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Cleveland Browns

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2016 Schedule

  • Week 1

    CLE @ PHI

    09/11/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 2

    BAL @ CLE

    09/18/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 3

    CLE @ MIA

    09/25/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 4

    CLE @ WAS

    10/02/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 5

    NE @ CLE

    10/09/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 6

    CLE @ TEN

    10/16/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 7

    CLE @ CIN

    10/23/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 8

    NYJ @ CLE

    10/30/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 9

    DAL @ CLE

    11/06/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 9

    CLE @ BAL

    11/10/16

    8:30 pm

  • Week 11

    PIT @ CLE

    11/20/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 12

    NYG @ CLE

    11/27/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 13

    bye

  • Week 14

    CIN @ CLE

    12/11/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 15

    CLE @ BUF

    12/18/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 16

    SD @ CLE

    12/24/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 17

    CLE @ PIT

    01/01/17

    1:00 pm

PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart

The PYRO Fantasy Football Depth Chart is a rundown of where Team PYRO projects the fantasy production for each team at each position. It is NOT an attempt to inform you of the current starters for each team. For example, we are well aware that Brandon Manumaleuna is currently the starting TE for the Chicago Bears, but if you look at the Bears Team Page, we have Greg Olsen listed at TE. Why? We’re projecting that Greg Olsen will be the most Fantasy Football relevant TE for the Bears this season. Since Olsen will be the Bears leading FF point scorer at TE, it’s his name at the top of the TE column on our PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart.

Cleveland Browns - 2014 Preseason #FF Preview

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Cleveland Browns - 2014 Preseason #FF Preview


 


 


The emotions ride high in the NFL. When it comes to the city south of the lake, fans have emotion in spades. It has always been a love-hate relationship. Well, with their second pick in this year’s draft, the Browns created a one man quarterback controversy, because love him or hate him, Johnny Manziel  is the man in Brown.  Last year, no other team attempted as many passes as the Cleveland Browns (681). That is not to say we are going to see the same Browns.  They are attempting to reinvent themselves, again. The question remains: do they know what the hell they are doing? This is the team that drafted Johnny Manziel only after they spent $100,000 on a study that concluded Teddy Bridgewater was the best quarterback in this year’s draft. Genius!


 


Immediately after the draft, it came out that Josh Gordon, last year’s fantasy phenomenon, was heading for yet another suspension. One would think they had warning of his latest failed drug test prior to the draft, at least a whiff. Even if they did not, the writing was on the wall with Gordon. Hell, they were rumored to be shopping him around last year, but nobody wanted the off the field headache that Gordon brings with him. That speaks volumes considering the talent. So, why not address the need in the draft? Either this is a sign that Ray Farmer, the new GM, has a vision, and is sticking to his guns, or he is stubborn and  incompetent. Well, at least Farmer landed the head coach he wanted… Oh, wait… 


 


As far as who will be under center, that question is still up for debate. Brian Hoyer is poised to take the job. The Browns seem eager to wrap up his contract. Read the tea leaves anyway you want. They see potential in Hoyer and desire to lock him up before he steps onto the field and shows his true worth. If successful, getting him under contract now would save them money in the long run. The Browns eagerness to get him to sign on the dotted line not only reveals their confidence in him, but also their trepidation with Johnny Freefall. Ideally, Johnny Manziel, who slipped in the draft until the 22nd pick, would take time to learn under an experienced quarterback, ala Rodgers under Favre. Oh, but we all know that is not how Johnny Football rolls. He has stated he is gunning for the starting role week one, even though reports from camp refer to him as inconsistent thus far. It can be devastating for a rookie if they do not experience some level of success. Cleveland gave up the second most sacks last year.  They did take one offensive lineman in the draft, 3rd rounder Joel Bitonio. If Manziel is thrust into the game too quickly, it could be disastrous for his psyche. 


 


New head coach Mike Pettine brought in Kyle Shanahan to be his offensive coordinator. Kyle was the OC for Washington the last four years; He was OC in Houston the two years prior. Four of those six years, his offense landed in the top ten. The rushing scheme did well in Houston and in Cleveland. Alfred Morris has rushed for at least 1200 yards in his two first years in the league.  Many credit Shanahan for helping RG3 transition so successfully into the league in 2012. His coaching style has also seen many successful receivers as well, while in Houston, Andre Johnson led the league in receiving yards in 2008 and 2009 under Shanahan’s tutelage. There is no doubt, Shanahan brings a wealth of experience, and a record of success. But, the question still remains: will Manziel be ready when the Browns call on him? It will help Manziel in the long run if he is brought along slowly and not thrust into the fire too soon. That means, it will be up to Brian Hoyer, who tasted success last year, albeit briefly. Hopefully, Hoyer will be under center come week one. This should help Manziel learn the ropes. Although he is a wild card, he is a definite grab in later draft rounds. He could earn his keep on his legs alone. According to 4for4, Manziel’s ADP is the 18th QB off the board. He is going as the 134th pick overall, ahead of guys like Tannehill and McCown. Guys going just before him are Andy Dalton and Ben Accosthisfurberger.  Regardless who starts in Cleveland, they are going to need a great deal of help from their receivers. Looking at the line-up does not inspire confidence however.




There is one word that sums up the Browns passing attack, “chronic”. That word works in so many ways, too many for Josh Gordon; as an adjective, he is always deadly on the field, yet he is constantly in trouble; as a noun, it is precisely what gets him in trouble. Last year, he led the league with 1,646 yards and saw the end zone 9 times. This year, he will still see the end zone, however his vantage point will be from the bench.  At this point, it is only speculation as to how many games JG will miss due to the chronic. The safe money would say a year suspension, 8 games, which was speculated at first, seems impossible with the latest news. On the morning of July 5th, Joshua Caleb Gordon was arrested for driving while impaired. To all you dynasty leaguers, trade NOW while you still can. This dude is in chronic trouble. Some analysts are even questioning if Gordon dons a NFL uniform again.


