Cleveland Browns Wide Receiver Andrew Hawkins is yet another example of how athletes can make excellent activists. Hawkins statement calling for justice for the family of Tamir Rice is yet another example of why more athletes should express their opinions on sociopolitical issues.Follow paulmbanks
No matter how Johnny Manziel played yesterday, you knew the reaction was going to be SO EXTREME DUDE! Manziel was abominable, so now all the “he’s a total bust” and “he’ll never play at this level” hot takes are streaming in. Had Johnny Manziel thrown for 300+ yards and 4 TDs and the Cleveland Browns won, then we’d all be subjected to “he’s the new Russell Wilson, RIGHT NOW!” type of hot takes.
Fox Announcer Joe Buck took time out of his calling a NFL game two time zones away to rip Manziel (video here). NBC’s Peter King seemed to have cracked some mysterious code that no other NFL scout could. King claims to have the blueprint which all opposing Defensive Coordinators can now copy.Follow paulmbanks
Everyone is making their Johnny Manziel hot takes right now, SCORCHING HOT sometimes. If what follows is true, and the Cleveland Browns haven’t figured this out about Johnny Manziel, then I don’t know what to say. The Browns should have had a better game plan for this, or the better figure a way around this problem, and soon.
I would think all NFL teams who considered drafting Johnny Manziel would have seen this in the scouting report. It sounds SO SIMPLE!
It cannot be this easy to stop Manziel. It just can’t. This guy can’t be right.Follow paulmbanks
Joe Buck is an individual that a lot of people seem to have very strong opinions about. I’m not one of them, as I’ve ever never really cared that much about Buck either way. Although this pointless and irrelevant rant makes me closer to the sign in sheet at the Joe Bucks Sucks camp. Regardless of how you feel about Johnny Manziel, he becomes a sympathetic figure when you watch and listen to this:Follow paulmbanks
Yes, Brian Hoyer is slumping as of late. But also remember that Hoyer won all these games for Cleveland as well. They’ve greatly exceeded expectations, and find themselves in playoff position thanks to Brian Hoyer. However, we get it: Johnny Manziel drives ratings, page views, sports talk call-ins, social media buzz, Klout scores, Q Ratings, etc. etc. But Manziel is not the path to winning right now.Follow paulmbanks
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon likely knows that he’s running out of chances in the NFL. Gordon just came off a suspension (which was probably too harsh, maybe a bit Draconian) and is active again, giving Brian Hoyer that vertical threat the Brownies offense desperately needs. The Browns have had a pleasantly surprising season, and Josh Gordon would be a welcome addition.Follow paulmbanks
As much as the publicists, marketers and agents want Johnny Manziel to be a true NFL superstar right this second. Sorry, he’s not there yet. Cleveland Browns Coach Mike Pettine is making the right call here- Brian Hoyer should start. When I say marketers and publicists, I am speaking about ESPN and NFL Network as well.
When it comes to the Man ZEAL that Bristol, ConnectiCleveland has for Manziel, they are essentially his marketing and publicity agents, they are not reporting on him.Follow paulmbanks
The NFL career of Brady Quinn is no more. Although he never made an official retirement statement. The prepared statements released by his people on behalf of him today indicate that this decision to join Fox Sports means that he has hung up his cleats and now picked up a microphone.Follow paulmbanks
Everything gets pushed aside for the start of NFL training camps.
Is Kevin Love getting traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers?
Not nearly as important as a cocky, highly questionable rookie quarterback for the lowly Cleveland Browns. The size of the most recent Jose Abreu home run? Psshh.
Was it bigger than Jay Cutler’s new shaggin’ wagon?
Much like the way the commencement of baseball Spring Training fills us with a sort of revitalizing vigor every year, this version of the start of the NFL season (not to be confused with the draft or minicamp or the Hall of Fame Game or your team’s first preseason game or the third preseason game that’s like almost real football or the Thursday game of Week 1 or Sunday of Week 1 the next week) stirs up those savage desires to watch controlled violence.
Football makes everything better.Follow paulmbanks