Time to Put the Misery in the Past

Getting Rid of that Nasty Taste Well, it was definitely a team effort in Jacksonville – everyone for the Browns did an equally horrible job.  Whether it was Brian Hoyer, the offensive line, stopping the run, or coaching decisions, all failed last week.  Despite the monstrous disappointment, this is still the NFL and a week-by-week […]

October 2014 by edubs1983

Beating the Steelers – What is the Formula?

Splitting against the Steelers – How Can it Happen? The first two quarters during the last time these two met was brutal, but the second half was much better (a lot like the last week’s performance by the Browns).  Nonetheless, the Browns were downed by their rival in their first meeting – what can be […]

October 2014 by edubs1983

Resiliance in the Face of Adversity

Getting Back to .500 – What it Will Take It’s now a chance to return to the gridiron for the Cleveland Browns.  I hope the time off was very productive for both the athletes and coaches and everyone has refocused on winning contests.  They face their weakest opponent to date in the Tennessee Titans, but […]

October 2014 by edubs1983

Two in a Row? What’s it Gonna Take?

Five Things to Go over .500 What a great win last week!  The Browns were due for a victory like this, and they definitely earned it over the Saints.  Now they have another difficult game at home against the Baltimore Ravens, who are fresh off an emotional victory.  Jason Campbell and the Browns were able […]

September 2014 by edubs1983

An Unlikely Win? How it Can Happen

Five Ways to Conquer the Saints It’s the home opener for the Cleveland Browns, and their opponent is a formidable one.  The Saint roll into town coming off of a hard loss (much like the Browns) and expect to get back to .500.  Facing a Super Bowl contender should not strike fear into any professional […]

September 2014 by edubs1983

How Can the Browns Score the Upset?

Five Keys to Victory for the Browns – @ Pittsburgh Winning at Heinz Field has been no easy task for these Cleveland Browns, as it is going on eleven years since Tim Couch led the upset on Sunday Night Football.  However, victory is not impossible for the away squad.  They will need many things to […]

September 2014 by edubs1983

Browns’ Five Musts in Preseason Finale

Five Keys for the Browns – vs. the Bears It’s the least favorite NFL game for about ninety-nine percent of the population (except for those players fighting for jobs), but the Browns are looking forward to their preseason finale with the Bears.  There were some improvements in preseason game three, mainly scoring, but the defense […]

August 2014 by edubs1983

Browns Keys vs. the Rams

Five Keys for the Browns vs. Rams – Preseason Game #3What better way to get over the horrendous game played on Monday, than getting back on your home turf.  That’s right; it’s the Browns’ first home game of the 2014 season.  They face the St. Louis Rams on Saturday night – commonly known as “the dress rehearsal”, where […]

August 2014 by edubs1983

Keys for the Browns vs. the Lions – Preseason Game #1

Five Keys for the Browns – vs. the Detroit Lions  The 2014 Cleveland Browns finally begin their season this Saturday night! I understand it’s an exhibition game and the outcome will not count, but that does not mean we cannot dissect their matchup with the Lions. Although many athletes will be employed throughout the meeting, […]

August 2014 by edubs1983

Joe Haden $68 million is worth a whole lot more

Joe Haden gets a new contract extension and it is well deserved. He is now the highest paid CB in the NFL. He will be making more than Superbowl winning Richard Sherman.

Some might think this contract is a bad idea, I beg to differ. Joe Haden has the 2nd-most disrupted dropbacks in the NFL since his rookie season in 2010 and the most among all defensive backs period. One can go through all of the details and statistics of his short 5 year career and undoubtedly agree he is a top 3 CB in the NFL. He helped his 2014 defense become ranked in the top 10 and had a pro-bowl season which obviously contributed to his heavy paycheck. He also has played on a bad team which in return has cause many teams to simply not throw to his side of the field. A blessing and a curse. He has played on a struggling team and has never had the opportunity to play any post-season football. Joe is on his way to a Hall of Fame Career and should be even better now with a future lockdown star CB Justin Gilbert, the Cleveland Browns 8th overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft. Teams now have to pick a poison.

With that said, I am more interested in is what Haden has been able to do off of the field.

Anytime you have a player who has experienced struggles with drugs or alcohol and uses it as motivation wins points in my book. Haden’s 2012 suspension for Adderall, a drug used to control ADHD, was a scary moment for Browns fans. Picked 7th overall in the 2010 NFL draft, he was meant to be a star player without any off the field problems. Late in 2012 just before the NFL season was underway, Joe was suspended 4 games at the start of the season.

Since then, Joe Haden has been nothing but a pro-bowl player and an asset on and off the field. Undoubtedly, he resembles what the Browns wants in their locker room. New Head Coach Mike Pettine has been infusing his new saying, “Play like a Brown”, and Joe Haden fits that saying to its core. Playing like a Brown means you need to play hard, work hard and stay clean off of the field. With Joe Haden doing just that, he gets what he deserves, a hefty pay check.

The main reason I bring up a subject most people have forgotten by now, Joe Haden’s 2012 suspension, is because the Browns currently have arguably their most talented player in jeopardy of being suspended as well. WR Josh Gordon faces a potential season ban for testing positive fore Marijuana. Joe Haden is the perfect person to help Josh Gordon figure out what is wrong and help him get on the right track. Even if he (Gordon) does miss this upcoming season, Joe Haden can help him get where he needs to be in the future. That in itself is worth a chunk of the $68 million Joe Haden will recieve. Working hard on and off of the field pays off and Joe Haden is proof of that. The potential and value for Josh Gordon is even greater than Haden’s and he needs a mentor and friend to help him with whatever he needs help with. Gordon is only 22, still a kid,  but needs to grow up fast. Joe Haden can help him with that. Now that Haden is signed through 2019, he will be there to help be an example to younger players and lead the team.

Most players get paid for what they do on the field, but I have a feeling this is much more than that; a contract that could lead to others contracts. If Joe Haden can step up to a new challenge, Josh Gordon needs his help. Disrupting passes and intercepting the ball is second nature to Joe Haden…helping others with drug issues can be too. Iron sharpens iron. Players help players. Haden’s suspension might be a blessing in disguise and let’s hope it is.