 


In 2013, Gordon reeled in 87 receptions. Who is going to step up in his stead? Well, Jordan Cameron, their Tight End or according to his twitter account “pro bowl pass catcher”, should fill the void. Cameron will roam the mid-field, perfect for rookie quarterbacks and those gunslingers often under pressure. Regardless of starting slinger, Cameron will be a safety valve behind an offensive line that gave up the third most sacks last year (49). I think Cameron will continue this trend, and without Gordon in the line-up, Jordan Cameron could be poised to break 100 receptions this year. Pyro ranks Cameron as a tier III tight end. Cameron had amazing chemistry with Hoyer. In the two games Hoyer started (he got hurt early in the third game he started), he threw 5 touchdowns, 4 of which went to Cameron. In those two games, Cameron caught 16 passes from Hoyer. The chemistry is there for these two to build upon. According to 4for4, Cameron’s ADP is 52 and is the fourth tight end off the board. If Gordon is put on ice for a whole year as expected, the early 5th round is a bargain for the kind of production he may put up. 


 


Jordan Cameron TD Machine


Jordan Cameron  - TD Machine





The other three wide receivers to note are Miles Austin, Andrew Hawkins, and Nate Burleson. Pyro ranks Hawkins as wide receiver #72. Right behind him at # 73 is Miles Austin. This would make for a nice tandem, except that these are Cleveland’s highest ranking wide receivers going into the 2014 season. So, if you are in a 12 team league, and you start 3 wide receivers, that makes for a total of 36 positions. Even if every single team started a wide receiver at the flex spot, that only accounts for 48 wide receivers. Austin is entering his 7th year in the league and has never returned to the player he was back in 2009 and 2010. Last year, he continued to struggle with injury and brought in a miniscule 2.2 fantasy points per game. Andrew Hawkins did slightly better with 2.5 fantasy points per game. Burleson comes in at wide receiver # 93. Since entering the league in 2008, he has only played all 16 games one time. During that 2011 season under gun slinger Matthew Stafford, he caught 73 balls for a total of 757 yards and 3 touchdowns. If Austin can keep his quads stretched and loose, and if Burleson can possibly avoid late night pizza pickups, these guys could make for a nice supporting cast. However, without a real go-to receiver, neither can carry the load, especially with such question marks at the quarter back position.





Although Cleveland only had the third fewest rush attempts last year, can you blame them with the likes of McGahee, Ogbonnaya, and Edwin Baker. The Browns made some interesting moves to spice up the backfield. The most recognizable name is certainly Ben Tate. Currently, Tate is the 24th back off the board and has an ADP of 57. He is going before guys like Joique Bell, Pierre Thomas, and Christine Michael, all of whom I like better. Here’s the thing, if you look a little closer at Cleveland’s roster, the position is not locked up by any means. First of all, Tate was marginally successful in a dynamic Kubiak offense. When he became a free agent, he garnered little attention from the league. In all likelihood, the starter will be their number one draft pick Terrance West. The Browns positioned themselves to get him, much to the chagrin of the Ravens draft strategist, Ozzy Newsome. Now, clearly the powers that be in Cleveland have proven to be a bunch of douche canoes over the years, however, trading up to get this guy was well worth it. He currently has an ADP of 96, running back 35. I would take West over guys like MJD, and Ray Rice any day, both of whom are going before West in current mock drafts. If you don’t know him, West had a spectacular season last year in college. He scored 41 touchdowns, again, in one season. He ran for a total of 2,519 yards, and had 26 catches for another 258 yards and one more touchdown. Alright, so it was in the FCS against inferior competition. But the numbers don’t lie. One last point, he did tie the FCS record for career touchdowns with 84. The guy that he tied… Adrian Peterson.


 



Another rookie that commands attention is the undrafted rookie, Isaiah Crowell.  In 2011, he played for Georgia and went on to become the SEC freshmen of the year. Well, apparently Ray Charles was the only one to have Georgia on the mind (Crowell was suspended one game for a failed drug test). After his promising rookie campaign where he averaged 4.6 yards a carry, he was swiftly booted from the team for felony gun possession. So, yeah, there’s baggage, and his bags carry automatic fire-arms. However, if indeed there is a RBBC in Cleveland this year, I might take a flyer on Crowell with my last pick.


 


 


 

 


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Jim Brown - Greatest Ever

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The history of the NFL is filled with so many amazing stories and characters, unfortunately there are many in the younger generations who have no knowledge of them.  It is important for football fans to understand the history of the game, and the players who set the standard for what is great today. There are always going to be debates over who was the greatest quarterback, running back, wide receiver, or tight end of all time, but unfortunately when these conversations happen, the players of yesteryear seem to be forgotten. There is one player who stands out to me most, even though I never had a chance to see him play live and could only watch NFL films of his amazing prowess, Jim Brown.

Jim Brown was the greatest running back to ever play professional football.  That is a debatable topic, but for sure the answer you will get in Cleveland, and they can back it up.  Jim Brown was the most dominating player at the running back position the game had ever seen when arrived on the scene in 1957.  What followed was 9 years of brilliance and supremacy.  Jim Brown was the original ultra back and set the standard that all other running backs would be measured against. 

