Play Fantasy The Most Award Winning Fantasy game with real time scoring, top expert analysis, custom settings, and more. Play Now
 
Tag:Cleveland Browns
Posted on: September 22, 2010 6:05 pm
 

Quarterback news: Pittsburgh, Detroit, Cleveland

Posted by Andy Benoit

With Dennis Dixon out at least six weeks after knee surgery, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin announced that Charlie Batch will get the ball against the Buccaneers on Sunday. Though Tomlin didn’t say so specifically, you can bet Batch will mostly be giving said ball to Rashard Mendenhall and Mewelde Moore.

Batch attempted only 11 passes in two-plus quarters of action against the Titans. Counting the sacks he took, Batch dropped back to throw 13 times. The Bucs are allowing 111 yards rushing per game this season, but last season they allowed an NFL-worst 158. Thus, expect Pittsburgh to challenge them on the ground.

Tomlin could have gone with Byron Leftwich. The veteran quarterback was re-signed earlier this week and, on Wednesday, participated in his first full practice since tearing his MCL in the preseason finale.

In other quarterback news, Batch’s former team, the Lions, will once again be without Matthew Stafford. The second-year darling is still recovering from a right shoulder injury. Jim Schwartz has been coy about Stafford’s status, but Sean Leahy of USA Today reports that Shaun Hill will get the start against the Vikings.

Finally, in Cleveland, Jake Delhomme once again missed practice because of the ankle injury suffered in Week 1. If Delhomme is unable to throw interceptions for the Browns again this week, Seneca Wallace will get the start. It almost doesn’t matter either way, as this Cleveland offense is facing the white-hot Baltimore defense.

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow  @cbssportsnfl   on Twitter   and subscribe to our  RSS Feed .

Posted on: September 22, 2010 2:19 pm
 

Did the Browns call Eagles about trading Kolb?

Posted by Will Brinson

There are some conflicting reports out there today about whether or not the Cleveland Browns called the Philadelphia Eagles to inquire about acquiring starter-turned-benchwarmer Kevin Kolb.

Mike Florio passes along a report from Anthony Gargano of WIP in Philadelphia, where Gargano claims that the Browns "already have called about a possible trade for Kolb."

However, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer called the report "untrue" on Twitter. Well, at least she said that a "report that the Browns called the Eagles last night" was "untrue."

And maybe she's right. But the circumstantial evidence involved in the situation at least would lend some credibility to the belief that there was a discussion.

To wit: Tom Heckert, the General Manager for the Cleveland Browns, was in Philadelphia when the team drafted Kevin Kolb. So, clearly, he's a fan. Also clear: he can pretty easily get in contact with Andy Reid.

Then there's Reid's response to a question about Kolb being on the roster by the trade deadline this year (or opening day next season) -- well, actually, non -response is more accurate, since Reid simply said he "can't predict anything down that far."

Finally, the Cleveland Browns have young talented players and no quarterback. Kolb would be an ideal fit for an offense that Mike Holmgren would want implemented and there's no reason to think that Eric Mangini would be opposed to starting someone other than Seneca Wallace, provided he has any pull.

So that's not to say that the Browns did call the Eagles and try to acquire Kolb, but it's a trade that makes some potential sense if Philly feels that their long term future is Michael Vick.

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed .
Posted on: September 22, 2010 10:46 am
 

Cam Cameron realizes he didn't do so good Sunday

Posted by Will Brinson

Gregg Doyel and I spent a few minutes earlier this week talking about the Ravens-Bengals game he covered; the primary problem with the Ravens was that even as Joe Flacco looked abysmal in the passing game, Cam Cameron continued to avoid Ray Rice (who looked good) in the running game.

Cameron eschewed giving Rice more carries even when the Ravens were involved in a close game and even when Flacco kept throwing picks. That was a pretty obvious mistake. Good thing is, he seems to realize it now .

“We didn’t put our best foot forward Sunday,” Cameron said Tuesday. “We had opportunities to win and we didn’t get it done. We’ve got to do a better job offensively and it starts with me.”

“In hindsight, you can always say you should have done more of the other,” Cameron said. “There’s no question we can continue to get Ray Rice more involved.”

