Morning Brownies: Honoring Jim Brown

October, 1, 2013
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The greatest football player of all-time will be honored during Thursday night’s game, as Jim Brown will be added to the Cleveland Browns Ring of Honor. It’s a recognition that didn’t happen when the Ring of Honor was established because of a public spat between Brown and Mike Holmgren. Brown now has made up and is back in the fold with owner Jimmy Haslam. The team’s official website put together a pretty nice video of Brown at the Hall of Fame, with some highlights (featuring the radio voice of Gib Shanley). One of the greatest short-yardage runs in NFL history is at the 2:28 mark.

The Browns have been the league’s doormat for so long that when the schedule is released every team in the league mentally checks off the game as “Well, this one should be a win.” Cincinnati lost. And the Bengals did not react well, using words like “embarrassing” and “shocking.” Clearly, as Butch Hobson of Bengals.com points out, some of this fallout was frustration at their play, but some came because it was a game the Bengals no doubt felt they could -- and should -- have won.

Will the Browns have a problem when Brandon Weeden returns ready to play? Or is this a case of being happy a guy wants to play? Or is it much ado about nothing? Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer went to the backup well and talked to Weeden about watching while Brian Hoyer makes his third start, even though Weeden is healthy and practicing. Said Weeden: “I’m treating it like this is still my football team.” He did add: “I’d be doing a disservice to myself and doing a disservice to this offense” if he looked at things any other way. So maybe he’s just using the old line that he always prepares to start. Whatever.

Yes, Hoyer is mentioned in the same sentence as Otto Graham in the Canton Repository. And there’s a legitimate reason for doing so. Brian Hoyer, Otto Graham, with some more interesting stuff on the history of Browns quarterbacks. Who’d have imagined it?

Haslam made another of his unscheduled public statements about the federal investigation into fraud with his trucking company’s rebate program. Haslam has always denied doing anything wrong; seven former Pilot Flying J employees have pled guilty to federal charges. Haslam talked about what he’s done to repay folks, and to make sure he and his company are “doing the right thing and making things right.” As he always does when he makes these public pronouncements, he took no questions.

Pat McManamon

ESPN Cleveland Browns reporter

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