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  1. 4. Inaugural coach and front office accelerator program. Each team sends two representatives to Atlanta for two days of networking, leadership development, and training in the business aspects of the league. "The program will provide senior women and minority prospects with leadership development sessions as well as networking opportunities. The effort is designed to continue building a diverse hiring pipeline for future head coach and general manager positions throughout the league." In addition, they "engage in candid discussions on how to take the next step in becoming a Head Coach or front office executive." Cleveland's GM, Andrew Berry, has a vision for the Browns to become like "a farm system for the NFL," meaning they hire and develop women and minorities who will probably end up in other organizations as they move up the ladder when opportunities become available. That's a little more than lipstick. You can criticize, complain, and lament the shortage of minorities in meaningful coaching and front office positions, or you can do something to change it. Cleveland, for one, is taking steps to change their own organization and impact the rest of the NFL. Here's a link to the full article on Cleveland.com: Coach Accelerator Program
  2. There are often discussions on this forum about the lack of diversity in the NFL among coaches, owners, QBs, etc. Here's some of what the NFL or NFL teams are doing to address this issue. 1. Bill Willis Coaching Fellowship -- Hall of Famer, Bill Willis, played with the Browns from 1946-53. Willis, along with the Browns' Marion Motley ('46-'55), was among the first African-Americans to re-integrate professional football during the modern era. Israel Woolfork, is the Fellowship recipient for the Browns this year and will be working with QBs. This is a fellowship created by the Browns and given to rising minority coaches on the offensive side of the ball. “We created the Bill Willis Fellowship to help address an issue in our league that we all need to do our part to impact,” head coach Kevin Stefanski said in the press release. “(Executive Vice President of Football Ops and GM) Andrew (Berry) and I have tried to be very intentional about adding diverse perspectives to both the coaching and personnel side of our organization. Historically, there has not been enough diversity on the offensive side of the ball and specifically in the quarterback room. Woolfork, 31, has spent that last 8 years on staff at Miami University (Ohio). 2. Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship is an opportunity each NFL team offers during offseason programs. Woolfork received this fellowship during the 2021 offseason with the Browns. 3. John B. Wooten Award is presented by the Fritz Pollard Alliance. The award honors NFL teams that embody workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion across the hierarchy of the organization. The Browns were the first recipients of this award given out during Super Bowl week 2022. The organization was recognized for inclusion of minorities and women within the organization. John Wooten was a two-time Pro Bowler for the Browns across 9 seasons ('59-'67), opening holes on the OL for Jim Brown, Leroy Kelly, and Ernie Green. Wooten also was a longtime executive in the NFL and was the first Chairman of the Alliance and its Executive Director until he retired in 2019. Pollard signed to play for the Akron Pros of the American Professions Football Association in 1920 becoming their coach in 1921. The APFA became the NFL in 1922 making Pollard the first African-American coach in the NFL. These are a few things that the NFL is doing to make a positive impact on diversity within the NFL. A. What other positive steps are being taken to promote diversity by the NFL, its franchises, or organizations associated with the NFL or its players? B. What are your reactions to this?
  3. I've been out of town all week and away from all media. This is the first I heard about it. I did a quick search and found only abbreviated discussions of it. I read an article on SI.com about an anonymous report from a masseuse who is not among the 22 accusers. Key word there is anonymous, but if true, very troubling. All of it is really seedy and disgusting.
  4. It could be that no team trades for him so he sits out of training camp and preseason forcing Cleveland to cut him just before the season begins, then he will have several teams come calling since they won't be on the leash for his 18.8 million dollar guaranteed contract.
  5. The second grand jury refused to indict Watson wo claimed at his introductory press conference in Cleveland that he is innocent of all charges. He never assaulted or disrespected any woman. @theguru It is the highest guaranteed money ever--$230 million. Aaron Rogers is second at $150.8 million. There is no mystery as to why Watson chose Cleveland over the other 3 teams even though he said they were out of the running. 🥴
  6. A second grand jury in a separate Texas county is considering whether to indict Watson. His attorney said it is not a new charge but is related to one of the 22 cases already heard. A decision by the grand jury is expected by Thursday or Friday.
  7. You've got to see this cartoon at Cleveland.com: https://www.cleveland.com/sports/2022/03/browns-mayfield-is-virtually-last-qb-standing-after-trade-flurry-crowquill.html
  8. Dee Haslem, co-owner of the Browns, is a member of the Player Conduct Committee. I don't know how much that will effect the number of games Watson will be suspended but I think the Browns are willing to put up with about any number this season. They are looking at Watson as a long-term, top-tier franchise QB. If they have to sacrifice this season to achieve that, I think they are willing.
  9. I think Mayfield for a couple of reasons. He's younger by 4 years and his shoulder surgery is on his non-throwing arm whereas Garoppolo's surgery is on his right shoulder, which is his throwing shoulder. He won't be able to throw until late June. And then you have to hope everything goes right for him to be able to begin the season. Someone mentioned Mayfield's TD to INT ratio. One of the main reasons he was drafted is because of his accuracy (along with his fire). He had one of the best rookie seasons in NFL history. Officially, he had 27 TDs and 14 INTs. But midway in his rookie season, Hue Jackson was fired and Kenny Kitchens was calling plays and there was magic between the two of them for the latter part of that season, and Mayfield's production went up. Then, Kitchens was promoted to HC, which was over his head. He did not retain Ken Zampese as QB coach. Zampese was a key reason for Mayfield's success. Ryan Lindley took over as QB coach and didn't seem up for the job. 2019 was an horrendous year, but Kenny Kitchens should get a lot of that blame. The stout line he had in 2018 also was shaken up with Zeitler being traded and his replacement was not stellar. Beckham and Landry both played with injuries the entire season, WR Higgins was lost early in the season due to injuries and TE Njoku was injured in week two. 2020 was a new coach and the Browns went 11-5, nearly made the AFC Championship game, and Mayfield threw 26 TDs with only 8 INTs. When the front office and coaching sides of the ball are not in turmoil, and when he is healthy, Mayfield is a top 15 QB with a lot of competitive fire and accurate throwing arm. People see the bad with Mayfield but do not understand all that surrounded it. I still see the potential and that is why I would prefer Mayfield over Garoppolo and I prefer Mayfield over Watson with all his baggage.
  10. @ColonelMike Thanks for the perspective. At least for Baker Mayfield, it is his non-throwing shoulder.
  11. Haha. Nope you didn't miss it. The Brian Sipe years were fun, Cardiac Kids years. Gary Danielson was a place-holder between Brian Sipe and Bernie Kosar. He did offer some valuable tutelage to Kosar, though Kosar was such a smart guy he would have figured it all out any way. Danielson just sped up the process. The only Brown's QB in the HoF is Otto Graham, but that's one heck of a representation. Though no other Hof-ers, we did have some other QBs who were winners. Frank Ryan comes to mind and is the last QB to lead a Brown's team to the NFL Championship ('64). Bernie Kosar was another winner. If only Lindy Infante hadn't left to become HC at Green Bay. He knew how to get the most out of Kosar and the offense around him as Offensive Coordinator. Kosar ran like a duck and had an unorthodox throwing motion, but he could win and that is the truest mark of a great QB. In spite of that throwing motion, Kosar was the most accurate passer you'll see. I've never seen anybody whose deep passes were more on the money than Kosar.
  12. I actually agree with everything you say here. I would have preferred to keep Mayfield and not trade for Watson. I wanted to see what he could do with this team when healthy. Came very close to leading us to the AFC Championship game in 2020. Mayfield is the best QB we've had since 1999. I don't think 2021 should be held against him because it was an injury year. I don't think people understand how much pain a torn labrum cause with almost any upper body motion. It definitely effected his play. I think he deserves credit for toughing it out. I hope he does get a fair shake with another team and is able to play at the top of his ability. I still think he is a top 15 QB with particular skills that can get a team to a Super Bowl when healthy and a good supporting cast. But man, the AFC is loaded with exceptional QB talent. Mayfield was not helped by a revolving door at HC and then when Stefanski seemed to bring stability, he got this stupid injury. Now, the Browns have found another dance partner with quite a few more moves. So, Mayfield's agent needs to find him an advantageous situation.
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