Ahhh, hindsight, the evil 20/20-looking mistress. Unfortunately, in the NFL, hindsight usually means "you lost." Good news comes along for Cameron this week as the Ravens get the Browns at home -- he would be QUITE wise to make sure that he remembers to give Ray Rice the ball 25+ times this week, establish a lead, and then let Joe Flacco take some shots in good situations to build his confidence and keep everyone from thinking he's taking a step back.

Or he could just forget about Ray Rice again, let Flacco throw some picks and lose to the Browns. Whatever's easiest.

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed .
Posted on: September 21, 2010 12:48 am
Edited on: September 22, 2010 9:47 am
 

Dey Took Er Jobs: Quarterbacks droppin like flies

Posted by Will Brinson



Dey Took Er Jobs takes a look at the various job controversies around the league. If you don't get the title, you don't watch enough South Park .

Up until Kevin Kolb's concussion, it sure seemed like the only quarterback controversies we'd see this season would be on a bunch of crummy teams. Now, the Eagles could still end up stinking, but it sure doesn't look ilke that will be Michael Vick's fault -- through one-and-a-half games, he's been absolutely dominant on the offensive end, prompting pundits to point out that he may finally be maturing into the quarterback everyone wanted him to be in Atlanta.

So, yes, he will be making a LOT of money this time next year, thanks for asking. Because, as we'll detail shortly, there are plenty of teams in the NFL that could use a potential Pro Bowler who can rush for 100 and throw for 250 all in the same game.

But, having said all that, it's necessary to understand that Michael Vick won't be starting for the Eagles and there is no "technical" quarterback controversy.

For now.

Kevin Kolb will get the nod this weekend against the Jaguars who, fortunately for him, appear to be vulnerable through the air, sitting at 29th overall against the pass (an even 300 yards per game allowed).

Also fortunate for him is the game being played in Jacksonville, as far away from the only people who believe there's a debate about who to start under center (that would be the ever wonderful Philadelphia fans) for the 'Guls.

One good game from Kolb and we all go back to not freaking out about Vick starting, watching him perform well in spot action, and debating about who'll overpay him this offseason.

Well, at least until Kolb's next bad game anyway.

The same can't be said for a number of other quarterbacks in the NFL, though.

****

Matt Moore, for instance, may never see the field as a Panther again. That depends solely on how Jimmy Clausen plays this Sunday.

Admittedly (I use that word because I'm a Panthers fan who also dislikes Notre Dame and therefor find myself consistently conflicted about Clausen), the team has looked better offensively during the short stretches that Clausen's played.

He's young and he seems like he might be a bit of a bag, but at least he doesn't try to do his best David Carr impersonation by hanging in the pocket for as long as humanly possible before making ill-advised decisions.

Which, you might have noticed, is what Moore's been doing.

Oddly, it never made sense that John Fox wouldn't bother using Clausen unless the Panthers season was completely down the drain; he seems destined to leave Charlotte regardless of the outcome for 2010. But the early move to the rookie presents an interesting situation -- if the Panthers reel off a slew of victories and make a run (they're not winning their division or making the playoffs, but they can at least try), maybe it gives Jerry Richardson some hope that Foxy can coach up the young franchise quarterback and give him reason to offer the long time coach a deal.

Of course, Foxy might tell him to get bent and it won't matter. But that's another story for another day.

****

Buffalo's "controversy" is only "controversial" in that it involves multiple quarterbacks -- anyone who didn't think that Ryan Fitzpatrick and Trent Edwards were going be taking turns as the official Bills hide-a-mole all season along hasn't followed that team closely enough.

Really, the only surprise is that Chan Gailey decided to make a move this quickly. Or is it that he waited this long? I can never tell with that team.

****

Vince Young and Kerry Collins have been taking turns swapping jobs for as long as Reggie Bush has been immorally gripping a Heisman trophy. However, all indications from Jeff Fisher are that VY is still the QB and Collins' cup o' joe on Sunday was merely because of the Steelers defense and how poorly it matches up with Young's game.