The first thing that you need to know is that Brown was a BEAST at his position at 6’2” and 232 pounds.  The average backs at the time were in the 190-200 pound range and Brown weighed as much as most linebackers.  It was not just his size, that gave him such an advantage, but also, he was an amazing athlete and does not get the credit he deserves.  Brown was not only a complete back that could run, block and catch; he was also a kick returner, I bet you didn’t know that.  Can you imagine being 190 pounds running full speed on a kickoff and have to tackle Jim Brown running full speed at you?  Brown also threw 3 TD passes in his career, he was the do it all back and the best in the business. 

Jim Brown was just a tremendous athlete. While he was in college at Syracuse University Jim Brown walked on to all the major sports at the school and played football, basketball, baseball and lacrosse, lettering in all of them. Brown was just an all-around athlete that could do everything. Brown was considered one of the greatest lacrosse players of his era. In his senior season he led Syracuse Orangemen to an undefeated season. Brown was a 2 time all midfielder while playing lacrosse for Syracuse.

I already mentioned about the size and speed of Jim Brown, but to truly understand the speed you have to realize that Jim Brown was also a member of the Syracuse track team in 1954. Then, just to show how dominant he was, in 1957 Brown competed in two sporting events on the same day. He started the day on the track and field where he won the javelin and the high jump event while finishing second in the discus toss. After he was done with the track to meet he went on to compete in a lacrosse game and led the Syracuse Orangemen to a victory over Army.

The tale of Jim Brown does not stop there though. Brown was also a boxer in college. His coach in college, Roy Simmons Jr., thought that Brown could have become the world heavyweight champion if he had dedicated himself to boxing. Think about this in the era of today, where there are some players who will compete in two sports, but how many players do you know that would have played in more than five sports and dominated all them. Jim Brown was truly in a class all of his own, and could easily be considered the greatest college athlete of all time as well. It would be fair to say that Jim Brown was the Jim Thorpe of his generation. There was nothing that he could not do, and do at the highest level.

Jim Brown was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 1957 with the 6th pick in the first round, giving them Jim Brown as a player and Paul Brown as the head coach of the Browns.  After being drafted, Jim wasted no time in beginning to make his mark in Cleveland and the NFL.  In his rookie season of 1957 he finished with 942 rushing yards and 9 TD and added 55 receiving yards with another TD, which was in a 12 game season.  While those numbers don’t seem so great now, they were good enough then to garner Brown the Rookie of Year Award.  Not only did Brown take home the Rookie honor he also was the league MVP in his rookie season…WOW!!!

That rookie season was just the tip of the iceberg, as that was the worst season in the storied career of Jim Brown.  In his second season, which also became the 2nd of 4 League MVP season’s Brown would win; he may have had his best season as a rusher.  Brown rushed for 1,527 yards, 17 rushing TD, 138 yards receiving and a receiving TD.  All of this was done in a 12 game season.  In the math of today with a 16 game season Brown would have finished with 2,036 yards and 23 TD…Fantasy STUD…YES!!!

The next 2 seasons for Jim Brown were the final two 12 game seasons of the NFL and Brown was, as always, dominant.  In those two years Brown rushed for 1,329 and 1,257 yards with 14 and 11 total TD respectively.  Jim Brown was the face of the Cleveland Browns and a reason for the people of Cleveland to feel prideful.  Jim Brown simply imposed his will on the league and they could basically do nothing until he finally retired. 

In Brown’s 4th and 5th seasons it seemed like he was slowing down, which happened to coincide with the season stretching out from 12 games to 14.  In 1961, his 4th season, Brown was still dominant rushing for 1408 yards with 8 TD and added 46 catches for 459 yards and 2 more TD.  That year he saw his yards per carry average drop to 4.6 and it got worse for him in 1962. 

In 1962 there might have been questions flying around Cleveland as to whether or not Jim Brown had lost a step.  In that season, Brown’s worst statistical, he rushed for 996 yards in 14 games with 4.3 yards per carry average, the worst of his career.  Think about that…The worst season of his career and he still rushed for 4.3 yards per carry, which a lot of running backs in the NFL would give their left nut for!!! While his rushing average was down, he did rush for 13 TD.  Brown also had his best season as a receiver that year with 47 catches for 517 yards and 5 TD.  The questions about whether or not he lost a step would have quickly vanished after this season.   

Then there are the final 3 seasons that Jim Brown played, which were the most dominating years of his career.  In those final 3 seasons Brown rushed for 4,853 yards, while adding another 933 yards receiving and finished those 3 years with 45 total TD and averaged 5.4 yards per carry during that time…that is incredible!!!  In 1963, when many thought Brown had lost a step, Brown exploded with what could be argued as his best season as a pro.  Brown rushed for 1,863 yards with an astounding 6.4 yards per carry average.  He also added 12 TD rushing and another 3 receiving, with his highest yards per catch average of his career at 11.2.  Jim Brown was able to do what many other great athletes who have dominated their sports failed to do…leave while still at the top of their game.

If you were playing fantasy football during the time that Jim Brown played, and if you had him on your team you would've had an unfair advantage.  Especially when you look back on that 1963 season Jim Brown would have absolutely crushed the competition in fantasy points. If you extrapolate that season out to 16 games Jim Brown would have gained 2,435 total yards while scoring 17 total touchdowns. Jim Brown averaged 152 total yards with a TD a game for that season. So if you use the most basic fantasy points with no bonuses Jim Brown would've averaged 21 points a game for a 16 game season. That would be an astounding 336 fantasy points on the season. Then you have to factor in the fact that during this time in the NFL there were not many 300-yard passers in the league, so quarterbacks would not have been that dominant, and it is not a stretch to believe that Jim Brown could've outscored most fantasy teams in certain weeks during that amazing season. If I were playing fantasy football during that time I would've had to make adjustments in my scoring system and I would have notated them as the Jim Brown rules.

