As 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.
The 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.!
The saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” definitely rings true here at FantasyTrophies.com. The other day I was on my way to the shop when I spotted a 50″ Samsung television outside of the coffee shop I go to each morning. I’ve been thinking about how incredible it would be to watch football games on an HDTV while working on Sundays and came close to buying a 32″ television at Best Buy. So when I saw the 50″ it no doubt caught my eye. Of course though you figure there is no way it works if it’s sitting on the curb. Just then two girls walked out of their place and said, “it’s still here.” The other responded, ” I bet people think it doesn’t work at all.” That’s all I needed to hear. It was soon at my shop where I plugged it in and tested it out. It works perfectly except for a small thin black line that runs across the screen horizontally. It’s so thin though that you barely see it. If only my Browns could go from trash to treasure my Sundays would be as awesome as this flat screen.
Well, it didn’t take long for Johnny Manziel to screw up and find himself as the backup quarterback for the Cleveland Browns yet again. This time though he’s been demoted all the way to third string. Quite a week for a guy that was told he would be the starter for the last six games of the regular season. As a Browns fan I was actually looking forward to seeing what Manziel could do. Could he lead a team and show promise or would he be just another name on the always growing list of disappointing Browns quarterbacks. The latter seems to be the one to bet on at this time. Manziel was caught on video over last weekend drinking and singing at a rooftop bar. Not a big deal. After all, he’s over age and the Browns were on their bye week. However, when you tell the coach that you’re going to hit the books and be professional and then do the complete opposite, it’s not a good look. The kicker though is when you lie to the organization and say the video was old. Really? This is the guy the Browns are considering handing over the offense to? The guy can’t even make the right decision off the field leading up to the biggest professional game of his short career. I say move on from Manziel and be done with his drinking, partying, and lying ways. Let him be a problem for another organization. The Browns need to focus on so much more and the last thing they should be dealing with is a guy who can’t be taken at his word who has a drinking problem. Just my frustrated two cents worth.
Johnny Manziel has the last 6 games of this season to prove to the Browns organization and to it’s fan base that he can lead this team to the playoffs and ultimately the Super Bowl. Stop laughing. I know, I know, the idea of Manziel being able to do just that makes even a die-hard fan like myself question my sanity. Sure, Manziel has shown a few glimpses of his former Heisman winning Texas A&M self on a hand full of plays. But didn’t Brandon Weeden impress us with his cannon-like arm when he was the starting QB? I remember Brady Quinn looking like he had potential and Derek Anderson playing in the Pro Bowl. The bottom line is that Johnny Manziel has to not only impress Browns fans in these final games, he needs to absolutely blow us away. If he doesn’t I have a strong feeling that number one pick we’re staring at is going to have QB written all over it. Once again!
My Cleveland Browns unveiled their new uniforms yesterday and I gotta say, I like them. I was skeptical when I heard that they were going to make a change but these uniforms push the Browns into the future a bit with still keeping a sense of history. You can’t please everyone and I’m sure there are fans that absolutely hate them and think the Brown and Orange should remain loyal to the days of Otto Graham and Jim Brown. I thought this same thing when the Browns returned to Cleveland back in 99 and there were rumblings about a uniform change. However, the younger generation of players don’t know a thing about Browns history and instead want to wear a uniform that has some flash to it. When programs like Oregon are changing their uniform on a weekly basis and college teams are pushing the envelope on uniform design, modern day players don’t want to wear something that reminds them of their grandparents. It’s proven that performance can be linked to appearance. Here’s hoping this new look can help them win more than 5 games. Of course hitting on the draft would help too.
I’d like to first thank all of the leagues out there that sent in photos for our second annual Wall of Fame Photo Contest. With over 25 entries it was much harder to decide on a winner than I thought it would be. That said, in the end I decided to go with the photo of Gabe Montemayor giving a stiff arm to his son Tyler, while holding the Throwback. The fact that Gabe beat Tyler in their league’s Super Bowl and then added insult to injury by going “Walter Payton” to his face was what put them over the top in my opinion.
Congratulations! Their league decided on the Ultimate Loser large base trophy as their prize.
Your league can win a trophy too! Make sure you get your photos in for this year’s contest. You can send photos in even if your league is already on the Wall of Fame. Get creative, a single photo can earn your league a FREE Ultimate Loser large base trophy or one of our mini trophies.
Just send your entries to Dave@FantasyTrophies.com by March 31, 2012.
Ultimate Loser recipients are also welcome. That is if he or she lets you take their photo.
This post is simply to put a little fire under the asses of all the league commissioners out there who take procrastinating to a whole new level. You know who you are.
I hate to say it but it’s inevitable that I’ll hear, “hey Dave, can you get our trophy out to us by our draft? It’s this weekend.”
Guys who have ordered from me in the past know that I do my very best to make that happen. After all, having your trophy on draft night is what it’s all about. However, I have a feeling that some leagues have been putting off ordering their trophy because they wanted to see when the NFL lockout was going to end. Well, it’s OVER! Football is coming and so are the early orders.
Here’s to hoping you’re one of them.
With rumors of the NFL lockout ending soon, I can’t help but get excited about the possibility of my fantasy football draft actually taking place as scheduled in early September. I know I’m not the only one who feels this way. Guys everywhere are praying that these billionaires and millionaires settle their differences so that all of us “regular guys” can sit on our asses, drink a few beers, trash talk with our buddies and draft our fantasy teams. I must say though that an added bonus to the lockout ending soon is that it will get my wife off my back about flying to Cleveland. You see, part of our vacation time is spent in our hometown of Cleveland, OH visiting friends and family. My wife Suzi has finally accepted the fact (after many “discussions”) that we also plan this trip to coincide with my fantasy football draft. I see it as killing two birds with one stone. She unfortunately sees it as a pain in her ass and would rather save both birds and throw the stone at me. This year has been particularly tough because I keep telling her that I don’t know when I can fly because the lockout hasn’t been resolved. You can imagine that she didn’t take that news very well. Especially when I added that she may have to take the kids and go visit family without me this year because I don’t know when my draft will take place and I need to be in Cleveland only if it’s during our draft. Needless to say, this lockout is really throwing a monkey wrench into my “vacation plans” and is putting additional stress on my marriage. Stress that hopefully won’t affect my draft once this ridiculous lockout gets resolved. I’d hate for my wife to have that on her conscience.