BOSTON (CBS) – It’s not your typical classroom. They’re not your typical teachers. It’s where you go after failing all year. It’s Gresh and Zo’s NFL Summer School on 98.5 The Sports Hub!
Andy Gresh and Scott Zolak’s summer school tour rolls on and travels to Northeast Ohio, where the guys educate us all and preview the 2014 season for the Cleveland Browns.
Mike Pettine takes over the head coaching duties from Rod Chudzinski, fired after just one year in Cleveland. Pettine served as defensive coordinator for the Bills last season and the Jets prior to that. Kyle Shanahan, who also coached for the Jets alongside Pettine, joins the staff as the new offensive coordinator.
The Browns took cornerback Justin Gilbert and Johnny Manziel in the first round of the draft and added Karlos Dansby, Ben Tate, Miles Austin and Donte Whitner in free agency. The team is still awaiting word on All Pro wide receiver Josh Gordon, who may be suspended for the entire season following his third failed drug test and DWI arrest.
Gresh: “I think the Cleveland Browns are as athletic as hell. They’ve got skill guys that can run, they are big up front with athletic offensive lineman. The left side of their line will really be able to road grate people. Jordan Cameron is on the come at tight end. Their big questions really are do they have enough at secondary, and do they have enough at quarterback? If Manziel plays he will provide a lot of excitement, but is he going to play consistent, winning football at this level? I’m not so sure.”
Tanguay: “I think the Cleveland Browns will go as far as Brian Hoyer takes them.”
Will Johnny Manziel be any good?
Tanguay: “I think he is going to fizzle out. He doesn’t like the comparisons to Doug Flutie but I think they are just. I don’t think he will be as good as Flutie. I wonder how he will face adversity. The way he played the game in college, I don’t know how that will translate into the NFL. I think there are questions about his height and I don’t see him having a good NFL career.”
Gresh: “Johnny Manziel is going to be a fascinating exercise. He’s going to get his turn sooner than later. I’m expecting him to play this year because I just don’t know how good, overall, this team will be. I don’t think he will transition well enough, I don’t think he’ll be able to read defenses well enough and I think after four years in Cleveland he will fizzle. He’ll go be a backup somewhere for a couple years then get hired to be an analyst for the SEC Network.”
How do you handle Josh Gordon in your fantasy draft?
Gresh: “If he’s out there people will consider taking him in the first round, maybe early second round. He’s an it-guy now. He doesn’t have a quarterback but he’s got the ability to catch it five yards and run 90. If he doesn’t get suspended and is out there playing he is an early round pick. I don’t know when the (suspension) announcement will come so I don’t touch him unless he’s at the very, very end because he might be a wasted pick.”
Last year the Browns were 4-12. Year before that? 5-11. Vegas has set the over/under at 6.5 wins. Are they over/under 6.5 wins and do they make the playoffs?
Tanguay: “I say over but they don’t make the playoffs. I think they are talented and I think they are better than last year. I don’t think seven wins is crazy.”
Gresh: “They’re close. I really believe that. Their defense is pretty legit. Let’s see what Justin Gilbert adds to them at cornerback. Looking at their schedule I’m saying under. I would definitely say under the 6.5, but not by that much.”
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