There is one thing that sticks out to me, that is not talked about when people discuss Jim Brown, was that he fumbled the ball a lot.  Brown had 57 fumbles in his career, which is an average of 6.33 fumbles per year.  Brown had 9 fumbles in both 1960 and 1962.  There is something to consider about the fumbles which can put it into perspective.  The NFL did not have the same rules as the current NFL when Jim Brown played.  Think about how many times you see the ground cause a fumble, and then it is no longer a fumble.  Back in Brown’s day that would have been a fumble.  Then you need to think about all the times a running back is in a pile of players and his momentum has slowed and the referees blow a whistle and the play is dead.  In the old days they would let the play go until they drove the player to the ground and sometimes there would be late hitting while on the ground before a whistle would ever be blown.  The ball often changed hands during these stalled piles, where players liked to play dirty.  Back in those days the game was designed for the defense to have a huge advantage over the offense.  So if you ask me I would feel that it is okay to overlook this stat, but it is still something that warrants more discussion.  

Brown was only 30 years old at the time of his retirement from football and left as the greatest rusher the NFL had ever seen with 12,312 rushing yards.  That was an average of just over 104 yards for every game that he played.  Brown also finished with 106 rushing TD and 126 total TD which was good for an average of more than a TD per game in his career.  Brown was named to the Pro Bowl all 9 years of his career, and the final game he played was in the 1966 Pro Bowl game and finished his career by scoring 3 TD in that game.  That may not seem like a big deal now, where the Pro Bowl is a game that has all the rules set to benefit the offense, but when Brown did this the players actually played the Pro Bowl like a real game!!!      

Jim Brown helped to lead to the Browns to 3 Championship Games (pre Super Bowl era) in 1957, 1964 and 1965.  His only Championship win came in 1964 in a shut out 27-0 win over the Baltimore Colts.  His final season ended with a loss to the Green Bay Packers 23-12.  This is why it was surprising that he decided to retire after coming so close to winning it again, but Jim Brown was his own man and made his own decisions.  Jim Brown was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971.  Jim Brown completely rewrote the record book at the time of his retirement and it would take more than 30 years before most of these were caught up to, and those who did had the benefit of playing in a 16 game season.  Jim Brown was the Babe Ruth of the NFL when he retired.      


Here is a look at the final stats that Jim Brown put up during his stellar 9 year career. 



Jim Browns NFL Stats


     

These stats are amazing, but what really stood out at the time was how Jim Brown completely rewrote the record book at the time of his retirement.  Brown held 15 individual records at the time of his retirement and was top 3 in 20 other categories…CRAZY!!!  Here are the records that he accomplished at the time of his retirement.  

(At time of his retirement following 1965 season)
• [1st] Most Touchdowns, Career – 126
• [1st] Most Seasons Leading League, Rushing – 8 (1957-61, 1963-65)
• [1st] Most Consecutive Seasons Leading League, Rushing – 5 (1957-1961)
• [1st] Most Yards Rushing, Career – 12,312
• [1st] Most Yards Rushing, Season – 1,863 (1963)
• [1st] Most Yards Rushing, Game – 237 (vs. Los Angeles, Nov. 24, 1957; vs. Philadelphia, Nov. 19, 1961
• [1st] Most Rushing Attempts, Career – 2,359
• [1st] Most Rushing Attempts, Season – 305 (1961)
• [1st] Most Game 100 or More Yards Rushing, Career – 58
• [1st] Highest Average Gain Rushing, Career – 5.22
• [1st] Most Touchdowns Rushing, Career – 106
• [1st] Most Attempts Career, Combined Net Yards – 2,658
• [1st] Most Attempts Season, Combined Net Yards – 354 (1961)
• [1st] Most Attempts Game, Combined Net Yards – 39 (vs. Chicago Cardinals, Oct. 4, 1959)
• [1st] Most Combined Net Yards Gained, Career – 15, 459

Team Records
Browns’ records held by Brown at the time of his retirement following the 1965 season
• [1st] Most Yards Rushing, Career – 12,312
• [1st] Most Yards Rushing, Season – 1,863 (1963)
• [1st] Most Yards Rushing, Game – 237 (vs. Los Angeles, Nov. 24, 1957; vs. Philadelphia, Nov. 19, 1961)
• [1st] Most Rushing Attempts, Career – 2,359
• [1st] Most Rushing Attempts, Season – 305 (1961)
• [1st] Most Rushing Attempts, Game – 37 (vs. Chicago Cardinals, Oct. 4, 1959)
• [1st] Highest Average Gain Rushing, Season – 6.4 (1963)
• [1st] Most Consecutive Games, Rushing Touchdown – 7 (1957-58, 1962-63)
• [1st] Most Consecutive Games Without Fumble – 12 (1958-1959)
• [1st] Most Points, Season – 126 (1965)
• [1st] Most Touchdowns, Career – 126
• [1st] Most Touchdowns, Season – 21 (1965)

Here is the final breakdown of the Awards and Honors he garnered during his 9 year Hall of Fame Career. 

Awards and Honors
• 1960s All-Decade Team
• NFL’s 75th Anniversary Team
• All-Time NFL Team (selected in year 2000)
• 1957 Rookie of the Year (UPI, AP, SN)
• 1957 Most Valuable Player (AP, SN)
• 1958 Most Valuable Player (UPI, AP, NEA, SN)
Rushing Titles: 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1965

There may be many who don’t remember and never saw Jim Brown play, but what he did during his era was unheard of, and due to the domination he displayed over his 9 year career you can understand why Jim Brown is still considered the best running back of all time…in Cleveland for sure!!!







