My Toxic Relationship

 

In high school we remember that one couple who started dating their Freshman year and went through a very dramatic off and on relationship until they graduated High School.

Instead of four years my toxic relationship has been going on for 25 years.

Throughout that toxic relationship there was always one party who would always take advantage of the other.  And despite always being taken advantage of, the other party would always take them back.

In my relationship with the Cleveland Browns, the Browns always seem to take advantage of me.

I buy new jerseys, t-shirts, koozies, coffee mugs, old sports illustrated magazines, and worst of all I give them my heart.

I give them my heart every  Sunday through four quarters win or lose.  I am all in every draft night thinking they will draft the next franchise guy to finally turn this miserable relationship around.

Guess what, it never happens.  They always let me down.

Just like that toxic relationship, people always ask why.

Why do you put up with the abuse? Why don’t you just move on?

To which I respond with…

Do you honestly think I don’t want to move on?  You think I like doing this?

My favorite players growing up were Kurt Warner, Brett Favre, and Peyton Manning.

Don’t you think I wanted to enjoy Sundays watching those guys play quarterback?

Do you think I enjoyed watching Kelly Holcomb, Brady Quinn, Colt McCoy, or Charlie Frye for that matter?

Just like that toxic relationship you do it because of one thing.

And that is Love.

The Browns are my first love, and dropping that first love is never easy.

Because, you remember the beginning when things were great, when you had hopes and dreams.

I remember the Browns running onto the field when they returned in 1999 to eventually get shutout by the Steelers.

I remember going to the playoffs in 2003, and the 10 wins in 07.  I just want those romantic days to return, so we can have that healthy relationship like I know we can have.

Instead, you take advantage of me!

You not only get my hopes up every year, you get my hopes up every week!

The Browns could announce my dog Kip as the starting qb for next weeks game and by Saturday I would have convinced myself we are going to win.

To give you an idea here is how my week is when thinking about the Browns.

Sunday

The Browns just lost in the worst way possible, whether it was a blowout or they lost because a guy threw his helmet in celebration before the play was over and the penalty from that set the other team up to make a game tying field goal and eventually win in overtime.

By the way, that actually happened.  I didn’t make that up.

Anyway, I spend the rest of the day pissed off ranting about how I am done with this team and I am not expecting us to win another game for the rest of the season.

I throw out phrases; “Why do I do this to myself,” “I don’t know why I watch,” “I am not getting excited for another game this season,” or “I can’t wait for the draft.”

Monday

I am usually still upset about the game.  I spend the day ranting and talking to my friends about the game.

My friends aren’t really talking to me, it is just me ranting and them just nodding their heads.

I read articles and listen to podcasts about the game that only frustrate me more.

Most of the time I am still telling everyone that I am done getting excited and how we are just going to get our asses kicked Sunday.

Tuesday

Depression has kicked in.  I probably just got done watching a stellar Monday night game where I saw Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady put on a performance for the ages.

This causes me to ask myself… Why can’t we be good? Why can’t I have a reason to enjoy watching this team?

I don’t want to talk about the Browns, and I don’t even want to think about the Browns.

Wednesday

I block the Browns out for the day.  I have said everything that needs to be said, I have ranted on everything that needs to be ranted on.

This is the day where I start to become happy again, the sun shines a little brighter, the grass is a little greener.

I have officially put last weeks game behind me, it is also known as the beginning of the end.

Thursday

Today is the day where the optimism slowly starts to kick in.

It is usually because I watched the shitty Thursday night game and I think ” Man we aren’t that bad.”

I start to become optimistic, I start to think we aren’t as bad as we look.

Certain thoughts enter my brain like: “We were only a few plays away last week.” “If we can just run the ball we could win.”

I keep these thoughts to myself though.  I don’t tell anyone because I am trying to keep myself from getting too excited.

My thought process is, if I just hide these feelings there is no way I will get hurt again.

Friday

My head is full of optimism.  By Friday afternoon I have almost talked myself into thinking the Browns will win on Sunday.

I always think somehow we will catch this team off guard or the offense will finally come together.

My head my be full of optimism, but I am still trying to act like I am not excited.

I am trying not to act excited because deep down I know what is going to happen.

I know I sound like an idiot and I know everything that I think could happen won’t happen.

As Friday comes to an end the reality of what is going to happen on Sunday is all pushed out.

Saturday

All those thoughts of optimism I was holding inside are officially out for the world to hear.

I am telling everyone how I think we have a chance to win or how I really think we are going to “pull this one out.”

Here is an example how optimistic I am on a Saturday leading up to a Browns game.

I was at a get together Saturday night for the boxing match.  I was sitting out on the back porch with some friends grilling some food and drinking some beers and we were talking about the upcoming NFL games.

When asked about the Browns season I told my friend; “Well if you look at our schedule we could be 5-1.”

My friend looked at me like I was trying to tell him Santa Clause was real.  I then tried to argue why I was right and he was wrong.

You see how pathetic that is?  On Monday I am telling people how we will be lucky to win a game and now I am telling people how we are playoff contenders.

Sunday

We all know what happens here.

Listen, I know my relationship is toxic but deep down I know there is good in the Browns heart.

One day I will just break through that brick wall and we will be happy forever and ever.

One day the Browns will be good, it may be when I am 30 or 75, and I will have double middle fingers to all of you who laugh at me now.

You know? sometimes that toxic relationship does have a happy ending.

 

 

 

 

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Baker Mayfield

As you have all heard by now Ohio State laid a huge egg Saturday night and let Oklahoma walk into the Horseshoe and give Ohio State its first loss of the 2017 season.

Despite Baker Mayfield carving up Ohio State for 386 passing yards and 3 touchdowns.  The story is what Mayfield did after the game.

You can watch Mayfield run to the middle of the field and attempt to plant the flag in the middle of O.

I say attempt because you can’t plant a flag on turf.  Just a reminder for all you who forgot.

Some people have taken offense to Mayfield planting the flag calling it “disrespectful.”

People have asked me about it for two days and my answer remains the same.

I honestly don’t care what Mayfield did.

Is it disrespectful? A little.  But that is why I like it.

This is what makes college football so fun.  There is so many emotions that go into the games every Saturday.  Then when you get a big game like Saturday night even more emotions are shown.

It is a reason why college football ratings are up recently and NFL ratings are down.

You never get this in the pros.  You don’t see players going to celebrate with fans, singing fight songs, or planting flags in the middle of the field.

In the NFL we see players meeting in the middle of the field laughing, taking pictures, and exchanging jerseys.

