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its 100th season.Sorry.While the history of the league is a widespread and fun topic Jim Brown Color Rush Jersey , what happened last January in the NFC championship game has guaranteed the spotlight will be shining on officiating and replays.After an egregious missed penalty (or two) that basically kept the Saints from making the Super Bowl and helped the Rams get there instead, there was little chance attention could be diverted from the guys with the whistles and their impact on games. Commissioner Roger Goodell, the league’s powerful competition committee and a vast majority of the owners recognized this — and did something about it.Coaches can now challenge pass interference calls and non-calls as part of the replay review system. Just as with other in-game instances, the replay booth will initiate any reviews in the final two minutes of both halves and for an entire overtime.As former NFL defensive back Adam Archuleta, now a CBS game analyst, notes: “They have opened a huge can of worms.”Sure, the Browns‘ upgrades — some people envision Cleveland (yes, Cleveland) as a Super Bowl contender — provide a ripe subject. So do the head coaching changes, including Bruce Arians returning to the sideline one year after retiring.There are the aged quarterbacks, from 42-year-old Tom Brady to 40-year-old Drew Brees to late-thirtysomethings Ben Roethlisberger, Eli Manning and Philip Rivers. And the fledging QBs such as Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, Lamar Jackson and Kyler Murray.Don’t forget those big stars in new places: Le’Veon Bell, Odell Beckham Jr., Earl Thomas and Antonio Brown.And let’s ignore Brown’s helmet complaints and frost-bitten digits.But we all know what will hog the limelight.INTERFERING WITH REPLAYGene Steratore spent 13 years as an NFL referee and also was a college basketball official. Now with CBS as an officiating analyst, he knew some sort of change in the review system would emerge from the Rams-Saints debacle.“Understand first that they were making the call in real time,” Steratore says. “That will remain the standard and base on which calls will be made on all plays. Then we get to replays, which are in slow motion of course, and you are getting a different look (than an official might get in real time).“Then there is the determination of what is significant contact. Did it impede someone from making a play? Was it incidental? Some of that is adding subjectivity to the process.”Archuleta, not surprisingly for a former safety, adamantly disagrees with adding anything to the replay system Jamie Collins Jersey , particularly pass interference penalties.“It’s not good for the game, which is not meant to be played in slow motion or officiated that way,” he says. “I don’t want them stopping games in critical moments. Pro football is an exciting and emotional sport and stoppages take away from that.”A realist, Archuleta admits he knew something would happen after the New Orleans debacle. He accepts the coaches’ challenge as the most logical means, but doesn’t have to like it.The addition of pass interference will change the strategies for using challenges. An early false spotting of the ball, for example, might not see a red flag thrown because a coach realizes a late DPI or OPI call or non-call would be far more impactful. Indeed, there might be fewer overall disruptions by challenges as coaches save them for second-half needs that maybe never arrive.“Coaches are going to get burned on this, challenge plays that will not be overturned because of judgments, and they will be minus a timeout or a challenge later in the game,” says Hall of Fame coach Tony Dungy. “I think it is going to be a mess.”CAN ANYBODY PLAY DEFENSE?With spread offenses overtaking the college game — and college defenses — it was only a matter of time before scoring records fell in the pros. Nothing much is expected to change this season with rules designed to boost points production; players on that side of the ball better prepared for the NFL when they reach it; and fans’ insatiable appetite for shootouts. Fantasy football fanatics can rejoice.Still, the Super Bowl final score was 13-3, and there are several teams whose defenses successfully can determine their fate. The Rams, Chargers, Ravens, Bears, Cowboys and Bills could fall into that category.Chicago, which led the league with 27 interceptions in ’18, believes the Monsters of the Midway have been reborn. The Bears are primed to prove it.“Takeaways on the field and the practice field correlate to takeaways on the field in the game as well,” star edge rusher Khalil Mack says. “You know what I mean? So it goes hand in hand. When you work on taking away the ball in practice, naturally it happens in the game.”OLD QBS Christian Kirksey Color Rush Jersey , KID QBSBrady and Brees and Roethlisberger and Rivers and Manning equal 194 years of age, 87 seasons in the NFL. Each of them remains the starter, though Manning’s hold on the Giants‘ job is tenuous.It’s fair to think that, except for Manning, seeing any of those four oldies but goodies in the Super Bowl next February — particularly Brady, who is going for an unprecedented seventh Lombardi Trophy — would be no shock.