and all the best this season

and all the best this season

Postautor: jokergreen0220 » 21 lis 2017, o 07:28

Still without a quarterback, having lost their leaders during free agency and with an owner renowned for his ruthless attitude to disposing of head coaches - the Cleveland Browns seem a long way from competing at the top level. Jose Fernandez Jersey . The Browns havent had a winning season since 2007, and it was 2002 when the organisation last made the playoffs. Following his takeover in October 2012, owner Jimmy Haslam has seen four head coaches take charge of the franchise and since their reintroduction to the NFL in 1999, the team have had a record 24 starting quarterbacks.The inconsistency is staggering, and it doesnt take much to draw conclusions between an unsettled management team and poor results on the field. Free Agency LIVE! Latest rolling news as NFL sides recruit A frightened Johnny Manziel features in the Top 5 funny moments of 2015 Last year the Browns finished 3-13, ranking 25th in offence and 27th in defence. The head coach and general manger were both relieved of their duties as the franchise finished the season in turmoil.It feels like the team is once again starting over. Having released Johnny Manziel after two frustrating seasons, the Browns have seen their core group of influential players leave during free agency. Three time Pro-Bowl centre Alex Mack, who joined the Atlanta Falcons last Wednesday, cited his reason for leaving as the opportunity to join a winning franchise. Its hard to blame him, having gone 29-70 in seven seasons with the Browns. Tashaun Gipson, Travis Benjamin and Mitchell Schwartz have also left Ohio in search of success elsewhere. Alex Mack (right) has jumped ship and Joe Thomas could follow Its another blow for new vice-president Sashi Brown, who said at the Scouting Combine that keeping the experienced nucleus of the roster was a key task to rebuilding. With talk of trading Pro-Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas now on the cards, the squad is skeletal. Brown and head coach Hue Jackson now have a mountain to climb. The plan seems pretty clear; use the draft to develop a championship calibre side rather than splashing big money on players that care more about their wallets than their team. Browns HC Hue Jackson has an uphill struggle to build a competitive team The strategy is not unprecedented; the Packers, Bengals, Steelers and Patriots all tend to use free agency sparingly. However, the key difference between these organisations and the Browns is that the playoff contenders tend to lock down their stars before free agency approaches.The Browns have no starting pieces to build around, and their record in the draft in recent years has been notably poor. If things are going to change for this organisation, they need to be a little savvier in player recruitment. What do Cleveland need?Quarterback North Dakota States Carson Wentz is the top QB prospect in the draft Clevelands saving grace is that they have the No 2 pick in the draft. If they havent secured Colin Kaepernick, they are likely to have their pick of the board. Carson Wentz seems to be the stand-out choice, and Jackson is the perfect coach to develop the young talent from North Dakota State.Centre Nick Martin (No 72) of Notre Dame could be a Cleveland target Replacing Mack must be high on the Browns to do list. Developing a good relationship with the incumbent QB is pivotal in the offensive lines ability to protect the passer. They have been linked with the Jags Stefen Wisniewski but could look for a middle draft pick, potentially Notre Dames Nick Martin.Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe (No 80) was a disappointment for Browns last season Dwayne Bowe was supposed to be Clevelands big splash in last years free agency. He caught five passes and ran for a total of 53 yards throughout the season. No 1 receiver Travis Benjamin has joined the Chargers, and Jackson desperately needs to hit on a WR in the draft to give the new quarterback a legitimate weapon.Tackle Alvin Bailey (No 78) has joined Cleveland but they need more support After losing Schwartz and supposedly considering a trade for Thomas, further development of the offensive line is inevitable. Alvin Bailey signed from the Seattle Seahawks last week, giving the Browns options at either tackle or guard, but further depth is needed. One option might be Baileys former team-mate Russell Okung, who is still available as a free agent.What happens next?It is another roll of the dice for owner Haslam. In Jackson, the Browns have a talented young coach who must be allowed time to develop a philosophy and get the fan base excited again. Drafting quality is key, and changing the mindset of a losing franchise into one that is ready to compete in the AFC North. Easier said than done, but the Seahawks have provided a perfect example that with stable infrastructure, anything is possible in the NFL. Also See: NFL Video Rookies guide NFL on Sky Sports Pundits Andre Dawson Jersey . Braves reliever David Carpenter was also fined for throwing at Rockies outfielder Corey Dickerson in the same game, which featured several ejections, including Colorado manager Walt Weiss. Giancarlo Stanton Jersey . But defending champion Elena Vesnina of Russia held off a strong challenge to beat Shuai Peng of China 6-3, 6-4, and there was another hard-fought victory for 2012 runner-up Angelique Kerber of Germany, who defeated Alison Riske of the United States 7-6 (6), 6-4. http://www.baseballmarlinsstore.com/Martin-Prado-marlins-jersey/ .com) - The Chicago Blackhawks take aim at their longest winning streak of the season on Sunday when they host the