(Aside: Pittsburgh's just good, y'all. People are going to have to start profusely apologizing to Peter King in February if Troy Polamalu stays healthy. Unless those same people drafted Ryan Mathews on their fantasy teams anyway.)

That doesn't mean that Vinsanity is free of getting the hook in the future though; he simply has to keep his head together moving forward, and not be the reason why the Titans beat themselves. That's entirely possible, although games against the Giants, Denver and Dallas aren't exactly that first week freebie Young got against the Raiders.

****

Oakland is now a "controversy free zone." Or something -- Tom Cable doesn't want to talk about whether Bruce Gradkowski is going to start, he just wants to know why JaMarcus Russell is wearing a Jason Campbell mask and still on his roster.

It's really outstanding just how horrible Oakland has made Campbell; not that he was Jim Plunkett (well, he wasn't Plunkett to anyone that has a modicum of sanity remaining anyway) before, but it sure seemed like he could be a shade above mediocre and manage to help the Raiders make a run. So much for that though -- Campbell's been 30 of 52 for a TD and two INTs so far in the season, good enough for a stinker of a 61.9 QB rating.

Gradkowski isn't exactly Plunkett either, but at least he's not Curtis Painter. Although, in hindsight, maybe Painter's job would be a lot less difficult if he just got traded to Oakland and had the opportunity to back up someone who's not Peyton Manning.

****

David Garrard is our final quarterback who got benched in Week 2 for poor play. Fortunately, he was able to pull a Judge Smails on Luke McCown's hamstring just before the backup led the Jaguars to their second score of the day, allowing Garrard to sneak in and toss a potentially job-saving TD.

The removal of Garrard in a painful blowout to San Diego is interesting, if only because he'd looked so stout in Week 1 while the Jags were dismantling the Broncos. Oh, and because everyone spent all preseason demanding that Jack Del Rio infuse controversial concern into the depth chart, only to have him firmly reject the notion that Garrard might lose his job.

It's safe to say that Garrard is safe to play … for now. But if the Jags keep sink further behind the leaders of what appears to be a very difficult division, people could get panicky.

****


Jamaal Charles and Jerome Harrison have to have kidnapped the children of their respective coaches (Todd Haley and Eric Mangini). There's no other explanation for why they see so few touches despite being so clearly the better backs on their team.

And I hear you, Chiefs fans who say "HEY SHUT IT, WE'RE 2-0, HALEY RULEZ!1" Also those of you who say, "Excuse me, Mr. Brinson, but Charles really doesn't do that much damage with his carries" -- I hear you too. But the thing is, and this is the thing: why not, you know, actually utilize Charles? Not that he should get the rock 30 times a game in between the tackles -- that would be silly. But a screen or two perhaps? That's not so much to ask, right?

As for Harrison, he has fumbled plenty and he has seen some shoddy rushing behind a Browns offensive line that only seems concerned about getting to the golf course; it just seems like Mangini keeps putting him in worst-possible scenarios, like getting three straight carries while being backed up against his own end zone. Don't worry, though, Peyton Hillis is there to not punch it into the end zone!

But, hey, maybe Haley and Mangini just really appreciate having two running backs that can handle the rock. It's not a problem like with quarterbacks.

Unless you're in Philly, of course. Then it's a "beautiful thing".

Well, at least until that first next bad game from Kevin Kolb.
Posted on: September 19, 2010 12:34 pm
 

Delhomme to miss Week 3 as well?

Posted by Will Brinson

Browns quarterback Jake Delhomme is inactive for the Week 2 matchup against the Chiefs which, by the way, means that we're one Seneca Wallace injury away from the Colt McCoy Era getting kicked off in Cleveland. Scary, right?

It might not be any easier to deal with next week either -- Adam Schefter reports on Twitter that Delhomme's not even a lock to play in Week 3, pointing out that the "question is whether he'll be ready next Sunday for [the] Ravens."

Not that Delhomme/Wallace/McCoy is great on any level regardless of who's playing, but the notion that Wallace and McCoy could be running the good Browns ship into the ground for two weeks in a row is pretty terrifying for Cleveland fans.

And for Eric Mangini, considering how warm his pants were before the season even started.