Jim Brown in his prime


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BRIAN SIPE AND “THE KARDIAC KIDS”

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Brian Sipe did not come to the Cleveland Browns with much fan fair. Sipe was selected in the 13th round of the 1972 NFL Draft, 330th overall. Brian became the Browns starting quarterback in 1976, and he was their leader for eight seasons. The best season of his career came in 1980, where he was named League MVP as the leader of the “Kardiac Kids”.

Prior to the 1980 season it had been seven years since the Browns made the playoffs. Sipe and the offense showed flashes of brilliance in 1979, as he threw for 3,793 yards with 28 touchdowns and 26 interceptions.  Cleveland did have some firepower in their offense for the 1980 season, with Dave Logan and Reggie Rucker at receiver. They also had a bruising fullback, yes teams used fullbacks as offensive weapons back in the day, in Mike Pruitt who ran for over 1,000 yards and was a dual threat with 63 catches on the season. The other major cog in the offense was future Hall-of-Fame tight end Ozzie Newsome. The finished the 1979 season with 9-7 record, but missed the playoffs again. Browns fans had reason to feel confident in their bunch heading into the 1980 season. Unfortunately, things never seem to come easy for Cleveland.

The Browns opened the 1980 season with two straight losses, and it seemed that this was going to be yet another season without making the playoffs. They were outscored 50-24 in those two games. Cleveland would bounce back over the next two games, as Brian Sipe threw for 613 yards, with five touchdowns and two interceptions. Sipe showed the possibilities of the offense, and gave hope back to Browns fans. Although, these Browns would never make it easy on their fans even when they were playing well.

The Browns had a 3-3 record as they welcomed the Green Bay Packers, as began to earn the nickname, the “Kardiac Kids”. The Packers were leading 21-13 in the fourth quarter, and that meant two scores as the two point conversion was not in the NFL at this time. The Browns rallied late to win the game 26-21. That began a stretch of games where the Browns would go down to the wire, and test their fans mental fortitude tested.

The following week the Browns faced division rival Pittsburgh, and they found themselves trailing 20-7 in the 3rd quarter. Brian Sipe would then throw three touchdown passes, and bring the Browns from behind for a 27-26 victory. The following week it seemed like the Browns were becoming a strong team, and they led the Chicago Bears 20-7 in the fourth quarter. The Browns were unable to put the game away, and allowed the Bears to mount a comeback before holding them off 27-21. That trend would continue the following week.

In week 10 the Browns traveled to Baltimore to face the Colts, and they had a 28-13 lead in the fourth quarter. Once again, Cleveland was unable to take the drama out of the game, as the Colts rallied with two late touchdowns, but still held on to win 28-27. The Browns found out the following week that you can only play with fire for so long before getting burned.

Sipe and the Browns traveled to Pittsburgh in week 11, and they mounted a 13-7 lead, behind his two second quarter touchdown passes. The Steelers would not allow the Browns to pull away, and shut their offense down the rest of the game. The Steelers were able to rally late to pull out a 16-13 victory over Cleveland.

The “Kardiac Kids” never made it easy on their fans the entire season. In week 13 facing the Oilers in Houston, the Browns led 17-7 in the third quarter, and once again their offense went in the tank. The Oilers closed the gap, but fell just short 17-14. The next week they were home to face the New York Jets, and were down 14-10 in the fourth quarter. Sipe led the Browns down the field before hitting Greg Pruitt (the Browns had Greg and Mike Pruitt on their roster) for late score to win the game 17-14. With only two weeks to go in the season, the Browns were on their way to a playoff berth, and only needed a win at Minnesota to lock down their spot.

Brian Sipe started the game very strong against the Vikings, as he threw for a touchdown as well as rushing for a score. Sipe and the Browns built up a 23-9 lead over the Vikings in the fourth quarter. It seemed all but certain that the Browns would win this game and head to the playoffs. These “Kardiac Kids” though did not know how to handle success. The Vikings would come from behind with three touchdown passes by Tommy Kramer, two of which went to Ahmad Bradshaw, and beat the Browns 28-23. Now the Browns would have to win on the road against the hated Cincinnati Bengals to secure their playoff spot.

The Browns seemed to carry over the fourth quarter of the Vikings game into the season finale, as they found themselves trailing the Bengals 10-17 in third quarter. Brian Sipe then hit Ricky Feacher on two touchdown passes for 35 and 34 yards. The “Kardiac Kids” had come from behind for the eighth time on the season to beat the Bengals 27-24 and reach the playoffs for the first time in eight years.

Brian Sipe was the main reason why the Browns were able to make their return to the playoffs, and he was rewarded for his accomplishment and amazing season by being named the League MVP. Sipe threw for 4,132 yards with 30 touchdowns and only 14 interceptions. Those numbers would still look pretty good in todays passing NFL, but this was era of the running back making it even more impressive. Sipe and the Browns brought the joy back to Cleveland, and prompted a hilarious adaptation of the “Twelve Days of Christmas”, which became the “Twelve Days of Browns Christmas”.









The “Kardiac Kids” would host the Oakland Raiders in the playoffs, and had their fans thinking of the next round as they led by a count of 12-7 in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately, the “Kardiac Kids” were unable to hold off the Raiders, who would score on a Mark van Eeghen 1-yard score late in the game to seal a 14-12 victory. There was no reviving the “Kardiac Kids” on this day, but they brought joy and hope back to Cleveland, which had been lacking it since 1972.


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Bombs Away (starting week 5)

It was nice to see Josh Gordon get his feet wet and produce again, but it's a bit of a bummer that we have to wait until Week 5 for him to play.