Mayfield is known for his emotions, he has an awesome story how he ended up at Oklahoma.

After being the starter for Texas Tech he quit the team to walk on at Oklahoma, which was his favorite team growing up, without telling Bob Stoops he was planning on walking on.

He now has himself in the Heisman race and has put Oklahoma in the drivers seat to make a run for the National title.

Also, if you are Ohio State you know how you stop someone planting a flag on your home field?

Fucking win….

Ohio State for whatever reason can not move the ball offensively.  The way Ohio State played offense is more disrespectful to me than anything Baker Mayfield says or does.

Also, what if Ohio State and Oklahoma meet in the playoff?

It adds even more drama and angst to the matchup.  There will be talk for a month from Ohio State how they saw it “disrespectful” and Mayfield will have to play another Heisman type game to back up his actions.

Mayfield did apologize today and I really wish he didn’t.

But, if Mayfield felt the need to apologize then I have no problem with it.

So my advice to all my fellow Ohio State fans, don’t waste your energy being mad at Mayfield.

Spend all your energy being mad at how our offense hasn’t been able to consistently move the ball over the past three years.

Or, how our defense full of first round talent can’t defend the pass.

As for Mayfield, keep doing your thing because that is why we all love you.  If you go into a hostile environment and put up Heisman like numbers you can do whatever you want.

What is Texas Football?

If you guys didn’t notice, this past weekend the state of Texas had a terrible weekend.  Which means that the rest of the 49 states had a fantastic weekend.

Let me just get this out there.  I hate Texas football teams, I hate them all.

I hate Texas and their stuck up fans, I hate Texas a&m and their rich fans, I hate TCU, because I just hate TCU, I hate Texas Tech and their very attractive head coach, and I hate Baylor because that whole school can go to hell.

You know why I hate all these teams?  Because all of their fans are so dumb!

I don’t care how many movies or T.V. shows that are made about Texas football.  Just know that you all suck.

Texas fans think they are good just because they are Texas.  They think because they have a half ass southern accent, a few movies they watched as a kid, a couple pop warner football trophies, and they can name a few QBs they think they are the kingdom to the football world.

NEWSFLASH! YOU AINT SHIT!

I will say this, Texas in my opinion is probably the second best state for high school football.  I don’t think anyone with a brain can argue that.

Teams raid the state of Texas each year in hope to land their next big recruit.

Lets go team by team for why Texas is the most overrated college football state in the country.

Lets start with Texas.

Texas is a great job, it has money, tradition, and you are in the heart of one of the best high school football states in America.

You would think Texas would be great, you would think they would always be great.

Well you thought wrong.

I am not old enough to talk about the Darrell Royal days and most of you reading this are not old enough either.

So, when a Texas fan comes to you and starts bragging about  Darrell Royal, just tell them you don’t care.

Why don’t you care?  Because no one cares.

Lets start with Mack Brown, because everyone is old enough to remember Mack Brown.

The best way to describe Mack Brown is the way a Nebraska fan once described him to me.

“He always did less with more.”

Texas fans have their head so far up their ass, that while bragging about the great high school football that takes place in their “great” state that they forget that they are just proving everyones argument.

That argument is… You guys are not what you think you are.

If Mack Brown was such a great coach, and Texas was such a great university you would think they would be able to recruit at a level to win or compete for a championship every single year.

You would think they would be able to easily beat teams from the Big 12 where the recruiting is to put it nicely.. sub par.

Mack Brown won a stellar two Big 12 championships, while coaching in the great football state of Texas and won one national title.

I am not saying Mack Brown sucks, I am not saying two conference titles, and one national championship in 15 years is bad.

My point is that when you run your mouth about how great you are and how this state is the home to football, you would think you would be able to do better than just one national title or at least more than two conference championships.

Nebraska fans are screaming right now saying it should only be one.  If you don’t know what I am talking about You Tube the 2009 Big 12 title game.

My final point with the Longhorns is, you are just like everyone else, you are not special.

I do believe Tom Herman will turn everything around at Texas.

Despite the loss to Maryland this past weekend, I think everything will be ok.

You just need to give it some time and you will be back to competing for championships.  Not winning, probably just competing.

On to the Aggies.

Texas A&M I truly do not get.

Kevin Sumlin is officially on the hot seat after blowing a huge lead against UCLA on Sunday night.

If I were an a&m fan I would be upset to.

But, I don’t get why they want Sumlin fired.

Texas A&M isn’t competing for titles like the fans expect.

Sumlin had 11 wins in 2012, 9 wins in 2013, and 8 wins in 14,15, and 16.

At a program that is rich with championship history and tradition you can’t settle for 8 wins right?

Well, Texas A&M isn’t rich with championship history and tradition.

You know the last time Texas A&M won a national title? 1939…

WE WERE THREE MONTHS INTO WORLD WAR 2!!!

Texas A&M hasn’t won a national title since the beginning of WWII.

Let that sink in.

Their last conference title was in 1998.  Their are kids in college right now that have never been alive to witness a Texas A&M conference title.

Since 1998 they have finished in the AP Poll top 25 only five times!!!!

People are complaining about eight wins!!! You should be grateful for eight wins.

Why do people of Texas A&M think eight wins isn’t good enough, when the past 20 years eight wins is the best you have been.

As for the other Texas schools no one really cares about you.  You have done absolutely nothing to anyones school, because you guys traditionally suck.

Except for Baylor, all of you involved with Art Briles and ones who defended Art Briles can go to hell.

For all of you who wore a black shirt protesting Art Briles firing last year against TCU you can join them in hell.

Texas Football where we do less with more.  Put that on a t-shirt!

CFP Predictions

It is finally here, the purpose of breathing is officially back today

Granted, we had games this past weekend but I consider that the “soft opening” to college football.

Unless, you are a degenerate gambler like myself, no one really cares about Colorado State vs Oregon State or Rice vs Stanford.

Today is the official kick off to college football and I know all of you can not wait.

With college football starting along comes the College Football Playoff Predictions.

Rarely is anyone ever 100% right when it comes to these.  It is all just guessing and you throw in a team or two no one is talking about just to make your prediction different from everyone else.

So, today I will give you my four teams that I believe will be playing in the  fourth College Football Playoff and the National Champion.

To be honest I only know a lot about one team, and if you know me you can guess which team that is.

So, today I am going to fake it and bull shit you about how much I know about these teams.

ENJOY!

4. Oklahoma State

I have mentioned this team to multiple people and I get a lot of weird looks.  I say Oklahoma State for many of reasons but one of the reasons has to do with issues off the field.

