Thoughts, observations and rambling incoherencies on some matters related to the Cleveland Browns:
Item: Jimmy Haslam told reporters at the Cleveland Sports Awards Thursday night that a decision on re-signing placekicker Phil Dawson would be up to new GM Mike Lombardi and the coaching staff.
Thought: Whats to decide?
(The new coaches) are just now starting to look at our team, Haslam told the assembled throng. So those decisions will be made over the next few weeks.
The obvious followup: When it comes to Dawson, whats to look at?
He has been the pros pro in Cleveland since 1999, persevering through lousy team after lousy team. Hes not just an all-time great Brown, hes an all time great kicker -- hes made 84 percent of his kicks in some of the worst conditions in the league.
And its not a question of age, either. As Dawson ages, he gets better. The past two seasons hes 14-of-15 form 50 yards plus, and 53-of-60 overall. He is on the verge of becoming the Browns all-time leading ...