Pyro's take: It was nice to see Josh Gordon get his feet wet and produce again, but it's a bit of a bummer that we have to wait until Week 5 for him to play.

Fantasy Goo: Everyone’s favorite mystery man Josh Gordon has two preseason grabs which both went for 40+ yards and one being a touchdown. Gordon only knows one thing and that is to catch long passes and often for touchdowns. I believe he is worth a gamble in your draft if you have not drafted yet and need to have 2 quarterbacks. RG3 can chuck the deep ball which could keep fantasy owners on the edge of their seat during Browns games. Coleman and Pryor also go deep so, RG3 may also have running room when the wide receivers take Go-Routes. The Browns should be in a 60 minute junk-time extravaganza. I would not be surprised to see RG3 challenge for top 15 fantasy QB value if he can continue to stay on the roll he is enjoying. He will need week 5 to get here fast so, he can drop bombs on Flash Gordon. Find the song, "You Dropped a Bomb on Me".


08/29/16, 05:39 PM CDT by STiFFKiTTY
Source: www.dawgsbynature.com

Lots of sex with a new babe key to RGIII playing great football?

With his marriage apparently over, Robert Griffin III has already moved on

Pyro's take: With his marriage apparently over, Robert Griffin III has already moved on ... 'cause he's getting VERY close with a smokin' hot new blonde and TMZ Sports has the pics. Over the past couple of weeks, he's been out in public with Grete Sadeiko -- a 23-year-old Estonian-born track and field athlete who currently attends Florida State University.

Fantasy Goo: Robert had a great game yesterday throwing two touchdowns in one half. Scoring in the bedroom might have a say in why RGII looked like a new man Thursday against Atlanta. Studies say that sex does not take up a huge amount of energy. On average, people only burn about fifty calories in a single act of sex. RGIII has a super-hot chick so; chalk up fifty calories a day about 5 times per day. If the Cleveland Browns know what is good for them they will add his girl Grete Sadeik to this year’s salary cap and RGIII better keep her. It is way too early to call Griffin a fantasy starter but, let’s keep our eyes on him and her.


08/19/16, 06:16 PM CDT by STiFFKiTTY
Source: www.tmz.com

Say What?

Griffin found wide receiver Terrelle Pryor streaking down the right sideline on Cleveland’s second drive of the game for a 50-yard scoring strike.

Pyro's take: Griffin found wide receiver Terrelle Pryor streaking down the right sideline on Cleveland’s second drive of the game for a 50-yard scoring strike. Griffin connected with tight end Gary Barnridge for a 22-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter.

Fantasy Goo: Robert was 6 of 8 for 96 yards passing with 2 touchdowns along with 3 rushes for 36 yards. The touchdowns were from 50 and 29 yards out so, they were not simply luck. The bomb to Pryor was a beauty as Pryor beat the defender by about 5 yards. RGIII will have Gordon, Coleman, Pryor and Barnidge to throw to so, let’s keep an open mind with Griffin. The Browns should see a ton of and early garbage time which is great for the passing attack for fantasy owners. If Griffin strings together a couple more preseason steps-forward he will have to be reckoned with. Possibly he suffered from a broken heart in Washington and maybe Cleveland will give RGIII what he needs.


08/19/16, 04:54 PM CDT by STiFFKiTTY
Source: www.news-herald.com

Josh Gordon Returns To Practice For The First Time

Cleveland Browns

Pyro's take: Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon (quad) practiced on Sunday for the first time since being reinstated into the NFL. Gordon injured his quad working out on his own earlier in the month which sidelined him from football activities with the club.

Fantasy Goo: Gordon will not make his regular season debut until Week 5 against the New England Patriots as he will serve out his four-game suspension to start the year. Gordon is projeted to line up with Terrelle Pryor and Corey Coleman upon his return and could pick up where he left off production-wise earlier in his career when he lit the NFL on fire in 2013.

08/15/16, 11:15 AM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.nfl.com

Gary Barnidge Could See Some Limited Reps In Camp

Cleveland Browns

Pyro's take: Cleveland Browns TE Gary Barnidge (sports hernia) passed his physical and has been medically cleared for training camp according to beat writer Mary Kay Cabot. Cabot added that Barnidge could "still be limited at the start of camp" that opens on July 28 for veteran players. (Mary Kay Cabot on Twitter)

Fantasy Goo: Gary Barnidge is entering his eighth NFL season and the starting tight end of the Cleveland Browns is coming off of his best statistical year as a pro. In 2015, Barnidge unexpectedly caught 79 targets for 1,043 yards and nine touchdowns with the bulk of his production occurring while Josh McCown was under center. In the upcoming fantasy football campaign, beware when selecting Barnidge too early as he struggled with any other quarterback not named McCown last year and also that 2015 was his only season where he caught more than 13 passes and two touchdowns in his seven-year career.

07/27/16, 02:46 AM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: twitter.com

Isaiah Crowell Should Be Top Dawg Out Of Browns Backfield

Isaiah Crowell

Pyro's take: Isaiah Crowell will get a bulk of the Browns' carries in 2016, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. She feels a 1,000-yard season is "well within reach" for Crowell.

Fantasy Goo: Crowell was rumored to be at risk of being cut earlier this month due to the controversy he was involved in, but that's since passed and he's back to being considered as the team's No. 1 RB option. He's certainly not a sexy name, but he should see a majority of the team's carries. He's not involved in the passing game much at all, as the team has an elite option in RB Duke Johnson. Still, Crowell could provide upside for a Browns' offense that should be much more interesting in 2016. He's currently considered the RB39 in standard leagues and a bit lower for PPR purposes.

