Can Corey Coleman Be A No. 1 Receiver? 

Since Josh Gordon led the league in receiving yards in 2013, the Cleveland Browns haven’t had a stud number one receiver on their roster. Hopefully the Browns first round pick from the 2016 Draft Corey Coleman can solidify the position and be a key player for years to come.

Tight end Gary Barnidge had a career year last season with 1,043 yards for 9 touchdowns while averaging 13.2 yards per catch and earned a pro bowl reserve spot. Although impressive, the workload for a tight end should be significantly less than that. Travis Benjamin had a very nice start at the beginning of the season with 249 yards and 4 touchdowns in the first three games but only had one touchdown the rest of the season. Taylor Gabriel and Andrew Hawkins didn’t produce enough to mention their stats as they were non factors for the entire season. It’s obvious the receiving core needed help in a bad way.

Corey Coleman comes into his first year in the NFL highly praised. He was named second-team All-Big 12 (first team by the media) in his sophomore year after covering 1,119 yards and scoring 11 times on just 64 receptions. Coleman also won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top receiver in 2015, along with unanimous All-American and first-team all-conference honors, leading the country with 20 touchdown 74 receptions for 1,363 yards for the year. This kid has extreme speed that could be big trouble for defenders. Although he is another short receiver, which the Browns have been ridiculed for the past two years for having undersized wide outs, he has the ability to jump over the best defender to snatch the ball out of the air. His best work is on the outside of the numbers when his speed lets him separate and get a step on the corner. 

The size is a bit of a con to his game because although his best work is on the edge of the field, cornerbacks in the NFL are bigger and stronger than corners at the collegiate level. He will need to learn more than just a few routes and maybe even spend time in the slot his first year to adjust to the pro game and work his was to solidify. Head Coach Hue Jackson will know how to use him wisely in his system having experience working with small receivers from Cincinnati like Mohamed Sanu. 

Coleman will not be a sudden impact but with the help of new position coach Chad Ochocinco, who played for under Hue Jackson in Cincinnati in 2004-2006, he can have a very solid rookie campaign and work his way to the number one spot in as little as two years. 


Gladiators can’t finish fourth quarter comeback. Fall to KISS 63-61

The Cleveland Gladiators were defeated by the LA KISS on Saturday with a final score of 63-61. The Gladiators fall to 7-8 on the season and currently sit alone in third place in the AFL’s National Conference standings.

Gladiators QB Arvell Nelson started the scoring with a 19-yard strike to WR Quentin Sims early in the first quarter before LA tied the game at seven thanks to a six-yard touchdown pass from QB Nathan Stanley to wide out Donovan Morgan shortly thereafter. Nelson delivered a three-yard rushing TD before Stanley connected with Morgan again to tie things up at 14 apiece. Cleveland WR Collin Taylor had the last laugh of the quarter as he pulled in a 28-yard TD heave from Nelson as time expired in the first to extend his franchise-record streak to 31 straight games with at least one touchdown reception.

In the second quarter, Stanley connected with TE Colin Madison on a four-yard TD pass to tie the game at 21 before Nelson and Sims combined on a seven-yard pitch-and-catch to deliver the Gladiators a 28-21 advantage. LA once again rallied to tie the game as Stanley and DJ Stephens hooked up for an 11-yard strike with a few seconds remaining in the half.

LA rattled off 21 unanswered points in the third and beginning of the fourth quarter before Nelson found Sims for another TD to start a Gladiators comeback at 49-34 midway through the fourth. After a successful onside kick attempt, Nelson launched a 38-yard bomb to Sims to continue the rally before an eight-yard passing score from Stanley to Morgan stopped the bleeding for the KISS and put LA’s edge to 56-41. Nelson ran a QB sneak that made it 56-48 and led to another successful onside kick that was batted all the way inside the KISS 10-yard line before it was scooped up by Cleveland DL Nick Seither who took ran it in for the score, putting the Glads within a single score at 56-54 after an unsuccessful two-point conversion attempt.

LA recovered the next onside kick attempt though and benefitted from Stanley’s eighth TD pass of the night with less than one minute remaining in the game, a seven-yard connection to Stephens sealed the deal for KISS as they held on for a dramatic 63-61 victory.

Nelson finished with 21 completions on 31 pass attempts for 332 yards and eight total touchdowns (two rushing), while Sims paced the Gladiators’ receiving corps with 12 catches for 197 yards and five touchdowns and Taylor supplied four grabs for 81 yards and one score.

