Les Fleurs Du Mal

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Brooklyn NYC Browns Backers

For each of the past 7 years, I have watched the vast majority of Browns games in my Carroll Gardens apartment via DirecTV's Sunday Ticket--suffering in isolation with my wife shaking her head...

Sports Illustrated // Browns Off-Season Preview 2013

"Cleveland opened with a heartbreaking 17-16 loss to the Eagles, with Michael Vick orchestrating a game-winning drive late in the fourth quarter, and things only got worse from there. The Browns committed 12 turnovers (nearly half of the season's 26) during an 0-5 start. They had just one winning streak, stringing together three victories from Week 12 to Week 14 over the struggling Steelers, Raiders and Chiefs. But the momentum quickly shifted. They closed the slate with a three-game skid, finishing 5-11 and in last place. Ahem, The Browns Way"



On many a morning when I'm at the gym trudging through a boring cardio session, I amuse myself by listening to playlists filled with songs that make me want to, as Drew Magary says on Deadspin, run...

Browns #30 in's Power Rankings

Cleveland Browns (0-5) The Browns are better, but have nothing to show for it so far this season. Plenty of folks knocked the Trent Richardson pick, because of the declining value of running backs in the NFL. But the ex-Alabama star is doing his job plenty well enough. Suffice to say nobody in Cleveland pines for Peyton Hillis


Sunday Tunes :: Browns Edition

I don't know about y'all, but around noon on Sundays from September until December I like to crank some tunes to get fired up for Cleveland Browns football. Here below is my playlist from this past...


SF & LA Browns Bars

Hey Y'all. I am heading out to the Left Coast for a business trip in a few weeks and wanted to see if anybody could confirm where fellow Dawgs hang out to watch games in SF and LA. Yes, I did live...


Opening Day :: DBN Tailgate Meet Up?

As I have done for the past few seasons, I will be flying in for the Browns home opener against Philly and looking to hit the Muni Lot fairly hard before the actual game. In years past, just...

D'Qwell Inked. I am pleased.

"The Browns on Monday announced that problem has been taken care of -- the two sides reached a multi-year contract agreement. There's no word on the length of the deal or the terms involved."

Jordan Norwood weighs in on the Browns Unis: @jordaNorwood from a player's perspective . . . all...

Jordan Norwood weighs in on the Browns Unis: @jordaNorwood from a player's perspective . . . all whites again in 2012 or mix in some brown jerseys/orange pants/etc? 4 minutes ago in reply to ↑ @jordaNorwood Jordan Norwood @JJSteele3 I loved the all white! Wouldn't mind mixing it up though of course. As long is we rock those striped socks.


SI's Perloff's Mock Draft

Wow. Perloff has us trading up (giving up at least our #22) to #2 in order to grab RG3. Really?

Browns 2012 Free Agents

Of the UFA's listed, I'd say we keep Hillis, Dawson, DQ and Dimitri Patterson . . .

Peter King Thinks that Colt is The Guy

The Browns should build around Colt McCoy, not draft a quarterback in 2012 to replace him. I'd seen snippets of McCoy flailing around this year, but hadn't watched every throw of a game. And so I watched Thursday night to get some sense of the near- and long-term prospects of the former University of Texas quarterback. And I came away thinking the Browns should stick with him and use a rich 2012 draft to finally build the kind of offense around McCoy that any quarterback would need to succeed. Mike Holmgren is a disciple of Bill Walsh. I remember when Walsh was shown a few plays of Charles Haley rushing the passer at James Madison; he told his scouts he really wanted him. "If we see him make a few plays like this, we can coach him to do it all the time,'' Walsh said, and he was proved a prophet -- Haley became a top NFL pass-rusher for San Francisco and Dallas. Well, on Thursday night, I saw McCoy, with limited help from grade-D skill players, make enough plays to convince me he's not the problem. Now, I realize he made two or three idiotic throws in the second half -- and you're not going to win doing that consistently. But one of the bad throws came after he was concussed and should never have been put back in the game. And those throws have to be addressed. But he did enough good things that I came away thinking: Use the three picks in the top 40 next April (Cleveland has its own first- and-second-round picks, plus Atlanta's first-rounder from the Julio Jones deal last April) to help McCoy, not replace him. Three plays showed a mature quarterback making good decisions: 1. On the first series of the game, using play-action, McCoy set up, looked over his options and found tight end Evan Moore down the left side on a crossing route with a step on linebacker Lawrence Timmons. The high-arcing pass settled into Moore's arms. Gain of 33. 2. Also on the first series, Josh Cribbs found a gap downfield in the left seam and McCoy made a great touch pass over cornerback Ike Taylor. Gain of 25. 3. In the third quarter, on third-and-eight, down 7-3, McCoy faced a five-man rush and moved up in the pocket. Feeling pressure, he threw the ball about five feet to the right of tight end Alex Smith, because that was the only window open to make the throw -- Troy Polamalu, Ryan Clark and William Gay converged on Smith and seemed ready to pancake him. But the throw was zipped in perfectly, Smith made a diving catch, and the Browns had a first down. Good judgment, great throw. Of course, we wouldn't be talking about any of this if McCoy didn't make some brain-fart throws. But I believe he can be coached out of those -- it's what Bill Walsh would believe, watching him -- and I believe some of that stems from the fact that the Browns are a poor offensive team as a whole. McCoy has holes. He also has a coach, Pat Shurmur, who can correct those, and is in an offense he's so well-suited to run. He's well-liked and respected in the locker room. If I'm Browns GM Tom Heckert, I'm looking for an offseason upgrade at wide receiver (the Browns need two), guard, running back and tight end ... before I even think about replacing the quarterback.

