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In-season, I’m pumping out content faster than editing can keep up with. I don’t want to hold the recaps for hours waiting on perfection. We will correct errors after the fact, but for now – forgive any of my gaffes. I dictate some of my notes, and the computer software or Siri interpretation can be comical. I try to correct them all before publishing it, but I miss it sometimes…in the 50,000+ words I pen each week during the season (not including all the emails). I’m moving fast, and want to get the product out there ASAP at 98% ‘good’…vs. big delays trying to get to 99.9% craftsmanship. So here you go…
It was cold. There was light/moderate snow falling all game. The Bengals got up 20-0 in the first half (and it wasn’t that close), and just sat on the Browns the rest of the way to win this game. I don’t know why some people thought this would be the game where Cleveland wins their first game – this Browns team is beyond the worst team in the league. Unless they knock off San Diego at home, helped by the weather, they are going 0-16. They should then immediately fire Hue Jackson because this is a sad excuse for a football team execution-wise and the effort they are giving. This should be a young, enthusiastic group…instead they are the walking dead. I guess they need more Hue Jackson brilliant ‘protecting this house’ speeches.
Just watch the first seven seconds of this video clip below, and when you do note that the Browns are 0-7 at home so far. I guess the speech didn’t work. Also, fast forward it to around the 1:12 mark for a few seconds, and see who entered the video/who was at rookie camp. Note that I had a single tear running down my cheek when I saw it (long time FFMers will understand).
Did you know the Bengals are still alive for the division title? More than a few things have to go their way, but they are not done yet. The long shot domino effect begins with a win against the Steelers Week 15…which is not good news for Steelers fans or for your Steelers weapons against the Bengals. The Steelers are not playing a ‘dead’ team.
If the Bengals beat Pittsburgh, and the Ravens get upset this week…
Week 16 sets up nicely for the Bengals long shot hopes because the Ravens play a must-win game versus Pittsburgh. If the Ravens win, and the Bengals beat Houston in Week 16…
If we get this far the Bengals play Baltimore Week 17. If Cincy wins that game, and Steelers somehow lose to a maybe inspired because of the situation Browns team…
It’s obviously a long shot, but the only way the mayhem is possible is if the Bengals win this week’s game versus the Steelers.
— I mean… Robert Griffin (12-28 for 104 yards, 0 TD/1 INT) is a total disaster. Hue Jackson desperately wants RG3 to be his QB, but he also loves Cody Kessler, which means Hue Jackson should be fired for poor judgment right away. You think the Browns are drafting a high profile QB in 2017? Not if Hue is back as coach. They have their guys…in his mind.
I would argue this was the single worst performance I’ve seen by a QB all season. RG3 in good weather is bad. RG3 in cold weather is laughable. Thus, the reason we love the Bills DST so much in Week 15…27 degrees with flurries and 15 MPH winds in Buffalo this week.
RG3 basically came out and just threw (underthrew) Hail Mary’s to Corey Coleman (3-26-0/11 targets)…0-fer-7 throwing to Coleman in the first half. No targets to Terrelle Pryor (1-3-0/3 targets) in the first half…just bombs to his Baylor-bro Coleman. When I say the seven passes in the first half to Coleman weren’t catchable, I’m doing a disservice to the word ‘uncatchable’. It was a joke.
Here’s how selfish/numb/self-absorbed/out of touch RG3 is… Terrelle Pryor is the best receiver on the Browns, right? We all agree? All week, leading up to this game, there was a war of words between Pryor and Bengals’ CB Adam Jones. There was much made (as much as you can make of a Browns-related item) about this matchup…and RG3 only throws it to him three times for one catch. It wasn’t that Pryor couldn’t get open…it’s RG3 doesn’t even look. Part of Griffin’s issue is the O-Line is so awful he has no time, and part two is RG3 picks one guy pre-snap and heaves it with no reading of the defense. He kept picking Coleman…to no avail. If I were Pryor, I would be planning to punish the Browns in free agency…or leaving as fast as possible.
Franchise tag Pryor? That’s probably going to be reserved for Jamie Collins. Much of Cleveland’s payroll will go to Collins, Pryor, and Joe Haden…if they want to keep them. They have to radically overpay because no one wants to be there on purpose. You canMoneyball this team all you want…it takes time to change the entire foundation of failure. The Browns owner has shown he has no patience. This will likely fail again next year because of Hue Jackson on top of other issues, and Moneyball will be declared dead in the NFL. The story is already written because the NFL establishment craves it to be so because they must have you believe this is more complicated than what simple nerds could do. Moneyball must fail.
RG3…unbelievable. Hue Jackson…I don’t get it. He’s the new Norv Turner…great reputation, don’t question the results it’s always someone else’s fault.
You cannot trust Pryor or Coleman this week. Sorry.
— Update: Rex Burkhead (9-45-0, 1-6-0/2 targets) is still not at all in the Bengals’ game plan.
He did not see a touch until 18 minutes in the game…a game that was a joke, and prime for getting other guys involved. Nope. It’s more important to get Jeremy Hill (25-111-1, 3-31-0/4 targets) a 100+ yard game.
Three more weeks until freedom Rex! Enjoy New England!
— Tyler Eifert (5-48-2/6 targets) came back from injury slow his first week and then took off from there…
In his six games after his limited debut, Eifert is averaging: 11.3 FF PPG (16.8 PPR) on 5.5 catches for 62.7 yards and 0.83 TDs per game. Best TE in fantasy right now? …since Jimmy Graham is dying a Darrell Bevell death?
— What happened to Vontze Burfict (1 tackle) in this game?
Coming into the game he had 10 or more tackles in a game for five straight games. And then all of 1 tackle here. He played every defensive snap too. What happened?
I was watching Burfict on and off…and I would surmise that he just took the game off. I saw him standing around a bunch. Not going all out to the ball carriers. He was playing his area and not much came his way. Between sacks and bombs…not a lot for an ILB to do. Burfict wasn’t going all out either. This game was out of hand quick so I think he just managed his own reps…
— The Browns grabbed Cowboys 6th round pick in 2016 RB Darius Jackson off of waivers. This is a nice upgrade of hope for Jackson’s career. With Darren McFadden back, and the Cowboys making a serious title run they couldn’t keep Elliott-Morris-Dunbar-DMC + Jackson. I don’t think this is a huge slap in the face to Jackson by Dallas. It’s an improved opportunity. He’s now on the main roster for the ROS.
You should be sure to read more on Darius Jackson in Dynasty Stash Report 9.0, but you should really look at our College Football Metrics scouting report re-draft. He’s a must-know prospect.