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Old 01-19-2004, 07:56 PM   #151
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Wow surprised to see you use the franchise tag. I guess I sorta assumed that was off the table. Glad to hear that Stewart will be back though.
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Old 01-19-2004, 08:31 PM   #152
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I don't even recall whether I house-ruled the tag away originally... I've just played the last couple of seasons whenever I haev had a little time to do so, and I haven't had enough "flow" to mess around a lot with rules. I'm mostly just playing by sensible limits, and not taking advantage of things... it's been interesting enough, if not all that challenging overall.
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Old 01-20-2004, 12:43 PM   #153
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2019 Rookie Draft

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Amateur Draft Report: Rnd 2 - Emmanuel Patterson, ILB, Rutgers Rnd 3 - Ted Cunningham, C, Arizona State Rnd 3 - Dixon Jarvis, CB, Southern California Rnd 4 - Edgar Whiting, CB, UCLA Rnd 5 - Kerry Donaldson, QB, Minnesota Rnd 6 - Mitch Jefferson, K, Alabama Rnd 7 - Daryl Sims, RB, Minn. St. – Mankato

We take what we can get – Patterson looks like he could become a starting-caliber linebacker, but my sneaking suspicion is that he won’t really develop that way. Several project players elsewhere – though I have a sneaking suspicion that we won’t end up getting a whole lot from this rookie draft.


Late Free Agency

QB Deion Brock is receptive to my offer now, and I come up with a solid deal – 4 years, $10 million. He listens – I’m willing to bump if needed, but that ought to get us locked up for a while with this solid performer. He accepts right away.

I lose out on CB Jermaine Cothran, though – he takes a multi-year offer from Buffalo instead of the one year deal I had on the table. I saw him as a starter for us – now I’m a bit more worried about our secondary for the season ahead.

At CB, we sign veteran Bucky Cottle, a man coverage specialist who fits fairly well with our scheme, but has a middling track record. We’ll see how he works out – he may get a shot to start for us.

QB Tyrell Goodwin is a late-bloomer, but played very well last season for Chiacgo, and I’m very surprised to see him sitting idle. We ink him to a three year deal to be our #2 – and our confidence should be high with him.


My last moves are re-signing C Monty Nunley and K Mo Crain to one year deals – we had the cap space to do it, and they kept their demands high enough that nobody else bit. Works out okay for this year, at least – both are potential all-pro players.

But at the end of the line, I simply cannot work out a deal with WR Austin Haass, who I am convinced will continue to get better. He’s looking for $6 million a year, and he wouldn’t come down appreciably from that figure – so I just couldn’t do it.



Training Camp

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Player # Pos Start Exp CE FE CE FE ChgC ChgF Goodwin, Tyrell 17 QB 10 56 57 56 57 0 0 Brock, Deion 2 QB 7 55 55 55 55 0 0 Treadwell, Mo 14 QB 7 46 48 46 48 0 0 Donaldson, Kerry 13 QB 1 22 47 24 47 2 0 Gammon, Alvin 8 QB 1 12 30 16 38 4 8 Wright, Cary 10 QB 3 13 34 15 34 2 0 Stewart, Gus 39 RB 6 83 83 83 83 0 0 Barker, Terrance 44 RB 5 57 57 57 57 0 0 Baker, Joe 36 RB 5 44 52 45 52 1 0 Westbrook, Gerald 33 RB 2 28 36 29 36 1 0 Sims, Daryl 37 RB 1 27 43 27 40 0 -3 Wiggins, K.C. 43 RB 1 13 19 14 20 1 1 Brandon, Dean 45 FB 5 47 63 51 63 4 0 McConnell, Joseph 38 FB 9 47 47 47 47 0 0 Sellers, Karl 80 TE 4 80 80 80 80 0 0 Nichols, Ernest 85 TE 9 47 47 47 47 0 0 Tilton, Cornelius 83 FL 7 39 39 39 39 0 0 Colaianne, Arnie 84 FL 1 17 34 20 38 3 4 Pritchett, Don 89 SE 2 56 64 59 64 3 0 Harmon, Van 86 SE 9 52 52 52 52 0 0 Pendleton, Ted 82 SE 3 33 48 36 48 3 0 Nunley, Monty 54 C 9 81 81 81 81 0 0 Pond, Ellis 57 C 9 59 64 59 64 0 0 Rowell, Jeff 51 C 6 52 59 53 59 1 0 Fisher, Marcus 66 C 1 22 49 26 51 4 2 Cunningham, Ted 56 C 1 23 56 26 56 3 0 **Thornton, Mickey 53 LG 9 55 55 55 55 0 0 Banks, Arnold 73 LG 6 48 67 51 67 3 0 Gruber, Lincoln 63 RG 15 38 38 38 38 0 0 Dawkins, Artie 77 RG 2 26 41 27 41 1 0 Craig, Conrad 72 LT 6 46 63 49 63 3 0 Glaspie, Nathan 78 RT 7 39 39 39 39 0 0 Gardner, Hugh 65 RT 2 19 49 22 49 3 0 Hardy, Tony 79 RT 1 14 19 15 20 1 1 Burnette, Lance 3 P 2 45 48 47 48 2 0 Crain, Mo 15 K 6 97 97 97 97 0 0 Jefferson, Mitch 16 K 1 36 51 37 40 1 -11 Hartman, Seth 67 LDE 7 79 85 82 85 3 0 Quinn, Kim 71 LDE 5 44 54 47 54 3 0 Clements, Dexter 69 LDE 8 42 42 42 42 0 0 Fox, Jimmy 93 LDE 13 28 32 28 32 0 0 Lane, Blake 70 LDE 5 27 30 28 30 1 0 Jaramillo, Jerome 95 RDE 6 46 46 46 46 0 0 Pearson, Adam 64 RDE 5 39 45 42 45 3 0 Van Horn, Deron 74 RDE 1 18 26 19 27 1 1 Allen, Tommy 99 RDT 6 49 49 51 51 2 2 James, Marty 75 RDT 2 21 42 23 42 2 0 Farquhar, Omar 98 RDT 3 20 35 22 35 2 0 Rogers, Donald 90 NT 7 50 53 52 53 2 0 Upshaw, Jonathan 50 MLB 9 54 54 54 54 0 0 Wallace, Andrew 55 MLB 8 51 55 53 55 2 0 Patterson, Emmanuel 96 MLB 1 15 51 17 47 2 -4 Dodge, Kurt 91 SLB 9 51 51 51 51 0 0 Upshaw, Allen 52 SLB 8 44 48 47 48 3 0 Sinclair, Curtis 94 SLB 6 34 50 36 50 2 0 Regalado, Darrin 58 WLB 11 40 40 40 40 0 0 DiGiacomo, Ricky 59 WLB 12 26 26 26 26 0 0 Enochs, Ty 28 LCB 5 39 43 42 43 3 0 Cottle, Bucky 40 LCB 11 39 39 39 39 0 0 Helmuth, Pat 35 LCB 2 22 47 24 47 2 0 Caston, Adam 46 RCB 14 35 35 35 35 0 0 Jarvis, Dixon 48 RCB 1 11 44 13 39 2 -5 Whiting, Edgar 49 RCB 1 9 35 10 31 1 -4 Weed, Kirk 24 SS 11 48 48 48 48 0 0 Galloway, Richie 30 SS 2 11 24 12 24 1 0 Eskridge, Kenneth 20 FS 8 75 75 75 75 0 0 Trotter, Lonnie 21 FS 1 12 26 13 26 1 0

No huge surprises in training camp this year – LB Patterson dropped in his future ratings, suggesting to me that he will be a bit or a disappointment. RB Daryl Sims looks like he was a nice value pickup for us, and ought to make the team. WR Artie Coliaanne looks like he can help, but our top OL rookies are both centers and lack the size to move elsewhere – so those picks look rather wasted now.

Cutting down to 53 requires some tough decisions, including releasing LB Ricky DiGiacomo – but we make it to the target number.


Season Analysis

We have a roster rating of 87 – behind Cincinnati (!) and tied with Kansas City and the Giants. Our cohesion ratings are 94-100(99)-83-100(85) – we lost some ground with the DL over the last two seasons, but are generally in fine shape.

After getting to the Superbowl last year, we were able to bring back both our star RB and QB – and therefore, we’ll be expected to be major contenders this year. I think that’s fair – but I don’t know if we have the depth, especially defensively, enough to make it very far. I’m worried about our entire defensive rotation – we’ll have to get some good years out of borderline guys, no doubt about it.
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Old 01-20-2004, 02:35 PM   #154
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2019 Regular Season

Week 1: Cleveland at Baltimore

Deion Brock and Baltimore’s QB Brent Shimada gunsling back and forth, but it’s Shimada’s 4th TD of the day that puts them up to win it, 30-27. Not a terrible start, but we are in the hole.

Week 2: Cleveland (0-1) at San Francisco

We play a lot tighter this week, and get a 12-9 OT win at the Niners. No turnovers, but our offense was suddenly pathetic.

Week 3: Kansas City (2-0) at Cleveland (1-1)

I fully expect KC to be a major player this year. We put a hurt on them, though, with a solid 26-9 win. Gus Stewart is very solid with 128 yards rushing, and we get things back on the right foot, I think.

Week 4: Cleveland (2-1) at Buffalo (3-0)

We suffer another 30-27 loss on the road, this time to a late field goal. We didn’t really get torched this week (like Baltimore) but jut outplayed in a pretty even game. Deion Brock is playing through a minor injury – but h ought to be okay.

Week 5: Pittsburgh (0-4) at Cleveland (2-2)

Just what we needed – a good rag doll to tear up. Turns out, we need overtime to get the 30-27 win (familiar?) over the seemingly outgunned Steelers. Not a good sign.

DE Seth Hartman is finished for this year – he turned out to be just what we feared, a quality player who just cannot stay healthy. This year ends his contract, and I can’t imagine we will bring him back for a few games each season. Ah, what could have been.

Week 6: Miami (1-4) at Cleveland (3-2)

Ought to be easy, but after last week, nothing is certain. Our offense is downright shaky, and we get one of our two TDs off an interception by CB Adam Caston – and Miami gets the win, 19-17 after a late field goal. We slide to 3-3 on the year, and are looking like a pretty mediocre club, after all.

Week 7: New York Jets (3-3) at Cleveland (3-3)

It’s 14-13 Jets at the half, and then a scoreless second half keeps it that way. AT least at 3-4, we are still in our division race, as nobody has a winning record at all.

Week 8: Cleveland (3-4) at New England (5-2)

We eke out a 16-14 win over the Patriots (led by former Browns QB James Houston), to get to 4-4 at the halfway point for our season. Disappointing, but we’re not lost quite yet.

Here are the midseason stats:

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2019 Summary for Cleveland Browns Record: 4-4 Winning Pct.: .500 Cleveland Browns Team Rank Rushes 230 5 Rushing Yards 973 6 Yards Per Carry 4.23 13 (T) Pass Attempts 220 27 Completions 133 26 Passing Yards 1615 19 Yards Per Attempt 7.34 9 3rd Down Conversions 31.0 30 Points Per Game 21.0 16 (T) Turnovers 8 9 (T) Turnover Margin +2 14 (T) Opponents Team Rank Rushes 233 27 Rushing Yards 861 20 Yards Per Carry 3.69 7 Pass Attempts 273 30 Completions 152 18 (T) Passing Yards 1817 26 (T) Yards Per Attempt 6.65 8 (T) 3rd Down Conversions 46.2 29 Points Per Game 19.0 13 Turnovers 10 16 (T)

We are playing fairly efficiently on offense (not the staggering running game that I’d prefer, but not bad) and on defense we are in the top ten against the run and pass in yards per play. I think this team is better than its 4-4 record, and we will aim for a strong second half and a playoff showing once again.
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Old 01-20-2004, 02:36 PM   #155
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by th way - I'm sorry that the training camp results are difficult to read - they looked fine to me before the new VB upgrade, but now are awfully tough to follow. I will keep posting them (it's helpful to me) but don't kno how to improve on the formatting.
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Old 01-20-2004, 02:45 PM   #156
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For me, they were like that eveb before the VB upgrade.

Hope you can improve on the distinctly mediocre start and any idea's on what you are going to do with Stewart after his franchise contract expires?
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Old 01-20-2004, 03:40 PM   #157
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Stewart signed a multi-year extension ($10m per season - or 13% of the salary cap), so he and Brock both are locked up for the next four seasons. We ought to have stability there, but that might cause instability elsewhere.
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Old 01-20-2004, 03:41 PM   #158
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Week 9: Baltimore (4-3) at Cleveland (4-4)

Our chance to get back atop the division standings, and to exact a little revenge. We get our big game, with a 137 yards from Stewart and 3 TDs from Brock, and take the 34-21 victory. Much needed.

Week 11: Cleveland (5-4) at Cincinnati (3-6)

Cinti was expected to be a solid team this season, but have disappointed. But they rise up this week, and nip us, 34-31. Another OT field goal, and we come back to .500 on the year.

Week 12: Cleveland (5-5) at St. Louis (5-5)

The “good” Cleveland team shows up this week, and we rout the Rams 40-9 behind two TDs from safety Kenneth Eskridge. God showing, and now we need to keep it up.

Week 13: Cleveland (6-5) at Indianapolis (3-8)

A late TD wins this one for us, 24-20 – without much margin for error. With 88 yards and a TD catch, TE Karl Sellers is back atop our receiving stats for the year, just ahead of sophomore split end Don Pritchett. It looks pretty unlikely, though, that either one will break the seemingly impenetrable 1,000-yard barrier this year.

Week 14: Seattle (4-8) at Cleveland (7-5)

With this win, a solid 24-0 pounding, we keep our one-game lead in the division over both Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. It looks like we’re mainly shooting for the division win, as a bye week is almost out of the question.

Week 15: Cincinnati (7-6) at Cleveland (8-5)

Big divisional game, and again the Bengals – who are now red-hot – manage to get the better of us, this time 37-31. Now we will really have to fight – as the division is a three-way tie.

Week 16: Arizona (8-6) at Cleveland (8-6)

The “good” Browns team shows up again, and we roll the Cards 40-3. TDs by safety Kenneth Eskridge and corner Ty Enochs make it a blowout, but we played well across the board. TE Karl Sellers, with another big game, gets to 913 yards, with one game yet to play. It’s possible, but not too likely, that he could break the 1,000-yard mark.

Week 17: Cleveland (9-6) at Pittsburgh (9-6)

I cannot untangle the playoff race, other than to feel confident that the loser of this game is out. The winner may not make it in either, but at least has a shot at either the division title or the last wild card. So, we treat this like a playoff game, and have to win or go home. Baltimore upsets Cinti in the other division game, so the winner here will take the division title.

Fortunately, it’s the “good” team who shows up this week, and we secure a 44-20 win to get into the postseason for the eighth straight season. Kenneth Eskridge continues his monster season with yet another interception return for a score. We end up as the #4 seed in the AFC, which is fine – we’ll take the home playoff game in our opener, and be happy with that.

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2019 Regular Season Standings AC North W L T Pct PF PA Conf Div Cleveland 10 6 0 .625 436 296 6-6 3-3 Pittsburgh 9 7 0 .563 417 400 6-6 3-3 Cincinnati 9 7 0 .563 410 367 6-6 3-3 Baltimore 8 8 0 .500 419 390 5-7 3-3 AC South W L T Pct PF PA Conf Div Tennessee 10 5 1 .656 356 277 9-3 3-3 Jacksonville 9 7 0 .563 367 345 5-7 3-3 Indianapolis 5 11 0 .313 284 368 4-8 4-2 Houston 5 11 0 .313 262 380 5-7 2-4 AC East W L T Pct PF PA Conf Div Buffalo 11 5 0 .688 380 330 8-4 4-2 Miami 7 9 0 .438 342 405 7-5 4-2 New England 6 10 0 .375 322 367 5-7 2-4 New York J 5 11 0 .313 255 354 5-7 2-4 AC West W L T Pct PF PA Conf Div Kansas City 11 5 0 .688 360 312 8-4 5-1 San Diego 10 6 0 .625 352 322 7-5 2-4 Denver 9 7 0 .563 331 297 6-6 4-2 Oakland 6 10 0 .375 316 338 4-8 1-5 NC North W L T Pct PF PA Conf Div Minnesota 9 7 0 .563 304 314 8-4 6-0 Chicago 9 7 0 .563 336 264 7-5 3-3 Detroit 6 10 0 .375 314 359 5-7 1-5 Green Bay 4 12 0 .250 202 373 3-9 2-4 NC South W L T Pct PF PA Conf Div Tampa Bay 10 6 0 .625 374 300 7-5 4-2 Carolina 10 6 0 .625 357 310 8-4 4-2 New Orleans 10 6 0 .625 369 263 7-5 2-4 Atlanta 4 11 1 .281 303 377 3-9 2-4 NC East W L T Pct PF PA Conf Div Philadelphia 12 4 0 .750 388 290 9-3 4-2 Dallas 11 5 0 .688 343 336 8-4 3-3 Washington 9 7 0 .563 365 286 6-6 3-3 New York G 7 9 0 .438 310 293 4-8 2-4 NC West W L T Pct PF PA Conf Div Arizona 8 7 1 .531 266 314 7-4-1 3-2-1 St. Louis 6 10 0 .375 256 345 5-7 3-3 Seattle 5 10 1 .344 248 346 4-7-1 3-2-1 San Francisco 4 12 0 .250 310 336 4-8 2-4

Interestingly, Pittsburgh sneaked in, despite the loss in the finale against us. We will host San Diego in the opening round, and at least get home field. I don’t think we have the look of a champion this year, but at least we do have a shot.