Calgary Flames in a battle at the United Center.DUNEDIN, Florida – Blue Jays manager John Gibbons knows theres a lot at stake this season. Coming off a disastrous 2013 year, relative to expectations perhaps the most disappointing in franchise history, the club could be dealing with significant upheaval if theres continued, sustained underperformance. Gibbons sat down with TSN.ca before Thursdays Grapefruit League game against Houston to talk about his team, in which he espouses confidence. To listen to the interview, click here. TSN.ca: John, as we sit here, two weeks from tonight you guys will be flying to Montreal for the final two exhibition games of the spring. GIBBONS: Cant wait. TSN.ca: Old stomping grounds for you, right? An ex-Met, did you have some fun in Montreal in your day? GIBBONS: Yeah, you know I wasnt up with the Mets long but I made a few road trips to Montreal. I loved it. I really did. Its a neat city. Its a little different than what were used to or what Im used to but we always had a good time there. Good people. I enjoyed hopping on that subway, riding it to the stadium there so I have some good memories of that place. TSN.ca: Parlez-vous Francais? GIBBONS: Poquito. Oh thats not French, okay. You learn a lot of Spanish around here. Ill put it that way. TSN.ca: Yeah, theres no question about that in your clubhouse. So were three, three and a half weeks in since all the regulars got here. The tone of camp, at least from my point of view, John, is different from last years and there were a lot of mitigating factors with the WBC and whatnot last season. How do you feel camp has gone so far and where do you see your team at today? GIBBONS: I agree with you. I think theres a lot more focus and thats not just coming from the coaching end of it. I think the players are a lot more focused. Last year there was a lot of distraction. A lot of new faces were brought in and the high expectations, much more media coverage so the players were getting dragged in a lot of different directions. We had some celebrities on here. We brought in Dickey coming off a Cy Young. Of course Reyes and those guys coming in and everybody was tugging at all different angles so there were some distractions that way. Good distractions but nevertheless distractions and then of course some guys went off to the WBC and things like that. Its been a much nicer, simpler camp, a lot more low key and weve been able to get some great work in. TSN.ca: As you head into the regular season I think there are some questions about certain positions around the club. The starting rotation, especially the back end, has been a hot topic of conversation. More broadly speaking, the American League East, I think we both agree is always strong but has gotten better. Do you feel you have the quality of starting pitching that matches the quantity of the depth that youll have at Buffalo and in the lower minor leagues. GIBBONS: I think we do. Not a whole lot of change this year other than Navarro. You know, Alex was working all winter trying to bring in a pitcher or two, difference makers. We werent able to do that. It wasnt for a lack of effort. The money, the years, all sorts of things, their desire to go other places hampered that a little bit. There were a couple of trade opportunities but they wanted everybody and their brother top prospects in the minor leagues. After the trades with Florida and the Mets we gave up a lot of our top prospects so, I mean, theres no way you can deplete your whole minor league system to get guys who maybe arent difference makers. We sat tight there. The main reason behind that is we like what we have here. Theres much more depth, like you just alluded to, that we didnt have last year. If somebody falters or if theres an injury weve got some guys, some fallback plans that we think are pretty good that should make a huge difference. As of right now were still looking for that fifth starter. Weve got some guys that are pitching very good. Theres been some good competition down here. Right now, were probably only looking at one spot. J.A. Happ, now, hes been a little bit banged up with his back so at this point, on this day, hes a little bit of a question mark. Hopefully hes going to throw in the next couple of days in a minor league game. If hes fine that should solve some problems there. You know, theres some guys in here that we think are going to have some good big league careers. Now its just are they going to get that opportunity? They may get it as we break camp as we start the season this year. It may come a month in. It may come in two months. Who knows? Weve got some players here who we think are capable of winning in the American League East. Theres some great competitors and well see where it all ends up. TSN.ca: Do you anticipate Drew Hutchison breaking camp with the team? GIBBONS: Well, Im not going to say hes on the team right now but Ill tell you what, hes pitched as well, if not better, than anybody in camp and another thing he has going for him, you know hes really bounced back from that injury, but hes pitched in Toronto before and was pitching very well before he had the injury. Hes got a little experience under his belt. Hes definitely been a standout. Hes always been thought of highly in the organization. Its just basically a matter of time when hes ready again and it sure seems like, you look at it now, he should be ready to go. TSN.ca: Do you believe in the phrase, "Its early?" Especially after last year maybe you dont but getting out of the gate strong, John, aside from having more wins than losses, just setting the right tone I think would be important for you guys this year. Miami Marlins Jerseys. GIBBONS: