The Ravens went on to win the Super Bowl in 2000 with a largely different group of players, but they wouldn’t have without the drafts of general manager Ozzie Newsome and director of player personnel Phil Savage, who were hired by Belichick in Cleveland.
Between Belichick and Newsome are a combined sic Super Bowl appearances and four championship rings. You’d have to think at least one of those would have been with the Browns had the team stayed in Cleveland.
The Browns current receiving corp is still in flux going into Sunday’s matchup with the Giants, as Mohamed Massaquoi (hamstring) and Travis Benjamin (hamstring) were held out of practice today. Josh Cribbs (concussion) did return to practice.
Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall was a full participant in today’s practice, and he now believes he will make his 2012 debut against the Eagles. After tearing his ACL in the teams’ January playoff loss in January, it looked as though he would miss the 2012 NFL season. In the midst of a contract year, it will be interesting to see how well he performs and if the Steelers choose to resign him this offseason.
The Ravens defense allowed just 46 plays of 20+ yards in 2011, but they are already set to pass that mark just after mid-season, as their 28th-ranked pass defense has already allowed 15 passing plays of 20 yards or more in their last three games.