Tag:Cleveland Browns
Posted on: October 14, 2010 1:12 pm

Hot Routes 10.14.10: Rudy Does Dallas

Posted by Will Brinson

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  • Jesse Holley, former UNC football player and winner of a Cowboys roster spot vis-a-vis Michael Irvin's reality show could end up getting called up to the actual roster soon. It's a pretty cool story, like a "Rudy Does Dallas" or some such. And Irvin is proud of him, obviously.
  • Earlier this week, Greg Jennings got pretty upset about the fact that he hasn't been seeing the number of catches/targets that you would expect from a guy who's topped 1,000 yards for two straight years. Totally understandable, ESPECIALLY FOR HIS SEETHING FANTASY OWNERS. Ahem, anyway, he apologized, but, seriously, please throw him the ball.
Posted on: October 13, 2010 10:43 pm

Jerome Harrison was confused as well

J. Harrison has been traded to Philadelphia, and now, he might get a chance to contribute (Getty).

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Now that former Browns RB Jerome Harrison has been traded to Philadelphia for RB Mike Bellas detailed here – he can speak the truth about his wonderment of why Cleveland coach Eric Mangini didn’t play him.

Will Brinson has theorized all along that Harrison was holding Mangini’s family hostage in his basement, but apparently, that’s not the case, because Harrison couldn’t figure it out either. After all, Harrison rushed for 561 yards in the final three games of last season – three Browns wins, mind you – and might have saved Mangini’s job in the process.

In a phone conversation he had with the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot, Harrison said he wasn’t sure what the deal was.

"I didn't understand one part of how it happened,” Harrison said. “I didn't get into any fights with anybody and I didn't think there were any bad feelings toward me by any of the coaches or anything."

After the end of last season, the Browns drafted Montario Hardesty – who ended up tearing his ACL – and trading for Peyton Hillis. Once Hardesty went down, the starting job went to Hillis instead of Harrison.

"It was mind-boggling," said Harrison. "But it's the nature of the business. I didn't understand it. I'm not an angry person, so I'm not upset. But I was a little frustrated.

"I don't think I was what they wanted. People have different likes and dislikes. I don't think I was in their current plans or their future plans."

While Harrison didn’t make any overtly-obvious disparaging remarks about the team this season – though you didn’t have to be a mind-reader to figure out he was unhappy – it sounds like the organization wasn’t happy with what Harrison was saying either.

From the Plain Dealer:

Harrison, in the last year of his contract, did get 16 carries the following week against Kansas City, but lost a fumble. The Browns thought he was down, but Mangini stressed that it shouldn't have been on the ground in the first place. The next week, Harrison was inactive with a thigh injury in Baltimore while Hillis rushed for 144 yards.

A few days later, when Harrison was asked if his role might change, he said, "I didn't know what my role was in the first place." Asked about his carries, he said, "What carries?"

The comments didn't sit well with the Browns, but Harrison said he never heard directly of any displeasure. Instead, Mangini said publicly that if Harrison had a problem, his door was always open. Harrison never took him up on it.

The following game against Cincinnati, the Browns got their point across: Harrison stood on the sidelines the whole game, trotting out only for the final three plays in the victory formation.

After all that, though, Harrison leaves the team with positive thoughts. Perhaps it’s because he’s going to an NFC East contender where he’ll have a chance to contribute while leaving a Browns squad that will have to fight hard not to finish in the AFC North basement.

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Posted on: October 13, 2010 2:47 pm
Edited on: October 13, 2010 4:08 pm

Browns trade Harrison to Eagles for Bell

Posted by Will Brinson

It's been mentioned once or twice here that Jerome Harrison probably isn't Eric Mangini's favorite player -- that won't matter anymore Harrison has been traded from the Browns in exchange for running back Mike Bell, the Eagles announced on Wednesday.

The news, first reported by FOX's Jay Glazer, is surprising in that it's a straight RB-for-RB swap, but probably works out for both teams.

Harrison, who put up monster numbers at the end of last year, has been in Mangini's doghouse, so the deal makes sense for the Browns -- they add to their running back depth and get rid of a player the coaching staff either a) doesn't appreciate, b) considers a malcontent or c) both.

For the Eagles, it's a logical move as they improve the quality of their running backs overall by grabbing a better change-of-pace back for the suddenly-quite-physical LeSean McCoy.