The College Football Playoff consists of only four teams, even though we have five major conferences ( Pac 12, Big 12, Big 10, SEC, and ACC).

Out of the first three years the Playoff has existed the Big 12 has been left out of the playoff for two of them.

In the first playoff, the BIG 12 even got jumped by Big 10 champion Ohio State who eventually won the National Title.

It is hard to believe that the BIG 12 will be left out for the third time in four years, and I think this Oklahoma State team is the team to put the Big 12 in the playoffs

Oklahoma State returns its star Quarterback in Mason Rudolph.  Rudolph threw for 4091 yards and 28 touchdowns and only 4 ints just a year ago.  Rudolph is just 546 yards away from being the all-time school leader in passing yards.  Former first round draft pick Brandon Weeden currently holds that record with 9,260 yards.

Along with Rudolph the Cowboys return another star on offense in Wide Receiver James Washington.

Washington is coming off a season where he recorded 71 receptions for 1380 yards and 10 touchdowns.

The Cowboys have a run game to compliment their high powered passing attack in Justice Hill, who is returning off a strong freshman campaign with 1142 yards rushing and 6 rushing touchdowns.

What benefits Oklahoma State the most is their schedule.  Oklahoma States toughest games are Pittsburgh and Texas, which are both on the road, and in state rival Oklahoma in Stillwater.

Oklahoma State plays in a conference that lacks any threatening defense, you combine that with the Cowboys high powered offense, and mediocre schedule don’t be shocked to see Oklahoma State in the playoffs come New Years Day.

3. Southern California

It seems like for the past five years since USC came off probation we have been waiting for them to jump back on the national scene and compete for a national title.

Well, this year is finally the year we see that from the Trojans.

So, if you hate USC, like myself, I hope you enjoyed the years of USC being mediocre because those days are officially over.

USC returns the nations top quarterback and possibly next years number one draft pick in Sam Darnold.

Darnold, the Orange County native, is looking to return the Trojans to the prominence of the Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush days.

USC arguably finished as the nations hottest team in 2016, winning its final 9 games after starting the season losing three of its first four.

In that nine game win streak USC beat eventual PAC 12 champion Washington on the road, and BIG 10 champion Penn State in the Rose Bowl.

After taking over in the fourth game of the season Darnold jumped on the national scene by throwing for 3086 yards and 31 touchdowns with just 9 interceptions.

Darnold played his best when the lights shined the brightest in last years Rose Bowl, when he threw for 453 yards and 5 touchdowns.

Darnold will have his work cut out for him, with USC losing both starting Offensive Tackles in Zach Banner and Chad Wheeler.  Not to mention last years leader in receiving yards in JuJu Smith-Schuster left and is now in the NFL.

Darnold will have the run game to lean on as Ronald Jones II will hope to build off his 1,000 yard rushing campaign to push the Trojans into the playoff.

USCs defense has six returning starters on defense which is headlined by a very experienced Linebacker unit.

Despite losing Adoree Jackson to the NFL draft, the secondary will still be a force to be reckoned with.

USCs defense may not be the best in the country but combine that with Darnold leading a high powered offense, it will be no surprise when watching USC winning the PAC 12 and playing in its first ever College football Playoff.

2. Ohio State

Big shocker here I know.  Of course I am picking Ohio State to go to the College Football Playoff.

Ohio State is coming off one of the worst losses in program history, losing 31-0 in the Fiesta Bowl vs Clemson.

Despite the embarrassing loss, that happened right in front of my face with me in the stands that night, Ohio State has plans to return to the College Football Playoff and hopefully take a trip to the National Championship.

Ohio State fired both Offensive Coordinators Tim Beck and Ed Warinner.  Beck is now the Offensive Coordinator at Texas and Warinner is now the Offensive line Coach at Minnesota.

Meyer hired, arguably the best coordinator available, in former Indiana Head Coach Kevin Wilson.

While at Indiana, Wilson lead Indiana to two consecutive bowl games for the first time since the 1990 and 91 seasons.

Indiana was also second in passing in the Big Ten last year just behind Penn State.

If Wilson can help Indiana be one of the most proficient passing offenses in the conference imagine what he can do with the talent pool at Ohio State.

The man leading Wilson’s offense is 5th year senior JT Barrett.  Barrett will be entering his fourth season as the starting QB for the Buckeyes, which in college sports now a days it seems like 20 years.

If you remember Barrett started the 2014 campaign but suffered an injury against Michigan at the end of the year, which lead to backup Cardale Jones taking over and leading the Buckeyes to the National Championship.

Jones started the 2015 season as the starter but Barrett took over and finished the 2015 campaign for the Buckeyes which ended with a Fiesta Bowl victory over Notre Dame.

Despite winning sharing the Big Tens MVP honors with Saquon Barkley, Barretts 2016 campaign is not looked at very highly by the fans and media.

It is no secret that Ohio State has struggled to move the ball since Tom Herman left the staff two years ago.

With Kevin Wilson and his success as an Offensive Coordinator, you have to believe things will change for the Buckeyes.

If the passing game doesn’t improve they will have a backfield full of athletes to lean on.

Running Back Mike Weber is coming off a 1,000 yard season in just his first year of taking over the workload from Ezekiel Elliot.

Many people are raving about youngsters like Demario McCall and true Freshman J.K. Dobbins.  Don’t be shocked to see Meyer roll with a Running Back by committee, especially at the start of the season with Weber recovering from a hamstring injury.

Ohio State is absolutely loaded on the other side of the ball.

Co Defensive Coordinator Luke Fickell is now gone as he took the Head Coaching job at Cincinatti.

Now, former Rutgers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers Head Coach, Greg Schiano takes over the defense full time and he believes this Buckeyes defense is something special.

Schiano told Big Ten Network at Big Ten media days that “Probably — not probably — the most talented group I’ve ever been around.”

That is high praise from a guy who has coached a lot of football in his time.

Ohio State lost three key players from their secondary in last years draft.  Marshon Lattimore, Gareon Conley, and Malik Hooker all went inside the first round.

Ohio State is not lacking talent to replace them and people are noticing.

Matt Miller, who covers the NFL draft for Bleacher report, has high expectations for this young secondary.

The secondary will contribute to Ohio State having one of the best defenses in the country this year.

Combine that with their stellar D line play headlined by Nick Bosa and Tyquan Lewis.

Not to mention their Linebacking corps lead by potential first round pick Jerome Baker who Miller also had high praise for.

The defense is not the question that needs to be answered.  The question we all are waiting to be answered is if the passing game that has fallen off the past two years can be resurrected with new OC Kevin Wilson.

