Being a woman and an NFL fan

Sonja Greenfield, Detroit Lions Reporter

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

It’s not easy being a female sports fan.  More specifically, a female football fan.

On Monday, it was announced that the Cleveland Browns signed former Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt. To refresh our memory, Hunt was released by the Chiefs back in November for domestic violence allegations.  He was caught on camera kicking a woman in a hotel. Though he still potentially faces disciplinary action from the League, as of today, he’s a Cleveland Brown.

My husband once told me, “I don’t know how you can be a woman and still like the NFL.”  Ummm…wow.  That hurt a little bit. But he’s right. (And no, this isn’t the first time I’ve acknowledged that he’s right, BTW)

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Conflicted feelings on Cleveland signing RB Kareem Hunt

Kate Arhar
Kate Arhar Senior Sports Editor

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8

During a season in which the Kansas City Chiefs had great expectations of going to the Super Bowl, a video surfaced to show star running back Kareem Hunt in an altercation with a woman at a hotel in Cleveland last Spring. In the video, he is seen hitting and kicking her. The backlash from this incident caused the NFL to suspend him indefinitely and the Chiefs to release him.

Yesterday, Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey announced that they had signed Hunt. Frankly, my reactions have varied since I heard this news. I needed time to gather my thoughts, rein in my emotions, and sleep on it before I could put words down on paper.

Today, my thoughts are clearer, but no less conflicted. Hunt’s behavior in that Cleveland hotel is completely unacceptable. Everyone should be able to have a second chance to make up for their past, but WHY oh WHY does it have to be the Browns that give him that chance?

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Bengals, Dolphins hire head coaches from Super Bowl LIII teams

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8

Now that the Super Bowl is over, the last two open head coaching positions in the NFL have been filled.

The Cincinnati Bengals announced that Zac Taylor will be their new head coach. Taylor was the quarterbacks coach for the Los Angeles Rams.

The Miami Dolphins announced that Brian Flores will be their new head coach. Flores was the linebackers coach and defensive play caller for the New England Patriots.

It would appear that the Bengals will be focusing on offense this season, while the Dolphins are looking for defensive strength to help them finally top the Patriots in the AFC East.

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Pro Bowl Day 2: Let the Flag Football Championships begin

Dayna O’Gorman,
Senior Sports Reporter

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

What started out as a rainy, windy day in Orlando, ended with perfect temperatures, hot dance moves, and a whole lot of fun.

The NFC practice had to be moved indoors due to the weather. With that change, it allowed the NFC practice and the AFC practice to be held at different times, which allowed fans to be able to watch both conferences. Today I attended the AFC practice.

Quarterbacks Andrew Luck (Indianapolis), DeShaun Watson (Houston), and Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City) took turns running plays with the team while head coach Anthony Lynn watched from a distance, letting coaches Gus Bradley and others take over.

The QBs ran a few running plays, but when they switched to passing plays, it seemed to turn into a game of keep away. The defense made their presence known by grabbing interceptions and blocking passes. Let’s just say, it was a good thing there weren’t any officials on the field. It was all in good fun and the players loved it.

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Browns head coaching search is over!

Kate Arhar
Cleveland Browns Reporter

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8

The Cleveland Browns have named Freddie Kitchens as the 17th head coach in franchise history.

While the past few head coaches didn’t fare very well – or last very long – hopes are high that Coach Kitchens will be “cooking up” a winning recipe with rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield. Fans seem to believe, and if this past season’s performance is any indication, that the Browns have finally found their franchise QB.

Kitchens and Dorsey have already started to put his coaching staff into place, naming Steve Wilks as the defensive coordinator and Todd Monken as the offensive coordinator.

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How the Chargers can beat the Ravens

Cindy Davis LA Chargers Reporter

By Cindy Davis // @XO_CindyDavis

 

The Chargers may have lost to the Ravens week 16 of the regular season, but they are looking for revenge in an exciting wildcard matchup Sunday.

The Ravens defeated the Chargers 22-10 in their first meeting and appeared to dominate them, but the Chargers actually had a chance to win the game. The Chargers got the ball with 3:10 left on the clock and had great field position. The score was 16-10 Ravens.

Unfortunately, the usually reliable tight end Antonio Gates fumbled with 2:48 on the clock and the Ravens ran it back 62 yards to the end zone, making the score 22-10 and sealing the Chargers fate. Their first matchup was in L.A. but this time, the Chargers must travel to Baltimore to play in a hostile environment faced with a 3 hour east coast time difference.

While that may seem daunting to many teams, the Chargers are 7-1 on the road this season. This may be quarterback Philip Rivers last chance to win a Super Bowl before he retires. So how can the Chargers go into Baltimore and come out with a win? Continue reading “How the Chargers can beat the Ravens”

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Steelers miss playoffs after a drama filled season

Sonja Greenfield Steelers contributor

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

Steelers 16 – Bengals 13

Despite the win in Cincinnati, the Steelers still end up missing the playoffs for the first time since 2013.

First, we start the year with running back Le’Veon Bell holding out for a long-term deal instead of a franchise tag.  While most felt that it was going to come together at some point, it didn’t.

But no one benefited from Bell’s absence more than RB James Conner.  Conner finished the season with almost 1,000 yards rushing and 500 yards passing and had 13 touchdowns.  He stepped into the RB role and made it his own.  Could Bell be changing the way that holdouts go?  Is there anything wrong with betting on yourself?  Should you think of your team?

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Cincinnati Bengals release head coach Marvin Lewis

Wanda Wiedman,
Bengalss contributor

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

It has been a long time coming, but the Cincinnati Bengals have finally parted ways with head Coach Marvin Lewis.

After 16 seasons, Lewis’ tenure is over in “Who Dey” nation. For the past several years there was speculation as to why the Bengals held on to Lewis for so long, but it was simply their trust and respect in how he managed to turn around this team, a team that sat below .500 for several years prior to 2003.

Lewis took over the head coaching job in 2003, when he replaced Dick LeBeau who tanked the Bengals for the worst win percentage in franchise history. Lewis improved the Bengals to winning seasons with a band of young players such as quarterback Carson Palmer and receivers Chad Johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh.

He was voted AP Coach of the Year in 2009. His regular season record, 131-122-3, holding just above .500. But it was his postseason record, a sad 0-7, that was always black mark on his coaching record.

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“Now here’s a guy…..” Steeler’s Smith-Schuster makes football fun

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

No, this isn’t going to be a diatribe on why Cris Collinsworth is awful, nor will it be a diatribe on why he’s amazing.  Collinsworth’s catchphrase is what came to my mind when I thought about Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster.

Now here’s a guy who gets it.  He just does.  He’s one of the younger players in the NFL and he works hard!

 

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Browns beat Broncos; end 28 year losing streak!

Kate Arhar
Cleveland Browns Reporter

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8

Browns 17 – Broncos 16

It wasn’t pretty by any means, but for the first time since 1990, the Cleveland Browns beat the Denver Broncos in Mile High Stadium.

Rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield is everything fans have waited for these long, lonely years. While many questioned General Manager John Dorsey’s pick of Mayfield in the 2018 NFL Draft, week after week he is proving why he was the right choice.

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