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed .
Posted on: September 17, 2010 12:37 pm
 

Hot Routes 9.17.10 Hasselbeck's botched scheme

Posted by Andy Benoit

The Saints are 6-1 on Monday Night Football under Sean Payton.

Rams running back Steven Jackson says in the NFL, a four-yard gain is a positive play. Jackson appreciates the value of patience and wearing down an opponent.

Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck says he once pretended his headset wasn’t working so that he could call his own play. Just one problem, though: "What I failed to realize is that the other quarterbacks on the sideline have the headset,” Hasselbeck said. “So you have to get in unison on that one."

In Arizona, Beanie Wells remains a question mark for Week 2, while wide receiver Early Doucet is out (hernia).

The Browns are close to getting Shaun Rogers back. And linebacker D’Qwell Jackson is practicing for the first time since August 10.


Packers kicker Mason Crosby struggled at times last season, but in Week 1, he was money from 49 and 56 yards. Now, the Green Bay media is giving him props.

An unintentionally funny headline from ESPN’s Bill Williamson (funny to anyone who sees the Raiders for what they are, anyway). Headline reads: Did Overconfidence Doom Oakland?

If Erik Coleman’s left knee doesn’t respond to treatment, second-year pro William Moore will start at safety for the Falcons this Sunday.

Will wideout Devin Thomas get more involved in the Redskins offense?

Good news, Cowboy fans: Marc Colombo is returning Sunday. (Another way to say this is, “Great news, Cowboy fans: Alex Barron will not start Sunday”.)

The Texans signed a former Buffalo defensive end, but not the one that went to two Pro Bowls.


For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed .

Posted on: September 17, 2010 11:36 am
 

Why Delhomme might not throw a pick Sunday

Posted by Andy Benoit

Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Jake Delhomme will not practice Friday. This marks three straight missed practices for the Browns quarterback. Delhomme is nursing a right ankle injury suffered in the loss at Tampa Bay.
J. Delhomme (US Presswire)
Eric Mangini, at this point, is still not ruling Delhomme out for the home opener against Kanas City. "I'd like to go through today and see how it is tomorrow,'' Mangini said. "Jake's made progress. He knows the gameplan. I'd have total confidence in him (to play).''

If Delhomme is unable to go, Seneca Wallace will become the man in charge of throwing interceptions for the Browns. Mangini professes total faith in Wallace, saying “I had the misfortune of playing against him once when he started in Seattle. He's really efficient with the football. He knows the system. He's another leader that has a presence with everybody.''

Obviously, there is a stark difference in style between Delhomme and Wallace. The former is a pocket passer, the latter a scrambler. But, unlike so many mobile quarterbacks in the NFL, Wallace has always shown the ability to consistently manage the game from the pocket. True, he lacks accuracy and big-time arm strength, and he’s good for about two reads, tops. But the point is, if Wallace plays Sunday, he can mimic Delhomme’s style. Thus, the Browns wouldn’t have to completely alter their game plan the way, say, the Eagles will for Michael Vick. (If the Eagles are smart, that is.)

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed .

Posted on: September 17, 2010 10:44 am
Edited on: September 17, 2010 11:02 am
 

Podcast: Week 2 early game previews

Posted by Will Brinson

It's Friday, which means we're one good night's worth of sleep from getting about 48 straight hours of glorious football.

Saturday is fun, of course, but Sunday is where the real action happens -- Andy Benoit and I hopped on the old podcast machine this week to preview the games that will be played. This particular segment previews the early games on Sunday, and we discuss whether Marshawn Lynch to Green Bay makes sense (and whether Buffalo can beat Green Bay), what the mess is wrong with the Jets offense (and whether they can hang with the Pats), if Jimmy Clausen's time has come in Carolina, whether Chad Henne needs to just go ahead and retire and give his starting job over to Chad Pennington, and whether or not teams like Kansas City and Arizona can magically go to 2-0.

Click play below or make it easy on yourself and Subscribe via iTunes .

If you can't view the podcast, click here to download .


For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow  @cbssportsnfl   on Twitter   and subscribe to our  RSS Feed .
 
 
 
 
The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com