Cleveland Browns Daily praises moves made by Ray Farmer this offseason

Posted Apr 14, 2014

Cleveland Browns Daily praises moves made by Ray Farmer this offseason

On Monday’s “Cleveland Browns Daily, Driven by Liberty Ford,” co-hosts Vic Carucci and Michael Reghi, who is filling in for Nathan Zegura, conveyed a sense of optimism about the moves Ray Farmer has made this offseason.

Nate Ulrich, from the Akron Beacon Journal, joined Vic and Michael to discuss Alex Mack’s meeting with reporters Monday, three days after the Browns matched the offer sheet the Jacksonville Jaguars made to him. Nathan joined the show excited that the Browns retained Mack and looking forward to seeing him play in Kyle Shanahan’s offense.

Geoff Hobson, from the, spoke to Vic and Michael about the Browns’ signing Monday of former Cincinnati Bengals fullback Chris Pressley. Je’Rod Cherry wrapped up the show as Vic and Michael posed three questions to the three-time Super Bowl champion.

Here are some highlights:

Vic Carucci: “Alex Mack falls under the category of a terrific offseason move. I give Ray Farmer and the Browns organization overall the best grade imaginable on how they have handled this offseason. The draft will factor heavily on how we evaluate the guys who run this team and how they are doing, but so far it’s been tremendous. To hit the spots they hit sends a resounding statement about what this team is about and how serious they are to get this team right. These are the kinds of moves that keep you around longer or get you fired, and Ray deserves a hell of a lot of of credit for how he handled these situations.

Michael Reghi: “There is a sense of enthusiasm and excitement in the building because of the Alex Mack signing. I feel good that Alex is sincere and legitimate in the fact that all he is looking for is stability and a winning culture and with Farmer and (Mike) Pettine, Alex seems to be keeping a very open mind about how he is going to go about his business. The Browns want to sustain success, but you can’t sustain it until you establish it. By bringing in key components in (Karlos) Dansby, (Nate) Burleson, (Donte) Whitner, and (Andrew) Hawkins, who have all experienced winning, that tells me that they are trying to create more of an atmosphere that is conducive in understanding how to win. Now this roster is starting to add to that young foundation as they go in to the draft and it’s looking to be in good shape right now.”

Nate Ulrich: “Alex Mack wanted to make everyone know that there is a business side to football that his agent heavily deals with. It’s a tough negotiating thing that happens and things are said, but at the end of the day, it’s all about positioning. Alex is one of the best centers in the league. He doesn’t have any off-the-field character issues and he’s one of the most durable guys in the NFL. When you add all that up, guys like that don’t hit the open market very often and they are coveted. You can’t find a more athletic center. He’s super flexible and he can move, so I don’t think he will have any trouble in the zone-blocking scheme (of Kyle Shanahan). One of the most crucial aspects of his offer sheet is that he has the power after the 2015 season to void his deal. That gives him the option that if things don’t unfold the way he wants it to, he can look elsewhere. All he wants is stability and to win. That’s pretty simple.”

Nathan Zegura: “I’m thrilled that Mack is back and it’s all done with. The Browns made a statement that they were committed to keep their core players and it tells me that if they draft you and you become a core part of this team, they will do whatever they need to do to keep you here. A lot of people questioned the transition tag, but as it turned out, it saved the Browns money over the first two years and brings (Mack) here with a minimum of two, if not three years. They saved money and got the long-term deal; it’s a win/win for the Browns. I talked to a lot of people around the NFL and they said he is the perfect center to play in the (Kyle) Shanahan scheme. He has the movement, the footwork, and is just the perfect fit. When you look at what the Browns are doing, almost basing their system off of the Seattle Seahawks, they are putting together a very complete team. They already have a very good defense and they are really putting together a solid offense.”

Geoff Hobson: “Chris (Pressley) is a great guy. He basically raised him and his family out of poverty. He has as much character as I’ve ever seen and is really a terrific guy. He’s the classic fullback and there aren’t many like that around. It all depends on how the Browns plan on using him, but in the right situation, Chris can certainly help a club. He’s the kind of guy who will do whatever you ask of him and I would think that if (Kyle) Shanahan is looking for a classic, smash mouth between the tackle, then he is your guy.”

Je'Rod Cherry: “If the Browns assessed the situation and found that (Mack) wants to be here and wants to establish what the Browns are trying to accomplish and that it’s not about the money, then I am glad they brought him back. I know we will get his A-effort every game; I just hope his heart is really in it. …You consider what Farmer has brought in, especially defensively, I would say he is definitely making the right moves. The proof will come once the first and last game is played, but he has brought guys in who can win and rewarded the guys who have played well. …Success can cause you to do things you should not be doing because you think you can get away with it. (San Francisco 49ers linebacker) Aldon Smith seems to be in the position where he has a lot of money and thinks he can say the most asinine things and get away with it. It looks to me that the 49ers aren’t handling success very well.”

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