It was early three weeks ago. Its not so early anymore, a couple of weeks left. Yeah, no question, a quick, fast start is very important to this ballclub. Easier said than done, of course, you know we play some pretty good teams early. I think what it would do is give us confidence and it may quell some of the naysayers out there because until we go out and prove something on the field that were better than we were last year and we actually do have the team that we think can win here, thats always going to be hanging over our heads. These guys, theyve been working hard, theyre very focused and now the key is to come out of the gates with everything clicking. Weve got to get good pitching. Hopefully those bats are going at the right time at the beginning of the season and something thats a constant, one thing you can always control, is the way you play defense and I think that will be much, much better this year. TSN.ca: I wanted to touch on that with you because when we think of winning, youve got to score more runs than you allow and we typically always think of offense, just hit the ball out of the park or piece together runs. We dont always think of run prevention. Well cross our fingers for you guys that you have pretty good health here, and you have so far through camp and that that will carry through. But with Lawrie at third, Reyes and short and it looks like Ryan Goins at second base, as long as theyre all out there on the field at the same time, weve seen some pretty sweet double plays and some pretty nice plays made here, John. Youre going to be able to prevent more runs than you did, especially in the first half of last year. GIBBONS: We think so and we have to. You left out Melky Cabrera, who wasnt moving well at all last year and so that created a big hole out there in leftfield. With the guys you just mentioned, we think we have one of the better defenses in baseball, in our minds. As much as our starting pitching struggled last year, we didnt bail them out, we didnt help them out one bit, especially early in the season. A lot of those games, a play thats made here or there, might have got us out of an inning, a big inning and kept us in the game and we may have come back and won some of those. You look at it, you can go through any sport, if you dont play defense youre not going to win. Boston was a good defensive team last year and they won the World Series. Football, another sport I know well, the Seahawks last year, great defense, the best defense in the NFL. Theres no secret there. We think we have a good one but the key is weve got to keep the right guys on the field the majority of the season. TSN.ca: The Red Sox, maybe they didnt have the best team on paper in the majors last year but they won the World Series and there was that grind it out aspect. When youve walked around the clubhouse, talked to your players or youve had them in here one on one, do you sense that there is an unquestioned willingness to grind it out this year? Kind of a win at all costs mentality? GIBBONS: Yes, I do. Weve got a lot of proud veterans out in that room. Some guys whove had some great careers, some guys on the upswing that are going to end up having real good major league careers but everybody was a little embarrassed, the way things went last year. One thing Ill say about this group last year, through all the different changes, all the guys coming and going, there never was a lack of effort. Thats rare when some seasons go south but our guys showed up to play everyday and I tip my hat to them and thats admirable and thats the way it should be but thats not always the way it ends up. They all know they have something to prove, that were a better team than the way we played last year and I sense that. They talk about that. To get to this level as an athlete, to get to the top at anything, youve got to have some pride. We have a lot of that in that room and I think, I dont want to say necessarily that were going to surprise some people because we think we have a good team on the field, we think we had a good team on the field last year it just didnt pan out, but if we play up to our capabilities we think weve got a chance to win this thing. TSN.ca: Its an everyday game so youre always at the field and youre always thinking about, okay, what do I have to do to win today? But when you get away from the ballpark, do you think give any thought to your future and the fact that if it doesnt go well again this year, John, fairly or unfairly, itll be a hard sell to the fan base to continue with you as manager and the coaching staff? There could be changes here if it doesnt work out. GIBBONS: Oh yeah. Thats to be expected in the professional sports world. I can guarantee you one thing, I wont be here forever. Thats a fact. When that day comes, sooner or later, who knows? I dont give that much thought because I approach my job everyday to do the best job I can. I have a great responsibility to the organization whos given me an opportunity here and theres a lot that goes into that. Thats the reality of baseball. I have some fans out there but I also have a lot of detractors. When the dark clouds show up you start hearing more of those voices. If you get caught up in that kind of stuff itll paralyze you, you cant do your job so I take it all in stride everyday because I know I can do this job, I know I can run a baseball team, Ive got zero doubt in my mind about that. Things dont always work out but I think this year it will. TSN.ca: We appreciate the time, John, and all the best this season. GIBBONS: Thank you, Scott. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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