October 13, 2009

Bad: Your NFL Season Is Ended By A Hit. Worse: From A Teammate.: Cleveland Browns backup running back James Davis is on Injured Reserve, and will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery after being hit after practice by an unnamed teammate. The teammate, a linebacker, was wearing pads; Davis was not. Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini says he's "comfortable" with the situation. The NFL, apparently not so comfortable, is investigating the incident.

posted by The_Black_Hand to football at 06:16 PM - 6 comments

The article has a different version from what I heard on a Boston sports talk show, which was that Mangini specifically ordered a pads-vs-no-pads workout. Hopefully the article is right and that show was wrong.

(although Mangini is a tool)

posted by lil_brown_bat at 07:40 PM on October 13

Sometimes, perennially downtrodden teams seem to go out of their way to create some of their own bad luck.

People's Exhibit A: manufacturing your own injuries when the NFL schedule evidently doesn't provide enough of them.

Exhibit B: demolishing old Cleveland Municipal Stadium, dumping the rubble in Lake Erie, and building Browns Stadium on the exact same spot.

While wondering if the new Browns will ever be truly competitive in this century, Oil Can Boyd's classic line about Municipal Stadium is worth recalling:

"That's what they get for building a ballpark on the ocean."

posted by beaverboard at 09:21 PM on October 13

The article has a different version from what I heard on a Boston sports talk show, which was that Mangini specifically ordered a pads-vs-no-pads workout.

I wouldn't even be surprised if Mangini had cooked something like that up.

posted by bperk at 08:38 AM on October 14

C'mon - back-to-back FPPs about the Browns? Enough with the Browns-bashing! They're a class organization, run by the most knowledgeable and uncontroversial staff. They make quality personnel decisions and draft picks year-in and year-out, and are always "this close" to a Super Bowl run.

/goes back to chugging the pain-go-bye-bye juice and daydreams of Brian Sipe and Sam Rutigliano.

posted by littleLebowski at 12:15 PM on October 14

Seriously, wtf?! I saw this a couple days ago and tried to ignore it, but what kind of jackass coach comes out and says he's "confident" with the situation. Even if he's 100% positive that he and the organization will be cleared of any wrongdoing, how can you dismiss this so flippantly? Davis (and Massaquoi) were about the only promising pieces (in terms of a future) of this team at this moment, something like this happens to the kid, and all you're worried about is that you don't think the NFL back office is going to be too pissed?! At what point, after how many years of misery, is OK for a fan to jump ship?

posted by littleLebowski at 12:23 PM on October 14

At what point, after how many years of misery, is OK for a fan to jump ship?

All you have to do is make it through a week of Mangini's "Shirts and Skins" practices, and you're released from your servitude.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 12:40 PM on October 14

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