Originally written on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 11/6/14
While We’re Waiting serves as the early morning gathering of WFNY-esque information for your viewing pleasure. Have something you think we should see? Send it to our tips email at tips@waitingfornextyear.com. What Cleveland fans deserve- “4. A tone setting defensive player. This blue collar city deserves a linebacker or defensive lineman that will put the fear of god in an opposing quarterback. A mean spirited monster who sheds weak blocks and tramples linemen on the way into the backfield. A wrecking ball that a quarterback keeps in his peripheral vision and keeps a countdown timer in his head on every play for. Cleveland’s defensive teams have lacked the “identity” player that resided in the fearless defenses of the ’80′s and ’90′s teams. That player may be a hard hitting/ball hawk safety, or a physical specimen at DL/LB. Every team in the AFC North possesses at least one or two players of this caliber.” [Finney/Dawgs by Nature] — “Gilbert and Grant were gushing about Brown this entire press conference. About how nobody has the knowledge and commitment to the game like Mike Brown. There were thinly-veiled contrasts to Byron Scott, to whom Gilbert thanked for his work individually with the young guys, but Gilbert spoke about a ‘holistic’ growth now in order. If there is one thing that many of us here at C:TB lamented this year, it was the lack of identity, and the appearance that the Cavs were never more than the sum of their parts. The organization felt the same way. Mike Brown is their guy. They are married to him now. They got exactly who they wanted. They never wanted Phil Jackson, or Stan Van Gundy. They did a half-ass ‘reaching out’ to appease all of us hyperventilating fans. They wanted Mike Brown the whole time. And Mike Brown would have moved back to Cleveland to play Dad-in-the-stands (working the refs) at St. Ed’s. Getting back into the highest level of his profession, and working towards “unfinished business” was the 20 million dollar icing on the cake. I know my colleagues range from puzzled to downright furious that the Cavs didn’t follow some due process. But if you were married to someone for 6 years, split up, desperately missed one another, and then met up for dinner and realized that it was always meant to be, are you gonna go you separate ways and “still see other people”. No. That’s ridiculous. You’re going right back to the courthouse and claiming your old side of the bed back. They didn’t hire Mike Brown out of desperation. He was coming to Cleveland regardless. They hired him back because he is Dan Gilbert and Chris Grant’s coach. Thanks for the fling, Byron. You’re a good dude. ”It’s not you, it’s me.” [Pestak/Cavs the Blog] —- It seems that school up north needs incentives for it’s students to come to the football games- “Brady Hoke promises free donuts to Michigan students for noon home games.” [Schwab/Dr. Saturday] —- “We’ll hear the complaints that Brown’s offenses stagnated in critical moments, that his rotations buried potentially useful players and that he deferred to assistant coaches instead of making definitive decisions on his own. This team has not seen a critical basketball moment in three seasons. If Mike Brown, now 43 years old, can help resurrect the importance of the moments the team faces, perhaps the lessons learned in his 30s as one of the youngest coaches in the league can take him further now, in his 40s. Mike Brown is set up to succeed this time. He joins the team after they have already bottomed out, quit on a head coach, and failed to play defense with any kind of consistency. His best player, a 21 year old wildly talented on the offensive end of the floor, has provided nothing on the other end through his short professional career. Kyrie Irivng and the rest of core of the team have all been in the league for less than 2 years, short enough to unlearn bad habits. Anderson Varejao, one of Brown’s greatest achievements, is still on the team. They are loaded with draft picks and financial flexibility. They are set to make a run at the 2014 free agency pool at exactly the point when Brown’s young squad will be ready to take the step forward and play playoff games in Cleveland.” [Jackson/Stepien Rules] —- Old pal Victor Martinez had an interesting play at the plate. As the runner. [Fairservice/Getting Blanked] —- Finally, our buddy Michael Brenkus helped us visualize what the Draft Day movie poster might look like, now that Arian Foster is on board…
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