Hard Knocks with the Cleveland Browns: Josh Gordon returns, Todd Haley yells and the rookie show is trash
After a two-week hiatus, we're back again to review another riveting episode of HBO's Hard Knocks.
As I'm not at all a fan of the Cleveland Browns, I live in a blissfully ignorant bubble of cluelessness on the current happenings of the team, so Hard Knocks is still real to me, dammit.
Let's get into it.
-How do you get production out of a No. 1 overall pick? Put on some damn Al Green during practice. It sure seemed to help, as Myles Garrett went on to nab a safety during their Week 3 matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles.
-I'll never tire of watching Hatin' Ass Todd Haley and the tremendously diabolical Gregg Williams screaming at 22-year-olds. I know it's standard fare in the NFL, but it was a treat to see Williams eek out a snitch session from outside linebacker and former Eagle Mychal Kendricks.
-That damn rookie show was trash. Come at me. Is the floor that low? Forcing the multimedia intern to edit some footage together is the equivalent to making some kid write your papers in high school ... or college ... or Arizona State. Baker Mayfield has literally millions of american dollars at his disposable and he comes with a sweatshirt and some damn Bazooka.
I won't spend much time recapping a 5-0 preseason game that happened days ago, but there were some highlights.
-Brogan Roback creeping on Erin Andrews made me wonder if he's got a better shot of landing a QB job with the Browns.
-It's rough to see your staring QB and your fourth overall pick go down in a single half but it's assumedly worse when it becomes a shitfest in the media.
On Sunday, Williams chastised defensive back Denzel’s Ward’s tackling technique.
“Maybe (Ward) will finally listen to me and stop doing those stupid things the ways he is trying to tackle and maybe tackle the way I tell him to tackle and he will not get hurt.”
Head coach Hue Jackson was obviously pissed, telling reporters Monday that the team "don't need that in the media." Fun.
-Haley continued to show that dynamic charm that made him a favorite of Ben Roethlisberger's in Pittsburgh. Jarvis Landry really seemed to respond.
-Another weird episode from long shot sweetheart Devon Cajuste. My god, HBO knows how to pick em. What with his dad's heart attacks and his new age ultra positive outlook, it's gonna be heartbreaking to see the tight end get cut in the finale.
Week 4 MVP - Ever since he came into my consciousness a few weeks ago, no one has captivated me like near-human and Browns offensive line coach Bob Wylie. After dropping some fire old-school pro tips on the evils of stretching, Bob was back this week to remind his charges to try their best not to make mistakes. It's that sort of insight that will make you an NFL lifer.
We'll be back next week for the perennial highlight of the season, the cuts. If you can't make it in Cleveland, you probably can't make it anywhere. See you then.