07/26/16, 09:26 AM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.cleveland.com

Josh Gordon Reinstated With Conditions By NFL Commissioner

Browns head of football operations

Pyro's take: Browns head of football operations Sashi Brown indicated Monday the club will give Josh Gordon another chance to redeem himself in Cleveland.(Mary Kay Cabot ClevelandBrowns.com)

"With the league's decision to afford Josh the opportunity to resume his career, he will be with us for the start of training camp,'' Brown said in a statement from the team.
Gordon, 25, was reinstated with conditions by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell from his indefinite suspension for substance abuse. He'll be suspended for the first four games of the season and be eligible to return Oct. 3. He can play in week five, a home game against the Patriots Oct. 9 in which Tom Brady will also be coming off his four-game suspension for Deflategate.

Fantasy Goo: Flash is getting another shot to resume his career in professional football.He has the ability to be a top wide receiver if he can just leave the bud alone. I wouldn't draft him as a WR 1 although he has that high of a ceiling I would wait and see how he grasps the playbook and gets into game condition before making a decision on where to draft this risky reciever.



07/25/16, 11:01 PM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.cleveland.com

Josh Gordon ... maybe soon

The Browns' receiver, who was suspended Feb. 3 of 2015 and sat out all last season, can reapply later this year, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said. He provided no timetable, but a league source said Gordon can try again Aug. 1, which is right after the start of training camp.

Pyro's take: The Browns' receiver, who was suspended Feb. 3 of 2015 and sat out all last season, can reapply later this year, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said. He provided no timetable, but a league source said Gordon can try again Aug. 1, which is right after the start of training camp.

Fantasy Goo: If Josh Gordon is allowed back he will bring an explosive skillset back to Clevend. With Barnidge and Coleman the Browns can be a semi-fierce offense with Duke Johnson at running back. The QB situation is the turd in the punch bowl though. RG3 and McCown are below average QBs at best. For now keep Josh Gordon on your radar.

07/20/16, 11:10 AM CDT by STiFFKiTTY
Source: www.cleveland.com

They give police all types of weapons and they continually choose to kill us - Crowell

“I was very wrong in posting that image.

Pyro's take: “I was very wrong in posting that image. Every single life matters, every death as a result of violence should be treated with equal outrage and penalty.” Crowell also posted his apology on his personal Twitter account.

Fantasy Goo: If you prefer to not draft people that are racists then you will not want to draft Isaiah Crowell. Isaiah posted a picture of someone slitting a white cop’s throat. If a white person were to show a black cop getting his throat slit from ear to ear after all that has been going on with Black Lives Matter and all of the senseless killings by policemen that white player would receive PUNISHMENT however, since Crowell is not white he will just be told to simply say he was sorry. I love black people and of course many black people love white people but, Isaiah Crowell is not making the sad and difficult division of black & white relations any better with such a heartless image which he posted in this link below.

The picture he posted is at this link:
https://nbcprofootballtalk.files.wordpress.com/2016/07/image1.png?w=119


07/11/16, 08:00 PM CDT by STiFFKiTTY
Source: twitter.com

CC WR 1

Will top pick Corey Coleman be the Browns No. 1 receiver this season? — Maddie Hannah, Rocky River, Ohio — All signs are pointing that way.

Pyro's take: Will top pick Corey Coleman be the Browns No. 1 receiver this season? — Maddie Hannah, Rocky River, Ohio — All signs are pointing that way. Coleman still has a lot to learn about running a pro-style offense, but he's fiercely competitive and working his tail off.

Fantasy Goo: Corey can run like a deer with his 4.38 forty and Coleman is an excellent jumper that can high-point the ball consistently which will benefit either RG3 or Josh McCown who are both below average quarterbacks. Gary Barnidge will compete for targets with the rookie. Corey may be in his first year but, may be used extensively due to the lack of pass catchers in Cleveland which consists of players such as Andrew Hawkins, Taylor Gabriel and even the one time quarterback, Terrelle Pryor. Corey is currently going as the 46th wide receiver in mock drafts and in the 10th round of 12 team leagues. Coleman looks like a real bargain based on target potential. Just keep in mind that RG3 might throw more bounce passes than right on target passes. There could also be a game of musical chairs at the QB position with RG3 and McCown.


07/11/16, 12:00 PM CDT by STiFFKiTTY
Source: www.cleveland.com

Duke Johnson Considered An Ultimate Weapon In Browns Coaches Eyes

Cleveland Browns

Pyro's take: Cleveland Browns running back coach had high praise for sophomore Duke Johnson, calling him an "ultimate weapon". (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

"I thought Duke has a lot of those qualities that a lot of great running backs have, in terms of being a receiver," Wilson said. Clearly, the team envisions Johnson as a space back, who will see many of his touches come in the form of receptions. This makes him an intriguing potential RB2 in PPR leagues, but he may struggle for consistency in standard leagues. Isaiah Crowell projects as the main runner for the team.

07/08/16, 02:27 AM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.twitter.com

Isaiah Crowell Should Rush For Over A Thousand Yards In 2016

Mary Kay Cabot

Pyro's take: Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer believes that Browns running back Isaiah Crowell could rush for over 1,000 yards under head coach Hue Jackson in 2016.

Fantasy Goo: It certainly is possible, as Crowell figures to play the Jeremy Hill role for Jackson, while sophomore Duke Johnson fills the role held by Gio Bernard. Both should see a decent uptick in fantasy value this season and are on the RB2 radar. Keep an eye during training camp and preseason to see who earns the most touches in this backfield.

07/08/16, 02:21 AM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.twitter.com

Manziel hopes to play in 2016

"His immediate plans are to start getting ready for football," said Manziel's attorney Jim Darnell. "We're working on it."