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Posted on: October 12, 2010 10:46 am

Report: McCoy to start for Browns

Apparently C. McCoy has been told he will start Sunday's game vs. Pittsburgh (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Chip Brown of Orangebloods.com is reporting that Browns rookie QB Colt McCoy has been told he will start Sunday vs. the Steelers.

In Cleveland’s 20-10 loss to Atlanta on Sunday, Seneca Wallace – who had played well in the place of the injured Jake Delhomme – hurt his ankle while taking a blind-side sack by Falcons DE John Abraham.

Delhomme replaced Wallace, but he reinjured the ankle that had kept him out of action for the three weeks since the season opener. The third quarterback would be McCoy, taken in the third round of the NFL Draft by Cleveland. And if the injuries to Wallace and Delhomme are as severe as they’re being made out to be, this might not be a one-time start for McCoy.

But hey, he should have an easy time against Pittsburgh. The game, after all, is at Heinz Field. Ben Roethlisberger will be returning for his first game of the season. And one of the Browns biggest weapons, RB Peyton Hillis, is injured.

Yep, no problem at all.

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Posted on: October 11, 2010 5:06 pm

F&R NFL Approval Matrix Week 5

Posted by Will Brinson

Our affinity for graphs and charts and purty pictures knows no bounds, so (with a nod to the smartypants at NY Mag), we present our first-ever NFL approval matrix. Suggestions, complaints and intellecutual property lawsuits may be directed to us on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL).

Click to embiggen.
Posted on: October 11, 2010 11:34 am
Edited on: October 11, 2010 11:43 am

Delhomme re-injures ankle; Wallace hurt, too

Posted by Andy Benoit J. Delhomme (US Presswire)

Jake Delhomme was activated Sunday against the Falcons after being out since Week 1 with an ankle injury. When Seneca Wallace, who was the surprise starter that game, got sidelined with a sprained ankle of his own, Delhomme came in off the bench and threw a pair of interceptions. (To be fair, one of Delhomme’s picks was simply a spectacular play by Falcons defensive end Kroy Biermann.)

Turns out, Delhomme did not come out of Sunday’s loss unscathed. Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the veteran quarterback had his ankle sot up before the game, and that he re-injured that ankle during the game. Delhomme now has a high AND low ankle sprain. Cabot also says that Wallace’s ankle injury could be the “dreaded high sprain”.

Though it’s far too early to say for sure, it’s possible Colt McCoy could start at Pittsburgh next week. Or, if McCoy is as raw as observers say, perhaps it’s possible we’ll see the Browns rely on Josh Cribbs and the wildcat. Really, given the way the Steeler defense has played, does it even matter who takes the snaps?

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Posted on: October 10, 2010 2:47 pm

Seneca Wallace out of CLE-ATL game

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Browns backup QB Jake Delhomme – who started the season-opener before suffering a concussion – is in the game to begin the second half in place of starter Seneca Wallace, who sustained a leg injury.

Late in the second quarter, Falcons DE John Abraham sacked Wallace from behind and appeared to roll up on his leg. Wallace briefly rose to his feet before taking a seat on the turf. He eventually had to hop off the field on one leg.

Delhomme came in for the final play of the half, and he was back in the game to start the second half.

On the day, Wallace was 11 of 15 for 139 yards and a touchdown.

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Posted on: October 10, 2010 11:53 am

Seneca Wallace starting over Delhomme for Browns

Posted by Will Brinson

In somewhat shocking news, the Cleveland Browns announced Sunday that Seneca Wallace will start over Jake Delhomme. (And, yes, the level of shock is relative to how interesting you find the quarterback situation in Cleveland.)

Delhomme missed the last three weeks with an ankle injury and was proclaimed the starter earlier this week, although Eric Mangini was fairly weird when he announced the news, saying it wasn't an insult to Seneca to bench him even though he managed to get Cleveland a win, which qualifies somewhere right below "water into wine" on the miracle scale.

What this means is we have an awkward quarterback controversy of the most putrid variety -- it also means that Mike Holmgren has his puppet strings draped all over the place. Wallace is the king of "Holmgren guys" and giving Wallace the nod is a clear indication of who's running the show in Cleveland.

Unless Delhomme's injury is truly hampering him from playing. But in that case, the mid-week decision to proclaim him the starter is an even more embarrassingly unorganized situation.

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