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2019 Summary for Cleveland Browns Record: 10-6 Winning Pct.: .625 Cleveland Browns Team Rank Rushes 462 9 (T) Rushing Yards 1917 12 Yards Per Carry 4.14 19 Pass Attempts 477 29 Completions 302 24 Passing Yards 3792 14 Yards Per Attempt 7.94 4 3rd Down Conversions 38.5 23 Points Per Game 27.2 1 Turnovers 19 8 (T) Turnover Margin +8 7 (T) Opponents Team Rank Rushes 419 6 Rushing Yards 1541 3 Yards Per Carry 3.67 4 Pass Attempts 583 32 Completions 326 21 (T) Passing Yards 3918 28 Yards Per Attempt 6.72 10 3rd Down Conversions 44.0 26 Points Per Game 18.5 7 (T) Turnovers 27 7 (T) Week Team Versus Oppnt 1 27 at BAL 30 2 12 at SFO 9 3 26 KCY 9 4 27 at BUF 30 5 30 PIT 27 6 17 MIA 19 7 13 NYJ 14 8 16 at NED 14 9 34 BAL 21 11 31 at CIN 34 12 40 at STL 9 13 24 at IND 20 14 24 SEA 0 15 31 CIN 37 16 40 ARI 3 17 44 at PIT 20 $$WC SDO Passing Pos Att Comp Yards Y/Att TD Int 2 Brock QB 469 296 3757 8.01 27 10 **Team --- 477 302 3792 7.94 29 10 Rushing Pos Att Yards Y/Att TD 39 Stewart RB 315 1379 4.37 9 37 Sims RB 73 310 4.24 2 44 Barker RB 44 158 3.59 0 **Team --- 462 1917 4.14 11 Receiving Pos Targ Catch Yards Y/Ctc YAC TD 80 Sellers TE 100 77 923 11.9 260 7 89 Pritchett WR 103 55 969 17.6 292 10 86 Harmon WR 84 48 696 14.5 131 3 39 Stewart RB 69 46 418 9.0 201 0 82 Pendleton WR 40 22 258 11.7 17 6 83 Tilton WR 29 20 256 12.8 38 0 **Team --- 475 302 3792 12.5 1067 29 Defense Pos Tack Asst Sack Hurr Ints Defn 50 Upshaw ILB 119 32 0.0 0 2 6 20 Eskridge S 96 34 2.0 1 9 12 24 Weed S 83 35 0.0 0 2 8 55 Wallace ILB 66 27 5.5 8 0 4 46 Caston CB 63 10 0.0 0 1 11 91 Dodge OLB 52 17 3.0 3 0 4 99 Allen DT 45 17 9.5 12 0 0 28 Enochs CB 37 15 1.0 0 3 9 40 Cottle CB 36 7 1.0 1 1 1 95 Jaramillo DE 34 14 11.0 33 0 0 90 Rogers DT 28 18 4.0 11 0 0 52 Upshaw OLB 26 10 5.5 3 2 1 71 Quinn DE 25 13 4.0 4 0 0 58 Regalado OLB 22 5 0.0 1 0 2 85 Nichols TE 20 0 0.0 0 0 0 44 Barker RB 16 0 0.0 0 0 0 **Team --- 853 265 51.0 91 21 62

In the second half, our running game lost a bit of its effectiveness, despite the nice showing from rookie Daryl Sims (rapidly becoming a favorite of mine). The passing game, though, clicked nicely, and kept our offense on track. WR Don Pritchett had a really big final game against Pitt, and nearly got the 1,000-yard mark—but came up just shy like so many before him. We’ve now seen 12 seasons over 800 (by nine different players!), but not a single one over 1,000.

Defensively, our run defense was again near the top in the league. Ranking 10th in pass defense is a surprise to me, I would have guessed we did more poorly than that. S Kenneth Eskridge pt up numbers that will surely get him to his first All-pro game, and perhaps even get him Defensive POY consideration. Great year, just as he’s about to make a ton of money under his current contract.
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Old 01-20-2004, 03:41 PM   #159
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2019 Postseason

AFC Wild Card Game: San Diego (10-6) at Cleveland (10-6)

The Chargers are new to this whole “playoff” thing, but their QB Kelly Bryson is not. He lead the Titans to the title in 2017, just two seasons ago, after a long and distinguished career with the Bills. WR Brett Chapman is their best offensive weapon, behind a solid OL. Defensively, they don’t impress me much at all – I don’t see a lot outside a couple solid player up front. I really can’t see how this team won ten games. (They admittedly have two solid defenders on the injured list and out for this game, which helps to explain things a bit)


On our first drive, we are stalled, but punt down to their 3 yard line. Brock hits Sellers later in the fist quarter for our 7-0 lead, but we can’t really pull away. We get on the board again close to halftime, and lead 14-3 at the break. We score again in the third quarter, and while we aren’t piling it on, our defense has surely come to play. We notch a solid 34-6 win, and comfortably move into the divisional round, where we’ll have to go on the road.


AFC Divisional Playoff: Cleveland (11-6) at Kansas City (11-5)

KC has a solid young QB in Otis Parker, and an excellent RB in Eddie Carr. Those two, taken in rounds 2 and 1, respectively, of the 2016 draft, are their offensive leaders and the main reasons why they are looking so tough. They have an outstanding secondary, and are tough on defense overall. They might be vulnerable to the run, and we’ll send them a heavy dose of Gus Stewart early and often.


In the first quarter, we convert following a Kirk Weed interception, and take the 7-0 lead. LB Andrew Wallace causes a fumble on a sack of Otis Parker, and DT Tommy Allen falls on the ball at the KC 9 yard line. Stewart gashes right in for the 14-0 lead. Van Harmon gets a 67-yard punt return to set up a short drive, where he catches the TD pass himself. We are suddenly up 21-0 with only ten minutes down.

We cool off a bit, and KC gets momentum – making it 21-10 at the halftime break. The opening drive of the second half gets them another FG, and it’s a one-possession game. Big interception by Cottle in the lat third quarter ends another threat, but we seem to be playing on our heels. We finally et something going, and with 11 minutes to go, we top off another drive with a TD to Harmon again, and take a solid 28-13 lead.

We add a FG after forcing them three and out, but the Chiefs then march for a TD, getting the score to 31-19 (they miss the two-pointer). From there, we wind things up, and get a nice playoff road win to move on to the conference championship.


AFC Championship: Cleveland (12-6) at Buffalo (12-5)

Martin Tate is the Bills QB, and their featured player, of course. They have lots of offensive role players behind a sturdy run-blocking offensive line. A strong defense against the run is their key up front, and they have a solid zone scheme in the secondary, including an old player of ours, S Deron Ellery. They are solid, don’t really on any one player too much, and are installed as two point favorites here at home.


Brock goes to the air on our first drive, hitting Pritchett for a big first down, then getting Gus Stewart loose on a swing pass for the 37-yard TD play. Looks great. Buffalo grinds out field position to get a field goal after two possessions, and the first quarter ends with us leading 7-3. We jump on a fumble in the second quarter, and Pritchett makes them pay with the 21-yard home run on the very next play.

We get the ball back, but return the favor – Stewart fumbles, and they drive afterward for a TD to get it to 14-10. That’s where it lies at the halftime break – not a terribly well-played game so far, with lots of penalties and critical mistakes on both sides.

The field position battle rages through the whole third quarter – punt after punt. We finally get something going in the fourth quarter, and a clutch pass to Stewart sets up a TD pass to Harmon, and we take a nice 21-10 lead. Buffalo keeps alive with a time-consuming drive that gets them a FG, and they trail 21-13 with just below four minutes left.

We surprisingly go to the air, and collect two first downs on passes from Deion Brock to TE Karl Sellers. Safe passing gets us another first down, and we have all but eaten the clock away. We wrap it up with a FG, and Kenneth Eskridge seals it with a late pick, to secure the 24-13 win and our berth into our fifth Superbowl.


Superbowl: Cleveland (13-6) vs. Philadelphia (14-4)

The two teams with the best historic records – both of us have won over 60% of our regular season games, and each has won two Superbowls. Here we clash for the championship.

When we were 9-6, and needed one last win to sneak into the playoffs, it wasn’t clear that we could do this. But now, we have done what we could not do in the regular season – win four in a row. We’re at the big game again, for our record fifth appearance.


For Philly, they really lack an offensive star – with QB Billy Redmon filling in for injured Herb Parker, their regular starter. But, they have rallied around their team-oriented philosophy, and have made a nice run through this season and playoffs. They are made a 3 point favorite in this game.


QB Deion Brock is dinged up, but he will play. I expect we will tone down the passing a bit, and try to pound the ball against them – their outside run defense might be the place to attack.


Philly gets the ball first, and they promptly convert on two 3rd-and-7 chances. On their next play, though, Redmon goes into the flat, and Kenneth Eskridge picks it off, taking it all the way back for the opening score. What a cap to a phenomenal season! The angry Eagles drove, but miss a FG and we get our first chance to take the ball.

Stewart runs, and we give rookie Sims a shot outside – but the youngster fumbles, and the Eagles get it right back. They convert two more third downs, and set up for a FG to get within 7-3. On our next possession, the tables turn – Brock scrambles from the pocket, but is stripped of the ball, and Philly’s LB Roberts takes it all the way back for the TD. Two defensive touchdowns, and it’s 10-7 as the first quarter winds down.

After trading punts, we engineer a nice drive, and get Pritchett into the end zone on a short pass, to take the 14-10 lead. LB Kurt Dodge makes a nice interception in the flat, which halts their progress and gives us one last shot to score before the half. A 39-yard pass to Pritchett sets up a field goal, and it’s 17-10 at the break.


On our opening possession, looking to push even farther ahead, Brock gets sacked and they recover yet another fumble. They miss on a FG attempt, though, and we dodge the bullet. We rive and miss our own FG, and the field position struggle continues. Pritchett comes up with a huge third down conversion, and we manage to drive in for the score – rookie RB Daryl Sims redeems himself with a great TD catch from Brock. It’s 24-10 with three minutes left in the third quarter.

Philadelphia needs a response, and they move to midfield, but our star safety Kenneth Eskridge comes up with a great interception, and stalls their progress. Another monster play by Don Pritchett sets us up for a potential “dagger” score, and Daryl Sims again hauls in the tally.

Philadelphis drives again to near midfield, but again we get a pick – this time it’s Kirk Weed with the ballhawk. Leading 31-10, things are looking very, very good right now. We keep them in check down the stretch, and then CB Ty Enochs picks off another Philly pass, and takes this one back for the score as well. That all but seals the deal – but the excellent defensive performances all around obfuscate the great game by S Kenneth Eskridge, and the powers that be see fit to award the game MVP to our QB, Deion Brock. Hooray, Cleveland has now won its third Superbowl!


Season Wrap-up

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2019 Awards List Award Player Team Player of the Year Eddie Carr KCY **Front Office Bowl MVP Deion Brock CLE Coach of the Year Not Yet Awarded Legend of the Game Not Yet Awarded Offensive Player of the Year Eddie Carr KCY Defensive Player of the Year Heath McIntyre DAL Offensive Rookie of the Year Lee Bergsman SFO Defensive Rookie of the Year Donovan Brocklebank MIN All-League First-String Quarterback Broderick Poplawski TEN All-League First-String Running Back Eddie Carr KCY All-League First-String Fullback Josh Halvorson HOU All-League First-String Tight End Johnnie Jennings CIN All-League First-String Wide Receiver Reggie Abrams BUF All-League First-String Wide Receiver Jamal Feusse TBY All-League First-String Center Desmond Harden PIT All-League First-String Offensive Guard Leslie McIntyre TEN All-League First-String Offensive Guard Ted Freeman OAK All-League First-String Offensive Tackle Moe Yost BAL All-League First-String Offensive Tackle Dave Gaylor KCY All-League First-String Punter Matt Hughes NYG All-League First-String Kicker Marcus Morrison NOS All-League First-String Defensive End Duane Sheen NYG All-League First-String Defensive End Calvin Carter GBY All-League First-String Defensive Tackle Kendrick Pardo SDO All-League First-String Defensive Tackle Marshall Porter HOU All-League First-String Inside Linebacker Norman Liwienski NYJ All-League First-String Outside Linebacker Heath McIntyre DAL All-League First-String Outside Linebacker Mo Sellers SDO All-League First-String Cornerback Phillip Nelson ATL All-League First-String Cornerback Zack Cooley KCY **All-League First-String Safety Kenneth Eskridge CLE All-League First-String Safety Jermaine Pierce MIA All-League Second-String Quarterback Courtney Schwake NOS All-League Second-String Running Back Jim Rayburn PIT All-League Second-String Fullback Eric Pritchett TEN **All-League Second-String Tight End Karl Sellers CLE All-League Second-String Wide Receiver Jeff Quinn BAL All-League Second-String Wide Receiver Lorenzo Zimmerman BAL All-League Second-String Center Dexter Gaylor PHI All-League Second-String Offensive Guard Aaron Jacobs ARI All-League Second-String Offensive Guard Kirk Copeland BUF All-League Second-String Offensive Tackle Don Barbour TEN All-League Second-String Offensive Tackle Korey Russell MIA All-League Second-String Punter Gus Farley SEA **All-League Second-String Kicker Mo Crain CLE All-League Second-String Defensive End Clifton Irwin DAL All-League Second-String Defensive End J.R. Westbrook BAL All-League Second-String Defensive Tackle Lenny Palmer PHI All-League Second-String Defensive Tackle Drew Worsham TEN All-League Second-String Inside Linebacker Brian Flores IND All-League Second-String Outside Linebacker Leon Coughlin ARI All-League Second-String Outside Linebacker Matthew Ingram CIN All-League Second-String Cornerback Karl Hulton PIT All-League Second-String Cornerback Butch Gephart NED All-League Second-String Safety Jim Foley NYJ All-League Second-String Safety Luther Stoutmire NYG League's Fastest Man George Baker BUF League's Strongest Man Ricardo Jordan CAR

I’m a little disappointed with the awards list – both QB Brock and RB Stewart had slightly lesser years than last season, but I thought they might get in anyway. S Eskridge made it, but lost out DPOY to a 134-tackle LB from Dallas. Alas.

Regardless, we cannot look at this season as anything but a smashing success—after a shaky regular season, we got hot at he right time, and went all the way to our third title! Woo hoo!
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Old 01-20-2004, 03:55 PM   #160
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Old 01-20-2004, 04:26 PM   #161
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Congrats on the win. Maybe your best job of coaching to get this team over the hump and winning the superbowl. A couple of tidbits:
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All-League First-String Tight End Johnnie Jennings CIN
What kind of numbers did he put up. Sellers put up incredible number for a TE and I just can't imagine what Jennings must have done:
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Receiving Pos Targ Catch Yards Y/Ctc YAC TD 80 Sellers TE 100 77 923 11.9 260 7

Also in the divisional game against KC they went for 2 down by 12(31-19) which I think is still a bug in the endgame logic.

Lastly, I really enjoyed your last CM dynasty and you really have done all you can do as a coach/GM with this team. I vote move to CM.
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Old 01-20-2004, 07:42 PM   #162
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I would not be sorry to see you start up with Lincoln as I enjoy your dynasty with CM far more then I enjoy playing the game myself, where as I enjoy FOF on its own.
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Old 01-20-2004, 09:44 PM   #163
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Thanks very much for the kind words... knowing that others find this stuff enjoyable adds a lot to this for me.

As for my dilemma, I don't know. My busiest season at work is starting, and I just don't knwo when I'll have big spots of free time to spare with playing any game. So, I don't know whether it woudl make more sense to stick with this career (where I already know the players, and can just play a bit when I get a window of time), or whether to switch to CM (which admittedly is a little better suited for a short stint - I can play a couple of weeks of game play in a half hour of real time, and feel like I did something.

Tough call.
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Old 01-20-2004, 09:48 PM   #164
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Congrats on the win. Maybe your best job of coaching to get this team over the hump and winning the superbowl. A couple of tidbits:
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All-League First-String Tight End Johnnie Jennings CIN
What kind of numbers did he put up. Sellers put up incredible number for a TE and I just can't imagine what Jennings must have done:
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Receiving Pos Targ Catch Yards Y/Ctc YAC TD 80 Sellers TE 100 77 923 11.9 260 7

Good point, very observant.

