Well, well, well. Look what the fucking cat drug in….

It wasn’t that long ago that Charlie Frye was the starting quarterback of the Cleveland Browns. He beat out Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson in the preseason. Basically, the front office didn’t know what the fuck to do and they didn’t want to hand the job to Brady Quinn as a rookie who had scorned them with a 10-day holdout. That allowed for Frye to enter week 1 as the starter and for about 1 quarter (and some drivel) he held down the spot like a true Cleveland Brown pre-weeks 2 through 8 of this season.

You’ll remember that the Browns then traded Frye to the Seattle Seahawks prior to week 2, for a 6th round draft pick. How odd is it that one week you’re starting quarterback for a team in the NFL, and within another week you’re shipped out like yesterday’s cum-stained wrag?

Well this week the Browns meet the Seahawks, and irony has its way as Charlie Frye comes back to Cleveland as the starting QB of the opposing Seattle Seahawks. My God, as terrible as Frye was–he was probably the worst quarterback in Cleveland history aside from Spergon Wynn, and just slightly ahead of Doug Pederson–he’s a good guy and probably doesn’t deserve the treatment he’ll get this weekend down at the old CBS.

Not only will Frye be booed and laughed at, especially if he plays like Charlie Frye against this brutal swiss cheese defense; it makes the Browns a virtual shoe-in for a win. This would have the Browns sitting at 5-3 at the midway point.

Of course, alternatively it also provides Charlie Frye with the opportunity to really leave the Browns sitting in the corner lonely, cold, and scared with a shitload of egg on their face. This of course would be nothing new to the Browns and Frye knows it. It will get interesting for sure.

One more thing; and I’d love to ask some stat-historian-geek out there: Is this the first time in NFL history that a QB who started in the opening game for a team also faces them in the same season?

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Ted Washington placed on IR

Today Browns Nose Tackle (for 14 snaps per game) Ted Washington was placed on injured-reserve. This transaction most likely ends Washington’s Cleveland Browns career, and in all likelihood, his NFL playing career.

Washington is 39 years old and is listed in the team media guide at 375 pounds. These factors are a recipe for disaster and it’s probably a modern medical miracle that Big Ted has played as long in the league as he has.

In 17 NFL seasons, Washington totaled 1,052 tackles, 34 1/2 sacks, 10 forced fumbles and two interceptions.

I think Ted would have been most effective for the Browns if instead of lining up in the three point stance on the line before the play, if a giant fucking crane could have hovered him from the sky at Cleveland Browns Stadium, attempting to drop him on the ball carrier.

I’ll always remember Ted best for his days as a Buffalo Bill, where he really seemed to master his role as the run stuffing huge guy in the middle of the line.

Mike Greenberg makes a Patriots prediction

Mike Greenberg went out on a limb this morning and I was lucky enough to catch it on the program on ESPN’s Mike & Mike in the Morning on ESPN Radio.

It was indeed an interesting prediction, and I will be interested to see how it plays out. Greenberg said that he believes the Patriots will win this weekend (at Indianapolis), go 19-0, win the Superbowl, and that it will be the final season for Bill Belichick as head coach. Greenberg says his reasoning for this is just because of the way the Patriots are playing this year, playing for blood.

I see a couple reasons that I don’t agree with this, the main reason being that eventually the Patriots will lose a game. That’s my take on it but nonetheless I did find it interesting that Greenberg would go on the record stating what he did about the Patriots going undefeated and Belichick riding off into the sunset.

Quick Hits: Focus in on the Titans

We’re going to start off this Quick Hits with some talk about the team I’ve got my eyes on this week, the Tennesee Titans.

-I said it about them at the beginning of the year. This team just wins ugly. Vince Young hasn’t thrown for over 200 yards in a game yet this season, but the team is 5-2. Is this going to become the way it just is for Vince Young in regards to his statistics?

-It’s reasonable to expect more from Vince Young, says the Tennesean’s Paul Kuharsky in his Titans Blog. It’s important to note that the week before, Kerry Collins found yards and stats in the win against the Texans.

