[# Browns] rule out Cameron Massaquoi & Gipson from [# Broncos] game. Smelley J Cooper & EHagg expected to be active
MoMass needs to goooooooooooo She cant stay healthy .if she is on the roster next year i will blow a fuse big time ..&^%$ sissy boy bitch get outta here
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. Smelley J Cooper & EHagg expected to be active
I'll take Mallett in a heartbeat. I loved what he did at Arkansas. I think he would have the right amount of seasoning haing learned from the Patriots coaches. He would still be moldable but has a solid foundation on which to build. That would be the perfect competition to bring in if you are ever going to see Weeden take bigger steps forward. Now I don't know if I like the whole package deal with Lombardi and McDaniels, matter of fact I kind of hate it. But if we could trade for Mallett and leave those two guys where they are, I'd be all in favor. But I guess that would have to be the call made from the top as the next coach would want his quarterback. But if Jimmy Haslam and Joe Banner could pull off a trade before a coach was named, then he'd be in position to be the franchise quarterback regardless of who comes to town.
“A Banner-Lombardi-McDaniels trio, McDaniels being a born-and-bred Ohioan, and a chance to rebuild where the Bill Belichick tree was first planted, would be factors that would likely get a blessing from Belichick,” writes Bedard. “One more log to throw on the fire: those two initial sources said that if Lombardi and McDaniels indeed team up in Cleveland, the chances are good that they will attempt to trade for Patriots backup quarterback Ryan Mallett and install him as the franchise quarterback. [Brandon Weeden] would be out, or in a backup role.”
The 6-foot-6-inch Mallett has not been provided the opportunity to play much since being acquired two seasons ago. The strong-armed quarterback outplayed former Patriots back-up Brian Hoyer in the four exhibition games in 2012, completing a higher percentage of passes, for more yards, more touchdowns, and a better rating.
BEREA, Ohio -- Alabama coach Nick Saban, who's reportedly on the Browns short list of head coaching candidates, means it when he says he's not leaving Alabama and has not been interviewing assistants to join him in Cleveland, sources said.
A report on yahoo.com said Saban has already been interviewing candidates for his staff with the Browns, but the sources explained that Saban has been interviewing for his defensive backs coach vacancy at Alabama.
His secondary coach, Jeremy Pruitt, accepted the defensive coordinator post this week at Florida State.
On Tuesday, Saban, who has the Crimson Tide playing for its third national title in four seasons, told reporters in Alabama that he's happy and has no plans to leave.
"We're really, really pleased and happy to be here," he said. "We've been able to accomplish a lot. But like I've talked about before, this is a work in progress all the time. You've got to stay focused on the process to try to continue to make the next game the most important game, the next season the most important season, developing the team every year. We certainly look forward to those challenges.
"I'm not sure, regardless of what I say, that anybody believes what I say, because I say it all the time. This is what we're happy doing. This is what we like to do. But nobody really believes that. So, you know, maybe it doesn't matter. I don't know what I have to say or do, but it's kind of funny to me. Plus y'all asked the wrong person. Miss Terry (his wife) makes all the decisions about all this stuff anyway."
Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe first reported that Saban is on the Browns' radar and that he might come in a package deal with Mike Lombardi as general manager. And even though the Browns might be interested in Saban, it's not going to happen, insiders say.
"They won't even make the trip with us so I'll save you the searching on that," said coach Pat Shurmur.
In addition, tight end Alex Smith sat out Friday's practice with an illness and knee injury and is listed as questionable, meaning the Browns could be thin at the position.
With Cameron out, Smith was expected to move back to tight end after playing primarily at fullback for the past seven games. Rookie Brad Smelley, the Browns' seventh-round pick out of Alabama, is set to be active and play fullback for the first time this season. He was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster last week.
"I'm ready to go and do what I need to do to play well," said Smelley. "I love blocking for Trent. I'm familiar with how he runs and I work hard for him."
The feeling is mutual.
"When you know how a guy plays, you feel comfortable with him," said Richardson. "I've been pushing for him to get on the field the whole time. I played with him going on four years. I know how good he is. It'll feel like we're just back at home again."Gipson's absence is a blow because he was set to start at safety against the Broncos and Peyton Manning with T.J. Ward on injured reserve with a bone bruise in his knee. A rookie free agent out of Wyoming, Gipson suffered the foot injury midway through practice on Thursday and didn't return. With the two safeties out, Eric Hagg will start at free safety, opposite Usama Young on the strong side. It will mark Hagg's first start since being benched after starting the first two games of the season. Slated all off-season for the starting job, he was inactive in weeks three and four, and played sparingly or not at all the next 10 games.
Hagg, the Browns' seventh-round pick in 2011 out of Nebraska, admitted the demotion's been tough.
"It's been a battle mentally, but at the same time, this is the business that we're in," he said. "This is my job. I'm always going to be in meetings, paying attention, on the practice field getting my mental reps, getting on the practice field whenever I can. And like I said before, it's another opportunity for me to prove myself to the coaches and to everyone else too."
Hagg said the coaches didn't really tell him much about his benching.
"No, they just wanted to put the best people on the field, the best people that could work together," he said. "Off of that, they found two other people, three other people to rotate, and all I could do was just keep working hard and do what I could do."
Shurmur believes Hagg will be better for the time off.
"Anytime you play for a while and then you don't play, it gives you a little better view of it while you're watching it," he said. "I'm sure he's learned something as he's prepared."
