In another feature in the pilot-testing phase here at Dawgs By Nature, the "Week in Review" will try to give a brief snapshot at what happened during the past week related to the Cleveland Browns (or important NFL news). After the jump is a recap from the week of May 20 - May 26.
Sunday, May 20th: Jeff Schudel questioned whether Joshua Cribbs' on-field value was diminishing due to the kick return rule from a season ago. Cribbs is a free agent after this season.
Monday, May 21st: The Buccaneers placed tight end Kellen Winslow on the trading block, to which 81% of DBN fans voted that they did not have an interest in Winslow. No worries, since Winslow was traded to the Seattle Seahawks for a late-round draft pick. ... General manager Tom Heckert made some noise when he shot down the idea of Sheldon Brown moving to safety, and pretty much said they weren't interested in bringing Eric Steinbach back to the team.
Tuesday, May 22nd: The owners approved a new rule that would require knee and thigh pads beginning in 2013. They also tentatively approved two new rules -- one to push the trade deadline from Week 6 to Week 8, and the other to have a modification to the injured reserve rule -- for 2012. ... The depth chart for the first day of OTA's was reported, and the big surprise might have been that safety Eric Hagg was with the first-team defense at safety, ahead of Usama Young. ... Browns quarterback Colt McCoy spoke (in an interview) for the first time since the team drafted Brandon Weeden. ... Linebacker Scott Fujita continued pushing for his suspension to be lifted.
Wednesday, May 23rd: ESPN had a not-so-insightful article that predicted the Browns, currently a popular "worst-team in the league" pick, to still be the worst team in the league in 2015.
Thursday, May 24th: Tony Grossi published an interview with Jim Brown, who dished out more thoughts on Trent Richardson and spewed more disdain for team president Mike Holmgren. ... We began a caption contest on DBN, which will be an ongoing feature as the offseason rolls along.
Friday, May 25th: We discussed the possibility of there being replacement referees for the 2012 NFL season. ... Although the odds were released earlier in the week, we asked members what type of bet they would place based on Cantor Gaming's regular season win projections for the Browns, which was set at 5.5.
Saturday, May 26th: Pro Football Focus highlighted the best individual defensive and offensive performances from the 2011 season; several Browns made the list.