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The Browns Note Podcast, Episode 2

Well, this looks familiar, eh? After a moribund 14-6 loss to the hated Ravens, the Browns are 0-2, can’t score, appear not to have their quarterback, and the virtual Dawg Pound is already talking 2014 Draft. At least we’re consistent as a group. But let not the squad get you down. Ryan Burns of FootballSickness.com and Brendan Leister of DraftBrowns.com are here to offer a silver lining or two, and perhaps a ray of hope heading into this Sunday’s contest at Minnesota. We break down the Ravens loss, look at how the Browns will hope to attack the Adrian Peterson-led Vikings. Kick back, crack open a box of Dawg biscuits, and enjoy. WOOF!

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The FOOTBALL SICKNESS PODCAST, 2013 Cleveland Browns Preview with Brendan Leister

Warning: Burns likes to talk about the Browns. So, this one may go a little longer than some of the others. If you can live with extra football, and extra Cleveland Browns football, at that, then you’ll be just fine. Fortunately, Brendan Leister of DraftBrowns.com is here to help keep a sense of sanity on the podcast, and his thorough knowledge of the Cleveland squad shines throughout. Sit back, crack a box of Milk Bones, and GET YOUR HELMET ON!!!

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The FOOTBALL SICKNESS PODCAST, 2013 Volume 7: TEBOW-FREE!

In the latest edition of the podcast, we talk everything going on around the world of football…except that.

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...and THIS is why.

…and THIS is why.

Josh Gordon & Tales Of Feats To Come

The breakout whispers about Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron are abundant. The “disaster” whispers about Brandon Weeden are abundant. Norv and Chud replacing Pat Shurmur has to have some impact here, right?  Our Ryan Burns collaborated with Davis Mattek on this post at RotoViz about the fantasy prospects of the Browns’ offense in 2013. The Sickness is spreading.

GORDON

This guy could have a big year.

The FOOTBALL SICKNESS PODCAST: Great Sick North Edition

The third set of divisional preview and prediction podcasts is now live, as Ryan Burns and Sen Sogah head north to tackle two of the NFL’s most hotly-contested and physically demanding divisions.  Will the Pack be back?  Will the Bears keep Jay Cutler upright long enough to be as good as they look?  Will the Lions’ circus in the offseason create a 2012 hangover?  Will the Vikings score touchdowns?  And in the AFC, will the Steelers and Ravens maintain their dominance over their traditional Ohio whipping boys, the Bengals and Browns?  All these questions get answered, along with many others.  We also may have noticed the MJD fiasco and all the young quarterbacks seizing the torch.  We’re almost there, folks. The season kicks off in two weeks. You’d better make damn sure you GET YOUR HELMET ON!!!

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The FOOTBALL SICKNESS PODCAST, Dirty Dirty Edition

Last week we went out West. This week, we’re going way down South for the Dirty Dirty Edition of the FOOTBALL SICKNESS PODCAST.  FootballSickness.com’s Ryan Burns and Sen Sogah get in depth on the AFC and NFC South divisions, hitting all the big stories.  From the quarterback battle in Tennessee, to the commencement of the Andrew Luck era in Indy; from the Saints circus and potential Atlanta offense explosion to the re-build in Tampa…it’s all in there, plus much, much more.  We’ll pick the division winners and oh, and there’s a chance we mention a certain former Miami Dolphins wideout.  So GET YOUR HELMET ON and have a listen.

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Let’s get down (South).

 

The FOOTBALL SICKNESS PODCAST: Back To Camp Edition

At last, our long national winter is over. FOOTBALL IS BACK!  NFL training camps opened up in 32 American cities this week, and provided story after story worth batting around on the FOOTBALL SICKNESS PODCAST.  FootballSickness.com’s Ryan Burns and Sen Sogah know you’re depending on them to break it all down for you, and they won’t let you down. They talk about big stories around the NFL, introduce new nominees for the HALL of SICKNESS, drop some fantasy tidbits, and even cover some quality college football items.  The SICKNESS PODCAST reverts to its natural weekly state from here on out, and the camp-opening edition has a little extra goodness for you.  The only thing left to do is to GET YOUR HELMET ON!!!

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SICK LINKS: July 20, 2012

We hope you’ve enjoyed the first full week of daily SICK LINKS. We will always be looking for quality content to highlight here, so feel free to hit us up via email or twitter or facebook or carrier pigeon with your favorite content.  To conclude the week, an extra heavy batch.  First up, quality anecdotes concerning the dog days of summer from an NFL vet. GET YOUR HELMET ON!!!

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Like many of you, I am enjoying Ryan Riddle’s emergence as a football writer. Here, his Memoirs of an NFL Training Camp.

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NFLDraftMonsters.com’s Justin Higdon reveals some under-the-radar defensive prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft.

