Daily Dawg Tags: Spread offenses hard on offensive linemen


Spanning the virtual globe to bring you the latest news about the Cleveland Browns and the NFL – these are your Daily Dawg Tags for Friday, July 8.

With the continued rise of spread offenses in college football, coaches and talent evaluators at the NFL level have faced a new challenge.

The simplified concepts of the popular offenses can make it more difficult to project NFL success as the learning curve becomes steeper for players who are not accustomed to the responsibilities of a pro-style offense.

While much of the focus in recent years is how quarterbacks will adapt to the NFL game, offensive linemen face as much of a transition period as any other position player.

We take a look at that topic, and more, in today’s edition of the Daily Dawg Tags.

Cleveland Browns:

Spread offenses hurt offensive linemen

"The Cleveland Browns coaching staff has work to do to get offensive linemen Shon Coleman and Spencer Drango up to speed for the NFL game."

Browns poised for improvement in 2016

"The Cleveland Browns can only get better under Hue Jackson after a miserable 2015 season."

Looking back on Otto Graham, one of the greatest Browns QBs (clevelandbrowns.com)

"Otto Graham — who spent his entire 10-year career (1946-1955) in Cleveland — is one of the best players to ever put on a uniform for the organization."

Browns uniforms ranked in bottom five of the NFL (cleveland.com)

"For everything that went wrong with the Browns last season, many fans pointed to something out of the players’ and coaches’ control as the biggest mistake: changing the uniforms."

NFL News:

NFL players union needs to demand more money (Seattle Times)

"Is the NFL not the most profitable sports league in the world? Are its players not risking their health more than those from the other major sports leagues combined? You could understand why anyone strapping on pads for one of the 32 best football teams in the world would be frustrated. The thing is, it’s on them to make it better."

NFL updates catch rule and creates more confusion (CBS Sports)

"The NFL updated the catch rule for the upcoming season. Don’t worry, it’s just as confusing as the last one. To be more clear, the NFL only updated the language of the catch rule. The league didn’t actually change the rule itself, even though seemingly everyone throughout the league wanted changes after a season marred with inconsistent rulings."

Bears, Alshon Jeffery far apart on long-term deal (NFL.com)

"There’s a stalemate going on in Chicago, and if one side doesn’t budge, Alshon Jeffery might find his way out of the Windy City. The wide receiver is unhappy with his contract situation and there’s not a sense of optimism that things will get done, according to NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo."