Nati Boys #81: Hue, I Hardly Knew Ye

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On this weeks episode of the Nati Boys podcast, we dive into the Browns decision to oust Hue Jackson and Todd Haley, talk a little bit about the Bengals bye week, and give you our picks against the spread for the football games this weekend. For the fantasy draft this week, we pick things that were more successful than Hue Jackson’s run in Cleveland. Enjoy the show!

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3-36-1, The Browns finally say they’re done!

Well, it happened, The Cleveland Browns finally decided they were done with their 9th coach in 18 years. I think it may have had something to do with his 36 losses, but who am I to speculate. The three wins seemed to be enough for Jimmy Haslam (Owner), there were some reports he wanted changes but not at the head coaching position. In the end, John Dorsey (GM) helped him come to a decision that the best direction for this team was to move on from their head coach. Hue I still love you and let’s just get this out of the way, welcome back to Who Dey Nation.

Moving on, In a bold attempt to reinvent themselves the Browns have named Defensive Coordinator, Gregg Williams as the interim head coach. You may remember this psycho from HBO’s Hard Knocks, where he became a show favorite because of his angry outburst during pretty much every episode. (below is one of my personal favorites). Gregg Williams and Hue Jackson are like oil water when it comes to coaching, which may be the inspiration to his promotion. Hue has always been thought of as a players coach which works for some teams, but the Browns have lacked discipline and direction since they returned to Cleveland in 1999. Williams with a more aggressive approach will attempt to change the misfortunes of one of sports longest running jokes. GOOD LUCK! (LIAM NEESON VOICE)

Browns Finally Win, but The Opening of the Bud Light Fridges in Cleveland Was a Major Letdown

I don’t know about you, but when I heard there was a bunch of free beer to be had when the Browns finally earned their first victory in over 600 days, I expected anarchy the moment the clock struck 0:00. I was looking forward to it because I love watching videos on Twitter of fans destroying their own cities after a big win. Usually it’s for a championship, but a victory over the Jets on a Thursday night is about as close to a Super Bowl as the Browns will get for the foreseeable future.

Browns fans drink in sorrow, they drink in victory every few years, and they have no problem getting rowdy in honor of their beloved football team. That’s why I’m a little disappointed in how civil the opening of the beer fridges were. Check it out for yourself.  Continue reading

The Cleveland Browns Are the Betting Favorites for Just the Second Time in the Last 35 Games

The Cleveland Browns are bad. I don’t care what kinda of bump they got in the public’s eye after their mediocre season of Hard Knocks this preseason. Anybody who knows football knows that Cleveland doesn’t have what it takes to be a competitive football team. They don’t have the talent, they don’t have the coaching and they sure as hell don’t have a winning culture. They have coaches going at each other’s necks over who will or won’t be practicing. They have the island of misfit toys filling the meeting rooms across all positions. I’ll still never understand what in the hell Jarvis Landry was thinking when he signed a contract extension after being traded to Cleveland. LSU education for ya. Money talks I guess, even if it means you’re stuck living in a city that is most famously known for it’s river that caught on fire and being the taint stuck between the dickheads in Detroit and assholes in Pittsburgh.

At least they have Josh Gordon, an oasis of talent in the Desert of Suck. Oh wait, no they don’t. They finally decided to cut bait with the talented WR because he was 10 minutes late to the facility with a mysterious hamstring injury that miraculously healed when it was time to report to his new team in Foxborough. Continue reading

All Eyes Are on Tonight’s Ohio State vs. TCU Match-up… and… BAM Josh Gordon Is Getting Released

As America was settling down for the evening, getting ready for tonight’s Top-15 match-up between Ohio State and TCU, the Browns dropped a bombshell that I don’t think anyone was expecting.

Don’t get me wrong… I think we all knew this is how the Cleveland-Gordon love story would end, but I don’t think anyone was expecting it this early in his most recent comeback tour.  Continue reading

Mychal Kendricks Released After Insider Trading Charges – Jimmy Haslam, Pot Meet Kettle

Despite his invaluable scouting report he provided to the Browns on his former Eagles teammates (a report that anyone with NFL Sunday Ticket could have provided) the Browns have decided they’re not in the business of shady….. business… at least when it comes to their players.

I figured this move was coming eventually, mostly because he’d be busy serving time in a white collar prison, but the Browns decided to cut ties with Mychal Kendricks on the same day he was hit with insider trading charges. The questionable part about this move was brought to the forefront by our friends at ProFootballTalk.com  Continue reading

Johnny Manziel Better Learn French, Vite

ProFootballTalk.comThe Hamilton Tiger-Cats have agreed to trade Manziel to the Montreal Alouettes, according to Duane Ford of TSN.

Alouettes head coach Mike Sherman knows Manziel well, having coached him at Texas A&M. Manziel’s redshirt freshman season in 2011 was Sherman’s final season coaching the Aggies.

The Alouettes have already tried three quarterbacks (Drew Willy, Jeff Mathews and Matt Shiltz) and have the worst offense in the Canadian Football League. If Manziel can’t beat those guys out, that’s a very bad sign.

It’s hard to believe the Alouettes would trade for Manziel if they aren’t going to play him, so it appears that Manziel may soon, finally, get on the field in Canada.

Live from Hamilton, Ontario:

Hey Johnny, wanna go to Montreal?

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