The Cleveland Browns, who often can be relied upon in these matters, came through again Wednesday when they traded Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts for a first-round draft choice.
It might not be a bad trade. The point, however, is that the Browns change ownership/management/coaches/philosophies/systems so often that they never have a chance to build consistency.
Say what you want about the 0-2 pickle the Steelers find themselves in today, but it's a rare event. It is rare because they HAVE developed consistency through the years. If you stay with the same head coach and he stays mostly with the same systems on offense and defense, the consistency that brings can work wonders.
Scouts look at players knowing whether they fit into their coaches' philosophies and systems. For example, the Steelers have played a 3-4 defense since 1982. The scouts know what to look for to fit that system, knowing they are not looking for a 4-3 outside linebacker, which is different than a 3-4 outside linebacker, etc.
The Browns traded Richardson, the No. 3 overall pick in 2012, because he wasn't the back Cleveland's new front office wants or that new coach Rob Chudzinski wants. Forget that Richardson WAS the back the previous regime wanted in 2012.
Since then, the Browns have a new owner, new front office and new coach. But how long will the new owner give the new front office and new coach to turn this thing around before he follows the path of previous owners and changes it up? Then, the new management/coach will want different players to fit their own philosophies and systems.
It's a nonstop merry-go-round that never has a chance.
The Steelers are in "total panic" because they lost their first two games for the first time since 2002. They've lost their first three only three times since the 1970 merger. The Browns, who also lost their first two this year, lost their first five last year, their first three in 2010, their first four in '09 and their first three in '08. They have gone five consecutive seasons with no more than five victories in one year. They've had one winning record (10-6 in 2007) in the past 10 and other than that never closer than 6-10.
Joe Banner, Cleveland's new CEO (the Steelers don't have one of those either), said, "I think we feel good about where we're at moving forward." Again, this might be a good move for the future Browns, provided they don't change coaches and/or management again in the next few years. I don't think anyone can say it's a great move for the 2013 Browns. Surely, the Steelers of 2013 applaud it because now they don't have to try to stop Trent Richardson twice.
Antonio Brown wasn't wrong
Maybe Antonio Brown was right. Maybe, instead of targeting five passes in the first half in Cincinnati Monday night to Jerricho Cotchery and only three to Brown, all eight should have gone to the better playmaker.
Or maybe Brown took his cue from former teammate Mike Wallace, who threw a fit after he caught just one pass for 15 yards in the Dolphins opener. Wallace caught nine in the second game for 115 yards, including one for a touchdown. The squeaky wheel effect? Or did Wallace merely wake up the Miami coaching staff as to why they are paying him $60 million?
Brown isn't being paid that much, but he is the Steelers' highest-paid receiver (six years, $43 million) and they gave him that contract after Wallace turned down their offer. They should be finding more ways to get him the ball.
The Steelers have precious few playmakers, but Brown is one of them. He returned a punt 40 yards to the Cincinnati 34-yard line Monday that the offense, somehow, was able to turn into a 44-yard field goal after an incomplete pass, a sack and a run.
Yes, he's a showboat, a pain-in-the neck at times for his coaches and he drops the occasional pass and punt return. He still remains one of their best options of breaking a big play, of producing yards and getting their offense in gear.
The odds are with you.
One man's misery can be another's opportunity. For those who believe the 0-2 start is an anomaly and that they can rebound from it, here's your chance to score on that belief.
On Feb. 4, oddsmakers at Bovada pegged the Steelers' chances of winning Super Bowl XLVIII at 18-1. On Sept. 3, before the start of the season, they had lengthened those odds to 28-1. After their opening loss, the odds became 50-1. And today they are 75-1.
The Denver Broncos are 4-1 favorites to win the Super Bowl. Seattle, at 11-2, is the best bet from the NFC to win
Professor Clark is in the house
Ryan Clark keeps getting better with age, and not just on the football field. Always an interesting interview, Clark has blossomed into someone who demands to be heard because of what he says.
Much of it is serious, some of it light, as was one instance this past week when he was asked about "stacking losses," playing off Mike Tomlin's cliché about stacking wins.
Clark: "You don't stack losses, they just pile up. There's a difference. You know what I'm saying? You stack things you want to keep, you stack things you like. You stack money. If you have a lot of money, you stack it.
"Trash piles up. Laundry piles up. It's two different things. You don't stack losses."
(You can't pile up money?)
"No, you have to keep it neat. If you don't know where your money is, you don't know how much you got. If you let it pile up, you can't keep it, it's not organized. But if you stack it, you can count it.
"It's real life, man. I'm trying to educate you."
First Published September 22, 2013 4:00 AM