Analysis

Cleveland Browns Fire Hue Jackson and Todd Haley

When Hue Jackson was retained for a third year as Browns head coach after posting a 1-31 record the questions were obvious: Who does he have pictures of? or more simply, Whaaaaat? Turns out 3-36-1 was the breaking point. The Browns are finally firing Jackson, as first reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter. Cleveland has sputtered in recent weeks, losin...

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Cowboys Oddly Gift First-Round Pick to Raiders for Amari Cooper

Jon Gruden and Reggie McKenzie trading arguably the NFLs best defender Khalil Mack to Chicago is no longer this season's most baffling personnel move. They have been supplanted by Jerry and Stephen Jones who initiated an embarrassing trade with Oakland for struggling WR Amari Cooper in exchange for a first-round pick in the 2019 draft. Third-rounder? Su...

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MMM Week 7: Blake Bortles is Not in The Good Place

Week 7 has come and gone (no, 3 hours of Twitter writing Eli Manning’s football obituary on MNF doesn’t count as football) and here’s what we learned. Not much. The Chiefs have an explosive offense, the Pats know how to win without Gronk, the Browns are addicted to playing in OT, Drew Brees can’t stop breaking passing records, and another new yo...

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Melissa’s Monday Musings Week 5: Eric Reid Boldly Reignites Protest

A week ago I used this space to describe how things had normalized in the NFL in terms of the teams fitting our notions . Well, never mind because other than the Chiefs and Rams notching their "Ws" a lot of other football didn't make sense.  The Cleveland Browns can actually win games in overtime now.  There is nothing special about Philly.  Heck...

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Roughing the Passer: The Penalty That is Changing Football

Less than two minutes were on the clock, and the Packers were up 8 points on the visiting Vikings in Week 2. Minnesota was on their own 25-yard line when Kirk Cousins threw downfield, and Packers rookie corner Jaire Alexander caught the ball for what looked like the game-ending interception – except Clay Matthews broke through the Vikings defensive li...

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Melissa’s Monday Musings Week 4: Back to Normal

To quote the great philosopher and former NFL Denny Green, Week 4 was mostly a case of It was riveting and frustrating, solemn and overwhelming. This column will take you through a cascade of teams, players and coaches showing their true colors, plus some other randomness of note. Let’s start in Oakland, where the Cleveland Browns unofficially won...

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A Star is Born in Cleveland! Baker Mayfield Shines as Browns Win

The screams came early: We Want Baker! We Want Baker!  Tyrod Taylor overthrow. We Want Baker! Another Taylor miscalculation, this ball not even within 20 yards of a receiver. We Want Baker! Taylor was stunningly abysmal in the first half, going just 4-for-14 for 19 yards in the first half. Whether Hue Jackson would have ha...

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Vontae Davis Latest In String of “Early” Retirements

In one of the weirdest moments in this young NFL season, Bills 30-year-old cornerback Vontae Davis went into halftime with his team and left before the start of the second half, retiring from the league. Davis released a statement later noting reality hit him, and he realized, "I shouldn't be out there anymore." A ten-year veteran, Davis made it well...

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Melissa’s Monday Musings Week 2: The Losses That Linger

Fun fact: There are now seven 2-0 teams in the NFL.  They are quarterbacked by Andy Dalton, Blake Bortles, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Patrick Mahomes, Ryan Tannehill, Case Keenum and Jared Goff.  Like we all predicted, right? We’ll get to some of their performances in my Week 2 awards below but first go hug your nearest errant kicker. As Giants a...

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