Next up for the Gladiators, it’s a Week 17 road clash vs. the Arizona Rattlers.

Browns RB Isaiah Crowell should be punished; Shouldn’t be cut from team.

Last week, Cleveland Browns running back Isaiah Crowell shared a gruesome image of a man dressed in black cutting the throat of a white police officer on his personal Instagram account.

The timing of this picture cannot be any worse for Crowell. With the multiple shooting and protests happening throughout the country, people are quick to act on emotion and say radical and sometime offensive things. This could be one of those situations for Cleveland running back.

Since Crowell posted this picture, outrage from fans, the city and people from across the country has been well documented via social media.
The post has been taken down and Crowell has publically apologized for the illustration claiming that “It was an extremely poor decision” and that he apologized for “that mistake and for offending people.”

He goes on to say that this wasn’t about color but it’s about what’s right and wrong. The Browns have been quiet so far and have yet to comment on the situation.
With all of that being said, I’d like to give my personal opinion as a lifelong Cleveland fan. Social media gives people a chance to share their opinions and beliefs about things going on in this country and I have seen many post and comments saying that Crowell should be cut from the team, exempt from the NFL and never have a job again.

People that once cheered for the back are now calling him a thug and other terrible things I cannot put in this article. Although I agree that he should be punished, there is no way I can see Crowell as a thug for speaking his opinion. The only thing that he should be punished for is the image. It was over the top and uncalled for and the text from the post alone could’ve gotten his opinion out clear as day.

If you are a popular sports figure in a city where sports are a religion and you put yourself in a situation where you have half of a fan base calling for you job, and in some cases your head, there is no way you go unpunished.
But as I said before, every one of us has made a quick emotional post on Facebook or Twitter. He is obviously trying to show support for the men that were killed by police in Baton Rouge and Minnesota.
Crowell’s post was up right before the shootings in Dallas where five police officers were killed while keeping protesters under control. He acted out of emotion like millions of others did and didn’t think about the consequences of his actions because he was acting on emotion.

Athletes today are more accessible than ever before with non-stop television coverage and Twitter accounts where any fan can tweet at their favorite player and possibly even hear back from said player.
This also means that you need to be careful on what you post. Think of what one post like Crowell’s could do for a career of an athlete.

You could be the best player on your team but you will be seen as a trouble maker and known as that guy who said that thing on social media that people didn’t agree with. This isn’t the first time Cleveland athletes have shown how they feel about current events going on in the country.
Browns wide out Andrew Hawkins and Cavs forward LeBron James have both worn the “I can’t breathe” shirts to support Eric Garner after he was choked to death by a NYPD officer back in 2014 and people were outraged even then by the support these athletes showed for the victim.

I do think that Crowell should be punished.

A two-game suspension without pay seems fitting to me. He apologized and realized very quickly that he shouldn’t have put such a hateful and disrespectful picture up on Instagram.

This is the first time that we’ve heard of any trouble coming from the young back since he came here two years ago.
I do not think that a man should lose his job and be run out of town for supporting victims even if he is an athlete. That being said, in the future, if a player, owner or anyone who is affiliated with a popular sport or team wants to show their support for a movement or victim, think about what you post before you post it.

Acting out of emotion is why we hear about so many terrible things happening in world today. Think logically and show your support the best way you can.

Gladiators lose final regular season showdown with Soul 83-62


The Cleveland Gladiators fell to the Philadelphia Soul 83-62 despite 404 passing yards and eight touchdowns from QB Arvell Nelson in a Week 15 matchup on Saturday at the PPL Center in Allentown, PA. The Gladiators are now 7-7 on the season and remain in second place in the National Conference standings. Continue reading “Gladiators lose final regular season showdown with Soul 83-62”

Blue Jays Snap Indians Streak In 9-6 Win


It was quite a run the Cleveland Indians went on the past few weeks. The Tribe went on the longest winning streak this year in the MLB while breaking the clubhouse record of 13 straight back in 1942 and again in 1951 but the streak was snapped against the Toronto Blue Jays yesterday with the 9-6 loss. Continue reading “Blue Jays Snap Indians Streak In 9-6 Win”

Johnny Arena Football?


Just when you think that there possibly can’t be anymore Johnny Manziel stories, someone will come along and tell you at least one more. After NFL teams have shown no interest in the troubled QB, one person has kept an eye on him and could potentially help with a possible comeback for Manziel. Continue reading “Johnny Arena Football?”