“I’m ready to go this year and that’s really what matters. That’s where my focus is,” Brady says. “It’s a unique situation I’m in. I’m in my 20th year with the same team. I’m 42 years old, so pretty much uncharted territory I think for everybody. I’m going to go out there and do the best I can this year and see what happens.”At the other end of the maturity chart are the youngsters. We’ve already seen one prodigy, Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes, mesmerize the league and win MVP honors in his second year, first as a starter. Now the spotlight could be taken by Cleveland’s Mayfield or the Jets’ Darnold or the Ravens’ Jackson , pro sophomores whose team’s ascensions depend largely on their further progress.CHANGES ON THE SIDELINEEight clubs jumped on the coaching carousel, including one head man swapping teams as Adam Gase went from the Dolphins to the Jets. Also new on the job are Brian Flores (Miami), Zac Taylor (Cincinnati), Freddie Kitchens (Cleveland), Vic Fangio (Denver), Kliff Kingsbury (Arizona), Matt LaFleur (Green Bay) and Arians (Tampa Bay).Most intriguing might be the new boss with the Bucs, a proven QB guru who tries to mold Jameis Winston into a winner in a prove-it year for the 2015 top overall draftee.“I’m going to work regardless, but it’s always a plus when your head coach believes in you,” Winston says of the 66-year-old Arians. “Every coach brings something different. I’m just really excited to get to work with them.”CHANGES ON THE FIELDNew faces in new places figure to have a major impact https://www.brownsfanshop.com/JC-Tretter-Jersey , and if those effects are positive, their teams could be playoff bound.Bell would seem the perfect guy to bring in to help Darnold make the next big step. Following a year off in a holdout, Bell will be driven to prove he’s worth the money the Jets paid and the Steelers would not. At his best, there’s no better all-around running back in football.When healthy and at his best, Thomas finds the right spot to be in — and gets his defensive teammates in those positions, too. There are few stronger leaders in the game, and he also has extra motivation after the way things deteriorated in Seattle.Beckham is a magnificent talent with baggage and a fragile psyche. If he is the playmaker and not the pouter, the Browns have a prize.As for Brown, well, the numbers he’s produced for nearly a decade can’t be ignored. Unfortunately, neither can the drama he has brought from the Steelers to the Raiders.But it does keep us watching, doesn’t it? Notes from the second day of the Cleveland Browns’ mandatory minicamp." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesDawgs EDTDay 2 of Cleveland Browns mandatory minicamp took place on Wednesday. Let’s get to our recap; the Day 1 recap can be found here.BROWNS’ MINICAMP RECAP - DAY 2 (WEDNESDAY)1. Is Someone Speaking? Before today’s practice, WR Odell Beckham Jr. was scheduled to have his first interview with the media in Berea since becoming a member of the Browns. As you can tell, quite the crowd turned up to see him:The organization pulled a bit of a bait-and-switch, though, by then announcing that Beckham would actually speak after practice. You can watch Beckham’s entire interview here. DT Sheldon Richardson and LB Christian Kirksey spoke before practice.2. Practice Heads Indoors: Due to rain and thunderstorms in the area, Day 2 of practice headed indoors. Music was playing in the fieldhouse, but the funny part is that as soon as the country music hit, Daryl Ruiter of 92.3 the Fan says that DE Myles Garrett went over to shut it down.3. Just Your Average 1-Handed Stab: You have to love how easy WR Odell Beckham Jr. makes it look, stabbing a pass with one-hand in individual drills just for the heck of it. He had special “OBJ” cleats on to start practice before changing over to gold cleats at the end.4. Greg Joseph Showing Off the Leg: Granted, it was indoors Ozzie Newsome Jersey , but K Greg Joseph was impressive, especially from distance. According to Nick Shook of Browns.com, Joseph connected on 4-of-4 field goal attempts, including from 52 and 57 yards. Rookie Austin Seibert, on the other hand, only made 1-of-4 attempts, missing all of the longer kicks.5. More Testing at Right Guard: While OL Austin Corbett got the first-team reps at right guard on Tuesday, it was veteran OL Eric Kush who got the first-team reps there on Wednesday. Corbett was the second-team center. Speaking of the offensive line, if you hadn’t heard, the team waived OT Desmond Harrison before practice for a repeated habit of being late.6. A Sight to See: It’s always fun to see owner Jimmy Haslam taking in practice, and even more so when you see the first (of many to come) shots of him talking to WR Odell Beckham Jr.On the field, QB Baker Mayfield tried to hit Beckham on the sideline, but CB Denzel Ward continued an impressive start to minicamp by nearly coming away with a pick six.7. A Little Bit Greedy: CB Greedy Williams continues to do a good job, and nabbed a pick six on QB Baker Mayfield on the first play of two-minute drills. It was Williams’ second interception of the day.8. Brownies: WR Antonio Callaway has not been taking any reps with the first-team offense. ... With WR Jarvis Landry getting rest, WR Ish Hyman has been taking first-team reps. ...P Jamie Gillan, “The Scottish Hammer,” was practicing being a holder, something he never did before joining the Browns. ... Cleveland has worked on some setups where LB Genard Avery rushes from the outside while DL Myles Garrett rushes from the interior. ... RB Duke Johnson was part of the kick return team on Day 2, and also lined up at some wide receiver spots.9. Next Up: Day 2 of Browns minicamp will be Thursday from 10:15 AM to 12:15 PM.

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