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Interview With Sports Illustrated’s Ben Reiter

This past Wednesday Sports Illustrated released their annual NFL previews for all 32 teams. The Browns preview, authored by Ben Reiter provides a nice look into the Mangini run Browns and how the players are reacting to the drastic change in coaching style. I had the pleasure of speaking with Ben yesterday concerning his thoughts on the Browns training camp and outlook for the 2009 season.

Awful Start Aside, The ’09 Browns Are Not Yet Defined

In the wake of the second game and subsequently the second loss of the Browns season, I wanted to take a moment to lay out some of my observations and concerns. Contrary to popular opinion, I believe this team is not that far away from competing.

Houston Texans Continue Inconsistent Play in 2009

The Houston Texans were the trendy pick at the start of the 09′ season. The Houston Texans never had expectations this high before in the franchises 7 year history. While the Indianapolis Colts still own the AFC South division, the Texans are looking for a wild card birth and make the playoffs for the first time ever.

Eagles Shine Against the Chiefs

The Eagles needed to go out Sunday and get an impressive win, and that is what they did. They looked good on both sides of the ball and Kevin Kolb was able to lead the team to a win. In doing so, Kolb became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for over 300 yards his first two games.

Chiefs Impact Players Banged Up

We all know that the Eagles have had their fair share of injuries this year and it is getting to be quite annoying. However, it seems as though the Chiefs have some injuries to some key players as well. Looking at yesterdays injury report LB Derrick Johnson, QB Matt Cassel, and WR Dwayne Bowe were all listed as limited participants in practice.

Indianapolis Colts Are Team to Beat in AFC

The Indianapolis Colts 2009 season started off with a close win against the Jacksonville Jaguars and a remarkable win on Monday Night Football against the Miami Dolphins. Having the football on offense for less the 15 minutes and still winning just shows you have talented on offense the Colts can be. Peyton Manning is completing nearly 70% of his pass attempts and will certainly make another run at the league MVP again this season.

Cleveland Browns Continue to Struggle in 2009

The Cleveland Browns are one of the oldest football franchises playing today, circa 1946. The Browns haven’t had much to cheer about in 2008 and 09′ isn’t much better. The Browns are one of the worse statistical teams in the NFL in every major category, offense and defense.

Cincinnati Bengals Bounce Back in 2009

The 2008 season (4-12) for the Cincinnati Bengals was a nightmare without question. The team had very high expectations but were one of the laughing stocks in the NFL. Carson Palmer was out the majority of the year with an injury – with his departure the Bengals sunk fast.

The Bears Get a Solid Win in Week Two

Last week the Chicago Bears suffered a last minute loss to the Green Bay Packers. Added to this humiliation was the season-ending injury to Brian Urlacher and the poor play of the franchise quarterback, Jay Cutler.

Denver Broncos Continue As Surprise Team of the 2009 NFL Season

Few people thought the Denver Broncos would get off to such a fast start, but it happened. The 2008 season was a disappointment – while the Broncos have started out well, their strength of schedule is one of the most difficult in the league. If the Broncos go 8-8 it will be a miracle.

Jacksonville Jaguars Face Uncertain 2009 Season

The 2007 season for the Jacksonville Jaguars was suppose to be the stepping stone for bigger and better things. The Jaguars went 11-5 in the AFC South and defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers at Pittsburgh (which is almost unheard of) in the Wild Card playoff game. Since that stunning win the Jaguars have become just another team.

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