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  • Okoronkwo's signing: why so underrated?
    Okoronkwo's signing: why so underrated?
    Dave Algase
    Sometimes, the most valuable players in sports fly under the radar, overshadowed by big names and flashy performances. Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, born April 24, 1995, is one such hidden gem. His journey from impressive college statistics to a promising career in the NFL demonstrates his immense potential and the impact he is set to take on the Cleveland Browns. From College Standout to the NFL Okoronkwo racked up 71 tackles, 12 for loss, and nine sacks in 2016 during his junior season. Even more impressively, he was selected as an All-American and earned the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year during his senior season in 2017. Okoronkwo was destined for the major leagues, as seen by his 75 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, and 8 sacks. Drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the fifth round of the 2018 NFL Draft, Okoronkwo's entry into professional football was marred by a foot surgery that left him unable to start the season. But setbacks…
  • Improvement under new coach bodes well beyond 2020
    Improvement under new coach bodes well beyond 2020
    Dave Algase
    The 2020 NFL season was the most successful Browns’ season in almost three decades.   Coming off a 6-10 season in 2019, new head coach Kevin Stefanski led a very successful turnaround, earning him Coach of the Year honors. Not only was it the most wins in a single season for the Browns since 1994, it was one of the best single-season improvements for a new head coach since the NFL expanded to 32 teams in 2002.   Stefanski’s first season was only the eighth time since 2002 that a new head coach won a playoff game after improving a team five or more wins.   How did Stefanski lead the Browns to the playoffs?  By leaning into his strengths: offense.   Prior to Cleveland, Stefanski spent his entire NFL coaching career on the offensive side of the ball for the Minnesota Vikings, working up to the Vikings offensive coordinator in 2019.   In his single season as…
  • Curses set aside, Browns take playoff push to KC
    Curses set aside, Browns take playoff push to KC
    Dave Algase
    This blog started way back in 2002, one wild ride of a season, which featured the last Browns playoff team. Until now. Second-year coach Butch Davis' pro peak started with Dwayne Rudd serving up a Kansas City win in the form of an ill-advised celebratory helmet toss just before the end of what should've been the game's last play. Still, that 40-39 heartbreaker seemed to confirm that Cleveland, in its fourth year of the reincarnation, was emerging into a potent bunch. After all, it was backup Kelly Holcomb who lit up the Chiefs for 326 yards and three TDs in just his second career start. That squad's strength was its wide receiving unit, sporting a slew of second-round draft picks collectively known as the Four Deuces. Three of them (Dennis Northcutt, Andre Davis, and Quincy Morgan) scored in that memorable opener, and the fourth (Kevin Johnson) threw a TD pass on a…
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