Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Punker

Yes it is true what you hear about right tackle Mike Verba, he is not friendly and most would describe as a punk. He is a talented athlete at his position but coaches around the league feel he isn’t worth the time to put up with. So with that in mind Verba was given permission by coach Crennel to seek a trade. So don’t be surprised if Verba is not around for long.

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Gary Baxter

Gary Baxter has been getting accustomed to his new team, new uniform, and new contract. After playing with the Baltimore Ravens for some years, coach Romeo Crennel altered Baxter’s views of the next coming years.

Baxter has spent his first four years of his NFL career with the Ravens. He was planning to stay with the Ravens after becoming a free agent, but with the loss of cornerback Anthony Henry, the Browns made him an offer he couldn’t refuse.

Now Baxter has signed a six-year contract with the Browns. It’s time for him to get used to wearing orange.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Team Report:

- from FOXSports.com

The braintrust has taken pains to bring alive Cleveland as a place with tradition rather than just a place to work, hoping to bridge the disconnection between players and fans. Icon Jim Brown, who played on the city's last major pro sports league title team in 1964, now has an office in the team complex. One of his jobs will be to shape player attitudes. Paul Warfield, another Hall of Famer from the Browns' 1964 title team, is helping with scouting. The former wideout played a role in endorsing WR Braylon Edwards as the No. 3 overall draft pick. Bob Golic, a colorful nose tackle on two AFC finalist teams in the 1980s, has been hired to juice up some of the club's TV productions, including preseason games. Brown in particular commands a lot of locker room respect. . . .

QB Trent Dilfer set a mature tone of leadership as the team headed for spring practice. Dilfer was prepared to mentor a quarterback drafted in the first round, even if that QB would have been a threat to his starting job. Likewise, he has taken third-round pick Charlie Frye under his wing. In some situations, Frye wouldn't have a shot at a starting job until his third pro season. Ironically, Dilfer's willingness to show the ropes could hasten Frye's growth and make him a candidate to start in 2006. Dilfer's most important job, though, isn't baby-sitting Frye. It's bonding with Edwards, and helping to reveal who the other starting wideout should be.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Peter Boulware

Linebacker Peter Boulware, who is currently on free agent status, has been showing interest in starting with the Browns franchise. Just entering free agent status two weeks ago, Boulware has been playing the last four years with the Baltimore Ravens. Ex-Raven cornerback Gary Baxter joined the Browns at the end of March and is hoping his former teammate will join on as well.

“I think he’s looking for a place where can have an impact on the team, number one, and number two, a place that he sees a tangible role. I think he saw that his role was going to change in Baltimore.”
- Browns General Manager Phil Savage

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Matt Stewart

Matt Stewart, formerly a linebacker for the Atlanta Falcons, has joined the Cleveland Browns. With the current plans of Romeo Crennel to change the defensive scheme from a 4-3 to a 3-4, Stewart comes prepared. He has the versatility to go to any of the four defensive positions. This is also a return home for Stewart, who originates from Cleveland.

“Matt was somebody that we identified early on in the free agent process as someone we would like to have. He can play either the outside or the inside linebacker position, which will provide us with some versatility as we transition into the 3-4.”
- Browns Senior Vice President and General Manager Phil Savage

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

HONING THEIR GAMES:

- from FOXSports.com

It's not clear whether the Browns were merely trying to light a fire when they announced 2002 first-round pick William Green could be had in a trade. It's clear a fire was lit. Rather than moping about a plight born of his own missteps, Green has responded with a determined, upbeat attitude. Advised to take film-watching more seriously, he has spent more hours in front of a screen than in his first three Cleveland springs combined. In the past, Green gave lip service to studying defenses, but he seems to understand now that he did far too little in this area. Having seen poor results from relying on instinct, Green is taking a new look at how to use blockers scientifically, in addition to by feel. Green's confidence is bolstered by having a veteran right guard, Cosey Coleman, in front of him. Green needs to hit the hole with more authority than he has, and his new attention to detail should help. Beyond that, Green seems to have his off-field issues in order.

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Ben Miller

After a season-ending ankle injury, Ben Miller is returning to his Browns. Not only has Miller been out last year, he has been out since 2002. Miller has military service through 2 years between 2002 and 2004. After returning, Miller followed suit with his injury.

Miller has currently been participating as a tight end for the Hamburg Sea Devils in NFL Europe. This gives him a good chance to reinstate his previously untapped skills for the last three years.

“That’s what great about football, is competing against someone else. This is giving me the opportunity to experience that again before coming back this fall (in Browns training camp). There was quite a bit of rust. I hadn’t played in three years. But I’ve knocked that off by now and I’ll be able to finish the season strong.”
- Ben Miller

Friday, May 06, 2005

2nd Pick

- from ESPN.com

Pool played in 12 games (mostly on special teams) as a true freshman in 2002. He started 12-of-14 games in 2003 at FS and finished with 68 total tackles, seven interceptions, six pass breakups and nine tackles for loss. As a junior in 2004, Pool led the Sooners with 92 tackles and finished with two interceptions, nine passes broken up and five tackles for loss. Pool lacks elite man-to-man coverage skills and he isn't a huge hitter versus the run. He will need time to develop his technique and he also needs to take fewer chances as a last line of defense. However, he has good speed and athletic ability, as well as natural football instincts instincts. He's a playmaker that is always around the ball  versus the run and the pass. He isn't afraid to fill hard versus the run and he has developed into a ballhawk ...