If Ohio State can not develop a consistent passing game it will make the run through the Big Ten that much harder for the Buckeyes.

1. Alabama

As I start talking about Alabama I think it should be mentioned I am a few glasses of Bulleit Whiskey in.  So, if I show any bias you know why.

As long as Nick Saban is at running the show for the Crimson Tide it is hard to argue who the favorite is.

Alabama lost a bulk of guys last year, most notably OJ Howard, Reuben Foster, and Jonathon Allen who were all first round draft picks in April.

Alabama returns Jalen Hurts, but has a brand new Offensive Coordinator in Brian Daboll.

The past two years we have seen this weird thing called passing from Alabama or what some football gurus call it “opening up the offense.”

Now that Joey Freshwater is gone, aka Lane Kiffin, to Florida Atlantic hitting on young college girls.  You should see Alabama go back to its boring ass offense.

So, when Alabama plays in a big game you will see their Running Back get 50 carries a game as oppose to the 40 when they had when Kiffin was the OC.

On a serious note, I think Alabama is going to be really good again a long with Jalen Hurts.

I don’t think Hurts gets enough credit for what he did last year as a true freshman. The idea that he can’t move the ball through the air is insane.

He threw for 2,780 yards last season, while moving the ball through the air he was able to rush for 954 yards.

I don’t think their is an argument against saying that Hurts is the most dynamic Quarterback Saban has ever had.

I think Hurts is going to be even better this year and lead the Tide to an undefeated season.

My only concern is, last year Alabamas defense scored 15 touchdowns.  If you don’t watch a lot of football just know that scoring 15 touchdowns on defense is really fucking good.

 

You can agree or disagree with me on who is in and who is not.

But, I know we can all agree that it is great to have football back.

Because the preseason predictions won’t be the last thing we argue about, which makes football season so great.

 

 

Matthew Stafford $$$$

I am sure you have heard by now that Lions Quarterback Matthew Stafford is now the highest paid player in NFL history.

The exact numbers of the contract have yet to be officially announced, but ESPNs Michael Rothstein wrote this morning on ESPN.com

ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Matthew Stafford will become the highest-paid player in NFL history with the five-year deal he has agreed to with the Detroit Lions, sources told ESPN on Monday night.

The deal will have an average annual value of $27 million, a source said, putting Stafford ahead of the five-year contract that pays $25 million annually to Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, which Carr signed last month.

A source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Stafford’s deal is expected to guarantee him a record $92 million, including a $50 million signing bonus. The previous record for guaranteed money issued to an NFL player was $87 million for Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts.

Under the deal, Stafford will be guaranteed $60.5 million at signing and $86 million by the start of Year 2 of the contract, which starts next March, a league source told Schefter. The full $92 million is guaranteed upon Year 3, the source told Schefter.

Stafford, who was the number one pick in the 2009 NFL draft, has put up good numbers throughout his career but some still believe he is not worth the money.

FS1s, and soon to be co host of FS1s new show First things First with Chris Carter, Nick Wright does not agree with the Stafford deal.

Of course, ESPNs Stephen A. Smith expressed his opinion on the new deal this morning on First Take.

Dan Le Batard, host of ESPNs The Dan Le Batard Show, was quick to point out Staffords record against teams over .500.

A lot of football fans seem to be questioning why Matthew Stafford a guy who has a losing record against teams over .500, has only played in three playoff games, and has lost all three is the highest paid Quarterback in NFL history.

It is a very fair question, while I like Stafford and believe he is a good Quarterback I wouldn’t label him as a top 10 Quarterback.

But, it is important to remember a few things when talking about these contracts these Quarterbacks have been getting lately.

Contracts like Derek Carrs five-year, $125 million deal, with $70 million guaranteed that was signed this offseason.

Andrew Lucks six-year, $140 million deal, with $47 guaranteed that was signed last offseason.

First important thing is to not look at the total amount, Carr’s $125 or Luck’s $140, but to look at the guaranteed money.

If you look at the deal you will notice Carr received $70 million guaranteed and Luck received $47 million guaranteed.

While it seems like Luck received a bigger deal than Carr Luck is actually getting more money.

The rest of these contracts are filled with incentives like; playoff wins, Super Bowl wins, TDs per season, passing yards per season etc.

I think it is important to distinguish the difference between the total amount of the contract and the guaranteed money when evaluating future contracts.

Now, according the Adam Schefter in the article above it seems that Stafford will receive $92 million guaranteed.

Stafford’s deal is only going to make these contracts for future Quarterbacks even higher for years to come.

When you see these high contracts for Quarterbacks that you don’t think deserve them you need to remember something.

You aren’t paying for that one Quarterback, you are paying for the position.

There is such a premium on Quarterbacks, because there are so little that are worth a damn.

Lets just say that the Lions decided against resigning Stafford and took the risk of him entering the offseason as a free agent and signing with another team.

Then what?  If you are the Lions what do you do? Who are you bringing in to replace Stafford and who is topping his production?

Odds are no one.

Lets take a look at what teams will most likely be shopping for a Quarterback next offseason.

San Francisco 49ers

Brian Hoyer is currently the starter for first year Head Coach Kyle Shannahan.  While there is no bigger Brian Hoyer fan than myself, Hoyer is not the future in San Francisco.

You have to believe San Francisco will be willing to spend some money on a Quarterback next offseason if they are not in position to select a Quarterback in next years draft.

Los Angeles Rams

Depending how 2016 first overall pick Jared Goff does you have to believe LA will be in the market for a Quarterback.

The Rams are fighting for attention in a big sports market that is mostly dominated by basketball.  Not to mention they have a brand new stadium that will open in a few years.

Arizona Cardinals

Carson Palmer is 37 years old and after a strong 2015 campaign where he led the Cardinals to the NFC Championship.  He came back down to earth in 2016.

If Palmer struggles again this year it would make sense that Arizona will be shopping for a QB next offseason.

Hypothetically speaking if Stafford was going to be a free agent, Stafford would have fit great with Head Coach Bruce Arians who loves to push the ball down the field like Stafford.

Denver Broncos

Two years removed from its Super Bowl win over Carolina and sending Peyton Manning off into the sunset.  The Denver Broncos still do not have a QB.

Paxton Lynch and Trevor Siemian have shown flashes of being a viable starting QB in the NFL, but unless that comes with some consistency John Elway may have a hard time going into a third consecutive season with QB questions.

Minnesota Vikings

Sam Bradford is in the final year of his contract and will be an Unrestricted Free Agent this offseason.

