"Is it Buh-RAY-A or Buh-REE-A?" I ask the man in the hotel parking lot. "It's Buh-REE-A," he says. I thank him and point my rental Fusion toward the home of the Browns and the Cuyahoga County Fair, the latter which began in 1893. A sign on Bagley Road says that the Pink Floyd tribute band "Wish You Were Here" will be playing the fair this year. Between Pink Floyd and the fluorescent cotton candy, it might be fun to stick around town for a few days. I could catch the Hall of Fame game in Canton and the PGA Tour in Akron, too. In the meantime, I continue onto Lou Groza Boulevard for a peek at the Browns.
1. The Browns are a happy bunch, pulling in the same direction for a change. A year ago, in
2. Linebackers are crucial to the success of any a 3-4 defense, and the Browns are piecing together a feisty, intelligent corps. In March, they signed free-agent
3. If the Browns are going to win in the bruising AFC North, they have to run the football effectively. Cleveland didn't score a rushing touchdown until the 13th game of the 2009 season. Odds are, it's coming much earlier in 2010. After releasing
One thing Harrison said he wants to see carryover in 2010 is the play of the offensive line at the end of the year. "That was a huge finish for us," Harrison said. "My offensive line dominated across the board, from tight ends all the way to the backside guard. I think we are ahead of schedule. I think we're on pace and I think we have a real good feel for each other now."
The Browns brought in veteran
While the starters won't be named for awhile, cornerback
Haden says if his duties extend to kickoff and punt teams, he will be ready. "Coach [Urban] Meyer had his best players on special teams, so I played every special teams when I was there," he said. On inking his rookie contract, Haden said: "Now that I have the money, I'm just trying to show that I deserve the money, too."
Hardesty, who earned huge praise during minicamps, tweaked his right knee during the rookie portion of training camp and has yet to return to practice.
I've been to many NFL offices, but Mike Holmgren's might be the tops. You could land an Embraer jet in there, for starters. It's big. Then there are the details. A huge picture of Cleveland Browns stadium, lit up at night, on one wall. A huge picture of Holmgren and the Packers winning Super Bowl XXXI on another wall. My favorite touch was a bank of shelves with three NFL team helmets. From bottom to top, the Packers, the Seahawks and the Browns - Holmgren's last three NFL stops.
The Browns provided us reporters with Caesar salad wraps, potato chips, chocolate chip cookies and a refrigerator stocked with soft drinks. I limited myself to one wrap, one bag of chips, two cookies, a Diet Pepsi, and a promise to have a vigorous week at the gym.
1. The versatile
3. David Bowens on playing in the AFC North: "Snowy games. Everyone in our division has a cold game. It's not like we have to travel far. We're all in each other's backyard. We're all in the same gated community."