Atlanta Falcons: 5 Quick Questions

Kate Arhar
Cleveland Browns Reporter

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8 

Any team that goes up against the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl immediately gains a ton of fans. The Atlanta Falcons are one such team. After leading for most of Super Bowl LI back in 2017, the Falcons lost in gut-wrenching fashion – at least most of us were wrenched.

But last season they seemed to suffer from some sort of Super Bowl Hangover. Will 2018 be the season they bounce back?

I recently met a huge Falcons fan on twitter, so I asked Angela Spencer // @AngieSpencer28 five questions and got her thoughts regarding the upcoming season…

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Cleveland Browns: First Look at Baker Mayfield

Kate Arhar
Cleveland Browns Reporter

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8 

While everyone knows that the Cleveland Browns finished a dismal 0-16 last year, few fans remember that they went an undefeated 4-0 in the preseason.

Does the preseason matter? Not really.  But there are still important lessons to be learned, schemes to master and starting position battles being fought.

Preseason Week 1, the Browns traveled to New Jersey to face the New York Giants and their rookie running back Saquon Barkley.  The game began with a couple solid series’ and seven points from veteran quarterback Tyrod Taylor.

After trading with Buffalo to acquire Taylor in the offseason, Browns Head Coach Hue Jackson told everyone he would be the Starting QB for this year. And then Baker Mayfield was drafted #1 in April and the speculation began.

Did the three-quarters Mayfield played meet fans expectations? Is there a QB Controversy AGAIN in Cleveland? You make the call.

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Cleveland Browns: What is Your “Why?”

Kate Arhar
Cleveland Browns Reporter

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8 

Last night the new season of HBO’s “Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Cleveland Browns” premiered. While there are a number of funny and interesting things to take away from the first episode, what made the biggest impact on me was a seemingly simple question: What is your “Why?”

Linebacker Christian Kirksey, drafted in 2014, has stepped up as a leader during training camp and is finding ways to motivate his teammates. In a scene that stayed with me, he asked everyone in the room: “What is your why?”

He challenged them to write down the reason they practice, workout, play on a piece of paper and put it somewhere they will see every day to keep them motivated and remind them why they are doing what they do.

Which made me wonder: Why do Browns Fans stay by this team?

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Browns Trade WR Corey Coleman…

Kate Arhar
Cleveland Browns Reporter

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8 

One of the perceived strengths of the Cleveland Browns heading into training camp was the wide receiver corps. The offseason acquisition of Jarvis Landry, the reinstatement of Josh Gordon, and the third year of first-round draft pick Corey Coleman had everyone – fans and media alike – projecting good things for the offense.

But last night the Browns traded Corey Coleman to the Buffalo Bills.

Wait, WHAT?!?!?

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Cleveland Browns Training Camp and Annual Blood Drive

Kate Arhar
Cleveland Browns Reporter

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8

Fans of the Cleveland Browns have suffered through some tremendously awful events, the most recent being last year’s 0-16 season. But reports out of the Spring OTA’s and Mini Camp seem to be largely optimistic, especially where the offense is concerned.

With HBO film crews on-site working on this season’s “Hard Knocks” series, training camp tickets will be a hot commodity around town. Pre-sales started this week to season ticket holders and Browns Backers and they’re going fast!

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New Sports Betting Laws and the NFL

Kate Arhar
OTFB Browns Reporter

 

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8

On Monday, a Supreme Court ruling opened the door for states to legalize sports betting. Up until now, Nevada was the only state where you could legally place a wager on sports events. While the ruling itself does not make sports gambling legal, it does move the regulating of these wagers back to being a state-level issue.

The basic thought behind the ruling goes back to the U. S. Constitution: anything not specifically designated as being under federal jurisdiction belongs to the states. Meaning – the federal government can regulate gambling but since it has so far chosen not to, states can now enact legislation to legalize sports gambling or repeal previous laws making it illegal.

This situation begs a ton of questions. Socially, financially and game integrity issues must be considered.

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Should the NFL institute a Draft Lottery?

Kate Arhar
Cleveland Browns Reporter

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8

Tonight is the NBA’s Draft Lottery. As a fan of the Cleveland Cavaliers, there were many years when this date would have been marked on my calendar in January. We would even joke as the seasons neared the finish line that each loss was “another ball in the hopper.”

How does this system work? And better yet, is it time to consider some type of Draft Lottery for the NFL?

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The Mayfield Controversy, Cleveland style

Kate Arhar
Cleveland Browns Reporter

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8

Quarterback controversy is never in short supply for Cleveland Browns fans. But this year, the selection of Baker Mayfield at #1 seems to be even more of an issue than ever.

I’m sure I’ll get a lot of heat for saying this, but as fans, it’s our own fault. Too many folks simply believe whatever is told to them by the local media, don’t think or research for themselves, and just regurgitate the “Hot Take of the Day” that they heard on the radio or read on twitter.

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Hard Knocks: Are the Browns Up Next?

Kate Arhar
Cleveland Browns Reporter

 

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8

As football fans, we’ve all seen the HBO series “Hard Knocks,” or at least heard about it. An announcement should be coming soon on which team has been “volunteered” to share a behind-the-scenes look at their preseason operation. While this show definitely has it’s share of drama – player cuts, closed-door coaches in conversation – it also lightens the mood with the hilarious Rookie Talent Shows.

I have to think the Cleveland Browns, with all their woes and newly drafted quarterback Baker Mayfield, are at the top of HBO’s “Wish List” as to which team will be featured. As a reporter, I’d love to see all the things that are normally beyond my access. As a fan, I have this perception of a “Hard Knocks Curse” that make me wary of having the Browns be chosen.

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2018 NFL Draft: QBs to provide big impact for 5 teams

Kate Arhar
Cleveland Browns Reporter

 

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8

Round One of the 2018 NFL Draft saw five Quarterbacks get taken: Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, Josh Rosen and Lamar Jackson. These men should have a huge impact on their new teams and could really shake-up their divisions.

The first four all went in the top 10 but it took a while for Jackson to find a home. In what may have been the most joyful moment of the evening for a lot of his fans, the Ravens traded back into the first round to get him at 32. Two went to the AFC North and two went to the AFC East. Both those divisions are going to see the quality of competition rise significantly in the next couple years.

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