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Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recalls the teamwork and loyalty of Joey Porter. Steelers-Browns be damned; the newly-retired Peezy could play for me any day.

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PFF & Bleacher Report have a good one in the Bay Area’s Alex Miglio. Here he projects the Redskins as the NFL’s next dynasty. Not sure I agree, but it’s a compelling piece.

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The insightful and prolific Jim Day (@FantasyTaz) breaks down his top 50 fantasy football players for Bleacher Report. My view regularly coincides with Jim’s, and does here. Which means he’s a genius. Obviously.

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Windy City Gridiron’s Steve Ronkowski breaks down Lovie Smith’s version of the Tampa 2

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Aaron Rodgers joined the guys from the NFL Network to talk NFC and the Romo-Rodgers golf rivalry. Fun stuff. Find me a more likeable guy in the league (you can’t).

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Football Nation’s Jeff Hunter with a fun little piece on the biggest regrets in NFL history. So far, no mention of Gerard Warren, which can’t be right.

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Momo over at Blatant Homerism analyzes college football’s cage-match playoff plans.

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Curious about the Vikings’ receiving weaponry? Me too. Tom Pelissero breaks the group down here.

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Scouring the web for the best football content leads one to treats like the Birdgang Podcast, a Cardinals-centric audio pleasure. Enjoy.

Joey Porter: SICKNESS APPROVED.

SICK LINKS: July 16, 2012

Most of you are familiar with the Sick Links pages reachable via the menu bar above. We’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback on those pages over the years, and decided the obvious extension was a daily link page.  We’re not going to be ultra-formal about it, and if you’re looking for constant updates about who dropped a pass at mini-camp, this is the wrong spot. These will be pieces we’ve actually read and that contributed to our enjoyment and/or understanding of the game in a significant way. We will no doubt miss plenty, but… we have limited time, you have limited time, and these are what stuck out.  Some will be a few days old, some will be timely, and some will be diamonds from some long-forgotten rough. Whatever. It’s the SICKNESS, baby. No need to quarrel over formalities. We’re here for the love of it.  Enjoy.

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The great Matt Waldman offers up some thoughts on the Browns’ selection of Josh Gordon in the supplemental draft.

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This isn’t really about football, but Dan Wetzel’s piece about Graham Spanier speaks to many of my feelings about the NCAA. An outstanding read.

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The Fake Football’s Mike Braude on Maximizing Team Value. Food for your pre-fantasy-draft thought.

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Michael Schottey’s Defensive Power Rankings at Bleacher/Report (Slideshow alert. This seems to offend some of you. They don’t bother me. This is the internet. This isn’t bowling. Do what’cha like, I always say. Actually, I got that from Digital Underground…but that’s not important right now.)

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Oh, hey, look. Pro Football Focus published a really strong article. I guess it had  been like, 17 seconds since the last one. OH! Another one. This time it’s Austin Lee with another Age of Decline, this time RB‘s.

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I know, I know. You already saw Greg Cosell’s Top 5 WR piece. But just in case.

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Field Gulls’ Danny Kelly with another quality read, this one one the Seahawks and the Zone Blocking System (ZBS). Those guys in the Pacific Northwest have the football writing thing locked down.

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A daily link spewage. The SICK LINKS.

 

Did Greg Little Give Browns Fans Reason to be Excited?

This article is a guest post by the Fantasy Douche.  You can follow the Fantasy Douche on Twitter where he is simply @FantasyDouche.  You can also find him on his website where he writes about fantasy football and real football.  Lastly, you can check out his book “Game Plan: A Radical Approach to Decision Making in the NFL” on Amazon.

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Greg Little is the kind of wide receiver that presents the age old question of whether teams should be drafting physical specimens (who might learn to play wide receiver) or whether they should instead be selecting accomplished college wide receivers.  Little was certainly a physical specimen coming out of North Carolina, but he wasn’t much of an accomplished wide receiver.

When the Browns took Little in the 2nd round of the 2011 draft, they were looking at a receiver that had many of the physical traits of Andre Johnson, but no college record that would make teams comfortable.  Little was close to 230 pounds and yet still ran extremely well at the 2011 Combine.  But Little’s best college season had been a little over 700 yards with 5 touchdowns.  Because he was a converted running back, Little wasn’t giving pro scouts much of a resume to look at.  The Browns didn’t know at the time whether they were wasting a draft pick, or getting an extreme bargain.  Either outcome is within the range of possibilities.

It’s much too early to pass any judgment on the Browns’ experiment with Little, but we can look at Little’s rookie season and compare it to other similar seasons to see if it tells us anything about what Little’s future might be.

