The BigPlay Cleveland Weekly Mailbag – May 19, 2019

Cleveland sports fans get their questions answered by a Cleveland sports expert.

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The BigPlay Cleveland Mailbag is red hot and ready to roll! We got some amazing questions this week and if you are interested in supplying a question in the future, please check out our Twitter account @BIGPLAYCLE on Thursday evenings. and now, onto the questions!

I was a small child when “The Fumble” took place and definitely did not see it when it happened, although I heard about it from my father when I was a kid. The fact that people were so upset with running back Earnest Byner is disappointing to me. First off, if not for Byner, the Browns would not have been in a position to win that game. He was a workhorse and he should be celebrated for his excellent all-around play. Secondly, watch wide receiver Webster Slaughter on the play, he did not block his man, allowing the defender to strip the ball from Byner. Am I over it, sort of, not really.

I am confident that Corbett will be the starting right guard once the season starts. Working with legendary offensive line coach James Campen will be very good for him. If by chance it doesn’t work out as I believe it will, the Browns signed a few offensive linemen during the off-season that can fill the role. Eric Kush and Bryan Witzmann both have experience playing guard in the NFL and have started games at the position. It is important to understand that none of these guys are Kevin Zeitler, who the Browns traded away to the Giants for defensive end Olivier Vernon.

In short, no.

OBJ is a world-class athlete who keeps himself in good condition. While he spends some time doing things like going to The Met, he is also working hard in the weight room. I would much rather have OBJ work out on his terms and be ready for the season than be in Berea (the Browns’ training facility) and tear something during a practice that means nothing. Especially, since we are at a point where the OTAs are voluntary. This would be a big deal in my mind if he was skipping the mandatory stuff.

I am most excited about LB Mack Wilson. There was a lot of talk as to why he dropped so low in the draft and while we may never know the exact reasons, the Browns got a player who most experts feel could have been a first-round pick in next year’s draft had he stayed at Alabama. So the Browns get him a year earlier, for a lot less money and because he dropped so much he is even hungrier to prove the doubters wrong. Sounds like something to get excited over!

I am looking forward to the next few seasons with John Beilein. Getting a coach who has been coaching in college for many years is something that will benefit the Cavs immensely, as they have a very young roster. Players like Collin Sexton, Larry Nance Jr., and Cedi Osman should flourish under Beilein. Additionally, with two first round picks in the upcoming NBA Draft, the Cavs are poised to pick up more young talent for Beilein to mold. Some have brought up the concern that he is now the third oldest coach in the NBA, but to me, that does not matter. He has shown the ability to reach players and help them achieve all that they can.

Hope you enjoyed this week’s mailbag. We will see you next week!

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