Sunday, January 11, 2015

Leadoff with Lee 1.11.15

By @cleeverizon
- The San Francisco 49ers granted the Browns permission to interview Greg Roman for their open offensive coordinator position. They're scheduled to meet Monday. It seems as if the Browns would like to stay within their current scheme of zone blocking and Roman runs the same type of offense that the Browns currently use. To me, this is also a sign that the Browns would like Johnny Manziel to be the starting quarterback next year. Colin Kaepernick and Roman had success running the read option in San Francisco. Despite the 49ers granting Roman permission to interview with the Browns, there will be some competition for his services. The Rams have also requested permission, and he interviewed with the Jacksonville Jaguars Saturday.

The Browns have also requested to interview Al Saunders & John DeFilippo of the Oakland Raiders and will also interview former Bears head coach Marc Trestman.  
- Patriots advance! Tom Brady threw for 367 yards and 3 TD and running for another as New England defeated Baltimore, 35-31. The Pats only rushed for 14 yards as they reach the AFC title game for the 4th straight year. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco threw for 292 and 2 interceptions. New England patiently waits on the winner of the Colts vs Broncos game.                                    

- New England Patriots QB Tom Brady now has the most career postseason passing TD's (46) in the history of the NFL, surpassing Joe Montana.                

- Bill Belichick has tied legendary Cowboys coach Tom Landry for most postseason wins of all-time (20).

- The Seattle Seahawks are one win away from going to their second straight Super Bowl with a 31-17 victory over the Carolina Panthers. Russell Wilson was 15/22 for 268 yards and 3 touchdowns. Cam Newton went 23/36 for 246 and 2 touchdowns in the loss. Jermaine Kearse led all receivers with 129 yards and 1 touchdown. The Seahawks will face the winner of the Dallas vs Green Bay game which will be played today.

- Dick LeBeau resigned as the Steelers defensive coordinator after 11 seasons. In a statement, LeBeau says "Time to go in a different direction." He also stated "I'm resigning, not retiring". Now the question I have is where is Lebeau going to land his next gig at? Could it be Cleveland? Jimmy Haslem was a minority owner of the Steelers until he purchased the Browns. Who knows if this would happen. Just wishful thinking on my behalf.
- On Friday, Jets running back Chris Johnson was arrested in Florida on a weapon charge. Johnson had been arrested for carrying a weapon that he didn’t have a license for. Johnson does have a license to carry in Florida but according to reports, the gun he was carrying wasn't licensed to him. It make matters worse he was openly carrying the gun. I know gun/weapon charges vary from state to state but I'm very interested to see how this will turn out. Johnson is due $2 million dollars from the Jets for this upcoming season. With the new conduct policy in place, Johnson could be suspended without pay.  

- The baseball hall of fame inductees were announced this week and four members will enter the hall; Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, Craig Biggio and John Smoltz.  

Randy Johnson's career stats are as follows:

303 Wins
166 Loses
3.29 ERA
135 ERA+
618 Games
2 Saves
4135.1 Innings Pitched

Pedro Martinez's career stats as follows:

219 Wins
100 Loses
2.93 ERA
154 ERA+
476 Games
3 Saves
2827.1 Innings Pitched

John Smoltz's career stats as follows:        

213 Wins
155 Loses
3.33 ERA
125 ERA+
723 Games
154 Saves
3473.0 Innings Pitched

Craig Biggio's career stats as follows:

2850 Games
10876 At Bats
1844 Runs
3060 Hits
291 Home Runs
1175 RBI
.281 Batting Average

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