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Laremy Tunsil Pick Could Pay Huge Dividends for Dolphins

Screen Shot 2016-04-29 at 8.27.26 PMLaremy Tunsil’s epic 2016 NFL Draft will forever be remembered because of the video that was posted to Twitter just 13 minutes before the first pick was announced. In it Tunsil is seen wearing a gas mask bong and, unlike Bill Clinton, clearly is inhaling. The video created shock waves that every GM at the top of the Draft couldn’t ignore. Tunsil fell from the projected first overall pick at one time, all the way to #13. The video cost him millions.
For the Dolphins, it could be the steal of the Draft if Tunsil lives up to his one time projection as the top overall player. Let’s face it, every GM knows that players smoke pot but they don’t want their name attached to a guy that has controversy linked to him before he even enters the league. Apparently Miami’s front office felt convinced the reward vs. the risk was worth it. We shall see.
One thing however is for certain. The NFL will use Laremy Tunsil’s night as a warning to all incoming players on what not to do.

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Johnny Manziel Worst Pick by Browns Since Coming Back to Cleveland

The Cleveland Browns have had so many bad draft choices that it’s hard to come up with a list of the worst. However, figuring out who would be at the top of that list is easy. Johnny Manziel. The former Heisman Trophy winner was a first round draft choice who was supposed to turn around the fortunes of the franchise. Instead, two years later he’s seen here in this photo sitting at a bar in Columbus, Ohio before a Justin Bieber concert. It doesn’t get much worst than that.

Does it get any worse?
Does it get any worse?

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Browns Were Right to Trade Pick to Eagles

nfl draft 2016My buddy Jim texted me today with the news that my beloved Browns traded the second overall pick in next week’s NFL Draft to the Eagles.  He wasn’t pleased.  I, on the other hand, was thrilled once I heard the details of the deal.  The specifics include the Browns getting this year’s #8 pick along with a 3rd round and 4th round pick.  They also acquired the Eagles 1st round pick next year and a second round pick in 2018.  I’d say that’a nice haul for a team in desperate need of a ton of help.  The Browns have been in “rebuilding mode” since they returned to Cleveland in 1999 and this trade will hopefully be what propels them to actually start on the foundation of that rebuild.   I was hoping Carson Wentz was going to be the selection if the Browns stayed at #2 but with the Rams jumping ahead of them it assured that one of the two top QBs were going to be selected before them.  That put a lot of pressure on teams like the Eagles and 49ers to really consider trading with the Browns if they were in love with both QBs.  The Eagles apparently are.  This trade, like all others, will be evaluated a few years from now to see who made out.  If the Browns blow their selections like those of years past then this trade will be another crack in the never ending “rebuild.”  I for one think it’s the beginning of a concrete footer.  You gotta believe!

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No Pressure, No Diamonds – RG3

RG3As Robert Griffin III exited his press conference for the Cleveland Browns yesterday he answered the final question by saying, “no pressure, no diamonds.”  It was in response to being asked if he feels any pressure in Cleveland after all of the failed attempts at finding a franchise quarterback.  Saying the fans of Cleveland are desperate for a QB to lead them is about the biggest understatement in all of sports.  I feel I can speak for Cleveland Browns fans everywhere when I say that I’d be happy with a QB that just looks adequate and can win games when it matters most.  A franchise guy would be great but just give us hope.  Not since Bernie Kosar have the Browns had a QB that the city truly rallied around and felt that he could be a guy that could take us into the playoffs.  Tim C0uch had the city behind him but unfortunately he didn’t have a line in front of him.  Injuries ended his career before it ever really began.

So here we are with RG3.  Former GM Mike Holmgren tried everything he could to lure the pick away from St. Louis in order to take Griffin.  After he won Rookie of the Year it’s hard to believe that RG3 is now on the team that wanted him so badly only 3 years ago.  The question is will he be a diamond or another piece of coal.

