Throughout the 2020 NFL Season, it’s safe to say Juju Smith-Schuster has turned heads a number of times. From becoming a Tik Tok sensation to dancing on Teams’ logos and getting absolutely leveled for it, Smith-Schuster has seen his actions come back to haunt him (and team) more than once. With his latest choice of words, we can’t help but wonder if Smith-Schuster may have just dug his own grave, and then danced on it.
Speaking with the Associated Press before Sunday’s postseason matchup, Juju stated “I think they’re still the same Browns teams I play every year,… I think they’re nameless gray faces. They have a couple good players on their team, but at the end of the day, I don’t know. The Browns is the Browns.” Bold choice of words from a player who hasn’t done much other than get completely embarrassed multiple times on the field.
Smith-Schuster and the Pittsburgh Steelers made their way to 11-0 before dropping three losses in a row and finishing the season 12-4. Their latest loss was handed to them by the Cleveland Browns who made their final push for the playoffs. Granted the Browns beat a Steelers team who was resting their starters, but still the Browns have clearly made a decent case for themselves to not be taking lightly.
Smith-Schuster shouldn’t be much of a factor this Sunday either, after not having a single game with over 100 receiving yards and tallying only 9 touchdowns on the season. With this being said, I think it goes for all of us here at BOTA that we hope this adds fuel to the fire and provides some very strong motivation for the Browns. Here’s to hoping Juju can eat his words once more this season and the Steelers get their ass handed to them by the Browns. Let’s see what these “gray faces” Browns can do to a Steelers team that is nowhere close to as talented as originally thought.
I have been waiting for this day for months. Looking at concept art and rumors to scratch my itch.
Let me give you the play by play.
I look at the clock. 11:58… I’m waiting eagerly. Finally, it’s 12…and I have to wait more. Fuck those extra two minutes by the way. They have an awesome intro with a mix of the old footage of Clay Matthews Jr. and Jim Brown with the current stars like Baker and Myles.
I immediately went to NFL shop and bought the white Baker jersey which is arguably the best out of them.
I love the retro feel to them. The all white is super clean and the “color” rush is still alive. Honestly, I just feel blessed that it isn’t this monstrosity.
If they revealed that, I would’ve revoked my fandom. That thing is just… awful.
If I had to put them in the rankings of New Jersey’s, they do sit in the middle unfortunately. I really like the Bucs and I hate the Falcons. Who thought those Atlanta jerseys were a good idea?
Anyone who was expecting something flashy doesn’t understand what the Browns stand for. We are a working class team. You can’t expect flash and glitter. The Browns have grit. We have been in the trenches. We aren’t Ferrari’s we are a reliable truck that your dad passed down to you.
My fellow Browns fans know who this man is. He was Mr. Reliable on a team of studs. He was Hollywood on a team of Celebrities. He had a down year in 2019 after showing his worth in 2018, but for some reason, every team has slept on Higgins.
The Browns have been focused on making short term deals for stars happen while seemingly neglecting building a bench.
I’m not saying Higgins is a #1 receive, but he’s worth more attention than the free agency market has given him.
The Bills kicked the tires on Higgins, but nothing came from it. If I was the Bills, I would have given Hollywood the chance. The mix of Diggs, Higgins, and Brown sounds like a legit core for a young developing QB.
Higgins is the perfect accent to any receiving core. He is at his best when he is in the red zone. He has a 60% catch rate for all passes and on the Browns, got the separation he needed to score in big time scenarios.
I could even see the Patriots replacing Philip Dorsett with Higgins. I fully believe Higgins is a better receiver and Good ol’ Bill could get him at a good price.
I can keep rambling, but I’ll keep circling the same point. SOME ONE SIGN HOLLYWOOD.
This is our time Dawg Pound. The regular season is always disappointing, but this time of year is special. It gives us hope, it gives us joy, it gives us a promise of a brighter future. We never get that brighter future, but let’s enjoy the present! After all, it’s called the present for a reason.
