Here are some week one stream-of-consciousness notes from around the NFL of possible interest to Cleveland Browns fans.
Are Browns fans glad to see Tyrod Taylor return to the Dawg Pound?
Were other Cleveland Browns fans glad to see Tyrod Taylor finally regain a starting job? Of course, we want to see Taylor lose this week when he returns to the Dawg Pound, but he left Cleveland in good standing.
As of this week, Taylor (1-1-1), Baker Mayfield (23-23), Jake Delhomme (2-2), and Brian Hoyer (10-6) are the only quarterbacks to have .500 records or better for the Browns since 1999. That will change on Sunday, of course.
Taylor was supposed to have a longer gig in 2018 but suffered a concussion and Baker Mayfield stepped in and never looked back. It wasn’t anyone’s fault, but Taylor deserved better. He had led the Buffalo Bills to the playoffs when they were not much of a team. Good luck to him, but not against the Browns this Sunday.
It’s like a high school reunion when Browns play Houston
For some screwy reason, Houston always seems to have several ex-Browns on the roster. Besides Tyrod Taylor, other ex-Browns on the Houston roster include tight end Pharaoh Brown, guard Justin McCray, linebacker Chris Kirksey, safety Eric Murray, cornerback Tavierre Thomas, and cornerback Terrance Mitchell. Linebacker Tae Davis is also an ex-Brown but is on IR. That’s eight former Browns.
Duke Johnson and Dontrell Hilliard were on the team last year but were let go this season. Hilliard is on the Jacksonville Jaguars practice squad, but Johnson has been a free agent since being cut back in February. The offers have not exactly been rolling in after a terrible year last year. Perhaps he is done.
Carl Nassib sighting on MNF
Former Browns defensive end and Hard Knocks star Carl Nassib was the guy who made the strip-sack on Lamar Jackson on Monday Night Football in overtime that led to the Las Vegas Raiders upsetting Baltimore 33-27. Good job, Carl.
Read on for some analysis on how to ruin quarterbacks, Cleveland style; how the role of specialty quarterbacks may be changing around the league; former Browns offensive linemen around the NFL; Baltimore’s problems at offensive line, and why Chicago’s obsessive search for a Franchise Quarterback may be as fruitless as Cleveland’s pre-Mayfield agony.