Since being released by the Browns in March, Manziel has been charged with misdemeanor assault charge for allegedly rupturing the eardrum of ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley in a January dispute, sued over a trashed rental home and dropped by two agents, Erik Burkhardt and Drew Rosenhaus.

Pyro's take: "His immediate plans are to start getting ready for football," said Manziel's attorney Jim Darnell. "We're working on it."

Since being released by the Browns in March, Manziel has been charged with misdemeanor assault charge for allegedly rupturing the eardrum of ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley in a January dispute, sued over a trashed rental home and dropped by two agents, Erik Burkhardt and Drew Rosenhaus.

Fantasy Goo: Johnny football hopes to play and I hope to win the lottery...we have about the same odds.

06/08/16, 09:17 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: espn.go.com

Animal House - Bluto:......Christ, seven years of college down the drain. Might as well join the f**king Peace Corps

Animal House - Bluto: Christ. Seven years of college down the drain. Might as well join the f**king Peace Corps.

Pyro's take: Johnny Manziel is being sued for allegedly wrecking the Hollywood Hills mansion he rented back in April -- with the real estate broker claiming the QB threw drug-fueled ragers in the place and destroyed thousands of dollars in property. The man behind the suit is Nicholas Goodwin -- who says he was approached by a man who called himself "Travis" about renting the 5,000 square foot pad back in April. When "Travis" showed up to the home, Nick recognized it was really Johnny Manziel.

Fantasy Goo: Johnny still parties like he is a Delta. No reason to become an adult I suppose. Now unfortunately, he suffers from Sux Syndrome. Sux Syndrome usually occurs at the end of a player’s career but, Johnny appears to have already developed the tell-tale warning signs. Johnny is a scared little boy afraid to show that he does not have what it takes to be a pro. To any younger folk reading this, go rent Animal House. You are welcome.


06/06/16, 09:51 PM CDT by STiFFKiTTY
Source: www.tmz.com

Breakout Tight End Has Sports Hernia Surgery

Browns Pro Bowl

Pyro's take: Browns Pro Bowl tight end Gary Barnidge underwent sports hernia surgery early Thursday, coach Hue Jackson said.
The Pro Bowler was not at the team's final OTA on Wednesday and will miss next week's veteran minicamp but will be ready to go in late July for the start of training camp, Jackson said. The Browns coach confirmed the injury news before hitting the links at the Cleveland Browns Foundation's 17th annual golf tournament.

Barnidge is coming off a career year that ended with his first Pro Bowl invitation. The 30-year-old veteran caught 79 passes for 1,043 yards and nine touchdowns, setting a number of personal bests and matching some franchise marks along the way.

06/02/16, 11:34 AM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.clevelandbrowns.com

Is Josh McCown the best option at Quarterback for Cleveland

Josh McCown is currently

Pyro's take: Josh McCown is currently performing as the Browns' best QB at this point in the preseason,according to ESPN. McCown has done a great job picking up the new offense.

The job is still expected to be Robert Griffin III's to lose, and the selection of Cody Kessler in the 2016 NFL Draft makes things even murkier for McCown at this point. Still, the veteran has proven to be a reliable starter in the past when healthy, and Griffin and Kessler are certainly not locks in their own right.

05/21/16, 08:14 PM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.espn.com

Terrelle Pryor getting some praise from RG III and Josh McCown

TP

Pyro's take: Both RG III and Josh McCown have enjoyed the progress that Terrelle Pryor has made since making the switch from quarterback to wide receiver.

McCown stated: “It seems like he’s getting more and more comfortable playing the position,” McCown said. “He’s big and he’s fast, but last year you kind of saw him thinking a little bit while he was doing it, trying to do things right, so it takes away from your skill set.

Pryor could make a healthy addition to your team as he will fly under the radar for many owners. A nice late round stash or priority on waiver wires

Pryor changed positions last year, appeared in three games with the Browns and caught one pass for 42 yards.

04/21/16, 06:46 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.ohio.com

RG III wants Josh Gordon to get his life together

RG

Pyro's take: Josh Gordon is a former teammate of Robert Griffin III at Baylor, and Griffin would love to have his teammate back on the field. The only way to do that is for Gordon to clean himself up.

Gordon has up till August 1 to try for reinstatement with the league again, but the first step is to stop hanging out with Johnny Manziel.

RG III and Gordon could do some damage together as they still remain friends and both know each other well on the field.

04/21/16, 06:38 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.ohio.com

Brian Hartline practicing

BH

Pyro's take: After Brian Hartline season fell short because of a broken collar bone, he has been practicing on a light basis.

Interesting enough that Brian Hartline is the number one receiver on the Cleveland Browns at this point. Hartline could scratch the service of a WR 4 on your fantasy team if he continues to be the Browns starter.

He has not had more than 76 receptions and has only gone over the 1,000 yard receiving barrier just twice.

I dont see more than 70 receptions for 975 yards and four touchdowns in a full season for the Browns.

04/21/16, 06:28 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.ohio.com

Drew Rosenhaus believes Josh Gordon returns in 2016

JG

Pyro's take: Rosenhaus said. “It’s a temporary setback. I’m confident he can get right back on track, and without getting into the details because that’s the very thing that we’re very upset about, I really believe that Josh has done an admirable job up until this point. I hope he can get back to that and I am confident that he will.”

Rosenhaus has pulled off miracles before, so I wont permanently tuck Josh Gordon away. He is an outstanding receiver and will be well rested since he hasn't played since late 2014. He had his breakthrough in 2013, when he caught 87-1646-9

04/13/16, 09:47 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: cleveland.cbslocal.com

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