I apologize for how dumb that last sentence was, but fuck it! Let’s go!
Arguably the biggest free agent signing for us this season, Austin Hooper should be able to fill the gaps that Njoku leaves.
He is coming off of a career high season in catches (76), receiving yards (786), and touchdowns downs (6). He did this over 13 games which is something that has always worried me about Hooper. He has had multiple injury plagued seasons which has held him back.
Hooper also seems to lack the strength of Kittle, Kelce, or Ertz. Despite his lack in strength, he is a great blocker and finds ways to get open.
Having a Tight End that can properly block and catch gives Baker more options to spread the field and give him time in the pocket.
Final Thoughts and Grade: B+
I think we over paid for him, but that’s what happens when you’re the only Tight End on the Market. He will become a valuable asset to Stefanski’s offense and diversifies our offense.
Jack was on the top of my wish list. It was not a secret that our offensive line was hot trash last year. Our tackles were basically nonexistent so bringing Conklin in helps fill one of those.
He is only 25 and we locked him up until he is 28. If he performs half as well as he did in Tennessee we got ourselves a line stud.
His strengths are in run blocking which is where we should focus our offense. The Browns have a workhorse in Nick Chubb, give him a powerful line and watch what he does.
The thing that scares me is his ACL. He tore it in the 2017 playoffs and carried into 2018. He bounced back and had a stellar season last year ranking 8th among tackles.
Final Thoughts and Grade: A
Jack Conklin will become a pivotal part of our line if he can stay healthy. I’m glad Berry went out and paid for protection.
This one seems questionable, but I have a theory about this signing.
Baker is our future QB. He has had ups and downs, but Stefanski believes in him. We all do. Now, who has Baker had to compete with? Garret Gilbert? Drew Stanton? Neither have had success past being a journeyman QB. Keenum has had minimal success, but still some success.
This signing was to make Baker feel like he is competing for his spot because if he starts slipping, Case will win you a couple games. On the other end of it, Keenum can give Baker some needed veteran advice and guidance.
Final Thoughtsand Grade: B+
As we saw last year with Drew Brees, you should pay a back up. If the worst case scenario happens, you need a solid backup. I guess you could say the Browns are ready for the best Case scenario.
Andrew Berry traded for Janovich by sending Denver a 7th round pick. I love this pick up.
Stefanski’s offense runs his offense with a lot of fullback looks. Look at CJ Ham! He had a Pro Bowl season in a league where Full Backs are a dying breed.
Browns fans, remember the last full back we got from Denver?
Final Thoughtsand Grade: A
Andy has been a hard nose player that can protect and get you solid yards off a short run. Having an extra blocker to protect Baker is vital to our long term success.
I love what we have done so far. Andrew Berry has addressed most of our major needs and set us up well for the draft. I don’t think he’s done yet, but I’ll write about what I think is next for the Browns soon.
Andrew Berry we salute you for this offseason. You have brought joy to a Pandemic world.
If you read my article last night, you saw that Greg Robinson was arrested with possession to distribute. I said it had to be above 2oz of the Mary Jane. Well folks I’m here to tell you that you should’ve smacked the over on that one.
Greg Robinson was not satisfied with his life as an NFL lineman making 6 million a year. That’s enough for most people to retire happily ever after. NOT FOR GOOD OL’ G-REG.
Greg Robinson was caught with 157 pounds of pure green marijuana. If he sold that to a college freshman with a Vineyard Vines shirt it would solve the national debt. You can only do two things with that much weed, kill a herd of elephants or become a drug king pin.
As I’m writing this, he was apparently with former Texans Wide Receiver Quran Bray. They are both facing 20 years in prison.
This is beyond a Former Browns player enjoying Pot. This is one of the dumbest athlete moves I have ever seen. I mean this dude made $29 million dollars playing football and he just wasn’t satisfied.
There’s a lot more to say about this, but I will let Stephen A. take it away.