With the unknown of Teddy Bridgewaters injury Minnesota has a tough decision to make this offseason.

Do we give Bradford another deal even though we know we aren’t going to win a Super Bowl with him? Or, do we take a chance on signing a Free Agent or hope we can get a better Quarterback in the draft?

It is hard to believe Bradford is up to get another big contract.  I don’t think there is any QB in the history of the NFL who has gotten more money by doing less like Bradford.

Cleveland Browns

Rookie DeShone Kizer will be the opening day starter for the Browns vs Pittsburgh.  While Kizer has progressed from third string on the depth chart to the opening day starter that doesn’t mean Clevelands QB situation is solved.

As we all know, Cleveland has been looking for their franchise QB since 1999 and have been very unlucky in their search.

if Kizer struggles and doesn’t look like he can be the guy for years to come, the Browns will be back on the Quarterback market again.  This time it will have tons of draft picks and cap space to use in their search.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Blake Bortles struggled last season and has struggled this preseason.  He even lost his job to Chad Henne for a total of five minutes.

Bortles may be the QB you rely on to hit the over late in blowout games to satisfy your gambling habit, but I think it is safe to say he isn’t the guy you want to build your franchise around.

You have to think under, new VP of football operations, Tom Coughlin the Jaguars will be in the market for a QB yet again.

Washington Redskins

The Redskins have Kirk Cousins, who was placed with the Franchise Tag this offseason, but the team is not sold that he is the guy to build the franchise around.

Washington has a very similar decision Detroit had to make.  Cousins might not be a top 10 QB, but he is better than a lot of other options.

If you let Cousins go you are back to square one looking for a QB and you don’t know how long it will be until you find one.

Miami Dolphins

Ryan Tannehill is out for the 2017 season with a knee injury, which means Jay Cutler will be the starting QB for the season.

Cutler is only signed until the end of the 2017 season and Tannehill has no guaranteed money owed to him after this season.

If Cutler disappoints and Tannehill’s rehab doesn’t go as planned you could see Miami move on from both QBs and head in a different direction.

New York Jets

The Jets have by far the worst roster in the NFL and all their QBs are a joke.  The Jets will most likely have the first pick in next years draft.

Along with the Browns, the Jets have been looking for their franchise QB for years.

There is no doubt in my mind, unless Bryce Petty or Christian Hackenberg turn into Tom Brady over night, that New York will be doing everything they can to find their next QB next offseason.

I listed all of these teams and their situation, because while Stafford may never be Aaron Rodgers, signing Stafford to a long-term deal is better than the alternative.

That alternative is not having a QB at all.  Stafford is a top 15 QB and you at least have an opportunity to build a team around him and hopefully make a deep playoff run.

A lot of fan bases alternative may be drafting Southern Cal prospect Sam Darnold.

Every year we get a top QB prospect out of college and every fan thinks their team can solve all of their problems by just drafting the guy.

The problem is there is only one Sam Darnold, not every team in the NFL can rely on drafting Sam Darnold and him turning out to be the next top 5 QB.

We don’t even know how Sam Darnold is going to be.  Remember, Stafford was the number one overall pick and I am sure a lot of people thought he was going to be a top 5 QB.

My final point is that the Lions had to do this, if they didn’t they would end up like all of the teams mentioned above looking for a QB.

You can criticize the amount of money, but if the Lions didn’t pay him someone else would have.

Until you can give me a realistic oppurtunity the Lions could have capitilized on, I think it is safe to say the Lions made a great move.

Has Urban Meyer Won Enough?

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On todays Paul Finebaum show Finebaum asked a question no one else is asking.  Is Urban Meyer winning enough?

You can watch the whole 2 minutes and 54 second video above.

While I disagree with Finebaum on Meyer I don’t think it is the worst thing that has been asked.

Finebaum makes the point of how Ohio State has only one Big Ten Championship and one National Championship in his five years at Ohio State.  Those two titles were one in the same year (2014-15).  I will start off by saying I think it is very fair to criticize only one conference title in five years at a school at Ohio State.  Especially, how they lost some of them.

The 2015 home loss against Michigan State against their backup quarterbacks (Plural because they rotated two guys throughout the game) is probably the worst loss for Meyer while at Ohio State if not in his career.

With the exception of a few guys it was almost the same team from the year prior where they won the National Championship.  The part that stands out the most about this game was Ezekiel Elliot, arguably the best player on the team, only getting 12 carries for 33 yards.  If you also remember Elliot had an emotional meeting with the media after the loss.

You can blame whoever you want for this loss, a lot of the blame went to the two Co Offensive Coordinators Tim Beck and Ed Warriner who both are no longer at the program.  Point being this was a bad loss for Meyer, because this loss ultimately cost Ohio State a shot at the Big Ten title and the National Title.

The 2013 loss vs Michigan State in the Big Ten title game was a black eye for Meyer as well.

Ohio State gave up 438 total yards of offense, 304 of those yards came through the air via Connor Cook.  Ohio State struggled to stop the pass throughout the year, if you remember Michigans Devin Gardner threw for 451 yards against Ohio State just the week prior.  This loss also cost Ohio State a Big Ten Championship and a trip to the National Title game.  In defense of Meyer for this loss I would say this was before he got a lot of his guys in.  That defense was primarily made of Tressel recruits, if you don’t think thats a worthy excuse take a look at this past NFL draft where three defensive backs from the 2016 team were taken in the first round.

In the video Finebaum brings up 2012.  Ohio State went 12-0 and would have had a trip to the Big Ten title game and possibly a trip to the National Championship to play Notre Dame.  You can’t just dismiss 2012 and act like it didn’t happen.  Meyer took a team that went 6-7 the year prior and made them 12-0 and would have likely won the Big Ten Championship.

Wisconsin steam rolled Nebraska in the Big Ten title game and eventually went on to the Rose Bowl.  Ohio State beat Nebraska handily earlier in the year and its hard to believe they would have not done the same if they met again.

Assuming Ohio State gets past Nebraska in the Big Ten championship they would have faced undefeated Notre Dame.  Im sure we all remember how one loss Alabama steam rolled that Irish team in the National Championship that year.  I don’t know how that game would have gone, but regardless this would have been Meyers first title game at Ohio State and possibly his first National Championship with the school.

I know that is all hypothetical and a lot of “what ifs” but my point being it is unfair to criticize Meyer for not winning enough titles when in 2012 he was not allowed to win a title because of the regime before him.

My final comments about Finebaums comments on Meyer can go to towards almost any school who is not “winning enough”.

Do you expect to win a National Championship literally every year?