-It’s also reasonable that with better offensive play, the Titans should finish around 10-6 says Kuharski.

-Brady Quinn’s status/stock is dropping in Cleveland. It’s a feel thing. I just get the feeling that we’re not going to see Quinn play for a long time, and when he does it won’t be a fair shot. All of this because of the hot play of Derek Anderson. Unreal.

-Optimisim on life from Da Bears Blog.

-Big Money No Whammies is unhappy with the DUI exploits of one Brandon Marshall.

-Of course, I have to link Deadspin. I love Deadspin. Jeff George wants to make a comeback. In bizarro world, that would fly. In the real world, Jeff George can only get on an NFL field again if he gets a Nintendo 64 and buys Madden 2000 off ebay, where he’s unstoppable with Randy Moss and the Vikings.

-Does Chad Pennington to the Chiefs make sense? That’s where he always signs on my Madden Playstation game. Ok, enough with the Madden talk, I promise.

-I saw Brett Favres big win on Monday Night Football last night. It was amazing, as Favre usually is on MNF. I guess Kornheiser and the gang compared him to Jordan and Tiger. The Big Lead disagrees.

-First Mock Draft I’ve seen yet, courtesy of Like Seriously WTF. Look who is back into the first round. God I hope the Browns trade Anderson.

-One of my favorite blogs, Pacivist Viking, recaps week 8 for us all. PV’s Vikings have got a special player in Adrian Peterson, I’d be happy too.

-This has nothing to do with football, but I was flipping back and forth between WWE’s Monday Night Raw and Monday Night Football last night once again. There is a Pro Wrestling Blog. Let it behold, as I will stop there many times from here on out, or until I lose interest.

-Another newly discovered site, another mock draft.

-Finally, it seems like everyone in the world hates Tom Brady.

Romo goes Hollywood: 6 years- $67.5 Million

Tony Romo appears to be on top of the world. The Cowboys anounced today the deal which will extend Romo as their Quarterback, and pay him $67.5 million dollars over the next 6 seasons.

Is it obvious to anyone else that Romo clearly has everyone salivating all over his balls at this point? I don’t mean Carrie Underwood and I don’t mean Britney Spears. I am talking about the owner of the Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones. Aparently, Jones blurted out after the signing “He’s the man of the 2000’s” Now what the hell does that mean Jerry?

My take on this is simple. It’s barely been one calendar year to the day that Romo made his first NFL start. Make no mistake that Romo has been very good in that year, but does his play really warrant this mega-contract? This guy has been rewarded already more handsomely for his 1-year+ of service than Troy Aikman was and Aikman won 3 Superbowls. It’s amazing to me what one great year can do for a guy who went to Southern Illinois and was undrafted.

Cleveland Browns 27, St. Louis Rams 20

This game was not on at my mother’s house where I was parked all sunday afternoon recovering from a wicked hangover. I haven’t been shittin’ right since saturday night. I did watch most of the game on ESPN Gamecast, and saw some on streaming video on some internet feed.

Here’s my thoughts and observations:

Braylon Edwards is becoming a superstar in front of our very eyes. But he’s not in the mold of the brash, loud-mouthed, eccentric, asshole types that have gone before him. This guy is a class act. We’ve already talked about some of the classy things he has done, but it’s time to tell some more people to what level he has reached in terms of being a first rate superstar.

Edwards had befriended a dying fan of his, 15 year old Denzel Douglas, earlier in the year when the kid’s failed heart transplant caused his health to decline. After being contacted by one of the boy’s family members, Edwards made a point to meet the kid and then became friends with him. Douglas died in the week leading up to this sunday’s Rams game, and Edwards let the family of the boy know that this game was dedicated to his memory. 8 catches, 117 yards and 2 TD’s later, Edwards had put together one of the better performances of his career together–in something that is becoming a weekly tradition for him.

“Everything I do was going to be for him. I felt like he was out there with me helping me do some of the things I was able to do,” Edwards said.