Today, unexpectedly, the city of Cleveland lost a hero, an icon, and a damn good boy all in one foul swoop. This post is my memorial for our champion.
Swagger, the Browns mascot, passed away today at the age of 6 from a stroke.
Swagger was the browns mascot for the past 6 seasons before leaving the title to his son Swagger Jr. Swagger gave Browns fans something to smile at when all our hope was gone.
As Browns fans, we know that Swaggers spirit will be with Jr. and us all for the upcoming seasons. So, I would like to be the first to unofficially officially announce that this season is devoted to the best boy Cleveland could ask for. #superbowlforswagger
Last Thursday nights debacle seems to have to come to a close with a finale that should surprise no one. Myles is still suspended and Mason Rudolph’s fat head got away with being a dick.
Myles Garrett had his appeal heard today. He stood on the basis that he can’t be suspended in definitely according to the CBA. Oh and another thing. MYLES PULLED THE RACE CARD. Myles claims that he was provoked to attack Rudolph after he kicked him and called him a racial slur.
Rudolph, who looks like every ex-boyfriend from a romantic comedy staring Katherine Heigl, was quick to deny the rumors and felt attacked by the accusation.
This was Rudolph’s second defense after his lawyer told him “ My best friend is black” isn’t a valid response. The NFL found no proof of Rudolph using any slur during the fight. Although he might be dumb, I doubt he’s racist. When he was pushed down, Rudolph could’ve very easily said something much worse than “son of a bitch” to Larry Ogunjobi.
All jokes aside, Rudolph could’ve been seriously injured by Garrett. That is nothing to joke about. As a Browns fan, I’m required to take the side of my boys. As a human, I understand both sides. Racism is an issue and is never an answer, Myles doesn’t seem like the type to just pop off. However, he did assault another human with intent to harm.
The Dawg Pound will be without our defensive star for the year, but it’s nice to see the rivalry back.
I can’t take it anymore. I tried standing by you before the season started. My faith slowly turned into a burning hatred. Freddie….it’s time for you to go.
You have taken a team with a wealth of potential and coached them like the alcoholic stepdad that coached pop warner. You are actually garbage. The game in Denver was a MUST WIN. THAT MEANS YOU MUST WIN TO KEEP THE HOPES ALIVE FOR THE SEASON FREDDIE. WHAT DID YOU DO FREDDIE? YOU FUCKING LOST. THAT IS ACTUALLY THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT YOU WERE SUPPOSED TO DO.
John Dorsey gave you the keys to the castle and you turned it into a Denny’s. This week upcoming, we have a challenging battle against the Bills. I should be excited about the prospect of having a dynamic duo in the back field. Instead, I’m pissed off and rooting for a loss so you can get fired.
I mean for fucks sake, you’ve refused to give up play calling, which is clearly not your specialty. SEE BELOW
^^^^^ THAT. DO NOT DOUBT BOB “THE BELLY” Wylie.
You took what should’ve been the season that Browns fans have waited for and shit all over it, which is an awful image I wish I didn’t put into existence.
John Dorsey, please. Please. Fire Freddie, give us some hope of turning this season around.
I have had time to digest last night. It hurt, but I’m back. My boy Baker has looked off all year. The confidence isn’t there. I am fully ready to overreact and point fingers. All fingers are pointed towards Freddie.
Everyone already knows that questionable 4th and 9 run call. Besides that, he has made weird personnel changes pulling a back-up tight end and running back. They ran the 22 offense at the end of last year and it worked. I’m not sure what made him change his mind, but we need to get more protection for Baker so he has time in the pocket.
It is time for him to give up play calling. Freddie is a great players coach, but he’s not ready for the play calling side of things. Give that to Todd Monken. He did great with the Bucs last year.
Full Disclosure, I wanted Gregg Williams to be the coach in the off season, but I didn’t hate Freddie. I still don’t hate Freddie. I just want him to do whats best for the team. Let’s not blow it up just yet.