Please continue to follow my work at Chat Sports with my latest article on why the fans should be happy about the impending results of the NFL Lockout agreement:
Remember back on draft night when various members of the media claimed that the Browns were torn between Joe Haden and Kyle Wilson? It was even reported that the Browns were arguing internally on draft night over which CB to take with the #7 pick.
Put aside the ridiculousness that a team would still not have separated two guys who play the same position on their draft board by draft night, and remember that Rex Ryan even alluded to the fact that his brother Rob had said that Wilson was “their (the Browns) guy“. He didn’t actually name Rob, but he made it clear who he was talking about, and followed it up by saying that “I guarantee you were right because this guy is the real deal.”
Fast forward 9 games into the season, and Toni Grossi mentions in his game preview this week that Kyle Wilson has played himself to the bench.
So it begs the question, did Rob Ryan pass along a bogus claim to his brother as part of a draft-day ruse?
The two brothers obviously discussed some players prior to the draft, so it’s perfectly logical that Rob could play coy to his brother in order to muddle the waters as to what the Browns true draft-intentions were.
Misinformation is the name of the game when it comes to the NFL draft. But using your own brother in a grand smokescreen would be taking things to a different level.
It is fortunate for the various belongings in the immediate area surrounding the couch from which I watch football games that this was not a meaningful renewal of the Browns-Steelers ‘rivalry’. The only thing more confusing than that first sentence was how in the world this became a first down for the Steelers.
The referee’s excuse that it was a ‘bad camera angle’ didn’t seem to make much sense either. Especially to those of you who were listening to the game on WMMS when the Browns sideline report Andre Knott asked the guy on the chain-gang who held the marker what happened and he said it looked like it was short to him and he didn’t know why the ref ruled it a first down.
The other curious thing is how little coverage this call got. After all, this was only a fourth-down measurement inside the redzone during a 14-7 game. Kinda of strange to me, but I guess that’s the kind of treatment you get when you’re 1-4 and have lost 12 straight to your ‘rival’.
Browns offense with Brady Quinn: Anemic.
Browns offense with Derek Anderson: Erratic.
Talent level under Mangini/Kokinis: Depleted.
Description of team under Randy Lerner: chaotic
Last decade of football: Wasted.
The Cleveland Browns have not scored an offensive touchdown in 7 games. That’s 28 quarters. Brown pants, white pants, no pants–it really doesn’t matter what they are wearing, who the QB is, who is coaching, or where the game takes place. They simply can’t find the end zone.
It couldn’t have been a worse 2009 debut for a club who is struggling to sell tickets to next week’s pre-season home opener against the Lions. Next saturday we may see the first blackout of any game since the team came back 10 years ago, and those 4 games in December and January are looking perilous as well.
Certainly one could say that it was just a pre-season game, and it’s true that the reaction would be unbearable had this been the actual opener. But it certainly doesn’t bode well for a franchise operating in a recession that has yielded little on the field in the 10 seasons since their return to football. I would say that next week couldn’t be any worse, but it wouldn’t be the first time we’ve thought that and been wrong–it is Cleveland.