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Cleveland Browns Need to Pass On Kaepernick

colin-kaepernickRumors are swirling that my beloved Cleveland Browns are interested in trading for quarterback Colin Kaepernick.  I gotta admit, when this news first broke I was pretty excited about the possibility.  However, now that some of the dust has settled I’m leaning more towards saying thanks but no thanks to Chip Kelly and the 49ers.  The main reason is that I truly believe that the Browns need to draft Carson Wentz with the second overall pick in this year’s draft and give him every opportunity to succeed.  I realize that succeeding as a Browns quarterback is more challenging than landing a man on Mars but it doesn’t mean you stop dreaming.  Kaepernick’s best days were clearly with Jim Harbaugh as his coach and he hasn’t been the same QB sine he left.  Pair that with multiple injuries and Kaepernick seems like a QB that may not regain his exciting form of years gone by.   Also, it scares me that Chip Kelly would be willing to deal an athletic QB such as Kaepernick in order to possibly be stuck with the ultimate underachiever in Blaine Gabbert.  Why?  Possibly because Chip Kelly maxresdefaultknows that Kaepernick’s confidence is shot and the recent injuries have taken away his explosive speed and quickness.  Who knows.

I say draft Wentz and let him learn for a year behind Josh McCown.  The Browns are rebuilding (surprise, surprise) and trading a 3rd round pick for a QB with serious question marks just doesn’t seem like the wisest of decisions.  Meaning : He’ll probably be a Brown within the week.

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March Madness Trophy Best There Is

The ultimate March Madness trophy
The ultimate March Madness trophy

March Madness is about to begin and many of you are looking for a  trophy to represent your bracket challenge.  Well look no further.  The Armchair Big Man trophy is the ultimate prize when your name is the final one standing after a long, grueling battle to the end.  And the best part ia no one needs to know that you didn’t have a clue what you were doing when filling out your bracket.  All that matters is your name ended up on the trophy at the end and you’ll be remembered forever as a CHAMPION.  So if you’re ready to step it up a notch and play for a trophy that truly represents what March Madness is all about then the Armchair Big Man trophy is for you.

Good luck this March.

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NFL Draft Means Browns Finally Get QB

Carson WentzThe NFL Draft is only a month away and that means the Browns are once again thinking QB.  It seems to be a yearly event if you’re a Browns fan.  Tim Couch, Brady Quinn, Brandon Weeden, and Johnny Manziel are the most recognizable names in a long line of failed quarterbacks that have suited it up on the north coast.  With Johnny Manziel completely imploding over the last few months, it’s time the Browns cut ties and look to draft their QB of the future.  Is it Carson Wentz or Jared Goff?  I gotta admit, I haven’t seen either one of them play in an actual game.  However, the size and mobility of Wentz should definitely be a key factor in the decision.  I think I speak for Browns fans everywhere when I say that I’m tired of watching small and/or slow quarterbacks try and compensate for their deficiencies.  Johnny Manziel should be the poster boy for why you don’t take a QB that is shorter than 6 foot.  Note to all GMs:  Stop thinking you’ll find the next Drew Brees.   It’s time the Browns draft a viable option at QB (that doesn’t have a drinking problem) and put all of their resources into developing him into the best quarterback possible.  Trusting Hue Jackson in this endeavor is the first step.  Trusting the quarterback, whomever it may be, is the next.  I know I’m fully on board!  Go Browns.!

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Browns Finally Got It Right with Hue Jackson

Screen Shot 2016-01-16 at 7.11.09 AMBrowns fans everywhere breathed a huge sigh of relief when the organization finally hired Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson.  I know I did.  My fears of another first time head coach were real considering the Browns history.  Since the franchise returned in 1999, only Eric Mangini had prior head coaching experience before being hired.   It seems so obvious that a team that has been in the basement of the NFL for so long would look for a guy that has proven he can handle the pressure and can develop a culture of winning.  Yet the Browns continued to screw even that up.  Granted, Hue Jackson only had one year in Oakland to get his head coaching feet wet, but we are talking about the Raiders here people.  Another franchise that has been closer to the Browns in culture and winning games than a team on the verge of the Super Bowl.   If not for the death of Al Davis during the season, many believe Jackson not only would’ve survived in Oakland but flourished.   He has shown he can not only put together a great offensive game plan but develop quarterbacks along the way.  Now the big question will be can they get the right signal caller?  I guess I’ll start holding my breathe.