Jennings is a three-time all-pro, who posted numbers slightly better than those of Sellers this season: 1,002 yards and 7 TDs. He caught 86 of 115 passes thrown his way, for an 11.6 ypc average. Very solid season, needless to say.

Both of them, incidentally, are up for grabs next season - which shoudl be interesting to watch. I don't know if i can pay $5m a year for Sellers, which is what I expect him to demand. But it would certainly be tough to let him walk away.

It might be time for a "one more time" season, where I load up on backloaded contracts in an effort to squeeze one more top-tier season out of my existing bunch. That might add a new twist, as I have been so very conservative in the spending department, for the most part.
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Old 01-21-2004, 02:46 AM   #165
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Quik, I challenge you to complete a perfect 19-0 season! Just backload the hell out of contracts, sign a crap load of free agents, trade away future picks to move up in the draft. You can do it!
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Old 01-21-2004, 09:00 AM   #166
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Go with your gut... I can tell you seem to be hedging on continuing and jones'n to turn back to Lincoln... I'm with you whichever... just continue to write!

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Old 01-21-2004, 11:28 AM   #167
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Jennings is a three-time all-pro, who posted numbers slightly better than those of Sellers this season: 1,002 yards and 7 TDs. He caught 86 of 115 passes thrown his way, for an 11.6 ypc average. Very solid season, needless to say.

Both of them, incidentally, are up for grabs next season - which shoudl be interesting to watch. I don't know if i can pay $5m a year for Sellers, which is what I expect him to demand. But it would certainly be tough to let him walk away.

It might be time for a "one more time" season, where I load up on backloaded contracts in an effort to squeeze one more top-tier season out of my existing bunch. That might add a new twist, as I have been so very conservative in the spending department, for the most part.

Wow that is amazing. Those are numbers that only Gonzalez and Sharpe have matched in the last few seasons. I am not sure how well this is theory works in FOF but in real life I am a big supporter of evaluating players against some sort of replacement value(if I lost this player and had to replace him with a backup or "street" free agent how much would I lose). It's kind of a nice method and I would imagine that both these guys score very high on this test. Getting almost 1000 yards out of a position that most teams get 400-500 is huge. Plus look at how sure handed he was 77 of 100 complete. I think $5 mil is probably well worth the huge production you got out of Sellers this year.

I kind of like the idea of going out in a blaze of glory and have done that several times I have played before. With the cap out feature you can really clear lots of space and go after some big free agents you normal don't have a shot at. Trade some or all of your draft picks and you can build a one year juggernaught. Of course it all would fall apart quickly afterwards
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Old 01-21-2004, 04:16 PM   #168
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Of course it all would fall apart quickly afterwards

Hmm, that gives me an idea....
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Old 01-21-2004, 04:31 PM   #169
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I'll be reading any dynasty you decide to pursue...I really enjoy them. This is a dumb question, but where did you order CM from? I had considered buying the game, but didn't see where I could get it from...maybe I didn't look hard enough.
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Old 01-21-2004, 08:42 PM   #170
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I'll be reading any dynasty you decide to pursue...I really enjoy them. This is a dumb question, but where did you order CM from? I had considered buying the game, but didn't see where I could get it from...maybe I didn't look hard enough.

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I can recommend getting CM at gogamer.com. Very good, fast service.
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Old 01-21-2004, 10:31 PM   #171
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The idea of doing a final go-for-broke hurrah with the Browns sounds like a lot of fun. It would have the added bonus of providing you with an enormous salary cap challenge if you ever decided to return to it later. Actually, that might be an interesting type of house rule - every 10 years or so require yourself to backload every negotiable contract and sign all possible top-tier FAs. This would have the effect of being a giant "cap/roster purge" that many NFL teams experience.

And I'll add my voice to the throngs of readers eagerly awaiting a QS CM dynasty.
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Old 01-22-2004, 01:40 PM   #172
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I'll be reading any dynasty you decide to pursue...I really enjoy them. This is a dumb question, but where did you order CM from? I had considered buying the game, but didn't see where I could get it from...maybe I didn't look hard enough.

I honestly cannot recall... I might have orderd it through gogamer.com - but I found someone to sell it to me for dollars.
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Old 01-23-2004, 08:30 AM   #173
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It’s good to be the king.

We won it all last year, to everyone’s surprise, and now sit atop the league, once again. This year, we will make a hard push toward keeping the team fairly intact, and we will make every effort to push for a repeat championship. The salary cap will prove to be our greatest nemesis in this regard, I am certain.


Transitions and League Observations

I’m used to seeing the “one-and-out” phenomenon with this game – players who get their first title and call it quits. This year, we have nobody – not a single retirement on the team. Interesting.

Safety Thurman Jacobs, got played his first four seasons with us, has retired after 15 years in the league. He might be a borderline HOF guy – 44 interceptions, 7 touchdowns, and 1,079 tackles over those many years, plus one league championship. He was an undrafted free agent I picked up in my first season, who developed into a very solid player, needless to say.


Front Office Decisions

My Offensive Coordinator, Earnest Carlisle, is up for a contract. I want to keep him, despite his advancing age of 65. We also have a renewal offer in for Scout Kim Donaldson. After winning it all, we have little choice but to return our triumphant staff.

Both return under our initial terms – it seems nobody out there really is interested in champions like these guys. Okay, then.


Roster Review

[/code]Players Under Contract: 35
Salary Cap: $75,000,000
Cap Room: $17,200,000
Maximum for New Player: $13,980,000
Cap Room Lost (to old contracts): $540,000
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Not a whole lot of room to spare here, it seems. $14 million? Ouch.


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Player # Pos Start Exp Current Estimate Future Estimate Cntrct Goodwin, Tyrell 17 QB 11 56 57 2 yrs Brock, Deion 2 QB 8 55 55 3 yrs Treadwell, Mo 14 QB 8 46 48 1 yr. Donaldson, Kerry 13 QB 2 24 47 2 yrs

Deion Brock does not have stellar ratings. In fact, 4 out of 6 of his ratings for pass types are below 35. However, he has a strong set of ratings including a 95 in avoiding interceptions, and good numbers in accuracy, timing, sensing the rush, and reading defenses. That seems to be what makes him tick – and he has been outstanding. His career passer rating is 100.5 – making him perhaps the most efficient QB in this league’s history, overall. A 108/27 TD-to-Int ration is the foundation there – he is effective in the red zone, and doesn’t make a whole lot of mistakes. Great player, despite the mixed bag of red bars.

I’m fine with Goodwin as our #2, but do ignore the fact that my scout rate him ahead of Brock – he is clearly the #2 here.

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Player # Pos Start Exp Current Estimate Future Estimate Cntrct Stewart, Gus 39 RB 7 83 83 3 yrs Barker, Terrance 44 RB 6 58 58 2 yrs Baker, Joe 36 RB 6 45 51 2 yrs Sims, Daryl 37 RB 2 27 37 2 yrs

We are set here – maybe even too heavy. Knock wood, Gus Stewart seems to be an iron man, and hasn’t missed a start in five seasons. We’ll hope that trend continues.

Daryl Sims is working his way into a solid utility role – he might be our #2 this season, and he’ll probably be in to return kickoffs as well. He has good receiving skills, and might get some work as a reserve receiver if we need him there. Barker and Baker are fine, but not that exciting. We’re well-stocked here – might even cut someone (Baker?) if I need the cap space.

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Player # Pos Start Exp Current Estimate Future Estimate Cntrct Brandon, Dean 45 FB 6 54 64 1 yr. McConnell, Joseph 38 FB 10 47 47 2 yrs Sellers, Karl 80 TE 5 81 81 1 yr. Nichols, Ernest 85 TE 10 48 48 ---

We’re solid here, but mostly because I decided to put the franchise tag onto TE Karl Sellers, which pins him at $3.2 million for this year. I can afford that, and we will at least try to work out a long term deal that makes sense for us.

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Player # Pos Start Exp Current Estimate Future Estimate Cntrct Tilton, Cornelius 83 FL 8 39 39 2 yrs Colaianne, Arnie 84 FL 2 23 41 1 yr. Pritchett, Don 89 SE 3 64 64 4 yrs Harmon, Van 86 SE 10 52 52 2 yrs Pendleton, Ted 82 SE 4 41 48 ---

Don Pritchett is clearly the main man, though he’s not quite the topped-out superstar that some teams try to force feed. He is very solid, and I expect him to keep developing – this ought to be the year we finally break the 1,000-yard mark. Tilton and Harmon are solid offsetting receivers – Harmon actually posted about 700 yards last season. I’ll expect to use both guys this season.

What I’d really like to do is re-sign WR Austin Haass, who played with Dallas last season, but I’m convinced he can be very productive. I’ll keep an eye out for him on the open free agent market this season.

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Player # Pos Start Exp Current Estimate Future Estimate Cntrct Nunley, Monty 54 C 10 80 80 --- Pond, Ellis 57 C 10 60 64 --- Rowell, Jeff 51 C 7 54 58 --- Banks, Arnold 73 LG 7 68 68 1 yr. Thornton, Mickey 53 LG 10 40 40 2 yrs Gruber, Lincoln 63 RG 16 38 38 --- Cunningham, Ted 56 RG 2 26 52 2 yrs Craig, Conrad 72 LT 7 61 63 1 yr. Glaspie, Nathan 78 RT 8 38 38 2 yrs Gardner, Hugh 65 RT 3 25 52 ---

Okay, we have some issues here – we need to decide what to do at center. All three of my current guys are looking for pretty big paydays, so this might be the year to land a new guy and ride him. I’d like to return Lincoln Gruber, but if he demands $1.5 million and not a cent less, he may walk after 16 years with us.

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Player # Pos Start Exp Current Estimate Future Estimate Cntrct Burnette, Lance 3 P 3 49 49 1 yr. Crain, Mo 15 K 7 93 93 ---

My usual struggle with K Mo Crain – he is excellent, and demands to be paid commensurately. I’d rather lock him up long term, but I end up just re-signing him for a one year deal each year. Doubtful that I can afford $2.5m+ for a kicker this season, I fear.

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Player # Pos Start Exp Current Estimate Future Estimate Cntrct Hartman, Seth 67 LDE 8 83 85 --- Quinn, Kim 71 LDE 6 54 54 2 yrs Clements, Dexter 69 LDE 9 42 42 1 yr. Lane, Blake 70 LDE 6 29 29 --- Fox, Jimmy 93 LDE 14 28 31 --- Jaramillo, Jerome 95 RDE 7 45 45 --- Pearson, Adam 64 RDE 6 43 45 1 yr. Allen, Tommy 99 RDT 7 53 53 1 yr. James, Marty 75 RDT 3 24 45 --- Farquhar, Omar 98 RDT 4 22 27 --- Rogers, Donald 90 NT 8 53 53 1 yr.

Okay – lots of work to do here, lots. Who can start this year from what we have now? Quinn is solid against the run, Clements is injury prone but okay. DT Allen and NT Rogers are both sold – so we have a theoretical starting four. DE Jimmy Fox has been with us forever, and I’d like to bring him back for continuity. But we need to add a quality player or three in here, I think.

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Player # Pos Start Exp Current Estimate Future Estimate Cntrct Wallace, Andrew 55 MLB 9 55 55 2 yrs Upshaw, Jonathan 50 MLB 10 53 53 --- Patterson, Emmanuel 96 MLB 2 23 44 2 yrs Dodge, Kurt 91 SLB 10 51 51 2 yrs Upshaw, Allen 52 SLB 9 49 49 --- Sinclair, Curtis 94 SLB 7 35 48 --- Regalado, Darrin 58 WLB 12 40 40 2 yrs

Okay, Wallace and Dodge can start for us again. We’ll watch Jonathan Upshaw – I’d like to brig him back, but he might be too pricey. Allen Upshaw might end up starting on the weak side. Curtis Sinclair has been underused, but could end up getting a real role this season, - he’s a decent run stopper, which I value.

Ideally, we’d add one solid, affordable veteran to step into our starting lineup – and keep the role players in their roles.

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Player # Pos Start Exp Current Estimate Future Estimate Cntrct Enochs, Ty 28 LCB 6 49 49 1 yr. Cottle, Bucky 40 LCB 12 39 39 2 yrs Caston, Adam 46 RCB 15 35 35 1 yr. Whiting, Edgar 49 RCB 2 16 30 2 yrs Weed, Kirk 24 SS 12 48 48 --- Flannery, Ricky 21 SS 14 41 41 --- Eskridge, Kenneth 20 FS 9 70 70 2 yrs Helmuth, Pat 35 FS 3 21 51 ---

CB Ty Enochs had a nice season last year for us, and is locked in as a starter. CB Adam Caston was okay, and the other job is his to lose. Kenneth Eskridge had a monster year last season, and now occupies a monster salary cap number of $9.6 million. Kirk Weed is an 11-year starter, and a guy I’d really like to return. Ideally, we could keep Weed and maybe add one more playable guy at CB – but money is the issue there.


My initial free agent offers are:
S Kirk Weed (3yrs, $3.6m)
LB Curtis Sinclair (2yrs, $1.6m)
DE Blake Lane (3yrs, $2.2m)

Not all that much money, really. So, we ought to be able to make a move elsewhere.
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Old 01-29-2004, 10:43 AM   #174
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Free Agency

My first target is LB Gino Michl – looks pretty solid, and isn’t asking for much in salary. I think we will be able to get one or two fill-in caliber defensive linemen later, but Michl is a potential starter for peanuts, I think. Perfect fit.


In week one, interestingly enough, DE Seth Hartman gets a monster contract from Jacksonville. I didn’t even consider re-signing him because of all his injury problems, but they ponied up $35m over three years – unbelievable. The Jags made three impact signings for their defensive front seven – very interesting, I think.

We look good for our target guys – and only LB Jonathan Upshaw looks like he’s heading elsewhere. After we lock up LB Michl, I go after a young defensive tackle Donovan Capstraw, who should give us a pretty passable three-man rotation inside. While I wait for him to ink, we see K Mo Crain finally get his long term deal, as he signs with Dallas. C Monty Nunley is also gone – he signed with Atlanta for big money. Now, only Jeff Rowell is still around from our trio of centers, as Ellis Pond signs with San Diego.

C Colin Munn is our next target, and our likely starter at center for this year. Cheap, young, and pretty decent – good value pickup.


So, with 41 players signed, and a full draft ahead, we still have $9 million in cap space. I think I’d like to work out a new deal with TE Sellers, but I think we can do more than that. So, I enter the fray – a big bidding war for DT Drew Worsham. He’s fairly young, and has been very steady for Tennessee – starting in 64 straight games. That’s a great mark for this two-time all-pro. I put in a heavy offer, trying to get this guy to come aboard and give us a dominating presence on our interior defensive line. It only takes one week – and he is delivered. It’s a somewhat backloaded deal, which would cost us over $11 million in its latest years – but for now, I think we’ve made a huge free agent signing, right where we needed it.


I engineer a huge trade deal (outside my original house rules, admittedly) to move up to a prime spot in the draft. San Francisco has made an offer for QB Tyrell Goodwin, and wanted him badly. What I wanted was their #2 overall draft pick. Eventually I negotiated a deal – they get this year #3, next year’s #1, and the following year’s #2, plus Goodwin and my young LB Emmanuel Patterson, in exchange for the #2 pick in this year’s draft. As long as we get what we want there, I will be quite happy with this swap – plus we keep our current year’s pick in the first round.


Back to the free agent grind – we sign CB Monty Diaz, who is only one year removed from a four year stint with us. He had his career best season last year with New Orleans, and I’d love to see him step up to that level for us.

In the late stages, I pick up T Irv Wilson, a cheap reserve who ought to be better than a mid-round draft pick there. I still need another center, but I feel that might be a spot to draft a player (it’s often deep in the draft).

Incidentally, I have my eye on QB James Houston, who has gone unclaimed thus far. He did well for us years ago, and I’d be pleased to bring him back as a #2 behind Deion Brock (who once backed him up). His demands are not that high, and I think it could work out – probably after the draft.

Things still don’t look too optimistic for a long term deal with TE Karl Sellers – he’s thinking about $5 million a year, and I have him franchised for only $3 million. I guess he gets pissed of and leaves if I don’t extend with him, so this might be his final season. We’ll see if we get the chance to work something out.


2020 Rookie Draft

I moved up in the draft to land DE Zack Finch, a stud out of The Citadel who looks like the complete package. I need to boost our DE presence, and I think he’d be absolutely ideal. I just need him to slip to the #2 pick – he won’t make it much further than that.

My worry is that Green bay has DE listed second on their list of team needs – and that’s a real worry. Te is listed first, but they aren’t going to take a TE with the overall #1 pick – and Zach Finch is the real standout in this draft, I think. I now think that I need to move up to the #1 pick in this draft to get the guy I want. I don’t know how much that will set me back, though.

I end up making a deal – sending them next year’s 3rd round pick and my current reserve QB Mo Treadwell in exchange for the #1/#2 swap. Pretty steep price, but this opens the door to me signing James Houston at QB, which would have rendered Treadwell pretty redundant anyway. So, for the first time, we will have the #1 pick in the draft.