It is laughable about how many schools expect to win a title every year and when they don’t the Coach gets criticized.

Meyer is 61-6 in five years while at Ohio State.  With the exception of Nick Saban and Alabama I can not think of anyone who has a better record in five years while at one school.  Meyer has had some tough breaks.  The 2012 season mentioned above, last years blocked field goal against Penn State was a tough loss as well.

Point being, it is unfair to expect a National Championship every year when only one team can win a the National Title.  Plenty of other schools would kill for a Coach who is 61-6 and has a National Championship in the five years he’s coached at their school.

While he hasn’t won National titles at the rapid rate like some expect.  Meyer has created an NFL prospect factory while at Ohio State.  In the past two NFL drafts Ohio State has had 8 first round picks, which is more than any other school including Alabama.  Meyer is still bringing in top recruits from all over the Country, which will continue to make them National Championship contenders for years to come.  The Championships will come and one may even come as soon as this year.

Hold On Jim Kong

Per the Daily Mail US.

US officials are concerned that a North Korean missile test launch will take place today.

Government sources in South Korea told the Yonhap News Agency that transporter erector launchers carrying ICBM launch tubes in North Pyongan province have been moved by North Korea.

Speaking anonymously, a US defense official said if a test was to go ahead it would be of either an intermediate-range missile or North Korea’s ICBM – known as a KN-20 or a Hwasong-14, and would take place ‘probably’ today as North Korea celebrates Victory Day – the 64th anniversary of the signing of the Korean Armistice Agreement

Experts assessed it could have put Alaska in range, bringing Pyongyang’s long-held dream of a missile that can deliver an atomic warhead to the United States within reach. 

A South Korean government source told Yonhap: ‘Movements by transporter erector launchers carrying intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launch tubes have been continuously observed in North Pyongan.

‘There is a high possibility that the North may carry out (the test launch) around the July 27 armistice day.’

A second US defense official confirmed the fears, adding: ‘They’re setting up for something.’ 

If the launch goes ahead, it would be the second time Pyongyang has tested an ICBM after its July 4 rocket launch. 

State-run news agency Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported a threat to strike the US on Tuesday in response to comments CIA Director Mike Pompeo made last week. 

He said Trump’s administration needs to find a way to separate the country’s Supreme Leader from their nuclear weapons, CNN reported. 

Pompeo said: ‘As for the regime, I am hopeful we will find a way to separate that regime from this system.

‘The North Korean people I’m sure are lovely people and would love to see him go.’ 

Though he did not say that the administration was actually working on that, KCNA said the comments are ‘over the line’. 

 ‘It has now become clear that the ultimate aim of the Trump Administration… is the regime change,’ the agency added.

According to KCNA, a North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesperson said: ‘The DPRK legally stipulates that if the supreme dignity of the DPRK is threatened, it must preemptively annihilate those countries and entities that are directly or indirectly involved in it, by mobilizing all kinds of strike means including the nuclear ones.

‘Should the US dare to show even the slightest sign of attempt to remove our supreme leadership, we will strike a merciless blow at the heart of the US with our powerful nuclear hammer, honed and hardened over time.’

The report comes as US officials are saying North Korea could be capable of launching a nuclear attack on other continents within just one year. 

Independent experts said today that the missile that was launched by Kim on July 4 isn’t capable of carrying a nuclear payload across the Pacific – but that may not hold for long, officials told The Washington Post.

The Pentagon’s Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) says that North Korea is on track to build a nuclear-equipped intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) within the next year, shaving two years off the previous projections. 

Both the DIA and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) declined to respond to the Washington Post about the classified assessments.

However, the ODNI’s national intelligende manager for East Asia, Scott Bray, did say that the July 4 launch was ‘one of the milestones that we have expected would help refine our timeline and judgments.’

‘This test, and its impact on our assessments, highlight the threat that North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs pose to the United States, to our allies in the region, and to the whole world,’ he added. 

‘The intelligence community is closely monitoring the expanding threat from North Korea.’

Ok, so as you read the article despite the  most deceiving headline ever!

Yeah, Kim Jong Un who will now be referred to as Jim Kong (crediting Barstool Heartland for that name) is not the brightest guy out there and probably shouldn’t be messing with nuclear bombs.  But we knew that already.

My first thought when I read that headline, which was followed by laughter, was “Fuck no football season is too close”.

I don’t know what would be worse; No football season at all or a nuclear bomb that takes out multiple cities in the United States.

Taking out multiple cities would suck but not having a football season would literally kill me.

So, I am here today to give Jim Kong some advice and maybe meet halfway.  If Jim Kong wants to bomb us go for it I guess (even though this thing is probably going to end up in the Sea of Japan) but lets agree on a time frame of when we should do it.

Today I will give Jim Kong the best times of years to bomb us.

Christmas

I would prefer it to be a couple weeks before Christmas.  Like December 15th.

Every year you go through the same traditions.  You listen to the same songs you’ve listened to every year since you were a kid.

If you are in a relationship or married you have to buy your significant other a gift with money you most likely don’t have.  Think of all the money you would save because you don’t have to by gifts.

If you are single you no longer have to walk around; all the malls, restaurants, movie theaters, or where ever couples go for the holidays, a lone and you are dodging all the couples, like you are a NFL running back just to get from point A to point B.

You also don’t have to call your Mom to ask for money to get your Dad a present and you don’t have to call your Dad for money to get your Mom a present.  Also, you don’t have to explain to your siblings why you gave them a $10 gift card to some department store for the third year in a row.

I know what you are thinking, “But Will we would miss the playoffs” I know that would suck, but for most fan bases in the NFL know their season is over anyway.  Now you don’t have to watch your teams arch rival make a deep run into the playoffs.

This isn’t the most ideal because some people for whatever reason like Christmas, and everyone enjoys the playoffs but at least you got some football.

Has your team ever been knocked out of the playoffs by week 10?  It sucks watching your team in December.  Half your team is rookies or guys that are just trying not to get hurt.  Your home stadium is half empty and the other half is filled with opposing teams fans.  IT SUCKS!  The world ending by Kim Jong would avoid all of this.

After the NBA Regular Season

Listen, I love the NBA and despite how bad the playoffs have been the past couple years I still enjoy them and watch whatever game is on.

But, I would rather die than watch the Warriors win another NBA title.  Can you imagine a world where Swaggy P is an NBA champion, and JaVale McGee is a two time NBA champion?  Just right there is a reason to end the world.

We don’t have to go through a boring NBA playoffs where the Warriors boat race everyone and we don’t have to hear FS1 argue Lebrons legacy.

