Ever since they selected Tim Couch with the #1 overall pick in 1999, the Cleveland Browns have had a long and pathetic revolving door of quarterbacks. In the last 14 seasons the Browns have had 18 different signal-callers under center, none of whom have made much of an impact, or even been able to stick around very long to try. That’s right — EIGHTEEN.
With today’s news that Brian Hoyer will get the start on Sunday in place of injured Brandon Weeden, you can now add number 19 to that list … which is exactly what one Browns fan has continued to do to their increasingly-depressing #2 Couch jersey. This picture really says all you need to know:
As we kick off the 2013 NFL season tonight, we are graced with this incredible set of NFL team sigils, in the style of the house sigils from Game of Thrones. For those of you who are geeks for both the NFL and GOT (like us), this is pure nirvana.
Created by internet hero DJroomba, aka Tim Proby, the complete gallery of all 32 teams (even the Jets) can be found here, and includes several variations for each club. We’ve posted some of our favorites below, and saved the best for last in the Patriots and Browns. Enjoy your new desktop wallpapers!
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This is hilarious.
Last week, the NFL Network aired the latest in their ongoing series “A Football Life“, entitled “Cleveland ’95“, which looked back at that fateful final season before Art Modell moved the Browns to Baltimore. It also examines the first head coaching tenure of a young Bill Belicheck, whose effort toward re-building the franchise went for naught, as the very team was yanked out from under them before they really had a chance. It was a rough time for all Browns fans … one that many have yet to fully recover from, and certainly not something they were particularly eager to re-live.
Well our old friend Mike Polk (of “Factory of Sadness” fame) is here to put things into perspective for us, with this brilliant teaser for the sports broadcasting world’s next plan to kick Cleveland fans while they’re down — simply called, “F%&* Cleveland Night”. With “the sole purpose of depressing the s#!t out of America’s longest-suffering sports fans”, this joint-venture of the NFL Network and ESPN promises to bring back all of the worst nightmares from Cleveland sports history … all in glorious HD, and right into your living room.
That’s right. Among other punches to the gut, Browns fans will get “the Decision”, “the Drive”, “the Shot”, and “the Fumble”. All. Night. Long. Oh, and just to ratchet up the sadness factor, the lowlights will be set to the music of Adele.
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The NFL is BACK … and ‘merica!!!
On opening night, Rob Ryan also fired up that football is back:
So far, this is our favorite moment of NFL opening Sunday.
Watch Browns rookie QB Brandon Weeden – making his first pro start, and clearly still adjusting to the NFL stage – get caught under the American flag during today’s Browns-Eagles pre-game ceremonies:
Weeden eventually found his way out of there, in case you were worried.
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After having their suspensions overturned by an appeals panel on Thursday, four NFL players - Saints LB Jonathan Vilma and DE Will Smith, Browns LB Scott Fujita and free agent DL Anthony Hargrove – were immediately allowed to return to the field as soon as possible.
“Consistent with the panel’s decision, Commissioner Goodell will, as directed, make an expedited determination of the discipline imposed for violating the league’s pay-for-performance/bounty rule,” Aiello said in a statement. “Until that determination is made, the four players are reinstated and eligible to play starting this weekend.”
In a huge victory for the Saints, Smith will start the opener in New Orleans today. And although Vilma will need a few weeks to recover from a knee injury, he is expected to take the team out of the tunnel at the Superdome, and lead the crowd in a “Who Dat” chant following the coin toss.
While the ruling is a crushing blow to Roger Goodell and the NFL, it’s important to note that the suspensions are not permanently vacated, pending a further ruling by the league. It’s entirely possible (and even likely) that Goodell will find a new way to suspend the players (and especially Vilma) for “conduct detrimental to the league” … as opposed to actually intending to injure opposing players, which they clearly have no proof of.
But expect a raucous crowd in New Orleans today, as they celebrate this victory, no matter how temporary it may be. Oh, and Fujita will not play in the Browns’ opener, as he is on the team’s injured/exemption list while he recovers from a leg injury.
Art Modell – one of the most influential men in the history of the NFL – died early Thursday, “peacefully of natural causes”.
Modell was among the most important figures in the NFL as owner of the Cleveland Browns and a league insider. During his four decades as a team owner, he helped negotiate the NFL’s lucrative contracts with television networks, served as president of the NFL from 1967 to 1969, and chaired the negotiations for the first the collective bargaining agreement with the players in 1968.
He also was the driving force behind the 1970 contract between the NFL and ABC to televise games on Monday night.
But for many, Modell’s legacy will forever be tarnished for moving the Browns out of Cleveland and to Baltimore in 1996. It’s a decision that still haunts the people of Cleveland and Browns fans everywhere, who will always remember Modell like this:
Yesterday, Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur announced that Brandon Weeden will be the team’s starting quarterback heading into the season. And while the news doesn’t exactly come as a surprise, it puts to rest any potential controversy between Weeden and Colt McCoy, and is a step in the right direction for a franchise desperately searching for identity at the QB position.
“Brandon is the starter and we’re moving forward,” said Shurmur. “I think that’s the important thing. I’m not looking back. We’re committed and we’re rolling. We anticipate he’s going to do a great job.”
At 28-years-old, Weeden isn’t your average rookie, and will be given every chance to become the new face of the team. It might not be entirely fair for McCoy, but let’s face it, for better or worse, the Browns had already turned the page on Colt the day they drafted Weeden.
On Friday, new Browns owner Jimmy Haslem visited with his team at practice, where showed that he takes a particularly hands-on approach with his players:
In addition to spot cup checks, Haslem has also indicated that he’d be willing to explore changing the Browns long-standing uniforms, in an attempt to keep up with the times and maximize marketing opportunities.
But regardless of your feelings about the old orange and brown unis, or whether you had hoped McCoy was the team’s savior, it’s clear that Haslem is an owner who brings enthusiasm and confidence to an organization that has been lacking in that department for some time now.
When the Cleveland Browns selected 28-year-old QB Brandon Weeden with the #22 overall pick in last night’s NFL draft, it shocked a lot of Browns fans everywhere. Leading up to the draft, the Browns front office had been assuring everyone who would listen that they were comfortable with Colt McCoy under center, and were expecting him to take a big leap forward this year.
Cleveland started things off Thursday night by making a big move to trade up one slot to select RB Trent Richardson with the #3 pick, much to the delight of the Dog Pound. But when their second pick of the first round came up, and when WR Kendall Wright - who they had been targeting - was snatched out from under them by the Titans at pick #20, the Browns were left with Weeden as the best available player on their board.
GM Tom Heckert says “there wasn’t really an afterthought”, but perhaps they should have given a bit more consideration as to how it would effect their incumbent QB. Because now, the Browns are apparently considering trading McCoy, and the Cleveland offense is looking like it will be totally re-vamped for the 2012 campaign.