The guy is clearly playing at the level that everyone wanted to see when he was drafted #3 overall a couple years back. He’s looking like the most dominating receiver in the NFL and I think he’s the biggest reason for Derek Anderson’s success. Which leads me to my next point….

How about that Derek Anderson? I won’t hate here and it’s hard to. Anderson was nearly flawless again, and he simply would not allow the Browns to fail. His numbers: 18/25, 248 yards, and 3 TD’s tell the story. He’s 2nd in the league to Tom Brady with 17 TD passes. The guy has surprised everyone in America and America is starting to catch on. Anyone who’s read this blog much knows I am a huge Brady Quinn guy. I know now that this can’t mean ANYTHING good for Brady’s development. It’s great for the Browns, I suppose. It’s a problem in my opinion. It will be interesting to see how Anderson does in my opinion in what will be the toughest 3 game stretch of the season (SEA, at Pitt, at Bal). If he continues this the rest of the season, Browns fans and maybe even the front office will never let Quinn have a fair shot.

The Defense. It’s far from fixed, as it allowed for over 300 passing yards from Mark Bulger, but it held when it had to. Early in the game we were trailing by 2 scores and they forced the Rams to turn the ball over on downs after holding on a 4th down. That was the momentum swing that turned the game. In the game’s final drive, Leigh Bodden’s interception saved the Rams comeback attempt that was getting a bit scary.

Crennel is supposed to be a defensive wizard. If he is here next season, he must fix this. If this team isn’t playing in January, the defense will be the reason why.

Oh, it also probably helped that Steven Jackson left the game (doh–fantasy team!) after 8 carries for 41 yards and the game’s opening touchdown.

Miscellaneous:
-Phil Dawson hit two more clutch field goals. After a really shaky preseason in which some were calling for the longest tenured Brown’s head, he’s having another great year.

-Ethan Kelley had the Browns lone sack of the game. Do you know who Ethan Kelley is? Be honest.

-Jamal Lewis returned to action and ran hard. 17 carries for 61 yards. This has become the type of performance that at the very least the Browns get from their running game this year. This is another huge part of why the offense is working. The Browns finally are getting something from the running game. Oh yeah, and my boy Jerome “The Ghost” Harrison had 32 big yards on only 5 carries. I think Harrison is better than Jason Wright.

-Kamerion Wimbley: 2 tackles. That’s all. I love this guy but if he doesn’t watch it, he’s going to just end up a situational pass rusher in this league.

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London Sleeper: New York Giants 13, Miami Dolphins 10

The London fans were treated to a close ballgame that actually resembled much of what they’re used to: futbol. Played on a soccer-like surface, players complained about the footing, or lack thereof, that they were subjected to on the playing field. After each team had a series or two, the rest of the game was played in a driving rain that limited both team’s offensive attack to running the football. The conditions favored that of the lesser team, the Dolphins, because New York was unable to blow the game open with their explosive receivers.

Eli Manning won his 26th game of his career, and the Giants improved to 6-2 heading into their bye week. Manning was 8/22 for just 59 yards, with no touchdowns and no interceptions. Manning did have a nice scramble to score the Giants’ only touchdown. Brandon Jacobs was the offensive stud of the day, running for 131 yards on 23 carries. It was the third straight game that Jacobs has reached or eclipsed the 100 yard mark.

Although FOX cut the game in my area to Detroit/Chicago after the kickoff, I followed this game and listened to much reaction about it. Overall this was a terrible showing for the league in London. While you couldn’t expect things on international soil to go completely sound, there were many things that could not have been worse. The stats, the execution, the playing field, the weather, etc. I thought both teams would be sluggish from the jet-lag and the long travel to London, but this was way more than I expected. If the NFL is to do this again or even consider it annually, they’ll need to make some tweaks. I’m fine with a preseason game occurring on international grounds, but I question doing this to two teams during the regular season. The Giants who are a good team clearly were affected by all of this event.