AFC NORTH NEWS

Mark The Greek's Monday Night Pick Sure To Go Wrong

This week's Monday Night Football game pits the mighty Baltimore ravens against the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars. So here are my predictions on tonight's game: Baltimore Ravens at Jacksonville Jaguars Where to begin, the Jaguars passing game is dreadful, last in the league, and now rookie Blaine Gabbert has to face the 8th best secondary in the NFL in the Baltimore...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
October 24, 2011  |  Discuss

T.O. Misses Court Hearing, Arrest Warrant Issued

An arrest warrant was issued for free agent wide receiver Terrell Owens after failing to show up for a court hearing regarding child support payments. Owens tried to reschedule the October 24 hearing due to his televised workout for NFL teams. However, no teams attended Owens' workout. According to a spokesperson, Owens is looking for a new attorney and was representing...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
November 06, 2011  |  Discuss

Colt McCoy Wins AFC North 2011 Positive Impact Factor

While the Cleveland Browns finished fourth in the AFC North this season, their quarterback Colt McCoy finished first among the division's quarterbacks in the Positive Impact Factor (what's this?). Here's the 2011 AFC North PIF Standings (PIF with sacks counted as rushes like the NCAA in brackets): 1. Colt McCoy, Cleveland Browns, 39.1 (43.8) 2. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati...
Via One-Handed Grab
January 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Billy Cundiff Distracted Before Missed Kick

Two unnamed Baltimore Ravens have said that kicker Billy Cundiff was distracted and unprepared before what was supposed to be a game tying kick. They also said that the Ravens coaches were yelling at him. Cundiff was practicing his kicks on the sideline, unaware of the Ravens driving down the field into field goal range. Cundiff was reportedly called upon six times and coaches...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
January 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Todd Haley Hired As Steelers Offensive Coordinator

Former Kansas City Chiefs head coach Todd Haley has been hired as the offensive coordinator of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Haley would replace Bruce Arians, who was fired shortly after the Steelers shocking loss to the Denver Broncos in the Wild Card round. Haley, 45, was the offensive coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals in 2007-08, their only Super Bowl appearance. Haley spent...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
February 06, 2012  |  Discuss

Ricky Williams To Retire From NFL

Baltimore Ravens running back Ricky Williams has called a press conference to announcement his retirement from the NFL. Williams retired once before in 2004 as he was facing a four game suspension for drug use. He returned in 2005, but spent the 2006 season with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. This time it appears as if its final. "The NFL has...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
February 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Steelers Will Not Re-Sign Hines Ward

The NFL Network has reported that the Pittsburgh Steelers are planning on not bringing back long time Steelers receiver Hines Ward for the 2012 season. Ward, 35, was scheduled to make $4 million next season, but told Steelers management that he was willing to take a pay cut to stay in Pittsburgh. The Steelers had to make a decision by March 1 because of a clause in his contract...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
February 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Browns Being Sold To Steelers Owner?

According to sources, the Cleveland Browns are close to being sold to a minority owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Tennessee businessman Jimmy Haslem is said to be close to buying the team from Randy Lerner. The Steelers have confirmed the discussions but did not comment any further. One of the contingents of the sale is that the team has to have "a complete and unconditional...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
July 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Steelers Fullback Out for Season After Blown ACL

Pittsburgh Steelers fullback David Johnson is out for the season after tearing his ACL in the first quarter of the Steelers opening preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Coach Mike Tomlin referred to the injury as a "significant knee inury" and the loss of Johnson creates a huge hole for the Steelers. Johnson was going to play both fullback and tight end this...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
August 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Maryland Politician Wants Ravens Linebacker to Stop Supporting Gay Marriage

Maryland politician Emmett C. Burns has sent the Baltimore Ravens a letter to tell linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo to "cease and desist" his gay marriage advocacy. Burns, a four term Democratic member of the Maryland House of Delegates, said that he was "appalled and aghast" with Ayanbadejo's "injurious actions". The letter, obtained by Baltimore...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
September 06, 2012  |  Discuss

Brandon Weeden Gets Trapped Under Flag, Loses Game

Maybe this should have been a sign of things to come for Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden. During the pregame ceremonies, Weeden was trapped underneath a huge American flag being draped across the field. Weeden tried to get out of the way, but it was too late as he was soon immersed by the gigantic flag. Weeden's day didn't get much better as he went...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
September 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Raiders' Heyward-Bey Carted Off Field After Hit

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Darius Heyward-Bey was carted off the field after a helmet to helmet hit with Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Mundy. Mundy was not penalized for the hit. Heyward-Bey was running across the end zone when Mundy threw himself towards Heyward-Bey and hit him right in the facemask. Heyward-Bey's neck jerked violently and his head slammed into...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
September 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Bill Belichick Grabs Ref After Defeat

