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Browns Tuesday Mailbag

So the Browns played a game back on Friday and well… It didn’t go so well. They didn’t play well, they looked sloppy, and it was more of the same from Pat Shurmur. So without further adieu, I present to you the first ever Browns Tuesday Mailbag. Where the emails are 100% fake, but still find a way to be 100% blatantly honest.

So our starting running back got hurt before taking a single handoff, our quarterback turned the ball over twice and looked like a rookie, and the offensive line played absolutely awful. In general, the Browns played the same type of sloppy, disjointed, and uninspired game that we saw week in and week out from them. Is this really all the head coach’s fault? Don’t you think we need to give him more time before running him out of town? He has room to grow! He can still figure this out! Mike Holmgren believes in me him! Shouldn’t Cleveland fans be more concerned with running that hack, Manny Acta, out of town before the head coach of the Browns???? -Pat, Berea, Ohio

Well Pat, I can’t help but feel like you have some type of strange overenthusiasm for head coach Pat Shurmur. It’s almost like you’re a little too close to the situation. The way you seem to defend Shurmur seems a bit suspicious. That being said, it’s absolutely Pat Shurmur’s fault that the Browns played as poorly as they did on Friday. All last season the Browns looked unprepared and seemed to go through the motions. Game one this season… unprepared and going through the motions. At what point does it become less about the players and more about the guy running the show?

The difference in the speed of the NFL game compared to the college game is ridiculous. The NFL guys are so fast. So…. so… fast… Rewatching the game from Friday I can’t believe how fast the linemen for the Lions are AND THEY WEREN’T EVEN PLAYING FULL SPEED! Holy crap… -Brandon, Fetal Position, Bedroom

And that is what every Browns fan failed to recognize when Brandon Weeden was drafted and ultimately anointed the starter before ever seeing a single snap of live action, NFL football. What happened on Friday night shouldn’t have been very surprising. Weeden is a rookie and sure enough he played like one. It’s going to take time before he starts to look like a legit NFL QB. Of course, that’s assuming he actually figures it out. Playing behind that line… it might take a while. God help him.

Oh F#*$! -Trent, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

I hear’ya Trent. The Browns don’t look very good right now considering the coaching situation and all the injuries that keep happening. Kinda makes you wonder how Trent Richardson feels about being drafted by the Browns #3 overall. Hey, at least he gets to spend his winters dealing with lake effect snow and sub-freezing temperatures as opposed to the 75 degrees and sunny had he gone back to Alabama.

What is the return policy on a $1 Billion NFL franchise? -Jimmy, Knoxville, Tennessee

That’s a tough question to answer. I would assume, like most purchases, the return policy on an NFL team is probably 90 days. That’s assuming you still have the receipt. You do still have the receipt, don’t you?

I recently just sold one of my dad’s hand me downs and used the profits to hop on a plane to England and watch the Olympics these past two weeks. What a great time. It’s nice not having any worries in the world, not that I had many to begin with. Now I can just sit back and wait for futbol season to start… soccer that is. Anyways, how are the Browns doing? They’re still the Browns, right? -Randy, London, England

Must be nice to be filthy rich and not have a care in the world. And yes, the Browns are still the Browns. In fact, after Friday’s performance one could even go as far as to say it’s just the same old Browns. So honestly Randy, you probably picked the perfect time to run off to England to watch the Olympics. Speaking of which, any chance you could hook me up with Alex Morgan’s phone number soccer tickets… ya, soccer tickets.

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The Browns are for Sale??? HOLY CRAP!!!

So, what’s up? Anything interesting happen lately? Anything… Anything at all?

Oh wait, that’s right. The Cleveland Browns are for sale… HOLY CRAP! So much for a normal, boring, run of the mill Friday sitting in my cubicle watching the seconds on the clock tick away.

News broke early this morning that the Randy Lerner was in negotiations to sell primary ownership of the Browns to a mystery third-party. The internet immediately broke as motives for a sudden sale began to be thrown around and dissected at break neck speeds. Naturally, the biggest cause for concern was whether or not the Cleveland Browns will in fact remain the Cleveland Browns, or are we in the beginning stages of watching our beloved football team pack up and move away for the second time. Continue reading

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Making Sense of the Peyton Hillis Situation

The Madden cover changed everything... The Browns never got the memo.

The Madden Curse has once again reared its ugly face.  However, unlike in past years when the curse made its presence known in the form of exploding knees, broken legs, and diminished skills, the curse has taken on a new form in 2011.

The contract dispute.

After a highly successful 2010 season where he gained 1600+ total yards and 13 TD’s, Peyton Hillis was chosen as the Madden 12 cover athlete based on a national, NCAA bracket style voting competition.  Browns fans voted in waves to push Hillis onto the cover, laughing in the face of the curse in the process.  Now, almost 6 months later, Browns fans may be regretting this decision for one simple and undisputable fact.

Peyton Hillis wants to get paid. Continue reading


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The Browns Pick… Pat Shurmur?

Update:  This morning the Cleveland Browns announced that St. Louis Rams Offensive Coordinator Pat Shurmur will be the 13th head coach in franchise history and the fifth since the team returned to the NFL in 1999.  An introductory press conference is scheduled for tomorrow morning at 11:00 AM and will be broadcast on 850 WKNR during The Really Big Show.  Stay tuned, additional details to follow. 

So much for that extensive head coaching search… at least for the time being, but stay tuned.

The interwebs are blowing up with the news that the Browns are currently in negotiations with Pat Shurmur to be the next head coach of the Cleveland Browns.  After three interviews and about a week of “searching” it looks like the Browns have already made up their minds.

Do you hear that?  Do you hear the overwhelming sound of silence?  That silence is Browns fans looking at each other and thinking, “Huh?”  To say that the hiring of Pat Shurmur is not exactly instilling a sense of excitement in Browns fans would be an understatement.  This isn’t the big name hire that a lot of us were expecting when this search began.  Many expected numerous interviews and numerous big name candidates to be thrown around.  I listed roughly 8 or 9 names last week when the search began.  Out of those names, the only candidates that have been interviewed thus far are Mike Mularkey, Perry Fewell, and Shurmur.  One could make a case that Fewell was only interviewed in order to meet the requirements of the Rooney Rule, so does he really even count or was he a token interview?  Meanwhile, names such as Gruden, Fox, Mornhinweg, Billick, and Childress etc. have yet to step foot in Berea. Continue reading

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