NFC East: Cleveland Browns

Little bit of buzz today around the Cowboys' portion of the Internet over this interview Cleveland linebacker Matt Roth gave to The Plain Dealer. Roth, an unrestricted free agent, says he'd rather play OLB in a 3-4 than stay in Cleveland and play defensive end in a 4-3. He also praises former Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, who just took the same position with the Cowboys:
"I challenge you to find one player who wouldn't run through a wall for him," Roth said. "I love playing that style. I know Dick Jauron's a good coach, but I don't want to have to deal with no nonsense. Just want to come in and play, do my job and have fun. That's a big factor in wherever I go."

Jauron, of course, would be the new defensive coordinator in Cleveland. And while I can't say for sure what sort of "nonsense" Roth is discussing, it sounds like he's not going back to the Browns. I also don't see, however, why he'd make sense for Dallas, which has needs at safety and cornerback and on the defensive line and maybe at inside linebacker but probably not at the OLB spots, where they're expecting continued big things from DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer. And since the division's other 3-4 team, the Washington Redskins, has spent two of its last three first-round picks on guys slated to start at OLB this year, Roth doesn't appear to be headed to the NFC East.
Peyton Hillis is one step away from becoming the first Cleveland Browns player to grace the cover of the popular "Madden" video game series.

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ESPN.com's SportsNation announced Monday that Hillis, a No. 10 seed, pulled another upset in the "Madden NFL 12" cover tournament. He garnered 61 percent of the vote to defeat Green Bay Packers quarterback and No. 1 seed Aaron Rodgers. Hillis will face Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick in the finals.

This is the fourth consecutive week Hillis advanced against a higher seed. He also defeated No. 7 seed Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens, No. 2 seed Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons and No. 6 seed Jamaal Charles of the Kansas City Chiefs.

In many ways, Cleveland fans have treated this tournament like their Super Bowl.

The rebuilding Browns are just 64-128 since returning to the NFL in 1999 and are coming off back-to-back 5-11 seasons. But the Dawgpound has come out in droves to support Hillis, who is coming off a breakout 2010 season where he rushed for 1,177 yards and scored 13 total touchdowns.

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