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Amateur Draft Report: Rnd 1 - Zach Finch, DE, The Citadel Rnd 1 - Jackie Beyer, C, Clemson Rnd 2 - Amos Coltharp, CB, Idaho State Rnd 4 - Emmitt McKenzie, DE, Virginia Rnd 5 - Glenn Dixon, QB, Washington State Rnd 6 - Russell Wilkerson, ILB, Southern California Rnd 7 - Richard Meyer, K, Army

I love Finch, and have great hopes for him. Beyer fits a need, and ought to mesh with our pass-blocking line concept. Coltharp is a converted safety who has the skill set I target for this team.

QB Glenn Dixon was the fastest man in the whole draft – a 4.31 40 time was pretty intriguing, especially after he slid to the later rounds. I don’t know what we might make of him, but I recall being intrigued by fleet-footed Bobby Silvers – we’ll see if this guy has any of the same impact.


Late Free Agency

My first move here is to offer a deal to QB James Houston, who signs for three years. After dealing away my depth at QB, he is a needed improvement, and we welcome his return.

We also pick up LB Brandon Gunn, who should be a solid #4 LB, good against the run, possible starter if need be. Another good value acquisition.

I lock up G Lincoln Gruber and E Jimmy Fox – just keeping around a couple of veterans for leadership, I won’t be counting on them much on the field.


Training Camp

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Player # Pos Start Exp CE FE CE FE ChgC ChgF Brock, Deion 2 QB 8 56 56 56 56 0 0 Houston, James 12 QB 10 55 55 55 55 0 0 Donaldson, Kerry 13 QB 2 24 48 26 48 2 0 Dixon, Glenn 19 QB 1 15 53 19 59 4 6 Stewart, Gus 39 RB 7 84 84 84 84 0 0 Barker, Terrance 44 RB 6 58 58 58 58 0 0 Baker, Joe 36 RB 6 37 41 38 41 1 0 Sims, Daryl 37 RB 2 26 37 28 37 2 0 Cassidy, Jon 31 RB 1 16 24 17 25 1 1 Brandon, Dean 45 FB 6 52 62 55 62 3 0 McConnell, Joseph 38 FB 10 45 46 45 46 0 0 Sellers, Karl 80 TE 5 82 82 82 82 0 0 Tilton, Cornelius 83 FL 8 39 39 39 39 0 0 Colaianne, Arnie 84 FL 2 23 41 25 41 2 0 Pritchett, Don 89 SE 3 64 64 65 65 1 1 Harmon, Van 86 SE 10 52 53 52 53 0 0 Pendleton, Ted 82 SE 4 42 49 43 49 1 0 Beyer, Jackie 57 C 1 37 60 37 61 0 1 Munn, Colin 54 C 3 31 47 33 47 2 0 Banks, Arnold 73 LG 7 68 68 68 68 0 0 Thornton, Mickey 53 LG 10 40 40 40 40 0 0 Gruber, Lincoln 63 RG 16 36 36 36 36 0 0 Cunningham, Ted 56 RG 2 26 52 28 52 2 0 Craig, Conrad 72 LT 7 60 63 60 63 0 0 Glaspie, Nathan 78 RT 8 38 38 38 38 0 0 Wilson, Irv 66 RT 3 32 43 36 43 4 0 Burnette, Lance 3 P 3 48 48 48 48 0 0 Meyer, Richard 18 K 1 16 46 19 38 3 -8 Quinn, Kim 71 LDE 6 55 55 57 57 2 2 Clements, Dexter 69 LDE 9 42 42 42 42 0 0 Finch, Zach 77 LDE 1 39 74 39 73 0 -1 Lane, Blake 70 LDE 6 29 30 31 31 2 1 Fox, Jimmy 93 LDE 14 26 30 26 30 0 0 McKenzie, Emmitt 79 LDE 1 24 35 24 34 0 -1 Pearson, Adam 64 RDE 6 43 46 46 46 3 0 Worsham, Drew 92 LDT 6 76 76 76 76 0 0 Capstraw, Donovan 95 LDT 4 48 48 48 48 0 0 Allen, Tommy 99 RDT 7 54 54 54 54 0 0 Mandalari, Bryce 96 RDT 1 16 30 17 32 1 2 Rogers, Donald 90 NT 8 54 54 54 54 0 0 Michl, Gino 59 WILB 5 57 57 61 61 4 4 Wallace, Andrew 55 MLB 9 55 55 55 55 0 0 Gunn, Brandon 52 MLB 5 37 52 41 52 4 0 Dodge, Kurt 91 SLB 10 51 51 51 51 0 0 Sinclair, Curtis 94 SLB 7 36 49 38 49 2 0 Wilkerson, Russell 97 SLB 1 23 40 24 38 1 -2 Regalado, Darrin 58 WLB 12 38 38 38 38 0 0 Enochs, Ty 28 LCB 6 49 49 49 49 0 0 Diaz, Monty 34 LCB 9 45 45 45 45 0 0 Cottle, Bucky 40 LCB 12 40 40 40 40 0 0 Caston, Adam 46 RCB 15 33 33 33 33 0 0 Whiting, Edgar 49 RCB 2 17 31 20 31 3 0 Coltharp, Amos 33 RCB 1 18 49 19 44 1 -5 Weed, Kirk 24 SS 12 47 47 47 47 0 0 Eskridge, Kenneth 20 FS 9 70 70 70 70 0 0 Helmuth, Pat 35 FS 3 21 51 23 51 2 0

I am very pleased with the looks of DE Zach Finch, who barely eroded at all during training camp. We still have very, very high hopes for him. We, of course, would like to get him signed… but that should come soon.

Also, QB Glenn Dixon looks like he might have some real promise, after all. He’s lightning quick – we’ll see if he can actually play football, too. I’ll get him lots of snaps in preseason.

DE Zach Finch sits atop the Green Page, and QB Glenn Dixon is listed 8th. We got an A- for our draft. Not bad.


Season Analysis

We are obviously gearing up for a title defense. We have won three out of five – and another good season here makes this dynasty look even more stunning. We’ll try to get things going out there, and pull together the squad for a good effort. I don’t know if we have the depth to be a serious top power, but our offensive weaponry ought to be enough to keep us pretty formidable.

As we get out of the preseason, our only major loss is WR Van Harmon, who is on IR. That puts WR Cornelius Tilton into a starting role, and probably frees up a few more balls for Don Pritchett. He and TE Karl Sellers will again make their run at the elusive 1,000-yard season. This could be the year.

QB Glenn Dixon played very, very well in preseason, and sews up the third QB slot. He might end up being our “QB of the future” – I like what he brings to the table an awful lot.

Cohesion is at 100(85)-92-84-100(80). Very solid. Our roster rating is an 84, behind Tennessee and tied with Tampa Bay and Atlanta. We look primed and ready, and ought to be a top contender this season, assuming things go well.
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Old 01-29-2004, 10:43 AM   #175
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Week 1: Cincinnati at Cleveland

We open with a solid offensive showing, winning 35-23 behind three TDs from Gus Stewart and a solid day from the whole attack. Deion Brock comes out with a broken finger – he will again be playing hurt, which has become the norm for him.

Week 2: Cleveland (1-0) at Washington (0-1)

We win 27-13 over the Skins, allowing a TD only on an interception return in the first quarter. We recover and play very well to secure a solid win – Stewart has 154 yards in another big day for him.

Week 3: Kansas City (2-0) at Cleveland (2-0)

No problem at all, as Deion Brock hits for 4 TDs and we cruise to a 42-17 victory. Through three games, Brock has 860 yards passing – but Don Pritchett has only 132 yards and none of our 8 TD catches. He ought to get on track, but we were expecting more from him out of the gate.

Week 4: Tennessee (1-2) at Cleveland (3-0)

Tennessee’s QB Broderick Poplawski lights up our secondary, striking for 5 TDs and leading them to a 38-26 win. We didn’t turn the ball over, but our offense just ran flat. So much for running the table, eh?

Week 5: Cleveland (3-1) at Jacksonville (1-3)

Another shaky game – we get beat by a late TD drive, and lose 34-27. Deion Brock hurts his Achilles, and we expect to see Houston in for a game or two. We need to rebound, and quickly.

Week 6: Cleveland (3-2) at Houston (2-2)

An important game for us, and we come through with a big 20-1 win, keyed by an early TD return by Kenneth Eskridge. Good win, and we will hopefully take come momentum out of this.

Week 7: Baltimore (2-4) at Cleveland (4-2)

Nice home effort, getting a 21-0 shutout. Gus Stewart gets all three scores, and is off to a very promising start for the season. QB Deion Brock starts the game, but has to leave in the second quarter – a broken ankle will sideline him for several weeks. James Houston will be at the helm for us, for the next part of this season.

Week 8: Indianapolis (5-2) at Cleveland (5-2)

Big game against a tough conference foe. We get a very god game from Gus Stewart, and manage a solid 31-14 win. James Houston gets hurt in the third quarter, and rookie Glenn Dixon comes in – he throws his first NFL touchdown, and goes 10-for-12 on the day. We’ll see how the M*A*S*H report looks – young Glenn Dixon may have to start for us next week.

Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, here is the quick summary at the halfway point for our season:

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2020 Summary for Cleveland Browns Record: 6-2 Winning Pct.: .750 Cleveland Browns Team Rank Rushes 252 2 Rushing Yards 1280 1 Yards Per Carry 5.07 1 Pass Attempts 262 12 Completions 170 7 (T) Passing Yards 1958 8 Yards Per Attempt 7.47 9 3rd Down Conversions 51.3 2 Points Per Game 28.6 1 Turnovers 6 5 Turnover Margin +2 13 (T) Opponents Team Rank Rushes 189 15 Rushing Yards 750 11 (T) Yards Per Carry 3.96 10 Pass Attempts 262 24 Completions 151 20 Passing Yards 1786 17 (T) Yards Per Attempt 6.81 11 3rd Down Conversions 43.2 24 Points Per Game 18.6 9 Turnovers 8 18 (T)

It’s our offense that has us rolling along pretty well, but with both Brock and Houston sidelined for at least a month, we’re going to need to do something here. We ink veteran Justin Lyons, and expect that he and rookie Glenn Dixon will battle for playing time in the next few weeks.
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Old 01-30-2004, 09:05 AM   #176
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Week 9: Cleveland (6-2) at Pittsburgh (7-1)

A tough spot for young Glenn Dixon to get his first start, on the road at our fiercest division rival. But I don’t see Justin Lyons being ready, or much of an improvement. We get beat here, 28-20, but we didn’t get embarrassed – Dixon threw one pick, but two TDs, including Don Pritchett’s first of the year. Pittsburgh just moved the ball too well against our defense for us to keep up.

Now we get a much-needed week off, and will get Lyons up to speed with the team.


Week 11: Cleveland (6-3) at Cincinnati (1-7-1)

This ought to be a slightly softer spot, as we keep Glenn Dixon in as our starter. Again, Glenn Dixon avoids making the big mistake (one pick in 35 attempts) but we just aren’t clicking on offense – we gain 425 yards on offense (plenty more than Cinti), but cannot convert in the red zone, and lose here 21-13. Tough loss.

Week 12: Cleveland (6-4) at Philadelphia (3-6-1)

We remain on the road, and give Dixon one more shot – James Houston ought to be ready to play next week. We power to a solid lead behind a good day from Gus Stewart, but this time it is a big mistake by Dixon that costs us – Philly returns a pick for a TD to get the go-ahead TD and win it 27-24. Ouch.

Week 13: Cleveland (6-5) at Buffalo (8-3)

Last game in our long road trip, and we are reeling. James Houston is back, and we are hopeful that we’ll see Deion Brock next week. Houston starts, but gets dinged early, and Glenn Dixon has to play most of the game again. Dixon goes 11 for 17, but we take another loss under his watch, 23-20. This has been a brutally tough start for the promising youngster – we have fallen apart, due in part (but certainly not in entirety) due to the QB carousel. Brock has a QB rating of 80 for his 5 games – that’s not awful at all. But the 0-4 run since he’s been our main QB stings, for sure.

Week 14: New York Giants (3-9) at Cleveland Browns (6-6)

Back home, finally, and we are desperate. We’ve all but blown the division with Pittsburgh ahead by 3 games now, and our main hope is to win at least 3 out of 4 to sneak in as a wild card. We may well need to run the table to get in – there are four teams ahead of us already.

Deion Brock starts the game, but on the very first play his ankle is re-injured. It’s broken this time, and now he is listed as out for six more weeks. Awful news.

Glenn Dixon is once again on call, and he rallies us to a solid 27-6 win, coupled with a great defensive effort. Dixon will get the start again next week, while James Houston awaits a full recovery clearance.

Week 15: Pittsburgh (10-3) at Cleveland (7-6)

Perhaps a must-win game for us, we need to exact revenge against the Steelers, who look to take our division title away from us after these many years. This time, we get what we need – Glenn Dixon has 4 TD passes, and gets the game ball in a 41-14 win over the division leaders. We keep hope alive.

Week 16: Dallas (10-4) at Cleveland (8-6)

As of right now, our 8-6 record would gets us in as the #6 seed (from a three-way tiebreaker) so we cannot let up. James Houston gets the start this week, with Glenn Dixon waiting in the wings once again. We get the win as Don Pritchett takes a bomb from Houston, making up for Houston’s errant pass that gave the Cowboys the lead to begin with. We win 24-21, and stay alive in the playoff chase.

Week 17: Cleveland (9-6) at Baltimore (8-7)

There are four teams in the AFC, including Baltimore, just one game behind us for the last WC spot. A loss here and we end up crossing our fingers with tiebreakers. A win here and we are in. Simple.

Regrettably, Baltimore shows up for this one, and punishes us, 24-10. That drops us to 9-7 for the season, and the end-of-season number crunching delays the news to me… are we in or are we out?

The answer – out. Baltimore gains the edge on us in the tiebreaker courtesy of this win, and we will be on the sidelines for this year’s playoffs. We wanted to repeat as champions, but instead we’ll be watching the playoffs on TV – like so many previous champions before us. Sigh.

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2020 Regular Season Standings AC North W L T Pct PF PA Conf Div Pittsburgh 12 4 0 .750 406 316 9-3 4-2 Baltimore 9 7 0 .563 345 312 6-6 3-3 Cleveland 9 7 0 .563 408 313 6-6 3-3 Cincinnati 6 9 1 .406 369 357 3-9 2-4 AC South W L T Pct PF PA Conf Div Indianapolis 11 5 0 .688 386 307 8-4 4-2 Tennessee 9 7 0 .563 335 338 6-6 4-2 Houston 8 8 0 .500 351 343 5-7 3-3 Jacksonville 6 10 0 .375 323 391 3-9 1-5 AC East W L T Pct PF PA Conf Div Buffalo 12 4 0 .750 368 286 9-3 4-2 New York J 10 6 0 .625 369 318 8-4 4-2 Miami 6 10 0 .375 251 265 5-7 2-4 New England 4 12 0 .250 266 365 4-8 2-4 AC West W L T Pct PF PA Conf Div Oakland 11 5 0 .688 355 316 8-4 5-1 Kansas City 8 8 0 .500 321 349 6-6 3-3 Denver 8 8 0 .500 332 361 5-7 2-4 San Diego 6 10 0 .375 312 398 5-7 2-4 NC North W L T Pct PF PA Conf Div Green Bay 8 8 0 .500 314 372 7-5 5-1 Detroit 7 9 0 .438 346 328 5-7 3-3 Minnesota 3 13 0 .188 281 422 2-10 2-4 Chicago 2 14 0 .125 241 371 2-10 2-4 NC South W L T Pct PF PA Conf Div Tampa Bay 13 3 0 .813 385 280 12-0 6-0 Atlanta 9 7 0 .563 394 331 8-4 3-3 New Orleans 9 7 0 .563 365 297 7-5 2-4 Carolina 9 7 0 .563 357 311 6-6 1-5 NC East W L T Pct PF PA Conf Div Dallas 11 5 0 .688 347 307 9-3 5-1 Philadelphia 7 8 1 .469 350 373 6-6 4-2 New York G 3 13 0 .188 316 453 3-9 2-4 Washington 1 15 0 .063 183 360 1-11 1-5 NC West W L T Pct PF PA Conf Div San Francisco 11 5 0 .688 412 316 9-3 4-2 Arizona 9 6 1 .594 323 273 6-5-1 2-3-1 Seattle 9 7 0 .563 330 307 6-6 3-3 St. Louis 8 7 1 .531 300 305 6-5-1 2-3-1