The below table contains the 20 most similar receiver seasons to Greg Little’s 2011 campaign.  Note that I said receiver and not wide receiver.  That’s because rather than breaking comparisons off at position, I use things like height and weight to make comparisons.  The list of comparable receivers is interesting to say the least.  The list of similar players has been created in much the same way that Pandora determines which music is similar to a song that you like.  I look at things like height, age, weight and receiving stats in the same way that Pandora looks at things like percussion and major key tonality.

Greg Little (2011) Similar Seasons (All Per Game Numbers Based on Games Receiver Had > 0 Catches)

SubjectPlayer Year Tm Age Wt Ht G  Rec/G  Y/G  TD/G  YPR
Greg Little

2011

CLE

22

220

75

15

            4.1           47.3           0.13           11.6
Similar Players Year Tm Age Wt Ht G  Rec/G  Y/G  TD/G  YPR
FRANK SANDERS

1996

ARI

23

215

74

16

            4.3           50.8           0.25           11.8
SHANNON SHARPE

1992

DEN

24

228

74

13

            4.1           49.2           0.15           12.1
JOHNNY MITCHELL

1994

NYJ

23

241

75

15

            3.9           49.9           0.27           12.9
BRANDON GIBSON

2010

STL

23

204

73

14

            3.8           44.3           0.14           11.7
MIKE WILLIAMS

2011

TB

24

204

74

15

            4.3           51.4           0.20           11.9
REGGIE WILLIAMS

2006

JAX

23

225

76

15

            3.5           41.1           0.27           11.8
RONALD CURRY

2006

OAK

27

220

74

15

            4.1           48.5           0.07           11.7
DONALD HAYES

2001

CAR

26

220

76

15

            3.5           39.8           0.13           11.5
ANDRE JOHNSON

2003

HOU

22

219

75

16

            4.1           61.0           0.25           14.8
BRYANT JOHNSON

2004

ARI

23

214

74

14

            3.5           38.4           0.07           11.0
J.J. STOKES

1997

SF

25

218

76

15

            3.9           48.9           0.27           12.6
KEVIN WALTER

2009

HOU

28

221

75

14

            3.8           43.6           0.14           11.5
OWEN DANIELS

2007

HOU

25

245

75

16

            3.9           48.0           0.19           12.2
KEVIN WALTER

2007

HOU

26

221

75

15

            4.3           53.3           0.27           12.3
SYLVESTER MORRIS

2000

KC

23

206

75

15

            3.2           45.2           0.20           14.1
JORDY NELSON

2010

GB

25

215

75

15

            3.0           38.8           0.13           12.9
EARL BENNETT

2009

CHI

22

205

73

16

            3.4           44.8           0.13           13.3
RANDY MCMICHAEL

2003

MIA

24

250

75

15

            3.3           39.9           0.13           12.2
DEZ WHITE

2003

CHI

24

215

73

15

            3.3           38.9           0.20           11.9
MICHAEL CRABTREE

2009

SF

22

215

74

11

            4.4           56.8           0.18           13.0
Averages               24.0         219.8           74.6           14.7             3.7           46.4             0.2           12.4

 

Note that while individual players might differ in some way from Little, the average numbers are extremely close to Little’s 2011.  It might be appropriate to say that in considering Little’s future, the most likely outcome is the average of all of these players.

But that’s no fun, so let’s look at some individual names.  The list contains some extremely encouraging names for Browns fans… and some not so encouraging.  Andre Johnson is on the list… but then so is Reggie Williams.

Andre Johnson was actually in a similar situation to Little in that Johnson’s team, the Texans, were extremely thin on offense in the same way that Little’s 2011 Browns were.  Johnson had a better rookie season than Little did, but it wasn’t better by orders of magnitude.  It was just a little better.

It might seem odd to see Shannon Sharpe’s name on the list, but he isn’t separated from Little by very much size and Little’s yards per reception of just 11 yards looks more like the production that you would get out of a tight end.

Perhaps the most disappointing name to see on the list is Reggie Williams.  Somewhat like Little, Williams was selected more for being a physical specimen than an accomplished receiver.

Using these names it’s actually possible to look at what they did in the year after they were similar to Little.  They actually improved as a group.  They didn’t improve by a lot, but they improved.  Thirteen of the eighteen receivers* improved their touchdown numbers, and a little better than half of the receivers improved their yardage numbers.  The other thing that’s worth noting is that even among a group of similar players where age was one of the criteria for similarity, Little is younger than the group.  He still has three to four years before we would expect him to be playing at peak level.

Perhaps somewhat disappointingly, looking at Greg Little similar players doesn’t give us a lot more clarity on the topic of what his pro career might look like.  The issue that the Browns had when they were trying to know whether to draft him is still there.  He is a physical specimen, but unfortunately, that hasn’t translated to career success for every similar receiver.  Little has a lot of upside, but it’s too early to know whether Browns fans should get excited.

*Mike Williams hasn’t played the following year yet and Sylvester Morris was injured in the offseason following the 2000 season.