Nerd of Batman, sports, logic, objectivity, Star Trek, personal enlightenment, Lincoln, the Rays, psychology, mic dropping. Kind've in that order.
KCP - Kentavious Caldwell Pope
WAR - Wins Above Replacement
FIP - Fielding Independent Pitching
LD% - Line Drive Percentage.
LOOGY - Left Handed One Out Guy
B/S - Batman/Superman
To elaborate on a thought from earlier...
With the way the NFL has progressed (I'd use evolved, but some may not view it as evolution) into a passing and points league, we almost always pin the hopes of a team's potential success to the quarterback. No QB, no chance.
I'll define a 'franchise quarterback' as one who elevates the play around him.
No franchise quarterback, and you better have a lot of everything else: shrewd head coach, dominate play from both lines, and a playmaker or two on each side of the ball. That would certainly describe the 2012 Ravens.
No franchise signal caller, and you're unable to check off any boxes from that list above, well, you're the Jaguars, or the Raiders since their Super Bowl to Tampa a decade ago.
After three games in the Browns' post-Richardson era, have you heard? They're undefeated.
Did the Browns dupe us all into thinking they were in the latter category?!
They used the 'nobody-said-we-tankin' mentality + Brian Hoyer's ascension to the starting role to beat the Vikings days after the watershed trade of their former third overall draft pick. Hoyer got Cleveland's primary receiving threat, Josh Gordon, back off suspension, and emerging TE Jordan Cameron had his fourth consecutive Pro Bowl-type effort (through 4 games, 360 yards receiving on 30 catches with 5 TDs) and son of a gun, the Browns found themselves on a winning streak after their meeting with the Bengals.
Last night, Hoyer loses his ACL, but Travis Benjamin puts on a special teams extravanganza, and even though it was a beat up Bills secondary, Josh Gordon and Greg Little, who totaled 7 catches for 157 and a TD, teamed up to make us wonder if the Browns new management had an idea they had more talent than everyone credited them.
I wasn't the only one that said the Browns were almost obviously going #badforbridgewater after the Richardson deal. It felt like it was the entire football universe.
I sound like a lawyer during a trial here, but...forget about Brian Hoyer, the Browns just needed to see something of him, since Brandon Weeden's abilities were known, and likely a sunk cost anyway - you knew Hoyer was savior - but I ask you Joe Banner, did you know Josh Gordon was going to emerge into a #1 receiving that so many teams need to open up their offenses? Don't answer yet, Mr. Banner! Did you know Jordan Cameron was ready to assert himself as one of the game's most talked about tight ends!? And lastly, but surely, you couldn't have guessed that Greg Little had taken an elixir for his condition known as Pettigrewness?!
If Chudzinski, Banner and the rest of the Browns knew all they had to do was hold out until Gordon returned, and Cameron continued to established himself, maybe Cleveland wasn't going to be the northern version of Jacksonville many of us anticipapted them to be after all.
The blistering Browns could slip into a 5 game losing streak with Det, @GB, @KC, Balt, bye, @Cin looming, BUT if Cleveland can scrape out two wins there, the rest of their agenda could give them a shot at 9 wins and perhaps the AFC North. That's nice, but there's a key acquisition that's needed for the macro goals to be met.
Owning the Colts first round pick, and a cadre of other selections in 2014, the Browns can still procure a potent quarterback (that the options now) in the May draft. Here again is the lengthy list of talent.
Maybe this is all unicorns and cybernetic transforming vehicles, but if the Browns have done anything over the last three weeks, they've at least placed themselves back into the realm of being able to verify, on any given Sunday...