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2020 Summary for Cleveland Browns Record: 9-7 Winning Pct.: .562 Cleveland Browns Team Rank Rushes 505 3 Rushing Yards 2602 1 Yards Per Carry 5.15 1 Pass Attempts 498 25 Completions 294 26 Passing Yards 3449 25 Yards Per Attempt 6.92 21 (T) 3rd Down Conversions 43.2 8 Points Per Game 25.5 2 Turnovers 22 17 (T) Turnover Margin -2 19 Opponents Team Rank Rushes 421 15 Rushing Yards 1596 5 Yards Per Carry 3.79 1 Pass Attempts 519 11 Completions 298 2 Passing Yards 3473 3 Yards Per Attempt 6.69 6 3rd Down Conversions 40.6 17 (T) Points Per Game 19.5 11 (T) Turnovers 20 14 (T) Week Team Versus Oppnt 1 35 CIN 23 2 27 at WAS 13 3 42 KCY 17 4 26 TEN 38 5 27 at JAX 34 6 20 at HOU 10 7 21 BAL 0 8 31 IND 14 9 20 at PIT 28 11 13 at CIN 21 12 24 at PHI 27 13 20 at BUF 23 14 27 NYG 6 15 41 PIT 14 16 24 DAL 21 17 10 at BAL 24 Passing Pos Att Comp Yards Y/Att TD Int 19 Dixon QB 178 98 1171 6.57 11 5 2 Brock QB 161 101 1237 7.68 11 1 12 Houston QB 159 95 1041 6.54 5 3 **Team --- 498 294 3449 6.92 27 9 Rushing Pos Att Yards Y/Att TD 39 Stewart RB 294 1767 6.01 14 37 Sims RB 100 362 3.62 2 44 Barker RB 60 289 4.81 2 **Team --- 505 2602 5.15 19 Receiving Pos Targ Catch Yards Y/Ctc YAC TD 80 Sellers TE 112 64 738 11.5 132 7 39 Stewart RB 78 50 399 7.9 199 4 89 Pritchett WR 91 49 725 14.7 126 6 45 Brandon FB 49 35 334 9.5 185 1 83 Tilton WR 65 34 428 12.5 80 4 84 Colaianne WR 44 25 329 13.1 20 3 82 Pendleton WR 35 22 406 18.4 52 1 **Team --- 494 294 3449 11.7 845 27 Defense Pos Tack Asst Sack Hurr Ints Defn 20 Eskridge S 105 32 1.0 2 5 21 59 Michl ILB 95 33 2.0 1 0 6 24 Weed S 81 29 1.5 0 4 9 58 Regalado OLB 59 25 3.0 8 0 4 55 Wallace ILB 51 18 3.5 5 1 2 34 Diaz CB 50 17 1.0 0 1 12 92 Worsham DT 49 25 3.5 14 0 0 28 Enochs CB 48 12 1.0 1 2 6 99 Allen DT 40 19 2.0 10 0 0 71 Quinn DE 31 14 2.0 8 0 0 94 Sinclair OLB 26 9 2.0 0 0 2 35 Helmuth S 26 1 0.0 0 0 1 52 Gunn ILB 23 6 1.0 0 0 1 77 Finch DE 23 14 5.0 12 0 0 46 Caston CB 21 9 0.0 0 1 2 40 Cottle CB 16 4 1.0 0 0 0 **Team --- 807 270 31.0 64 14 66

From the data, we see several things. Deion Brock is just a huge “difference-maker” for this team – in the first half of the season, we were solid on offense, but our passing game fell apart in the second half without him. Gus Stewart ended up picking up a lot of the slack, and had his most productive season by the numbers. This is his first time topping 2,000 yards from scrimmage, after a number of years in the 1800-1900 range.

Defensively, another brilliant year for Kenneth Eskridge, but our LB problems (attrition and injury each playing their part) hurt our group a bit. We still were #1 against the run (in yards per carry) and solid against the pass – we can’t hang any of the decline on that side of the ball, I don’t think.

Only 31 QB sacks is a low for us – we actually had a number of pretty good guys out there, but just didn’t generate the big pressure. I think the lack of a dominant blitzing LB added to the problem, and perhaps the greenness of rookie DE Finch, who posted a respectable PRPct of 4.7, but should be improving.
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Old 01-30-2004, 09:05 AM   #177
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My last “move” of the season is to work out a new, long term deal with TE Karl Sellers. He’s been very solid and productive, and even though it’s a ton of money to pay for a tight end, I think he’s a guy we build around. Plus, had we not worked out a new deal, he’d be furious with our tagging him and probably wouldn’t have returned at all. So, this is better, overall, I think.

On the field, it’s Tampa Bay and Buffalo in the Superbowl. Buffalo wins their first, keeping Tampa from becoming a two-time champion.

I just don’t have as much to write here as usual. Sorry.


Season Wrap-up

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2020 Awards List Award Player Team **Player of the Year Gus Stewart CLE Front Office Bowl MVP Martin Tate BUF **Offensive Player of the Year Gus Stewart CLE Defensive Player of the Year Norman Liwienski NYJ Offensive Rookie of the Year Jim Herndon JAX Defensive Rookie of the Year Harry Schroeder MIN All-League First-String Quarterback Bubba Avila TBY **All-League First-String Running Back Gus Stewart CLE All-League First-String Fullback Willie Bronson PIT All-League First-String Tight End Johnnie Jennings CIN All-League First-String Wide Receiver Jeff Quinn BAL All-League First-String Wide Receiver Travis Chickson CIN All-League First-String Center Tony Olsavsky NOS All-League First-String Offensive Guard Ted Freeman OAK All-League First-String Offensive Guard Rich Fisk CAR **All-League First-String Offensive Tackle Conrad Craig CLE All-League First-String Offensive Tackle Gene Skrepenak HOU All-League First-String Punter Peter Swift GBY All-League First-String Kicker Rico Boynton BUF All-League First-String Defensive End Deon Heath DEN All-League First-String Defensive End Calvin Carter GBY All-League First-String Defensive Tackle Dennis Schwartz DET All-League First-String Defensive Tackle Norbert Hardee ARI All-League First-String Inside Linebacker Norman Liwienski NYJ All-League First-String Outside Linebacker Lamont McDaniel CAR All-League First-String Outside Linebacker Matthew Ingram CIN All-League First-String Cornerback Alvin Joseph PIT All-League First-String Cornerback Herb Beall DET All-League First-String Safety Jim Foley NYJ **All-League First-String Safety Kenneth Eskridge CLE All-League Second-String Quarterback Courtney Schwake NOS All-League Second-String Running Back Eddie Carr KCY All-League Second-String Fullback Omar Jacobs NYJ All-League Second-String Tight End Cory Gomez DET All-League Second-String Wide Receiver Lorenzo Zimmerman BAL All-League Second-String Wide Receiver Sherman McGregor IND All-League Second-String Center Dexter Gaylor PHI All-League Second-String Offensive Guard Artie Watkins ARI All-League Second-String Offensive Guard Jamal Carlisle TBY All-League Second-String Offensive Tackle Keith Lewis CIN All-League Second-String Offensive Tackle Moe Yost BAL All-League Second-String Punter Peter Battle HOU All-League Second-String Kicker Darren Fleming HOU All-League Second-String Defensive End David Franz TBY All-League Second-String Defensive End Ross Beck OAK All-League Second-String Defensive Tackle Kendrick Pardo SDO All-League Second-String Defensive Tackle Joe Cote TBY All-League Second-String Inside Linebacker C.J. Blackwell JAX All-League Second-String Outside Linebacker Leon Coughlin ARI All-League Second-String Outside Linebacker A.J. Alcott SEA All-League Second-String Cornerback Jerry Sachs CIN All-League Second-String Cornerback Dave Greene IND All-League Second-String Safety Luther Stoutmire NYG All-League Second-String Safety Jermaine Pierce IND League's Fastest Man Hugh Haley STL League's Strongest Man Ricardo Jordan CAR

So, Gus Stewart ends up being the triple award winner, for another brilliant season. Too bad it was while the team was declining, it seems. T Conrad Craig and S Kenneth Eskridge gained all-pro tickets as well, but most of our team remains role-players. On the defense especially, we regularly get no awards, but are among the top units overall.


And so it goes… a tough season, our first out of the playoffs since 2007 – a 12-year run comes to an end. Now, we’ll have to see just how cap-strapped we are going into next year, and how much of this team can come back for a rebound season.
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Old 01-30-2004, 01:33 PM   #178
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Sorry for the tough year losing your QB can really hurt in FOF. What a year for Stewart though. If you are going to have to cut some players I think you should just make sure you keep Gus and make sure you have a capable backup QB. Sellers dropped off a bit but still preformed well.

I am curious though if he is taking some passes away for the WRs. I know you had mentioned that you like your FB to block and get out of the way and maybe that should be the strategy for TE's as well(in general). The more passes thrown Pritchett's way the better but Sellers was far and away the leading tageted reciever. 11 YPC isn't bad, especially for a TE, but I wonder if this is actually hurting the offense?
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I am curious though if he is taking some passes away for the WRs. I know you had mentioned that you like your FB to block and get out of the way and maybe that should be the strategy for TE's as well(in general). The more passes thrown Pritchett's way the better but Sellers was far and away the leading tageted reciever. 11 YPC isn't bad, especially for a TE, but I wonder if this is actually hurting the offense?

I generaly agree - I think having the TE be a major target in FOF is usually counterproductive. You just don't get the chances to exploit matchup advantages like you can in real Xs and Os football. However, I'm enjoying this particular player enough (and I am oddly resplendent in my team's persistent inability to post a 1,000-yard receover) that I'm locking him up for the long haul - we're married now.
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Old 02-02-2004, 10:41 AM   #180
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I am glad that you locked him up as I am watching him closely as well. I would love to see him break the 1000 yards mark but I get a laugh every year seeing that no reciever got over 1000 yards. Any thoughts on your offseason plans now that sellers is locked up? How bad is the cap?
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Old 02-02-2004, 11:00 AM   #181
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Your questions will be answered with the next update - I have finished the offseason, and am ready to roll into the 2021 campaign. Toughest cap problems yet, by far.

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Old 02-02-2004, 11:01 AM   #182
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GM Performance for QuikSand of the Cleveland Browns Year Team Eval Perf Diff Proft FrVal Record Playoffs 2020 CLE 58 52 81 59 61 9-7-0 None 2019 CLE 78 100 79 71 64 14-6-0 Bowl Winner 2018 CLE 86 95 78 90 58 15-4-0 Conference Champion 2017 CLE 69 74 77 71 54 11-6-0 Wild Card Round 2016 CLE 91 100 76 100 52 15-4-0 Bowl Winner 2015 CLE 92 100 74 100 60 17-2-0 Bowl Winner 2014 CLE 89 90 75 100 58 16-2-0 Conference Final 2013 CLE 86 83 75 100 51 13-5-0 Division Final 2012 CLE 89 95 77 100 51 17-2-0 Conference Champion 2011 CLE 79 66 77 97 44 13-6-0 Conference Final 2010 CLE 80 83 78 91 37 12-5-0 Division Final 2009 CLE 83 83 79 99 31 12-5-0 Division Final 2008 CLE 73 69 79 90 22 9-8-0 Wild Card Round 2007 CLE 66 28 79 100 17 7-9-0 None 2006 CLE 58 2 77 100 20 3-13-0 None 2005 CLE 57 17 74 86 28 5-11-0 None 2004 CLE 61 5 71 100 33 4-12-0 None

It’s tempting to look at this, and wonder—is “the run” over? After 12 straight years in the playoffs, our Browns have dropped out of the postseason. Are we poised for a big rebound? Or ready to drop into mediocrity? In recent years, we have committed to a handful of top-dollar players – that formula is a turnabout from our formative years (when we got onto this roll to begin with) and has yielded a 2019 title – but are we now paying the price with an un-maintainable roster?

Time will tell.


Transitions and League Observations

Three retirements from our team this year – we knew they were coming.

RG Lincoln Gruber started every game but one over twelve years for us, and retires with a remarkable 0.6% sacks allowed ratio – part of the solid pass protection we demand from our line. He’s been a great player and leader for us.

DE Jimmy Fox was up and down for us, since we drafted him in 2007. After 13 seasons with the Browns, he started 93 games, posted 45.5 sacks, and became our on-field leader and mentor to young defensive ends. A solid player, who filled in when we needed him and posted one all-pro worthy season in 2009.

We also lose CB Adam Caston, a “system guy” for us who played five seasons. I’ve gotten comfortable using guys who can drop into man coverage, and have little else to bring to the table. Caston had a solid 41 passes defensed in his 51 starts for us – solid numbers for a bargain-basement guy.

We’ll survive without these guys, but this is the first season’s worth of retirements that has me starting to feel sentimental. With Gruber joining Bennie Heinlein on the retired list, I feel like our old offensive line has officially been broken up.


Front Office Decisions

Head Coach K.C. Hansen is up for a new deal, which could be very costly. 3 titles with us, and very strong ratings – I’d expect him to be probably the top open market candidate. Oddly enough, his demand is for $1,850,000 – which is surpassed by no fewer than 67 guys – a variety of coordinators, head coaches, and grate-hugging vagrants. What gives? Hansen is 58, has a fabulous record, and great ratings – why wouldn’t he be landing a deal for $8 million?

I put in an offer of $2 million a year Fortunately for Hansen, Houston is interested, and offers $3.45 million. That’s a bit more like it. I move to outbid them, and lock him up for $3.6 million a season going forward.


Roster Review

We’ll have a look at the roster, and get a sense of what work needs to be done in this offseason.

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Players Under Contract: 39 Salary Cap: $75,000,000 Cap Room: $3,370,000 Maximum for New Player: $1,760,000 Cap Room Lost (to old contracts): $1,270,000

So, we are practically capped out as we stand. This will very likely be the first year where we are forced to actually make significant roster cuts, just to get a full roster. Also, keep in mind that we lack picks in rounds one and three of this year’s draft – so we won’t have a major youth infusion coming, either. Ah, trade-offs.

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Player # Pos Start Exp Current Estimate Future Estimate Cntrct Brock, Deion 2 QB 9 56 56 2 yrs Houston, James 12 QB 11 55 55 2 yrs Lyons, Justin 5 QB 12 33 33 --- Dixon, Glenn 19 QB 2 29 60 2 yrs Donaldson, Kerry 13 QB 3 28 48 1 yr.

We’re actually in great shape here. Deion Brock, when healthy, is a superstar-caliber performer, set aside what the scouts say. Year in, year out, he’s over 100 in passer rating. We have to try to keep him healthy. James Houston is a veteran backup, but doesn’t have the ability Brock clearly does. Glenn Dixon continues to improve, and we think he’ll eventually be our main guy. Brock’s contract runs for this year and next – Dixon is being sized up to be the 2023 starter.

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Player # Pos Start Exp Current Estimate Future Estimate Cntrct Stewart, Gus 39 RB 8 84 84 2 yrs Barker, Terrance 44 RB 7 58 58 1 yr. Sims, Daryl 37 RB 3 30 37 1 yr.

If you, gentle reader, have not been following closely let me catch you up to speed. Gus Stewart has been unbelievable for us. After setting the bar very, very high with six straight seasons rushing for over 1,300 yards each year, he posts a monster career year in 2020, with 1,767 yards on 6.0 yards per carry – unheard-of numbers. Awesome.

Berker is a solid veteran reserve, and Sims is a nice change-of-pace back with some receiving skills. This is just what we like in our backfield – we’re set.

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Player # Pos Start Exp Current Estimate Future Estimate Cntrct Brandon, Dean 45 FB 7 58 62 --- McConnell, Joseph 38 FB 11 45 46 1 yr. Sellers, Karl 80 TE 6 82 82 4 yrs Wynn, Darrin 87 TE 4 30 40 ---

We tied up big money in Karl Sellers, and hope that he can continue as a super-solid receiving threat. Veteran McConnell is my kind of starter at FB, and we expect to fill in the reserve spots with youngsters this year.

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Player # Pos Start Exp Current Estimate Future Estimate Cntrct Tilton, Cornelius 83 FL 9 39 39 1 yr. Colaianne, Arnie 84 FL 3 28 41 --- Pritchett, Don 89 SE 4 66 66 3 yrs Pendleton, Ted 82 SE 5 49 49 2 yrs Harmon, Van 86 SE 11 34 34 1 yr.

Don Pritchett had a down year last season, posting only 49 catches. We need much more from him, no matter who is passing the ball. Cornelius Tilton is a decent contributor and the group leader, but not really a starting-caliber player. Hopefully, either Van Harmon (back from injury) or Ted Pendleton (still developing nicely) will step into the starting role aside Pritchett, and help boost the passing game overall.

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Player # Pos Start Exp Current Estimate Future Estimate Cntrct Beyer, Jackie 57 C 2 53 61 3 yrs Munn, Colin 54 C 4 34 47 2 yrs Banks, Arnold 73 LG 8 68 68 --- Thornton, Mickey 53 LG 11 40 40 1 yr. Cunningham, Ted 56 RG 3 32 52 1 yr. Craig, Conrad 72 LT 8 60 63 --- Wilson, Irv 66 RT 4 40 43 2 yrs Glaspie, Nathan 78 RT 9 38 38 1 yr.

Big issues here. Conrad Craig and Arnold Banks are the core to my recently-rebuilt offensive line, and both are going to want BIG money this year. I don’t have it to give them, obviously. I suspect our only option will be to pursue a free agent or two, and hope we can assemble a passable starting squad without those two.