After the Patriots lost a thrilling and frustrating game to the Baltimore Ravens, Patriots coach Bill Belichick was seen grabbing a referee as he was exiting the field. Belichick wanted the refs to review the game winning field goal by Justin Tucker, but rules state that if a ball goes over the uprights, it is not a reviewable call. Belichick is looking at the very least a...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
September 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Osi Umenyiora to Trent Richardson: "Come & Get It"

Trent Richardson has made a habit of talking a bit of trash heading into games against good defenses. He's exchanged jabs with Rey Maualuga of the Bengals and while I don't see any issues with what he said entering this week's game against the New York Giants, apparently Osi Umenyiora did. Richardson was quoted saying: “I think that if we cover the edges and run...
Via Raw Sports
October 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Former Brown Jerome Harrison Battling Seizures

Former Cleveland Browns running back Jerome Harrison is suffering from post-tumor seizures, according to former teammate Josh Cribbs. When the Detroit Lions traded the running back back to the Philadelphia Eagles, the team doctors discovered a brain tumor. The trade was nullified and Harrison was sent back to the Lions. While talking about his own recovery from a recent concussion...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
October 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Son Stabs Father over Bet on Browns Game

As if being a Browns fan hasn't been bad enough since, well, 1995 at the least.... A son reportedly stabbed his father yesterday over a bet on the Browns vs. Giants game.  The report indicates the two were watching the game at a local Buffalo Wild Wings in Heath, OH (Fairly close to Columbus) when they went outside to settle a dispute on a bet they had on the game. Apparently...
Via Raw Sports
October 08, 2012  |  Discuss

NFL Celebrity Lookalikes, The Sequel

Back by popular demand. (Not!) After my first foray into NFL personnel that could have second careers as celebrity impersonators, it just seemed that I became aware of more lookalikes. It was as if my eyes were opened to new NFL players and their Hollywood twins. Plus my wife was totally on board with helping me. In fact, she suggested the first one. While watching the Thursday...
Via Special Teams Seiber
October 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Brandon Weeden is The Oldest NFL Player Ever

Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden is already the oldest rookie in the NFL at the ripe old age of 29, but, according to the Cleveland Browns, Weeden is actually 129 years old. Not only is that old for a football player, but that is old for anybody. That explains why Weeden isn't playing very well. Maybe.
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
October 15, 2012  |  Discuss

Browns Fan Dunks Head in Bucket of Urine for $450

Browns fans never cease to amaze, or embarrass me... this is no exception. This video shows a Cleveland Browns fan who apparently REALLY wanted $450.... Or maybe he was just super pumped up about the Browns first win of the season and first after an 11 game losing streak.
Via Raw Sports
October 15, 2012  |  Discuss

Hurricane Sandy Caused Pieces of Cleveland Municipal Stadium to Wash Ashore

Hurricane Sandy may have crippled the Eastern Seaboard, but it looks like Cleveland had to deal with an odd situation caused by the "superstorm". Sandy caused bits and pieces of the old Cleveland Municipal Stadium to be thrown out of Lake Erie and wash ashore in nearby Bratenahl, Ohio. Why was the wreckage of the stadium in Lake Erie you ask? Simple. When the former...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
November 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Josh Cribbs Feels "Caged" in Browns Offense, Criticizes Coaching Staff

Josh Cribbs is undoubtedly a special return man and special teams player. After negotiating what most people in the league believed to be too high of a contract for a special teams player, Cribbs and the Browns attempted to get more value out of him by utilizing him at WR.  It has not worked out very well for a variety of reasons. My sources inside the Browns have confirmed that...
Via Raw Sports
November 17, 2012  |  2 Comments

Chip Kelly Close to Deal with Browns

One day after his Oregon Ducks destroyed the Kansas State Wildcats to win the Fiesta Bowl, Chip Kelly appears to be close to becoming an NFL head coach. According to a report from ProFootballTalk, Chip Kelly and the Cleveland Browns appear to be close to a deal making Kelly the new head coach. Kelly has been the most sought after coach this offseason and had been the Browns number...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
January 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Chip Kelly Close to Deal with Eagles, not Browns

In a recent turn of events, it appears now as if Oregon Ducks head coach Chip Kelly is close to a five year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles and not the Cleveland Browns as many have reported. According to Brian Startare of Sportsradio 94 WIP in Philadelphia, that the Eagles have swooped in and taken Kelly from the clutches of the Cleveland Browns. Startare is so confident in...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
January 06, 2013  |  Discuss
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