I would say we don’t have watch the Cavs dominate the East, but we don’t know how that is gonna go…. Thanks Kyrie

To sum it up we eliminate Warriors fans (who were Lakers fans 10 years ago), a boring NBA playoffs, and the dead time of summer where only baseball is on.

The Day After the Super Bowl

The day after the Super Bowl should be a national holiday anyway.  It is celebrated more than any other holiday anyway.  We all gather at someones house, drink a bunch of beer, eat lots of food, and celebrate the last minutes of the football season.

I am almost certain that absolutely no work gets done on this day.  Everyone is tired from their Super Bowl party, everyone is talking about the result of the Super Bowl, people are traveling from the actual game, and people are depressed because football season is over.

This would be a great time for Jim Kong to end the world.  Because, you don’t have to go to work the next day.  We can finally have that day off we have always been asking for.

Doing it on the day after the Super Bowl means we don’t have to go through the rest of the NBA season where we argue about what Lebrons tweets mean.  We don’t have to listen to sports talk shows scramble for hot takes, don’t have to watch the Warriors win another title, and we don’t have to go through the time where only baseball is on TV.

Odds are this bomb is just going to land 40 miles off the coast of Japan, because Kim Jong failing is more of a tradition than the Masters.

But if he is going to do it please let us get through football season we have been waiting too long.  I have invested too much time in researching the Week 1 lines, scouting for my fantasy team, thinking about the foods I am going to eat, and praying that the Browns win more than one game.  If you think about it if he is going to end us this close to the season, all the breathing I have been doing since the Super Bowl has been pointless.

Just let us have football Jim Kong.  Don’t be an asshole.

 

Hugh Freeze Resigns

Per Bleacher Report:

The Ole Miss Rebels announced Thursday that head football coach Hugh Freeze “resigned effective immediately” before elaborating on the details in a press conference.

Dan Wolken of USA Today reported Thursday Freeze made a one-minute call from a school-issued phone “to a number associated with a female escort service.” The call came to light as part of a federal lawsuit former Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt filed against the school alleging it violated his severance agreement.

Athletics director Ross Bjork said during the presser, “We proactively looked into the rest of (Hugh Freeze‘s) phone records & found a concerning pattern,” per Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports.

For those of you who didn’t know Ole Miss was under NCAA investigations already for many rule violations.  Last week as it says above former Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt filed a lawsuit against the school for violating his severance agreement.  The article goes on to explain what they found in this lawsuit that forced Freeze to resign.

According to reporter Brett McMurphy, Bjork said Freeze “admitted the (personal) misconduct” before resigning. 

This all came after Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports reported Thursday, per sources, Freeze’s position was “in immediate jeopardy” after “explosive new information” came to light.

“Nutt’s attorney, Thomas Mars, sent an e-mail to Lee Tyner, the school’s general counsel, referencing a ‘phone call Coach Freeze made that would be highly embarrassing for all of you and extremely difficult to explain,'” Wolken wrote.

Freeze couldn’t explain the reasoning behind the call but raised the notion it could have been a misdial.

“I’ve got no idea, to be honest,” Freeze said, per Forde. “I was in an 813 area code and that was a 313 number, I think that might have been a misdial. I don’t think there was even a conversation. There’s nothing to it.”

Forde noted Yahoo Sports obtained the coach’s phone records, confirming the call lasted a single minute “raising the possibility” it was a misdial.

Wolken explained Nutt’s lawsuit alleges Freeze and Bjork were among the Ole Miss officials who “conspired to smear him” by telling reporters off the record many of the violations in the ongoing NCAA infractions case against the Rebels happened under Nutt.

However, Forde noted the NCAA’s updated Notice of Allegations charged the program with 21 violations with 17 involving Freeze’s tenure.

To sum all of this up, Hugh Freeze tried to hire a hooker using his school issued phone and he got caught.  Why? because he did it using his school issued phone!!

Listen, I believe college sports is very dirty.  I think most programs out there are doing illegal things to get ahead of their rival schools and the coaches are doing it to get an extra pay day.  I also think Freeze isn’t the only coach who has ordered a prostitute.  The difference is Freeze got caught and when you get caught doing illegal things you have no option but to face the punishment.

We all knew OleMiss was shady back in 2013 when all of a sudden they land the number eight recruiting class in the nation.  A 7-6 team from the year before landed the top high school player in Robert Nkemdiche, the top high school Lineman Laremy Tunsil, and the top high school Wide Receiver in Laquon Treadwell.  Anyone with a brain knew that their was no way Hugh Freeze was getting these guys to go to Oxford, Mississippi with clean hands.

Ole Miss should have fired Freeze right when the NCAA opened its investigation, their was no way they were going to get off with no punishment.  Especially after Laremy Tunsils draft night disaster where text messages were released of him illegally talking to agents.

The prostitution argument brings a political voice to this conversation.  Some believe it should be legal.  People believe if the sex is consensual men should be allowed to pay for sex.  People also believe that it is wrong to pay for sex and the law shouldn’t promote such thing.  Regardless of your political view we can all agree he was an idiot for using his school issued phone.

Last January Freeze signed an extension that would make Ole Miss pay him $5 million a year.  $5 million a year and this guy couldn’t go out and buy himself a new phone that only he knew he had.

Lesson of the day if you are going to do dirty stuff, don’t be an idiot like Hugh Freeze.

Ohio State and Michigan to FOX

Eleven Warriors-So long to the annual showdown between Ohio State and Michigan at noon on ABC.

The Game is officially going to be broadcasted on FOX this fall, as Urban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh meet for the third time on the gridiron on Nov. 25 at Michigan Stadium. FOX confirmed the news during its upfronts on Monday.

Growing up a Ohio State fan there are very few things I hate more than Michigan.  I actually despise everything about Michigan, I hate their colors, that stupid fucking fight song, and that stupid stadium that is filled with Red every time Ohio State comes into town.

As much as I hate That Team Up North, there is nothing I love more than TTUN and Ohio State week.  I spend all week watching old games whether it is the 2006 game or the 1968 game.

As if the Meyer vs Harbaugh storyline and the way last years game ended wasn’t enough excitement for this rivalry.  We can now hopefully add a new man to the rivalry and that is Fox head broadcaster Gus Johnson.  With Brent Musberger gone Gus Johnson is easily my favorite broadcaster.  I can’t think of anyone who has more excitement in his voice than Gus.

Here are some videos of  Gus and if you don’t get pumped up by his voice I think it is reasonable to believe you do not have a pulse.

After watching this I feel like I could kill a bear with my bear hands after running through a brick wall.