Monday, May 02, 2005

Crennel and Minicamp

The Cleveland Browns have commenced their first rookie minicamp. This not only is getting all of the new players associated with the team, but also getting Crennel on terms with being head coach.

Romeo Crennel is starting his head coach gig with the Browns. Even though he has about 35 years of football experience, this is the first time he has been placed as head coach.

All in all, this is a very exciting thing for the Browns. With a new coach always come new strategy and the possibility of improvement. Crennel has an impressive resume of football experience and should be a helpful asset.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Braylon Edwards

- from the official site of the Cleveland Browns

In 44 games with Michigan, Edwards started 36 times. He shattered all of the school's career receiving records. Edwards caught 252 passes for 3,542 yards (14.1 average) and 39 touchdowns, surpassing the previous marks of 176 receptions by Walker (1998-2001) and 3,076 yards and 37 scores by Anthony Carter (1979-82). His 39 touchdown grabs also set a Big Ten all-time record, while his 252 catches rank fourth and 3,542 yards rank third in conference annals.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Jason Fisk

Being a 10-year veteran of the game, Jason Fisk is preparing to move to the Cleveland Browns to assist in the development of the 3-4. The Browns are bringing him in as the centerpiece (nose tackle) of their newly thought out defense. Fisk came to the Browns on account of the Chargers no longer needing him after making a similar switch in their own defensive structure.

“I’ve played nose the majority of my career. It’s a thankless, tough position. Taking on the double-teams and letting linebackers run is no problem for me. It’s a lot of pressure because if the nose breaks down, the run defense breaks down. Running the ball can really control a game and to be effective in this division, we’re going to have to be effective in stopping the run. I play the run primarily. I’m not really pass rusher. I like to get in there, get dirty and stop them.”
- Jason Fisk

Thursday, April 14, 2005

SCOUTING REPORT:

- from FOXSports.com

It would have been far easier to assess QB Luke McCown behind the line the Browns intend to field in 2005 than the one with which McCown started four games in December. With the rush on him way too soon after most snaps, McCown showed courage but looked disjointed. This led to a split view in the organization as to whether he could develop into more than a backup. However, he still has the raw overall skills that match or surpass those of all but a few NFL starters, and he is determined to get on top off the requisite mental game. McCown was too impulsive and inconsistent at Louisiana Tech, but as with the 2004 Browns, that was behind a substandard line. The hot-blooded McCown might be a fair-to-good insurance policy behind Trent Dilfer behind an improved line. The Browns might not draft a replacement for McCown on the first day.

Sunday, April 10, 2005

Russell’s On

To update my most recent post, the Minnesota Vikings have turned down the proposal to match Brian Russell’s offer with the Cleveland Brown’s. His induction was made official this past Saturday.

“We’re excited about adding Brian to our defensive backfield. He will bring a veteran presence to us and we feel like there is upside potential with him as a player.”
- Browns General Manager Phil Savage

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Browns and Brian Russell

Brian Russell has currently signed an offer sheet with the Cleveland Browns. Currently on unrestricted free agent status, Russell has signed the offer sheet but awaits the next move from his former team, the Minnesota Vikings. The final date for the Vikings to recover him will be April 8th.

Various Stats:
  • 2004: 81 stops / 1 int
  • 2003: 95 tackles / 9 int

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Frost and Carter Signing

- from the official site of the Cleveland Browns

The Browns made three roster moves Monday, re-signing punter Derrick Frost and cornerback Dyshod Carter to one-year contracts and terminating the contract of offensive lineman Kelvin Garmon.

Frost won the Browns' punting job in a training camp batttle last season. He averaged 40 yards per punt on the year.

Carter played in the final five regular season games as a reserve cornerback and also played on special teams, where he recorded five tackles, one forced fumble and one recovered fumble.

Garmon signed with the Browns last spring and started the first eight games at right guard before suffering a season-ending knee injury.

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Crennel Living Different

Two months after being signed as the Cleveland Brown’s coach, Romeo Crennel is living life differently. Not only has he been getting more attention media-wise, but he also is giving more out.

During his time as an assistant coach under Bill Belichick, Crennel was not even allowed to speak with the media. Now, he has just attended a meeting with all other coaches where everyone’s voice was heard to try to come to unison on certain bylaws of the game.

"This has been interesting, to see a different side of it."
- Romeo Crennel

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Chester Taylor Addition...Possibly

- from the official site of the Cleveland Browns

The Browns confirmed Thursday that they have signed restricted free agent running back Chester Taylor to an offer sheet.

The Ravens have until March 23 to match the Browns' offer and keep Taylor. If the Ravens don't match, the Browns will owe Baltimore their sixth-round pick in next month's draft as compensation.

