- Pat McManamon, ESPN Staff Writer
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Proud to announce the return of First and 10, at a new place but old time, each Tuesday, in a slightly abbreviated form from the past:
There seems to be two types of receiver in the NFL. There's the "Jerry Rice Group," the guys who work like mad and never settle for good or better or even great. They want to be the best. Guys like Calvin Johnson, A.J. Green, Andre Johnson, Reggie Wayne. They're elite.
Then there is the group we shall call the "Terrell Owens Group." They're immensely talented, but they sometimes can't get out of their own Diva way. Due to subjectivity, present individuals in this group shall go nameless, though it's not tough to think Braylon Edwards in his Cleveland heyday fit this description.
Then there's Josh Gordon, an immensely talented 22-year-old still learning the position, but a guy with a one-year suspension looming the rest of his career for any misstep in the league's drug program. If the team believes Gordon will eventually fit in the "Jerry Rice Group," it doesn't pay much to heed trade offers. If it feels, though, that the combined risk of him becoming a Diva with the one-year threat makes him too risky, it makes sense to listen to offers.
Clearly, as Adam Schefter's reports indicate, teams around the league feel it's worth calling about Gordon. The Browns owe it to themselves to listen, but they continue to say they don't want to trade him. Expect these rumors to continue right up to the Oct. 29 trade deadline -- or until someone offers the Browns a first-round pick (if any team is daft enough to do so).
Offensive coordinator Norv Turner said last week that the team's running back situation is "unusual." That's one word for it. Let's also call it patchwork. Even in a passing league this will become a problem over the course of the season, especially since no immediate and glaring solution is readily available.
Spent some time pregame at storied Lambeau Field touring the Packers Hall of Fame. It's way impressive with all kinds of interesting information, memorabilia and life-size player casts of the formation with Bart Starr about to sneak in against Dallas in the Ice Bowl. After touring, a kind lady named Kristen Broderick, the Hall's assistant/educational coordinator, said she once gave Jerry Jones a private tour. She concluded by saying to him, "Now Mr. Jones, as one owner to another ... " Yes, she owns a single share of the Packers.
The Packers Hall raises a simple question: Why don't the Browns have something similar? Paul Brown, Otto Graham, Jim Brown, the greatness of the 2000s (OK ... not that one) ... It would be a real draw for fans before and after games. Many teams could learn a thing or two from that community-owned group up north.
If Brandon Weeden starts at quarterback in Kansas City, the Browns will be starting a guy who ranks 32nd in the league in completion percentage, 31st in yards per attempt, 30th in ranking (a woeful 66.5) and is tied for 27th in touchdowns and third in sacks (with two games missed to injury).
As Joe Friday would say, just the facts ma'am.
The Browns' struggles on third down mesh with the struggles on offense. A team that can't get off the field on third down lets the other extend drives, and when the offense can't extend drives it leads to a team that ranks seventh in pass defense and ninth in run defense giving up 24, 31 and 31 points. The Browns' inability to run the ball only feeds a vitamin to this monster.