Monthly Archives: January 2014

Cavs GM Chris Grant on Anthony Bennett’s Season So Far

Chris Grant on Anthony Bennett’s rookie season


Cavs G.M. Chris Grant Press Conference 1-29-14

Chris Grant on the team’s struggles, Anthony Bennet, Kyrie Irving’s defense and more  

Kyrie Irving Post-game vs Pelicans 1-28-14

Hear what Kyrie Irving had to say following the Cavs 100-89 loss to the Pelicans

Luol Deng 1 on 1 Post-game vs Pelicans 1-28-14

Luol Deng on the 100-89 loss to New Orleans


Cavs Embarrass Themselves At Home vs Suns


Is Kyrie Irving an All-Star? Yes! Is he a Superstar? No!

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RODA REPORT PODCAST on the Browns hiring Mike Pettine and Jimmy Haslam blaming the media for the negative perceptions of his front office.


Mike Pettine and Jimmy Haslam 1-23-14

Photo courtesy of Thomas Ondrey – Cleveland Plain Dealer



Browns Bettin On Pettine

After a long search by Jimmy Haslam, Joe Banner and Mike Lombardi in which a number of candidates pulled their name out of consideration for the job, the Browns have settled on former Bills and Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine to replace Rob Chudzinksi, who was fired after just one season by the Browns, as their new head coach.

Pettine’s only season in Buffalo last year, saw the Bills defense rank 10th overall in total defense in the NFL. The Bills defense finished 4th against the pass and 28th against the run as they played a 3-4 hybrid type defense. The Bills did rank 2nd in the NFL in both quarterback sacks (57) and interceptions (23) on defense. They were 20th in points allowed with 388.

Pettine is the son of a coach, his dad Mike Pettine Sr. won the 4A state championship four times at Central Bucks High School in Pennsylvania. He played quarterback for his dad in high school and then went on to play free safety at Virginia, graduating in 1987.

Pettine, 47, does have some head coaching experience, but that came at the high school level from 1997-2001 at North Penn High School in Pennsylvania. From there he went on to start his NFL coaching career with the Ravens from 2002-2008. He left Baltimore for New York to become Rex Ryan’s defensive coordinator from 2009-2012. During his time with the Jets they made it to back-to-back AFC Championship games.

In a head-to-head matchup with the Browns last season, Buffalo lost in Cleveland 37-24 as Brandon Weeden came off the bench for injured quarterback Brian Hoyer to throw for 197 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions. Weeden however was sacked five times in the game and 14 of the Browns points were scored on a punt return by Travis Benjamin and a pick six by T.J. Ward.

Pettine takes over a team who finished with a (4-12) record in 2013 and has had six consecutive seasons of 10 or more losses. The Browns do have six players representing them in the Pro Bowl, however they still are looking for a franchise starting quarterback.

Pettine becomes the Browns 8th coach since they returned to the NFL in 1999 and the 18th overall in franchise history. Only 4 of those coaches (Paul Brown, Blanton Collier, Nick Skorich and Marty Schottenheimer) have posted a winning record for their career in the regular season with Cleveland.




The Roda Report Podcast looks at Super Bowl 48 or as it’s called in Cleveland – ‘The Browns Head Coaching Bowl” and your Cavaliers at the halfway mark


So the two most important positions on a football team are Head Coach and Quarterback. The Browns don’t have either one right now unless, based on two games, you’re ready to give the QB job to Brian Hoyer. I for one am not. But they are in the process of trying to fill those two vacancies and here is a list of candidates for both spots. Which two guys would you like to see fill those roles for the Browns in 2014?


Dan Quinn – Seahawks Defensive Coordinator – 43 years old

Mike Munchak – Former Titans Head Coach – 53 years old




Adam Gase – Broncos Offensive Coordinator – 35 years old

Gus Malzahn – Auburn Head Coach – 48 years old



Johnny Football Photo - Courtesy AP

Johnny Manziel – Texas AM  –  6’1-210pds-Sph.

Teddy Bridgewater – Louisville  –  6’3-196-Jr.

Blake Bortles – Central Florida  –  6’4-230pds-Jr.

Derek Carr – Fresno St.  –  6’3-218pds-Sr.

A.J. McCarron – Alabama  –  6’4-214pds-Sr.

Zach Mettenberger – LSU  –  6’5-230pds-Sr.

Aaron Murray – Georgia  –  6’1-208pds-Sr.

David Fales – San Jose St.  –  6’3-220pds-Sr.

Tajh Boyd – Clemson  –  6’1-225pds-Sr.

Jimmy Garoppolo – Eastern Illinois  –  6’3-222pds-Sr.

Ideally from people that I have talked to I believe the Browns would love to come away with the combination of Adam Gase as their head man to coach Johnny Manziel at quarterback. Those are the two names I’m hearing the most from sources around the league. But Gase has to interview for the job first, and then say YES, while “Johnny Football” has to still be there at pick number #4 in the draft or the Browns have to move up to get him. So that’s a couple of big “IF’s” and because of that Jimmy Haslam, Joe Banner and Mike Lombardi better have a few back up plans in case their dream scenario falls through. You know Haslam’s ideal situation is to eventually, either after this year, or next year, have Peyton Manning come in and be a major piece in the Browns front office or coaching staff.

*Gus Malzahn could be the wild card if the Browns could entice him to leave Auburn for the NFL.

Are you on board with landing Adam Gase and Johnny Manziel to take the Browns into the future? If not, what’s the “Dynamic Duo” you’d like to see the Browns front office get?

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