Taylor (5-foot-11, 213) has been a valuable backup and spot starter for the Ravens the last three seasons. The University of Toledo graduate gained 714 yards on 160 carries and scored two touchdowns last season.

He posted a career-best 139 yards on 23 carries last December against the Bengals. He followed that with a 25-carry, 104-yard day in a win over the Giants the following week.

Taylor, 25, has six career touchdowns, four rushing and two receiving. He also returned kickoffs for Baltimore in 2002-03.

Sunday, March 13, 2005

HARD TRUTH:

- from FOXSports.com

Just as Butch Davis rejected the judgments that were the foundation of his predecessors, Phil Savage is dismissing key conclusions of the Davis regime. That's as it should be, given the Browns' 9-23 record in 2003 and '04. Rather than throwing good money after bad, Savage opted to abandon the hope Gerard Warren and William Green could become cornerstones. Rather than trust that Davis' hand-picked punter, Derrick Frost, can put first-year jitters behind him, Savage signed veteran Kyle Richardson. However, Savage is following the wise practice of committing to holdover players who can help. Notably, he has identified 2004 Davis pick Sean Jones as a possible core player at safety. He sees hope in former second-rounder Chaun Thompson, a Davis reach in 2003, as a pass-rushing LB in a 3-4. Savage's early walk through the Browns' tricky minefield has been impressive. It's OK if you were a Butch Davis guy, if you can play at a fair price. That said, everything rides on Savage's Baltimore Achilles, picking the right long-term quarterback. Trading for Trent Dilfer provides a short-term stopgap, unless Dilfer experiences an epiphany of Rich Gannon proportions. Dilfer was an effective game-manager quarterback in the Ravens' 2000 Super Bowl run, when he started all four playoff games and rode the coattails of the defense. The Browns' 2005 defense is not to be confused with the one powered by Tony Siragusa, Sam Adams, Ray Lewis and Company. The Browns need to draft a passer in Round 1 or 2.

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Jeff Uhlenhake joins Browns

Jeff Uhlenhake has joined the Browns as the assistant offensive line coach. He joins the team after a year stint with the University of Cincinnati.

“Jeff (Uhlenhake) is a young coach who did a good job with the University of Cincinnati program. He has a long relationship with Jeff Davidson and will certainly enhance his efforts with our offensive line.”
- Browns Head Coach Romeo Crennel

Uhlenhake began his football career as a player. In his ten years in the NFL, he went from being a fifth-round pick with the Miami Dolphins in 1989 to ending with the Washington Redskins.

Afterwards, Uhlenhake began coaching high school ball, advanced through college ball, and is now with the Browns.

Monday, February 14, 2005

Crennel vs. Garcia

After one season with the Cleveland Browns, former quarterback Jeff Garcia will be released from the ranks. After the addition of former Patriots’ defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel, the Browns’ style will be altered. Garcia is very much on the quick pass side of the spectrum. As we all know from watching the last few Super Bowls, Crennel likes to focus on more play-action and drop-back, not the rollout style of Garcia.

This will give the Browns some cap room. They will still have to lay out $3.75 million for Garcia, but this is $2 million less than they would have had to pay if he had stayed.

Kelly Holcomb, who is the only remaining veteran quarterback, will come to free agent status this March. This puts the Browns in a little bit of a dilemma since Holcomb has not decided whether he will stay or not. But, Crennel is keeping a very positive outlook. Change is good, right?

“We’re going to have to see what happens with Kelly, to see if we can get him back. And whether Garcia not being here makes that any easier or not, no one really knows because free agency is free agency. You’re free. You can do what you want to do.”
- Coach Romeo Crennel

Monday, January 31, 2005

New coach definatley in the talks

It seems that with the Patriots being so big these days, they have come to effect us.
From sports.yahoo.com:
Several league sources confirmed to Yahoo! Sports this week that defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel will be offered the Cleveland Browns head coaching job after the Super Bowl. In fact, Browns officials attended the AFC championship game and were poised to make that overture then, if the Patriots had lost.
Lets hope that if Crennel is in fact our new coach, he will shine a new [winning] light on to our team. Lets cross our fingers. GO BROWNS!

Monday, January 24, 2005

QB Issues

Kelly Holcomb showed flare towards the end of the season. Holcomb also showed he has the ability to handle and play in the Cleveland cold. What we also found out is that Jeff Garcia who played in the CFL can not handle the Cleveland winters well at all.

So General Phil Savage has to decide whether or to pay Garcia $4 million dollars in 2005 or get some type of resolve from Holcomb's free agency status or last use the draft for some type of stability for Cleveland quarterback position.

Monday, January 10, 2005

Crennel most Wanted

It seems like the Niners are not the only team interested in Crennel. The Browns are loving him in Cleveland.
"His stock skyrocketed with the Cleveland people," said the league official, who has knowledge of the interview. "At this point, I'd be very surprised if Romeo doesn't emerge as a head coach after his season is over."
Do we need a defensive mind at work? Maybe we need some one who can rather help put points on the board.