Massaquoi done? With Massaquoi out with a knee injury, he may have played his last game for the Browns. If he sits out next week's finale in Pittsburgh, the loss to the Redskins might've been his last. Massaquoi, who sat out five games earlier this season with a pulled hamstring, is set to become a free agent after the season. The Browns had high hopes for Massaquoi this season, but injuries derailed those plans. A second-round pick in 2009, he's caught only 17 passes for 254 yards and no touchdowns this season.
"I think [our chemistry] showed a little bit in the Colts game and others," said Cooper. "He knows where and when I'm going to stop on read routes and that'll always be there. We haven't worked together much lately because I've been running [scout team] reps but it'll always be there and he knows where I'm going to be and hopefully we can make it show on Sunday."
Patterson mum: Cornerback Dimitri Patterson, who was waived by the Browns and picked up by Miami, told Dolphins reporters he has no idea why the Browns let him go. He signed a three-year, $16 million contract in the off-season, including a $6 million signing bonus.
"You've got to ask [Browns coach] Pat Shurmur," Patterson said. "I don't think [anyone] is happy when something like that happens, unless it's a real, real bad situation. It's just something that happened."
At a certain point in your life, Christmases [begin] to run together and it’s difficult to distinguish one from another. They become an amalgamation of unnecessary new interpretations of A Christmas Carol, obnoxious jewelry commercials, and awkward potluck lunches at work. Only on the rare occasion does a Christmas genuinely stand out.
Similarly, of the Browns’ 14 campaigns since their reboot, 12 of those have cruised into the yuletide season adding absolutely nothing meaningful to the holiday atmosphere. We watch at Christmas parties as fans of other teams sweat out playoff scenarios and discuss the implications of the upcoming games with that little glimmer of jealousy that also seems to permeate the holiday season.
Only twice since 1999 have the Browns paralleled our spring toward Christmas with a run to the playoffs. One (2007) wound up as an epic fail. But the other did not, even though it probably should have.
By Week 16 of the 2002 season, most fans had already given up on any hopes of the Browns reaching the postseason. In what had been built up as a do-or-die game at home against Indianapolis the week before, the Browns pissed away a 16-point second-half lead to lose and drop back to the .500 mark at 7-7. And this was two weeks after somehow losing to a 3-8 Carolina team, also at home, also in maddening fashion.
Yes, they were still in the playoff race, but the Browns had looked like anything but a playoff team in the month of December. And even worse, now they’d have to schlep out to Baltimore to face a Ravens team that had already beaten the Browns in Cleveland after another lackluster performance in early October.
In so many ways, that game in Baltimore, played in the falling darkness of a December afternoon three days before Christmas, encapsulated the entire 2002 season.
The Browns started fast, driving 82 yards on their first possession and taking a 7-0 lead on a Jamel White touchdown run. There was that glimmer that suggested they might have grown up a little bit and were finally ready to start playing like a team that deserved to make the playoffs.
But that - for the next two-and-a-half-hours, anyway - was it. Over the next three quarters, the Cleveland offense couldn’t move past the Baltimore 49, and the Ravens - no great shakes themselves that year - meandered to a 13-7 lead. With our Christmas trees blazing in the corners of our living rooms, the Browns slowly and gently rocked us into a nice holiday nap. Then, quite suddenly, they - and we - woke up.
With 2:18 remaining, the Browns regained possession at their own 8. But instead of sputtering into another punting situation as they’d done for the majority of the afternoon, for whatever reason, they put it all together.
Tim Couch, in the middle of another typical Tim Couch game, [completed] three straight passes to push the Browns to midfield. Then a dump-off pass to White wound up picking up 28 yards, and Baltimore was penalized for unnecessary roughness after the play. Couch hit Kevin Johnson for 12 more, and in less than a minute, the Browns had driven to the Baltimore 1.
A play later, Couch faked a handoff and lobbed a pass for tight end Mark Campbell, standing alone in the end zone after breaking off the line. Like the little kid catching the [silver coin] flicked by a jubilant Ebenezer Scrooge on Christmas morning, Campbell caught the pass for a touchdown and Phil Dawson booted the go-ahead extra point with 30 seconds left.
A desperation pass by Jeff Blake - and how hilarious is it that he was Baltimore’s quarterback at one point - was intercepted, and Couch knelt out the final seconds to seal an unlikely Cleveland victory that the Browns almost certainly didn’t deserve. They’d managed barely 250 yards of offense, a meager 63 on the ground, and, as was usually the case when they faced the Ravens, had been utterly outplayed. And yet, somehow, they’d won.
The victory catapulted the Browns into the final week of the season with their skittish playoff hopes still in tact. We opened presents that Christmas knowing that the Browns had a shot to make the postseason for the first time in nearly a decade. We discussed the various scenarios with uncles and cousins over glasses of egg nog and Hershey Kiss peanut butter cookies.
It was, against all odds, a Browns Christmas to remember. It’s 10 years later, and we’re still waiting for the next one.
So the world is supposed to be ending today?
In a game that won’t be close after the first 15 minutes, the Broncos send the 5-9 Browns reeling into double-digit loss territory for the fifth straight season – and ninth in the last 10 – in humiliating fashion. Manning throws for three touchdowns, Moreno runs for two more and the Denver defense sparkles. Make it:
Broncos 45, Browns 14