Gus is exactly what this rivalry needs.  20 years from now I hope to be watching old Ohio State TTUN games with Gus Johnson absolutely losing his mind at every huge play.

It isn’t official whether Gus and his partner Joel Klatt, who is also one of the more underrated Color Analysts in College Football, will be calling this game in November but it is hard to believe Fox wouldn’t put their A-team on what most believe to have huge implications on the College Football Playoff.

As a reminder to all I am writing this on the evening of May 15th and Michigan STILL SUCKS!

Browns Draft in Review

The Draft is finally over, after months of mock drafts and speculation General Managers, coaches and fans now have an good idea who will be in training camp and for the most part who will be in uniform for the first game of the season.

On the other hand Browns fans have been filling out mock drafts since they traded away the number two pick in last years draft, which ended up being Carson Wentz.  Today I am going to give you my opinion on how the Browns did in this years draft.  This years answer is a little different than years past.

Myles Garrett-A

Lets give the Browns credit where it is due.  Unlike most drafts there wasn’t a Quarterback that stood out to be the number one overall pick so the Browns were “stuck” with taking Myles Garrett out of Texas a&m.  The Browns didn’t overthink this one, it also could have been very easy for them to take the hometown boy Mitch Trubisky. Taking Trubisky would have won the press conference, sold some jerseys, and maybe would have sold some tickets.  All of those reasons are why it was a good decision to pass on Trubisky.  The Browns need some stability, they need playmakers and unfortunately there was too many question marks with Trubisky to take him number one.  Garrett gives you a pass rush off the edge and you pair him up with Ogbah on the other end and Danny Shelton in the middle the Browns now have a solid young Defensive line to grow under new Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.

To sum it up whenever you are able to get the best player in the draft it deserves an A.

Jabrill Peppers-B

As an Ohio State fan I have to get all the hate I ever had for Jabrill Peppers and begin to start rooting for him.  This hasn’t been the easiest transition I’ve had to go through in life and quite frankly it may be the worst.  How do you go from hating someone so much to having to like him?

I give this one a B for a few reasons.  The Browns passed on tremendous talent like, Malik Hooker, Jonathon Allen, OJ Howard, and more to swap picks with the Texans. Houston got the Browns 12th pick and the Browns received their 25th pick this year and the Texans first rounder next year.

On a side note, what a offseason the Browns and Texans have had! Real quick here is the summary of the Browns and Texans interaction this offseason.  Essentially, the Texans traded a first round, second round, and Brock Osweiler for a Fourth rounder and Deshaun Watson.

Back to the draft.  At 25 the Browns took Michigans all-purpose man Jabrill Peppers.  My only concern about this pick is where is he going to play?  Peppers was seen all over the field on both Offense and Defense, even though he is technically listed as a Safety it will be interesting to see where the Browns put him.  After rewatching all of his games from this past season my guess is he would be a Strong Safety and would be utilized more towards the line of scrimmage sort of like Troy Polamalu was for Pittsburgh.  You also could see him used as a hybrid linebacker kind of like Arizonas Deone Bucannon who is athletic enough to cover backs and Tight Ends and can even put pressure on the Quarterback.

In summary I don’t love the pick because in my opinion they passed up better players at 12, but you got a first round pick for next year and if a guy like Gregg Williams likes him I guess I can’t complain too much.  After everything I give the pick a B.

Deshone Kizer-A

I absolutely love this pick and I love it for many reasons.  First off I love it because the Browns got him at 52.  If the Browns drafted him at 12 I probably would be writing how we screwed up the draft, but because we got him so low it was an absolute steal and it was because of the Browns being patient and not reaching for something that wasn’t there.

Kizer is a guy out of Notre Dame who had some big games two years ago and showed first round talent, but a down year this past season at Notre Dame made some people second guess his talent.  Kizer is a big guy sitting at 6’4″ 234 and has a big arm and has the ability to make plays with his feet.

Before we go on lets take a look at all the other quarterbacks in the AFC North

Ben Roethlisberger- 6’5″ 241

Joe Flacco- 6’6″ 245

Andy Dalton-6’2″ 220

What all these guys have in common is, that they are big guys with big arms.  To play in the AFC North you need to be durable and have the ability to push the ball down the field.  That is one of the reasons why the Steelers and Ravens have been successful in the postseason.  No matter what the elements those teams have had Quarterbacks that are able to effectively throw the ball in any condition.

Kizer has that potential, he showed it at times while at Notre Dame.  Maybe it was good for Kizer to get out of Notre Dame and get under NFL coaching to tap into the potential he has.  There will be a three way competition in Berea this summer and Kizer has every opportunity to win the job this training camp.  If he does and turns out to be the Quarterback the Browns have been looking for this Browns regime will look like geniuses, and if he turns out to be terrible the Browns are in position to draft another Quarterback out of a class that looks to be much stronger than the on this year.

As low as the Browns got Kizer and the upside he has I have to give the pick an A.

All of the rest-B

I am not going to dissect every draft pick the Browns made, mostly because I don’t know anything about them.  Because I don’t know anything about most I am just going to tell you about the ones I do know.

Zane Gonzalez- Arizona State

For those of you that don’t know about this guy, just know he is a stud.  As someone who goes to Arizona State and went to multiple games this year, this guy was one of the few bright spots for the Sun Devils this past season.  ASU was awful but you could always rely on this guy to put it through the uprights.  Gonzalez, who holds the NCAA record for most made Field Goals, fills a void the Browns have had since they let Phil Dawson walk in Free Agency a few years back.  Zane will probably be the Browns kicker come September, so how can you not love a guy who you drafted in the seventh round who is going to contribute day one?

Caleb Brantley-Florida

This pick really makes no sense to me.  This guy is under investigation for hitting his girlfriend and most scouts were saying to stay away from this guy.  Not only that Sashi Brown in his press conference said that he may not stay on the roster because of this legal issue.  So my question is why waste a sixth round pick on the guy?  The guy could be in jail come September and it is a subject management will be asked questions on until this gets solved.  It seems like an unnecessary distraction the Browns put on themselves.

Things to think about

If Trubisky or Watson turn out to be great this draft will be considered a failure.  I don’t think either will be top 10 Quarterbacks in the future, but it is worth noting if either of these guys turns out to be the next great Quarterback, the Browns will be remembered for passing on both of these guys.

Overall- A

I have to give this draft an A, you got the best player in the draft with Garrett, a player who Gregg Williams loves, your possible Quarterback at tremendous value, and a quality kicker late in the draft.

These are not words I am used to, but I think the Browns had a great draft.