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The Browns’ unpredictable head-coaching search nearly finished with what would have been the most unpredictable outcome of any head-coaching search since Jon Gruden was traded from the Raiders to the Buccaneers a dozen years ago.
Per multiple league sources, the Cleveland Browns nearly pulled off a trade with the 49ers for the rights to coach Jim Harbaugh.
A deal that would have sent multiple draft picks to San Francisco was in place between the teams. But Harbaugh ultimately decided not to leave the 49ers.
Can't imagine why you would leave that team and that city unless something is really messed up with your relationship with others in power ... or if you crave total power over in an organization.
Interesting. With Harbaugh, nothing would surprise us.
Two NFL draft "experts" (we use quotes not because these guys aren't learned, but because being an expert in guessing is difficult to fathom) released reports today with greatly diverging messages about QB Johnny Manziel.
Mike Mayock of NFL Network simply released his top 5 prospects at each position; Manziel was No. 2 in his book behind Teddy Bridgewater and ahead of Blake Bortles. There was no other comment aside from that.
So that's one approach to Manziel and this draft.
Nolan Nawrocki, who works for NFL Media, the same heading as Mayock's byline, has a much different approach. He has a list of his biggest red flags in this year's draft, led by Manziel. He has this to say about the Texas A&M QB:
Suspect intangibles -- not a leader by example or known to inspire by his words. Carries a sense of entitlement and prima-donna arrogance seeking out the bright lights of Hollywood. Is known to party too much and is drawn to all the trappings of the game. ... Has defied the odds and proven to be a great college-system quarterback, but still must prove he is willing to work to be great, adjust his hard-partying, Hollywood lifestyle and be able to inspire his teammates by more than his playmaking ability.
If those "suspect intangibles" allow him to still be there at No. 8, it would be a beautiful thing.
It was abundantly clear, at least in our mind, that Incognito went far beyond anything that could be construed as good-natured razzing and, along with others, ventured into the territory of harassment and bullying.
You can read the report for yourself (plenty of NSFW words in there, by the way), but we found it to be fair, well-constructed and well-considered.
In light of everything in it, perhaps it would have been wise for Incognito to just lay low (as his name amusingly suggests), but instead his attorney released a statement to several outlets, including Pro Football Talk:
“Mr. Wells’ NFL report is replete with errors. The facts do not support a conclusion that Jonathan Martin’s mental health, drug use, or on-field performance issues were related to the treatment by his teammates. It is disappointing that Mr. Wells would have gotten it so wrong, but not surprising. The truth, as reported by the Dolphins players and as shown by the evidence, is that Jonathan Martin was never bullied by Richie Incognito or any member of the Dolphins Offensive line. We are analyzing the entire report and will release a thorough analysis as soon as it is ready.”
Even for your standard-issue denials, this one strikes us as absurd. Your thoughts, please, in the comments.
Free-agent safety Ed Reed reported $50,000 in cash stolen from his car Wednesday while visiting banks in Houston, the Houston Police Department confirmed Thursday morning. Reed, who played last season for the Houston Texansand New York Jets, told police he withdrew $50,000 from one bank and drove to another bank, presumably to make another transaction.
The future Hall of Famer left the money on the passenger seat of his gray 2006 Audi, registered in Florida. When he returned to the car, the passenger window was smashed and the money was gone, according to the police report.
The incident occurred around 3 p.m. The police report said the cash was in a "bag," although it was described as an "envelope" in another report, a police spokesperson said. Police believe Reed was followed from one bank to the next. The report didn't state why he was carrying such a large amount of cash. The investigation is ongoing.
OK, this begs a few questions.
We're no experts in massive bank transactions, but generally when we have withdrawn a large enough amount of money we've received a cashier's check instead of, you know, a sack/envelope of cash. Why on earth would you get that much money in cash?
Also: If you were going to transfer that much cash from one bank to another, why would you leave it in your car when you are apparently going into the next bank?
Or, the shorter question: Who leaves $50,000 just lying in a car, period?
Please take this list/information with a few handfuls of salt for a variety of reasons.
First off, it is compiled by former Bears GM Jerry Angelo, who for 12 years presided over an organization that is notorious for having quarterback problems.
Second, his QB ratings on a nine-point scale seem to be rather arbitrary in terms of the exact number. It's less like a complicated advanced metric and more like "how much did you like this movie?"
Third, he rates Philip Rivers a full two levels ahead of Tony Romo.
That said, these kinds of lists are FUN. And they speak ill of the Vikings' QB situation in 2013 since, well, this: Angelo ranks all three Vikings QBs last season (Christian Ponder, Matt Cassel and Josh Freeman) in the 5.5 to 5.9 point category. What does that mean? Well, here's the general description of QBs in that frame:
Can be an emergency starter. Does not have the mental make up or physical talent too perform as a consistent starter. He’s temporary relief, but not a long term solution.
Your 2013 Vikings! (And yes, we write that with full knowledge that we endorsed, nay begged, for the return of Matt Cassel in 2014).
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