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Player # Pos Start Exp Current Estimate Future Estimate Cntrct Burnette, Lance 3 P 4 48 48 --- Meyer, Richard 18 K 2 24 38 2 yrs

Burnette has been fine for us, and we’ll try to re-sign him. Richard Meyer is nothing special – we might look for an upgrade. We miss K Mo Crain, a topped-out stud who just locked up the position for years.

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Player # Pos Start Exp Current Estimate Future Estimate Cntrct Quinn, Kim 71 LDE 7 60 60 1 yr. Clements, Dexter 69 LDE 10 42 42 --- Lane, Blake 70 LDE 7 29 29 2 yrs McKenzie, Emmitt 79 LDE 2 26 34 2 yrs Finch, Zach 77 RDE 2 49 73 4 yrs Pearson, Adam 64 RDE 7 45 45 --- Worsham, Drew 92 LDT 7 76 76 5 yrs Capstraw, Donovan 95 LDT 5 48 48 2 yrs Allen, Tommy 99 RDT 8 54 54 --- Rogers, Donald 90 NT 9 54 54 ---

Always injury-ravaged, our defensive front continues to be tough against the run. That will remain a focus. Signing either DT Allen or Rodgers would b great, but looks unlikely. That probably means we end up a little thin at DT once again, but grateful for the signing of Drew Worsham last season (49+25 tackles last season).

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Player # Pos Start Exp Current Estimate Future Estimate Cntrct Michl, Gino 59 WILB 6 65 65 2 yrs Wallace, Andrew 55 MLB 10 55 55 1 yr. Gunn, Brandon 52 MLB 6 41 52 2 yrs Dodge, Kurt 91 SLB 11 50 50 1 yr. Sinclair, Curtis 94 SLB 8 39 49 1 yr. Wilkerson, Russell 97 SLB 2 30 38 2 yrs Regalado, Darrin 58 WLB 13 37 37 1 yr.

This whole unit is locked up for the season – but might not be good enough. Michl was the leading tackler last year, after Wallace got hurt and yielded the MLB spot. Gunn had to fill in after Dodge went on IR, and we patched through. We should be okay overall, but it would be nice to land another value player here.

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Player # Pos Start Exp Current Estimate Future Estimate Cntrct Enochs, Ty 28 LCB 7 49 49 --- Diaz, Monty 34 LCB 10 45 45 2 yrs Cottle, Bucky 40 LCB 13 40 40 1 yr. Coltharp, Amos 33 RCB 2 20 43 2 yrs Weed, Kirk 24 SS 13 47 47 2 yrs Eskridge, Kenneth 20 FS 10 70 70 1 yr. Helmuth, Pat 35 FS 4 29 51 1 yr.


Ty Enochs has been the latest “system” guy to do well for us at CB. I think he might be back, if we can work out a nominal deal for him. His asking price is modest, so I’m optimistic. We love our safeties, and count on Kenneth Eskridge to be our defensive powerhouse overall.


This is a very solid team, already. No reason to panic. The OL is the biggest concern- so our priorities for this offseason will be:

Secure starting-caliber LT
Secure starting-caliber RG
Pursue solid DT
Add depth at WR
Add quality at LB
Improve at K
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Old 02-02-2004, 11:01 AM   #183
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Free Agency

I plan to start the FA process without any bids in on my own free agents. CB Enochs is the only guy I expect to return, and I plan to wait him out as best I can.

I’ll make roster cuts if I have to, but we don’t plan to make any earth-shattering moves anyway.


Our first approach is to SLB Steven May, a solid, well-rounded backer who can contribute on special teams and at any LB position. We lock him up immediately.

However, Buffalo – the defending champions – move to grab our left tackle Conrad Craig. 6yrs, $64 million later, he is delivered to the Bills. Big signing – big loss for us, of course. San Diego is moving in on DT Tommy Allen, and we expect to see him go as well.

RG Moe Somerville is our next target – a potential impact player for the OL, and we might be able to run right in behind him very effectively. As we wait for Somerville to respond, though, I see that Denver is after CB Ty Enochs. At the moment, I cannot afford both contracts. I decide to release LB Curtis Sinclair, who has essentially been replaced by Steven May. I get in an offer to Enochs, and both he and Somerville accept in week four.

I love FB Preston Beers, and he’s very affordable too. He takes a couple of weeks to think on it, but we lock him up next. I now have no money to spend on free agents at all – I need to look around a bit and see where we might be able to prune some costs down.

I release WR Van Harmon – not quite as sharp after last year’s injury. I also let go of QB Kerry Donaldson, who had slid to 4th on the depth chart. I also do a “cap out” renegotiation with WR Don Pritchett, which clears out a little space for this year. That gets us up to the point where we can offer a $2 million contract – or more likely, a couple cheaper ones.

DT Leo Alston is a pure run stopper, and might be fine as a reserve for us. He accepts a pretty marginal deal, and I like what he can do for us off the bench. CB Randy Furr has great man coverage skills, and rings a bell with my system – he takes a two year offer.

I go after C Earl O’Donnell, in large part because I have a trade offer outstanding for my current backup center, Colin Munn. We trade Munn (getting only a 7th rounder) and sign O’Donnell, whom I believe is better.

It looks like we’re done with free agency for now, at least – and we still have a gaping hole at left tackle. We will probably try to bring in a rookie, but our backup plan is probably to use Irv Wilson there, who filled in at RT last season. Not a strong option.


2021 Rookie Draft

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Amateur Draft Report: Rnd 2 - Stanley Mascorella, CB, West Virginia Rnd 4 - Peter Bass, K, Ohio State Rnd 5 - Lonnie Hammond, T, Kansas State Rnd 6 - Dwayne Parker, WR, Washington Rnd 7 - Mitch Charlton, RB, Valparaiso Rnd 7 - Bart Aneigh, G, Elizabeth City St.

At the end of round two, there doesn’t seem to be a solid tackle to draft and plug right in – so I look for the best player available. I’ve had lousy luck with cornerbacks in the draft, but spend our top pick on Anthony Mascorella, who seems to be a great fit. Man coverage is his strong suit, good with getting interceptions, good punt returner, and a special teams standout. Sounds great.

I like getting local standouts, and K Peter Bass ought to be great for us, and is a Buckeye to boot. Solid.

I don’t know what we might get from T Lonnie Hammond – he’s strong, so is G Bart Anleigh, and we will just watch to see if they can develop pro skills.


Late Free Agency

I have to make a cut just to get our tam up to a full 53 players and under the salary cap. I decide to let go of CB Amos Coltharp – our most recent CB draft flop. That clears the way for Stanley Mascorella, probably our next.

I’m not thrilled about it, but I have to release QB James Houston as well. He couldn’t stay healthy last year, and with young Glenn Dixon coming on, Houston couldn’t justify over $2m in cap space.

We fill in with undrafted rookies, and head on into the season. I think we’re going to need a miracle at left tackle – hopefully Lonnie Hammond or one of the rookie URFAs can show signs of life, but I don’t have another plan right now.


Training Camp

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Player # Pos Start Exp CE FE CE FE ChgC ChgF Brock, Deion 2 QB 9 56 56 56 56 0 0 Dixon, Glenn 19 QB 2 31 64 34 64 3 0 Starks, Will 6 QB 1 5 44 7 40 2 -4 Stewart, Gus 39 RB 8 75 75 75 75 0 0 Barker, Terrance 44 RB 7 52 52 52 52 0 0 Sims, Daryl 37 RB 3 28 35 29 35 1 0 Charlton, Mitch 42 RB 1 21 33 21 31 0 -2 Beers, Preston 48 FB 3 43 51 45 51 2 0 McConnell, Joseph 38 FB 11 40 40 40 40 0 0 Sellers, Karl 80 TE 6 80 80 80 80 0 0 Bleeck, Rod 86 TE 1 23 40 25 33 2 -7 Kemp, Britt 46 TE 1 16 34 17 29 1 -5 Tilton, Cornelius 83 FL 9 39 39 39 39 0 0 Parker, Dwayne 88 FL 1 31 49 32 48 1 -1 Pritchett, Don 89 SE 4 65 65 65 65 0 0 Pendleton, Ted 82 SE 5 49 49 50 50 1 1 Foug, Gino 85 SE 1 19 30 23 36 4 6 Woodard, Russell 81 SE 1 15 25 17 27 2 2 Beyer, Jackie 57 C 2 50 63 54 63 4 0 O'Donnell, Earl 54 C 3 45 52 48 52 3 0 Thornton, Mickey 53 LG 11 32 32 32 32 0 0 Somerville, Moe 68 RG 5 43 67 50 67 7 0 Cunningham, Ted 56 RG 3 33 52 35 52 2 0 Aneigh, Bart 73 RG 1 19 28 21 28 2 0 Hammond, Lonnie 74 LT 1 19 25 20 25 1 0 Lowe, Cory 60 LT 1 11 17 12 18 1 1 Argelan, George 61 LT 1 9 16 9 15 0 -1 Wilson, Irv 66 RT 4 40 43 43 43 3 0 Glaspie, Nathan 78 RT 9 38 38 38 38 0 0 Bass, Peter 14 K 1 49 75 51 74 2 -1 Quinn, Kim 71 LDE 7 59 59 59 59 0 0 Lane, Blake 70 LDE 7 29 29 30 30 1 1 McKenzie, Emmitt 79 LDE 2 26 32 27 32 1 0 Perez, Joey 75 LDE 1 22 27 22 27 0 0 Cepeda, Hunter 98 LDE 1 17 31 18 31 1 0 Finch, Zach 77 RDE 2 50 73 54 73 4 0 Worsham, Drew 92 LDT 7 77 77 77 77 0 0 Capstraw, Donovan 95 LDT 5 45 45 45 45 0 0 Alston, Leo 90 LDT 10 37 40 37 40 0 0 Cash, Floyd 76 RDT 1 21 31 22 32 1 1 Michl, Gino 59 WILB 6 66 66 66 66 0 0 Wallace, Andrew 55 MLB 10 56 56 56 56 0 0 Gunn, Brandon 52 MLB 6 42 52 45 52 3 0 May, Steven 50 SLB 8 59 63 62 63 3 0 Dodge, Kurt 91 SLB 11 47 47 47 47 0 0 Wilkerson, Russell 97 SLB 2 28 35 30 35 2 0 Hou, Hardy 72 SLB 1 12 29 13 30 1 1 Regalado, Darrin 58 WLB 13 35 35 35 35 0 0 Enochs, Ty 28 LCB 7 49 49 49 49 0 0 Furr, Randy 32 LCB 9 46 47 46 47 0 0 Diaz, Monty 34 LCB 10 45 45 45 45 0 0 Cottle, Bucky 40 LCB 13 38 38 38 38 0 0 Mascorella, Stanley 47 RCB 1 8 53 10 46 2 -7 Weed, Kirk 24 SS 13 46 46 46 46 0 0 Eskridge, Kenneth 20 FS 10 69 69 69 69 0 0 Helmuth, Pat 35 FS 4 30 52 32 52 2 0

Well, CB Stanley Mascorella looks like he’ll be solid on special teams – jury’s till out on whether he can play any defense. No really “big news” among our rookie crop – WR Gino Foug might make the team, but nobody really blew our doors off.


Season Analysis

Settling in for the season, we have a look at our usual indeces. We are again a leader in teamwide cohesion – with ratings 97-90-91-100(77). Our overall roster rating has slipped to a 73 – ranked 8th overall, with Buffalo and Tennessee atop the list. Indication are that this team is slipping a bit, and I can’t really disagree with that assessment.

We have most of our major players back, and ought to be solid. I don’t know whether we have the tools to make a title run, but I expect that we’ll get another solid effort – especially if Deion brock can stay in the saddle. Tightest season capwise we have had yet – and it might show in the final analysis. We go into the season with a major roster void (left tackle) and I don’t recall having a problem of this magnitude in many years.

We’ll shoot to regain the division title – anything past that would be gravy.
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Old 02-04-2004, 03:24 PM   #184
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2021 Regular Season

In our final preseason game, QB Deion Brock injured his calf muscle, and he will be sidelined for a few weeks. We’re off to a shaky start, I fear. I have to cut a couple of players, but make room for Justin Lyons to rejoin our squad, on a one year modest deal. He will back up Glenn Dixon for now, and will be our opening ay starter. We have pretty good faith in him after a strong preseason, but he just isn’t all that seasoned.

Week 1: Cleveland at Pittsburgh

What a way to open up. On the road at the team who finally broke our division title streak. Tough opener, without our starting QB.

Pittsburgh’s star QB Mercury Shoemaker manages to get 4 TD passes against us, but Glenn Dixon holds his own (18 of 29, 213 yds, 2 TD, 2 Int, plus 49 yards and a TD rushing) and we get a few big plays – including a TD interception return from (who else?) Kenneth Eskridge to seal up a big 38-31 opening day win on the road. Huge effort.


Week 2: Minnesota (1-0) at Cleveland (1-0)

Another tight win for us, but it’s a win, 25-21. Dixon has another good day on the ground, with 55 yards rushing – he’s adding another weapon to our offensive arsenal. He’s also taking a bit of a shine to WR Ted Pendelton, who has moved into the starting WR spot across from Don Pritchett, and currently has outgained his counterpart and has two TDs in two games.


Week 3: Cleveland (2-0) at Houston (2-0)

Glenn Dixon earns the gameball as he leads our offense to its best game of the season, as we drub the Texans 40-14. Glenn Dixon is 15 of 22 for 178 yards and 4 TDs, plus he gains another 55 yards and a TD on the ground. He’s starting to look like a serious draft day steal, and a potentially game-changing player for us.


Week 5: Denver (2-1) at Carolina (3-0)

With Deion Brock still hobbled a bit (listed as probable) I decide to stick with Glenn Dixon’s hot hand. We roll, 41-7, behind 3 more TD passes from Dixon and a sharp effort from the defense and special teams (including a kickoff return for a TD).


Week 6: Oakland (3-2) at Cleveland (4-0)

Deion Brock has gotten his full clearance, and is ready to go this week. Glenn Dixon will sit down with a 4-0 record and a passer rating over 100 – that has to feel great.

The engine roars with Deion Brock as well – Gus Stewart has a great game, with 143 yards rushing on the day. Brock has not missed a beat, connecting for 21 of 28 passes to lead the effort, and we secure a 28-6 win. Our defense has also been playing very well.


Week 7: Cleveland (5-0) at San Diego (2-3)

Looks like a donut game – on the road against a non-division foe. We survive a tight game, salting away the 21-10 win with a TD by safety Kirk Weed. SD stuffed our running game pretty well, and we were forced to the air all day.


Week 8: Cleveland (6-0) at Kansas City (4-2)

The road foes get even tougher here. And this time we get in too deep, losing 21-13. We fall behind on a long TD bomb by the Chiefs, and they follow up with a nice sustained drive to put us down 14-3. So, our perfect season is dust – we’ll focus on keeping the ship on course now.


Week 9: Baltimore (5-3) at Cleveland (6-1)

Deion Brock came out of last game with a strain in his abdomen, and is listed as doubtful for this week. We’ll go with Glenn Dixon again, in an important divisional showdown. Baltimore gets two TD passes from an old friend of ours, Howie Gordon, and their tough red zone defense keeps us in check, so the Ravens get the win 24-16.


At the team’s halfway point – we’ll have an abbreviated look at the numbers:

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2021 Summary for Cleveland Browns Record: 6-2 Winning Pct.: .750 Cleveland Browns Team Rank Rushes 228 14 (T) Rushing Yards 1166 2 Yards Per Carry 5.11 1 Pass Attempts 229 29 (T) Completions 140 29 Passing Yards 1650 24 Yards Per Attempt 7.20 10 (T) 3rd Down Conversions 37.6 19 (T) Points Per Game 27.7 2 Turnovers 8 6 (T) Turnover Margin +5 7 (T) Opponents Team Rank Rushes 217 18 Rushing Yards 654 2 Yards Per Carry 3.01 1 Pass Attempts 301 25 Completions 164 15 (T) Passing Yards 2124 27 Yards Per Attempt 7.05 19 3rd Down Conversions 41.9 21 (T) Points Per Game 16.7 4 Turnovers 13 13 (T)

The offense has been good overall – Glenn Dixon’s rushing contributions have boosted our overall efficiency there, and our passing game has been solid. On defense – holding opponents to 3.01 yards per carry is edging toward a dream stat of mine (under 3) and I can’t believe we have been so strong and healthy there… knock wood. Good effort thus far.

The annual chase toward 1,000 receiving yards sees Ted Pendleton with 474 after 8 games, and Don Pritchett with 422. TE Karl Sellers has only 227, as he has battled some injuries this season (and is currently out). Someone needs a big second half to crack the barrier.
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Old 02-04-2004, 03:24 PM   #185
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Week 10: Pittsburgh (7-1) at Cleveland (6-2)

HUGE GAME. Deion Brock remains doubtful, so Glenn Dixon is in again. We need to snap out of our funk, and this is the time and place to do it – no doubt about that. Regrettably, the Pitt defense has our number, and the only TD we post is on an interception by LB Andrew Wallace – we get beaten 23-14, and now are openly in free fall.


