns,” Owner Jimmy Haslam said in a statement. “Today we informed Sashi that we were going in a new direction. The 2018 draft and offseason is pivotal for our franchise, we need to ensure that we maximize our opportunity for success; with our picks, free agency and building our roster. An even bigger head scratcher from the Browns announcement is that Hue Jackson who is 1-27 in his career as Browns coach will return in 2018. “Hue Jackson will remain our coach and will return for the 2018 season but we feel it is necessary to take significant steps toRead More »
Patriots greatness has to be admired Anytime from here on out the New England Patriots are talked about as the greatest dynasty in football (They Are) and in some cases the greatest dynasty in sports history, the past antics of cheating from spygate, ect, has to always be there. But, at the end of the day, you have to admire greatness. A special case of greatness is to be admired and how the Patriots continue to do this is something that just shouldn’t be happening in today’s salary cap world of the NFL. The Brady/Belichick era is going to go down as dominating two decades. Bending the rules as far as they did in the past or still does, can only go so far. This is an amazing run organization starting with Bill Belichick. Since 2008, this has rarely been the most talented team in football. It’s just the bestRead More »
When Judge Richard Berman handed down his ruling against the NFL, and in favor of Tom Brady, many of us wondered what the “post-DeflateGate” NFL would look like. After one week of football, we have our answer: It looks like the commissioner has been neutered. I’m talking lop off the twig and berries. Remember Gene Hackman as the bad-ass law man in “Unforgiven”? I always pictured Roger Goodell looking in the mirror and seeing that reflection. And, in his mind, every NFL player accused of wrongdoing was playing Richard Harris’ role of English Bob. Now though (to complete the entertainment reference cycle) Goodell comes off more like Steve Carrell in “The Office.” And his underlings are walking all over him. Here’s a quick summary of the first regular season weekend in the NFL since Berman deflated Goodell’s balls. Repeat offender of the highest order Ndaumkong Suh kicked the helmet offRead More »