Clayton's Mailbag :: Browns Draft Dilema Question Q: Big Browns fan here. A friend of mine and I...

Clayton's Mailbag :: Browns Draft Dilema Question Q: Big Browns fan here. A friend of mine and I endlessly debate the state of the Browns and draft strategy. Lately we're wondering whether Colt McCoy has shown enough this year. The Browns desperately need playmakers, and playmakers could help McCoy take another step forward. But the Browns' best chance at drafting a playmaker (their first pick in the 1st round) is the same pick they'd potentially use on a Landry/Barkley. What do you think? Matt in Columbus, Ohio A: You may be right. If there is a slam-dunk quarterback for the Browns to draft, they should do it. But I don't get the feeling they are going to get Andrew Luck or Matt Barkley. Is Robert Griffin III or Landry Jones that much better than McCoy? Good question. They might be better served to get a wide receiver with some deep speed. As great as Andy Dalton has been for the Bengals, he's having a great rookie season thanks to A.J. Green. That is the type of playmaker needed for the Browns.

Scott Fujitia's hand . . . post surgery (via his Facebook page where his message was "Enjoy your...


Scott Fujitia's hand . . . post surgery (via his Facebook page where his message was "Enjoy your breakfast!")

"@TonyGrossi #Browns have waived snapper Ryan Pontbriand, confirms agent. End of an era on Browns...

"@TonyGrossi #Browns have waived snapper Ryan Pontbriand, confirms agent. End of an era on Browns special teams. Details on replacement to come. 8 minutes ago"

Don Banks and Phil Dawson Agree. Don't You?

From Banks' SI "Snap Judgements" section: • "It it a little known league rule that Cleveland and kicker Phil Dawson have to have something funky happen on a field goal try every week? After last week's ground-ball snap on a potential game-winning 22-yard field goal, Dawson this week had a missed late-game 38-yard field goal that may or may not have gone over the top of the right upright. Seems to me that's exactly when you do need the ability to use instant replay on a field goal try, not just when the officials can't quite tell if the ball went inside or outside of an upright."

Robiskie Waived!!!

@TonyGrossi Tony Grossi #BRowns waive WR Brian Robiskie to make room for RB Thomas Clayton. Wow.

The Disappearing TJ Ward?

A good look at how the move to a 4-3 has affected TJ Ward . . .

James Walker continues his pre-season decimation of the Browns Offense

Here, our ESPN AFC North blogger tells us why the Bengals are doing more to help their young QB. Discuss.

Barry Cofield to the Skins

Damn. I thought that we might bring the big guy back to his hometown . . .

"Cleveland Browns Free Agency 101: How to Build a Winning Team"

Interesting write up that, while not earth shattering new, is still a worth taking a gander at . .. Mock Draft--Browns take Bama DT

While I agree that our DL absolutely needs improvement I see eye to eye with our dearly departed leader who was quoted yesterday as saying that it is the Browns dearth of offensive playmakers that holds them back.


Anthony Gonzalez :: A Hated Man in Indy?

Last night at the annual Owners Meeting/bacchanal for my NYC based fantasy league, one guy who is originally from Indianapolis and who was at the Bengal game on Sunday mentioned to me that Anthony...

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