Week 11: Cincinnati (1-8) at Cleveland (6-3)

It’s tough to be too upset about being 6-3, unless you started 6-0. Hopefully, a visit from Cinti will cure what ails us. We need overtime, but eke out a 20-17 win at home here, and at least break the streak. Stewart has 107 yards rushing, and Glenn Dixon adds 60 of his own. Solid win, though I’d much rather have seen a 40-10 thrashing.


Week 12: Cleveland (7-3) at Chicago (3-6-1)

We show up and look very sharp again, especially on defense. DE Zach Finch gets 3 sacks and the game ball, as we roll to a 20—3 win. Strong showing on the road.

Regrettably, we have lost TE Karl Sellers again – he suffers his third injury of the season, and I can’t help but have some long-term worries about him now (right after we sink huge money into his future with a monster contract).


Week 13: Miami (9-2) at Cleveland (8-3)

Very tight game, as would be expected – we get into overtime, and we prevail on a TD run by reserve RB Daryl Sims. Deion Brock, back off his second injury this year, is solid and keeps us on course with 26 of 36 completions.

WR Don Pritchett stands at 710 yards through 12 games – he’s 40 yards behind a 1,000-yard pace, but one big game could get him right back into the picture. He has 9 TDs, and is probably on his way to his best season.


Week 14: Cleveland (9-3) at Detroit (4-7-1)

We get a nice, powerful win here 30-6. Two TD passes from Deion Brock, and two TDs off defense and special teams make it a good showing overall. A good showing, and our team is looking like a factor again. We’re a game behind Pittsburgh, but still have hope for the division title.


Week 15: Cleveland (10-3) at Baltimore (7-6)

We get another solid win, 24-13, to probably put Baltimore away for the year. Our 11-3 record is definitely going to be good enough to get us into the playoffs – the only real issue remaining is whether we can catch Pittsburgh. The winner of our division will almost certainly be the AFC’s #1 seed, too.


Week 16: Green bay (4-10) at Cleveland (11-3)

We get a very solid win at home, 30-9, and keep pace with Pittsburgh, though our hopes of catching them dwindle each week they win. Deion Brock, though not feeling 100%, has a nice game, and goes to WR Don Pritchett a lot. Pritchett has his “big game” this week, with 155 yards and a TD, and his season total stands at 961 yards… with one game left, he basically only needs to show up and he’ll finally crack the mythical barrier we’ve chased for so long.


Week 17: Cleveland (12-3) at Cincinnati (2-13)

Cinti gave us trouble last time, but here we have extra incentive – Pittsburgh lost their final game, meaning we could pull even with a win here. We’d be tied in all the tiebreaker stats, so I don’t know who would win the division – but that would mean a lot to do so.

Somehow, some way, we manage to lose to Cincinnati. It’s 21-20, the same margin by which Pittsburgh lost their final game, so it hurts just as much. Anyway – we will be the top wild card team – the #5 seed, and will have to play on the road while the Steelers take the week off and wait for whoever gets lucky this week. Ouch.


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2021 Regular Season Standings AC North W L T Pct PF PA Conf Div Pittsburgh 13 3 0 .813 451 293 9-3 4-2 Cleveland 12 4 0 .750 402 242 8-4 3-3 Baltimore 9 7 0 .563 315 333 6-6 4-2 Cincinnati 3 13 0 .188 276 349 3-9 1-5 AC South W L T Pct PF PA Conf Div Houston 7 9 0 .438 287 324 5-7 5-1 Indianapolis 7 9 0 .438 269 275 6-6 4-2 Jacksonville 7 9 0 .438 260 347 4-8 2-4 Tennessee 6 10 0 .375 348 308 4-8 1-5 AC East W L T Pct PF PA Conf Div Miami 12 4 0 .750 348 304 8-4 3-3 Buffalo 11 5 0 .688 392 330 9-3 4-2 New York J 10 6 0 .625 379 263 7-5 3-3 New England 6 10 0 .375 282 399 5-7 2-4 AC West W L T Pct PF PA Conf Div Denver 11 5 0 .688 395 288 8-4 5-1 San Diego 8 8 0 .500 309 289 5-7 3-3 Oakland 6 10 0 .375 279 389 4-8 3-3 Kansas City 6 10 0 .375 228 341 5-7 1-5 NC North W L T Pct PF PA Conf Div Detroit 7 8 1 .469 304 326 6-5-1 5-0-1 Chicago 5 10 1 .344 250 348 4-7-1 2-3-1 Minnesota 5 11 0 .313 300 346 4-8 2-4 Green Bay 5 11 0 .313 341 405 3-9 2-4 NC South W L T Pct PF PA Conf Div Carolina 11 5 0 .688 375 324 9-3 5-1 New Orleans 11 5 0 .688 363 271 8-4 5-1 Tampa Bay 6 10 0 .375 289 375 5-7 1-5 Atlanta 4 12 0 .250 261 355 4-8 1-5 NC East W L T Pct PF PA Conf Div New York G 13 3 0 .813 451 230 10-2 5-1 Philadelphia 10 6 0 .625 327 291 8-4 4-2 Washington 5 11 0 .313 295 369 4-8 2-4 Dallas 4 12 0 .250 231 354 3-9 1-5 NC West W L T Pct PF PA Conf Div Arizona 14 2 0 .875 415 227 10-2 6-0 San Francisco 9 7 0 .563 344 357 7-5 2-4 St. Louis 7 9 0 .438 330 371 6-6 2-4 Seattle 5 11 0 .313 255 328 4-8 2-4

Our allowing only 242 points all season is pretty good, but invites comparisons to Arizona, who outdid us on both sides of the point scale. Alas.

Tough to complain about 12-4 – the ones who ought to be complaining are the 10-6 Jets, who watch 7-9 Houston make the playoffs.

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2021 Summary for Cleveland Browns Record: 12-4 Winning Pct.: .750 Cleveland Browns Team Rank Rushes 480 3 Rushing Yards 2373 2 Yards Per Carry 4.94 1 Pass Attempts 483 28 Completions 295 31 Passing Yards 3374 24 Yards Per Attempt 6.98 13 3rd Down Conversions 39.6 15 (T) Points Per Game 25.1 4 Turnovers 17 7 Turnover Margin +6 9 (T) Opponents Team Rank Rushes 412 10 Rushing Yards 1385 1 Yards Per Carry 3.36 1 Pass Attempts 565 25 (T) Completions 298 5 Passing Yards 3852 22 Yards Per Attempt 6.81 12 3rd Down Conversions 37.5 10 Points Per Game 15.1 3 Turnovers 23 16 (T) Week Team Versus Oppnt 1 38 at PIT 31 2 25 MIN 21 3 40 at HOU 14 5 41 DEN 7 6 28 OAK 6 7 21 at SDO 10 8 13 at KCY 21 9 16 BAL 24 10 14 PIT 23 11 20 CIN 17 12 20 at CHI 3 13 22 MIA 16 14 30 at DET 6 15 24 at BAL 13 16 30 GBY 9 17 20 at CIN 21 $$WC at HOU Passing Pos Att Comp Yards Y/Att TD Int 2 Brock QB 253 154 1680 6.64 12 3 19 Dixon QB 227 139 1677 7.38 15 7 **Team --- 483 295 3374 6.98 27 10 Rushing Pos Att Yards Y/Att TD 39 Stewart RB 313 1544 4.93 8 37 Sims RB 99 440 4.44 3 19 Dixon QB 35 302 8.62 2 **Team --- 480 2373 4.94 13 Receiving Pos Targ Catch Yards Y/Ctc YAC TD 89 Pritchett WR 135 74 993 13.4 276 10 82 Pendleton WR 90 56 685 12.2 104 6 39 Stewart RB 76 48 365 7.6 119 0 80 Sellers TE 50 36 383 10.6 102 4 83 Tilton WR 47 32 498 15.5 80 3 88 Parker WR 31 17 183 10.7 23 1 **Team --- 483 295 3374 11.4 770 27 Defense Pos Tack Asst Sack Hurr Ints Defn 59 Michl ILB 98 35 1.0 2 0 8 20 Eskridge S 84 23 2.0 2 3 9 24 Weed S 67 22 0.0 1 3 4 55 Wallace ILB 60 25 5.0 8 3 5 92 Worsham DT 53 29 4.0 10 0 0 95 Capstraw DT 47 24 2.5 12 0 0 32 Furr CB 43 15 0.0 0 2 12 50 May OLB 43 12 1.5 2 1 7 77 Finch DE 42 21 12.0 22 0 0 71 Quinn DE 39 16 5.5 13 0 1 91 Dodge OLB 36 12 4.0 5 0 1 52 Gunn ILB 30 11 0.0 1 0 3 28 Enochs CB 28 13 2.0 0 0 11 40 Cottle CB 27 8 1.5 0 1 5 35 Helmuth S 21 0 0.0 0 0 1 **Team --- 810 273 43.0 81 14 73

We got some of the results we really wanted - #1 against the run in yards per carry allowed (3.36 is great – might be the best we’ve done). We fit the profile, despite our game plan, of a team that runs and stops the run, and isn’t awful anywhere else. We regained a plus in turnover margin, and the final outcome isn’t so bad.

On offense, the two-headed QB monster was successful (necessitated by injuries, I’d add) as both guys were very effective. We were not a big play pass attack, but 60% complete and better than 2-1 on the TD/Int ration is a good recipe.

RB Gus Stewart posted yet another steady, excellent seasons – another 1,900 yards from scrimmage as if it were nothing. He also stays healthy – not even a minor injury in his eight seasons, which is unbelievable.

As for WR Don Pritchett. Does it get any better than this? In the final game of the year, he can’t complain that he didn’t have chances – he had 10 balls thrown his way on the day. The result? 3 catches, 32 yards, a season low, and a three-digit total yet again. It’s gotten to be downright uncanny. He breaks the team record, and posts the team’s 13th single season of 800+ yards (Pritchett’s third), without a single soul ever topping the magic millennium mark.

Defensively, our front managed to stay healthy pretty well through the first half of the season, but we then lost LB May and later LB Wallace, which really hurt. DE Zach Finch stepped up and became the impact pass rusher we hoped for, and his 9 sacks in the second half of the season might be a good tiding.

I’m happy with CB Randy Furr, and in our system I expect he can be solid for us. He also helped out on special teams, with the best punt return average on the team.
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Old 02-04-2004, 03:44 PM   #186
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2021 Postseason

AFC Wild Card Game: Cleveland (12-4) at Houston (7-9)

We are made 10-point favorites on the road here – which is a tall order. Houston has a solid group of offensive skill players, but a pretty spotty defensive front. We’ll try to spot Gus Stewart in for a heavy load this week – he might be our key to winning this game.

Houston outplays us through the scoreless first quarter, but we strike first with our first real drive and a 7-0 lead early in the second. After a 14-7 halftime edge, we rip it opening the third quarter, and pull out to a 31-10 margin. We roll to a 37-10 win, and escape the first round – on to our next road game, against Miami.

Deion Brock threw three interceptions in the first half, and then dropped with an Achilles injury. Our team’s long history of playoff QB injuries is alive and well – it looks like young Glenn Dixon will get the call for the rest of the way, as Brock is definitely OUT.


AFC Divisional Playoff: Cleveland (13-4) at Miami (12-4)

Miami came lie this year after grabbing impact rookie RB Corwin Hutton – they haven’t looked back after adding some flair to their running game. Last year’s rookie pickup was WR Frank Flowers, who posted 1500 yards this year and will go to Hawai’i. They are solid on defense, and adding these key offensive weapons was the right formula, it seems – they are a formidable opponent.

We get the ball first, and with the aid of a couple penalties, drive in for a short FG and the early lead. Miami doesn’t need as much time as we did, and they punch it in for the TD on a 13-yard run by Hutton to take the 7-3 lead. First quarter is gone after just two possessions.

We get the ball, and convert on a gutsy (stupid?) 4th and 2 from our own 45. We keep the drive alive, and Glenn Dixon scrambles in for an 11 yard TD to get us back on top. Now would be a great time for our defense to show up and stone them in. Instead, we are tough on first and second downs, but they convert third-and-long twice, then hit the big hitter for the long TD score. We march right back, and put in Stewart for a TD, and it’s 17-14 with 51 seconds before the half. Halftime comes with no punts and no turnovers – both teams scored on every possession save the one as the half closed out.

The first turnover comes on the first play of the second half, as we get a strip-sack and recover the fumble at the Miami 11. Stewart gets an 11-yard run for the score, and a 24-14 margin looks better. We then force the game’s first punt – the second half might look a lot unlike the first, it seems.

Late in the third quarter, Miami breaks out of the field position battle, and scores another TD run – they are within 3 points, and have some real momentum. However, on their punt with 13 minutes left, we get a block, and take over at the Miami 31. We end up with another FG, and a 27-21 edge with 12 minutes to play.

Miami has a time-consuming drive, hampered by penalties on both sides, which gets them to our 22 yard line – with 5 minutes left. At 3:45 they settle for a FG, and we stay ahead 27-24 – a big stop by our defense.

We get the ball back, looking to eat clock. Gus Stewart takes a nice swing pass foe 23 yards to get a first down and out of our hole. Two more passes to Stewart gets us another first down, and exhaust two Miami time outs. Pritchett makes a big catch to get to their 35, and a new set of downs with 1:13 on the clock. From there, we are able to take the knee, and get away with a hard-fought win, 27-24.


AFC Championship: Buffalo (13-5) at Cleveland (14-4)

I’m very surprised that Pittsburgh lost, but here we are – at home for the Championship game in the most unlikely scenario (the only way we could have possibly played a home game in the postseason was right here, just like this).

Buffalo is a deceiving team, though – they managed to sign last year’s first team QB Bubba Avila to a free agent contract (the ever-present one year, minsal deal) – only to watch him sit behind their starter Martin Tate. Now, Tate is hurt, and Avila is getting the call – and has been great in the postseason. This team is tougher than they seem on paper, especially on offense. No easy opponent here.


On our opening drive, Glenn Dixon is a gambler – but it pays off, and we get in for an 11-yard TD pass to Cornelius Tilton to go ahead, 7-0. Bubba Avila is sharp, too, but they settle for a field goal. After a trade of punts, the first quarter is over, fairly uneventfully.

In the second quarter, we knock Bubba Avila out of the game, and they have to go to their second (third) stringer. We don’t know much about Jason Conti, but he plays pretty well. Avila gets back in after a few plays, and all is back to normal. Avila hits for a 17-yard TD pass, and the Bills go ahead, 10-7. We get in place for a 52-yard FG, and tie the game with the long kick with 1:46 left in the half. Buffalo gets into place, but their long kick fails, and it’s tied at the break.


In the third quarter, we miss a field goal (boo) and the field position battle continues. Dixon connects on back-to-back plays to Pendleton and then Pritchett, and we set up at their 21 yard line – eager to re-take the lead. It’s the other target – TE Sellers – who hauls in the 8-yard TD pass, and we assume a nice 17-10 margin. Buffalo gets to midfield before punting, and overall, we’re pleased with the flow as the third quarter wraps up.

In the early fourth quarter, we cap off another solid drive with a 3-yard rush from Glenn Dixon, and have the game in pretty good shape, up 24-10. But Buffalo, converting on four straight third down opportunities, manages a comeback drive and a TD to get right back within one score. The Bills’ defense is inspired, they step up and stuff our attack, and they have a great chance to get right back even.

With 2:35 remaining, Buffalo takes over at our 48 yard line after a 33 yard punt. A key QB sack by Finch pushes them back, and they face 3rd and 12. They get only six, but this is probably four-down territory for them. LB Andrew Wallace gets through on the fourth down play and comes up with a huge sack, and we take over on downs near midfield!

Run for 9 and 10 yards exhaust their fist two timeouts, and give us a first down. We now can safely assume the victory position, and we run out the clock and get out of town with our 24-17 win, and our bags packed for the Superbowl, yet again!

Glenn Dixon is turning into a cult figure around town – this week, with the season on the line, he goes 20/28 for 2TDs and (again) no picks, plus he runs 10 times for 66 yards and a score. Unbelievable poise by the youngster.


Superbowl: Arizona (16-2) vs. Cleveland (15-4)

We have a real conundrum – Deion Brock has been elevated to “probable” on the injury list, and he wants to play. With Glenn Dixon handling things so well for us, it’s awfully difficult to take the ball out of his hands. I honestly don’t know what to do…

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Old 02-04-2004, 05:45 PM   #187
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I think you have to go with Dixon. He adds the threat of running, has a higher YPA, and has played great getting you into the superbowl. Just my 2 cents though.
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Old 02-05-2004, 09:43 AM   #188
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AHHH... you can't pause there... JEEZ
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Old 02-05-2004, 11:41 AM   #189
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It has to be Dixon, he's pulled you through the playoffs. And Brock is still dinged up. The future of your team is now.
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Old 02-05-2004, 11:54 AM   #190
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I'd also probably stick with Dixon, who has done a wonderful job so far.
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Old 02-06-2004, 08:45 AM   #191
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I have to agree with the rest of the crowd. Dixon carried you through the playoffs, and is your starter of the future. The only thing Brock has going for him is the fact that he doesn't turn it over as much, but he threw 3 INTs against Houston... I'd definitely be going with Dixon here.
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Old 02-06-2004, 09:48 AM   #192
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Hmmm. My inclination was to go back to the wily veteran, especially since he's already got two Superbowl MVP awards under his belt. But we may ride the hot hand here, especially after listening to the pulse of the people.

