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ESPN's Browns love-in chugs along

By dan Published: June 30, 2008

Ho-hum, another week, another story showcasing the four-letter's admiration of the Browns. This will never get old. Perhaps they're making up for lost coverage.
The story this week is again from senior writer John Clayton. In this saga, Clayton waxes on the greatness of Brady Quinn. He's becoming a better team leader. He's throwing the ball much better. He's so, so dreamy. Fine, that last one wasn't actually in the story, but it may as well been.
Of course, this means an imminent headache for Derek Anderson. His first incomplete pass will probably lead to chants of "Brady, Brady, Brady." Such is life of a Cleveland Browns starter.

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Yahoo Sports: Browns' defense a step behind the offense

By dan Published: June 16, 2008

Jason Cole of the ever-growing Yahoo Sports team came up with a good read about the Browns last week. He says the Browns defense still has a lot of ifs. He also has a good quote from general manager Phil Savage that basically shoots down any possibility of the team trading for Miami Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor. Cole also makes the comparison between the offenses of the Browns and New England Patriots.
Notes... Always make sure to check out Terry Pluto's Sunday column in the Plain Dealer. He always has good tidbits.
The same can be said for Patrick McManamon's "Beside the Point" column on Sundays. In this week's column, McManamon has a nice little bit about the LeCharles Bentley situation.

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Bentley bumps Baxter's return

By dan Published: June 12, 2008

Lost yesterday in the LeCharles Bentley fiasco was defensive back Gary Baxter's return to the field after he too missed almost two seasons.
Baxter even one-upped Bentley: He tore both of his patellar tendons in 2006. No player has ever returned from tearing both patellas. Baxter participated in team drills on Wednesday, but is challenging for a spot on the roster at safety.
It's probably safe to assume that Baxter has lost some athleticism, but if healthy, he could help as a backup to Brodney Pool and Sean Jones.
Notes... Speaking of Jones, Zac Jackson of Cleveland just wrote about the safety. Jackson writes that Jones is the team's best-kept secret, but he's still trying to establish himself. senior writer John Clayton has been in Berea watching the Browns. He filed a story on how Shaun Rogers will help Cleveland's run defense, one of the worst in the league the past few seasons.

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Forget questions about Bentley, he's gone

By dan Published: June 11, 2008

See Marla Ridenour's story here.
This will not adversely affect the Browns in the least. Some Browns fans (like most Cleveland fans are known to do) are probably freaking out right now.
"The Browns will now have a losing season and the line is going to fall apart."
"Derek Anderson is going to get destroyed."
"He's just the first LeClevelander that'll leave town."
Hogwash. (Fine, maybe not that last one)
Face it, Bentley probably wasn't going to be a starter this year. In fact, some doubted he'd even be able to play this season despite passing a physical Monday night.
It's not because he might be good, which is questionable. It's because Hank Fraley is that good. Bentley was never interested in playing guard for the Browns. ''Well, I came here as a center. I would like to stay there,'' Bentley told reporters yesterday.
Wrong. At the end of the day, Bentley came here to make $16 million and not play a down. Not even in the preseason. Sure, getting injured forced the signing of Fraley, which made the line better, but that says nothing about Bentley.
Even after Bentley missed the past two years, fans seemed to rally behind him yesterday. They believed in the former local prep superstar.
All he's done in return is further fuel the paranoia and doubt of Cleveland sports fans.
Update: Make sure to check out Ridenour's latest article following General Manager Phil Savage's comments.

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Bentley leaves minicamp

By Marla Ridenour Published: June 11, 2008

Center LeCharles Bentley left the Browns facility in Berea with a suitcase at lunchtime Wednesday and general manager Phil Savage later confirmed that Bentley had asked for and received his release.

Bentley did not show up for a morning team meeting, but spoke with Savage and coach Romeo Crennel after the first of two minicamp practices and they granted his request.

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Winslow to attend minicamp

By Marla Ridenour Published: June 9, 2008

Kellen Winslow will attend the Browns' mandatory three-day minicamp that begins in Berea Tuesday. His off-season demand for a new contract led some to speculate that Winslow would hold out, especially given the history of his new agent, Drew Rosenhaus.

But Winslow's level of participation is unsure after he underwent a procedure to clean out his right knee after the Pro Bowl. Winslow originally hurt the knee in a motorcycle accident in spring, 2005.

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