All signs point to a first-team lineup featuring QB Brandon Weeden, RB Trent Richardson, OT Mitchell Schwartz and WR Joshua Gordon. Should fans shake with trepidation or quiver with anticipation?
The Browns apparently imminent sale (Mary Kay Cabot, The Plain Dealer) could be great news for those four rookies. There’s only so much fan ire to go around, after all. Give the rookies a break; let’s demonstrate in front of Randy Lerner’s house!
No one begrudges someone selling what is rightfully his or hers. However, this is the brand of bald-faced mendacity emblematic of the contempt with which the one percenters treat everyone else. Furthermore—
Where was I? Oh, right. Rookies on the offense.
The new CBA may help to preserve players’ bodies, but it is not helping rookies' minds.
Just look at poor Blaine Gabbert’s struggles in Jacksonville last season after the lockout. Of course, Mr. Gabbert was trying to play professional football with slow WRs and a Swiss cheese O-line—but you get the point.
The less time in practice, the more important the I.Q. The Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians waxed positively poetic this week (according to NFL.com’s Dan Hanzus) when enthusing about Andrew Luck’s mental acuity:
I've never been around a guy who can learn that fast…his learning curve is so quick…those young receivers, young tight ends, he'll leave them in the dust.
In Cleveland, Brandon Weeden and Brad Childress can’t afford to let anyone lag behind as they attempt to add water and score in 2012.