Hoping to get to the game itself today. (I honestly haven't played it yet - for those who don't know my m.o., I generally post updates in more or less real time)
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Old 02-06-2004, 09:54 AM   #193
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Quick,

One of the reasons I was supporting Dixon is that it looks like the 'Zona defense is very strong. Because Dixon scrambles well I think he gives you a chance to make some plays when things break down. That said it looks like Dixon is more prone to the INT which would be play right into their hands.

One of the reasons I wish FOF had some media/fan stuff programmed in is because of situations like this. Remember when Brady got hurt in the AFL title game and Bledsoe came in and won it for them? Lots of media converage over who would start the superbowl!
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Old 02-11-2004, 12:50 PM   #194
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Any update on this? What a place to leave us hanging
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Old 02-12-2004, 01:33 PM   #195
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Sorry. Really, it's just that I have been super-busy lately... ordinarily I get pockets of time to sit down and play, but lately it's been tough. Possibly tomorrow. (I know, I know)
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Old 02-13-2004, 08:17 PM   #196
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Okay, here's the big game...


We decide to ride the hot hand, and stick with young Glenn Dixon for the Superbowl. Deion Brock, two-time Superbowl MVP but not quite 100% for this game, will be the backup.

Arizona is a decent team, but not too flashy in the skill positions. They will be tough for us to run against, and their secondary is pretty tough, also. I like our personnel here, especially as they are without QB Myron Cutler.

On the first play of the game, Glenn Dixon hits TE Sellers on a deep crossing pattern, and he rumbles for 59 yards, deep into Arizona territory. The crowd goes wild! What a start! Glenn Dixon hits Pritchett for a first down, and then scrambles his way in for the opening score. What an opening possession – electric!

Arizona comes back with a good possession, but they miss a long FG and we get it back. After a stunted possession on each side, we get a blocked punt by DE Finch, and take over at the Arizona 34. Pritchett catches a setup pass, and then the TD, as we take the 14-0 lead. As the first quarter wraps up, we’re pretty even in total yards, but we lead by two TDs.

Late in the second quarter, Arizona capitalizes on our mistake, and they score on a short drive, getting within 14-7. But Pritchett hauls in a 41-yard TD to get us back in commend with under 2 minutes left. Arizona gets a great 57-yard kickoff return, and they cap on a FG before halftime.

Late in the third quarter, Arizona edges in after winning a punt battle, and they punch in for a short TD run to get back within 21-17. Just after the third quarter ends, we are driving, but Dixon gets picked off near midfield, and Arizona has momentum again. The Cards drive down to our 40, but veteran safety Kirk Weed gets an interception of his own, and we dodge that particular bullet.

With 7:51 on the clock, the Cards get it back at their 27, after a short punt. They are still down 4, and our defense needs to step up, after yielding 370 yards of offense already today. We force them into a fourth and two, and they punt it back to us – big stop. However, their defense is tough, also, and they get yet another chance – starting out at their 18, with 3:45 on the clock. We force them into a fourth and 10, and this time the Cards feel they have to go for it. We get pressure on the QB, and the pass falls to the turf—we take over at the Arizona 30. We can’t take a lot of time off the clock, but we do tack on a FG to our lead, making it 24-17.

Arizona’s last shot (we presume) starts on their 26, with 1:14 left in the game. Down seven, they have to go 74 yards. They get a lot of it on a big pass hookup, and it’s first down at our 37. We force them to third and ten, but they get another pass down to our 22, with the clock ticking down to 22 seconds. They connect one more time, and get out of bounds with exactly one second left, from our 12 yard line. It’s do or die for the Cardinals.

Arizona’s QB Ward drops back to pass, needing the TD on this play… he looks quickly and gets pressured, and it’s Defensive Ends Zach Finch and Kim Quinn who collapse right onto him, grabbing the huge sack and securing the Superbowl win for our Browns!


QB Glenn Dixon, of course, is named the game’s MVP. WR Don Pritchett, with 135 yards and 2 TDs, could certainly have had a claim as well. DE Finch had 7 tackles and a sack even before getting in on half of the biggest single play of the game, the game-clinching QB sack as the clock was on zeroes. Lots of heroes in this one.


Season Wrap-up

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2021 Awards List Award Player Team Player of the Year Eddie Carr BUF **Front Office Bowl MVP Glenn Dixon CLE Offensive Player of the Year Eddie Carr BUF Defensive Player of the Year Sedrick Smithnosky TEN Offensive Rookie of the Year Dwight Cain CHI Defensive Rookie of the Year Kim Ives DAL All-League First-String Quarterback Randall Kay NYJ All-League First-String Running Back Eddie Carr BUF All-League First-String Fullback Willie Bronson TBY All-League First-String Tight End Jamie Traylor NYJ All-League First-String Wide Receiver Lamar Donnelly PIT All-League First-String Wide Receiver Frank Flowers MIA All-League First-String Center Tony Olsavsky NOS All-League First-String Offensive Guard Kirk Copeland BUF All-League First-String Offensive Guard Kurt McDougle SEA All-League First-String Offensive Tackle Joel Foley PIT All-League First-String Offensive Tackle Moe Yost BAL All-League First-String Punter Greg Mahoney PHI All-League First-String Kicker Scott Thomason OAK All-League First-String Defensive End Duane Sheen NYG All-League First-String Defensive End Calvin Carter GBY All-League First-String Defensive Tackle Dennis Schwartz SFO All-League First-String Defensive Tackle Brett Hickl GBY All-League First-String Inside Linebacker C.J. Blackwell JAX All-League First-String Outside Linebacker Greg Daveria BAL All-League First-String Outside Linebacker Matt Ross SEA All-League First-String Cornerback Herb Beall DET All-League First-String Cornerback Rob Ashford WAS All-League First-String Safety Sedrick Smithnosky TEN All-League First-String Safety Byron Ainsworth WAS All-League Second-String Quarterback Mercury Shoemaker PIT All-League Second-String Running Back Jim Rayburn PIT All-League Second-String Fullback Renaldo Gruber BUF All-League Second-String Tight End Jared Midget MIN All-League Second-String Wide Receiver Sherman McGregor IND All-League Second-String Wide Receiver Jim Herndon JAX All-League Second-String Center Adam Davidson SDO All-League Second-String Offensive Guard Artie Watkins ARI All-League Second-String Offensive Guard Rex Bussey CHI All-League Second-String Offensive Tackle Dave Gaylor KCY All-League Second-String Offensive Tackle Conrad Craig BUF All-League Second-String Punter R.J. Rasmussen SEA All-League Second-String Kicker Rico Boynton DET All-League Second-String Defensive End Steve Bidwell GBY All-League Second-String Defensive End Clifton Irwin CAR All-League Second-String Defensive Tackle Marshall Porter HOU All-League Second-String Defensive Tackle Tom Robinson SEA All-League Second-String Inside Linebacker Renaldo Fredrickson BAL All-League Second-String Outside Linebacker Charles Curtis CHI All-League Second-String Outside Linebacker Louis Howard IND All-League Second-String Cornerback Sean Sinclair ARI All-League Second-String Cornerback Zack Cooley KCY All-League Second-String Safety Neal Floyd OAK All-League Second-String Safety Jerald Jacobs DAL League's Fastest Man Junior Berry NYG League's Strongest Man Ted Freeman OAK

Curiously, we are shut out from the awards this year, other than Dixon’s getting the SB award. Lots of injuries, and lots of role players – that’s our hallmark, as usual. RB Gus Stewart was certainly in the mix, but came up behind the two RB award winners, it seems.

Well, we couldn’t win the division, but we managed to win it all in the end. Tough to complain about those results.
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Old 02-16-2004, 08:12 AM   #197
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My time for this has been hit or miss (as evidenced by the week-long pause before the last Superbowl). I'm hoping to get back to this... but I'll be candid... once I lose momentum with a career, I typically find it hard to regain. (I don't think that really sets me apart, I'm just calling it as I see it)
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Old 02-16-2004, 12:01 PM   #198
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Just glad to see you back on top of the league winning the superbowl. Although I am not sure how much you have left to prove with this dynasty it would be interesting to see what happens with Dixon and Brock next year. Both are under contract so both probably would remain. Actually with your track record one will just get hurt so there probably won't be much of a decision It's been a very fun read though.
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Old 02-16-2004, 03:38 PM   #199
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I've enjoyed this dynasty, but if it's time has come then at least you ended with a Superbowl win. After finally receiving my copy of CM 03/04 and playing it for the first time, I'd love to see you do a dynasty with that game. And even though I don't know crap about soccer, I've probably enjoyed it more than any other text sim I've ever played. I even went back and read through your Lincoln CM dynasty seasons. Good stuff...
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Old 03-07-2004, 03:26 AM   #200
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2022 preseason

Well, after a little while away, I have decided (unexpectedly) to crank things up here again, and we’ll see where our Browns can go with yet another title defense.

One note – this is after applying patch 5.0d, and this is the first time I have ever seen my Superbowl-winning team earn anything but a “100” for performance – we got only a 66. Interesting – wonder if that evaluation has fundamentally changed somehow?


Transitions and League Observations

Our only retirement was LB Darrin Regalado – who was with us for nearly all of his 13 years. 398 career tackles places him seventh on our team’s list, and his 26 sacks put him tenth. Solid player, never a superstar, but pretty good.

A couple of former Browns, RT Donnie Thornton and TE Jonathan Holmes, have also decided they’re done.


Front Office Decisions

Our defensive coordinator, Ted Keith, is up for a new contract. He remains very solid, and we will pursue him aggressively. At 67, though, he is in his final stages, we suspect. He accepts a modest three year deal – we will actually cut costs by re-signing him.

I decide to use the franchise tag on S Kenneth Eskridge – partially because the cap number for a franchised safety will be under $4 million. I expect to work out a new long term deal with the 11th year star – but that number is a good starting point for us, and I do not want to lose him, under any circumstances.


Roster Review

Here’s our financial situation heading into the FA process – with S Eskridge already counting in the figures.

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Players Under Contract: 36 Salary Cap: $75,000,000 Cap Room: $14,110,000 Maximum for New Player: $11,580,000 Cap Room Lost (to old contracts): $950,000

Not a great deal of room to move, but we may not have a lot of pressing needs.

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Player # Pos Start Exp Current Estimate Future Estimate Cntrct Brock, Deion 2 QB 10 56 56 1 yr. Dixon, Glenn 19 QB 3 50 67 1 yr. Lyons, Justin 16 QB 13 33 33 --- Starks, Will 6 QB 2 9 38 1 yr.

Well, we have our co-starters from last year returning for this season, with both seeking a new deal starting next year. We’re in great shape for right now, and we’ll see how it plays out as the season goes on – Glenn Dixon certainly seems capable of heading a top-tier team, so I’m not worried either way.

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Player # Pos Start Exp Current Estimate Future Estimate Cntrct Stewart, Gus 39 RB 9 75 75 1 yr. Barker, Terrance 44 RB 8 50 50 --- Sims, Daryl 37 RB 4 30 34 --- Charlton, Mitch 42 RB 2 21 29 2 yrs

Gus Stewart has been eclipsed a bit by the QB situation, but let’s not forget what he has brought to this team: eight seasons, 128 starts, and 12,000+ yards rushing. He’s got 13 lines on his personal awards list but perhaps most telling of all is this fact:

Supewerbowls won with Gus Stewart: 4
Superbowls won without Gus Stewart: 0


Barker and Sims will have a shot at getting the backup role, but I’d also be comfortable looking for a rookie to step in as the #2 guy. Might be a function of contract demands.

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Player # Pos Start Exp Current Estimate Future Estimate Cntrct Beers, Preston 48 FB 4 50 51 2 yrs McConnell, Joseph 38 FB 12 40 40 --- Sellers, Karl 80 TE 7 80 80 3 yrs Bleeck, Rod 86 TE 2 27 33 1 yr.

Preston Beers is practically my ideal fullback. We love Karl Sellers and his contributions to the offense, but I’m worried about his health, which is showing signs of weakening. We may need to pursue a solid backup TE this season.

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Player # Pos Start Exp Current Estimate Future Estimate Cntrct Tilton, Cornelius 83 FL 10 39 39 --- Parker, Dwayne 88 FL 2 33 47 2 yrs Pritchett, Don 89 SE 5 64 64 2 yrs Pendleton, Ted 82 SE 6 50 50 1 yr. Foug, Gino 85 SE 2 27 41 1 yr.

This WR group has been pretty solid, and we’ll try to bring group leader Tilton back on another cheap contract. Will this be the year for Don Pritchett? 1,000 yards isn’t really all that lofty a goal, but regular readers here know how much of an issue it has become. 993 last season left a sting… if he stays healthy, I think he’ll pass the mark this season, finally.

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Player # Pos Start Exp Current Estimate Future Estimate Cntrct Beyer, Jackie 57 C 3 70 70 2 yrs O'Donnell, Earl 54 C 4 48 52 1 yr. Thornton, Mickey 53 LG 12 32 32 --- Somerville, Moe 68 RG 6 72 72 2 yrs Cunningham, Ted 56 RG 4 39 52 --- Aneigh, Bart 73 RG 2 21 28 2 yrs Hammond, Lonnie 74 LT 2 19 26 2 yrs Wilson, Irv 66 RT 5 49 49 1 yr. Glaspie, Nathan 78 RT 10 36 36 ---

We could really use a boost at left tackle – Irv Wilson played there last season, but if we cannot re-sign Nathan Glaspie, we’ll have a new hole. Ideally, landing a solid true left tackle will be possible in this off season, either by the draft or through free agency. Inside, we look good – Moe Somerville is excellent, and Jackie Beyer is starting to dominate from the middle. We look good, but could use one more productive starter.

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Player # Pos Start Exp Current Estimate Future Estimate Cntrct Burnette, Lance 17 P 5 46 46 --- Bass, Peter 14 K 2 62 71 2 yrs

Okay.

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Player # Pos Start Exp Current Estimate Future Estimate Cntrct Quinn, Kim 71 LDE 8 57 57 --- Lane, Blake 70 LDE 8 29 29 1 yr. McKenzie, Emmitt 79 LDE 3 26 30 1 yr. Finch, Zach 77 RDE 3 59 71 3 yrs Worsham, Drew 92 LDT 8 77 77 4 yrs Capstraw, Donovan 95 LDT 6 45 45 1 yr. Alston, Leo 90 LDT 11 37 40 2 yrs Cash, Floyd 76 RDT 2 26 34 1 yr.

We always are looking for decent depth on the line. Kim Quinn has been an excellent run stopper on the end for us, but he’ll ask for too much to come back. This is the last year we will be able to afford DT Drew Worsham – he rockets to over $10 million next year. Adding a quality defensive end this year would be a great plus – young DT Zach Finch has been very good, but getting a second true contributor from the outside is a top priority.

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Player # Pos Start Exp Current Estimate Future Estimate Cntrct Michl, Gino 59 WILB 7 65 65 1 yr. Wallace, Andrew 55 MLB 11 55 55 --- Gunn, Brandon 52 MLB 7 46 52 1 yr. May, Steven 50 SLB 9 64 64 2 yrs Dodge, Kurt 91 SLB 12 47 47 --- Wilkerson, Russell 97 SLB 3 29 34 1 yr.

Here is our biggest issue right now. Michl is a quality starter, but our other two starters are unsigned. We need to come up with guys to step into starting roles here. My guess is that we will be able to sign one guy – maybe Wallace. Stephen May isn’t exactly the right guy for a starting job, but he is solid all around, and we will be okay if he has to take a starting role – he actually filled in for half of last season. So, re-signing Wallace would probably be fine – but he’s looking for pretty big money, so this is an unknown.

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Player # Pos Start Exp Current Estimate Future Estimate Cntrct Enochs, Ty 28 LCB 8 48 48 2 yrs Furr, Randy 32 LCB 10 46 47 1 yr. Diaz, Monty 34 LCB 11 45 45 1 yr. Cottle, Bucky 40 LCB 14 38 38 --- Mascorella, Stanley 47 RCB 2 9 41 2 yrs Weed, Kirk 24 SS 14 46 46 1 yr. Eskridge, Kenneth 20 FS 11 69 69 1 yr. Helmuth, Pat 35 FS 5 34 53 ---


We have our starting four returning, and should be fine here. My long-run strategy of spending only modest money at CB has worked out well here, and our long-standing safety tandem of Weed and Eskridge have been great for us overall.
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