The Browns will open up the preseason with the Green Bay Packers on Friday, and with Robert Griffin III being named the starter earlier in the week, one of the main questions out there is: How much should the former Baylor quarterback play in the exhibition season?
Sam, Ben "Heavy D" Genet, and I all kicked this idea around during the Sam Bourquin Show Tuesday to talk about how much the first stringers, Griffin included, ought to play against the Packers, as well as the other three preseason games.
"I think you go a series," Ben said. "I feel if you go more than a series you're asking for trouble," he continued. Ben pointed to Griffin's injury history as a reason for concern. Sam and I looked at a 2-3 series sample of playing time for the first stringers given the fact that in order for an offense to jell, you have to have reps.
"You don't have to score, I don't care about that," Bourquin said. "You have to see what you have, and you can''t do that in three snaps."
Touchdown Tony Mazur, our Browns beat reporter, said that he has to at least get a few series in order for him to have a good sample size of film for the coaches to dissect and evaluate.
As far as his observations from Browns camp, Mazur says he's seen coach Hue Jackson increase the intensity and hitting in practice.
The Cleveland Indians are prepared for a short series against the Washington Nationals before they begin an 11-game homestand at Progressive Field starting with the Angels Thursday.
Al Pawlowski from Sports Time Ohio and Indians Live host joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about the Tribe as they head down this stretch in August.
He says manager Terry Francona deserves a lot of credit for handling his starters and bullpen amongst other things.
"The other thing he does extremely well is how he deals with young players," Pawlowski said. "Look at Tyler Naquin, and how he's developed this year."
Naquin is in contention for Rookie of the Year in 2016 after struggling with some injuries early on.
For the full interview with Al, click here.
The Indians will take on the Nationals tonight at 7:05pm on 1590 WAKR.
In Year 2 of the Dan Larlham era, the CVCA Royals are expected to be competitve, hard-nosed, and ready to make some strides in 2016.
Coach Larlham joined us for our Tuesday edition of Camp Days, and he said that 2016 will be a year where he will count on his veterans to lead.
"We're relying on our senior leadership, and finishing the right way, and following their example is something we'll pride ourselves on."
The Royals will have 5-6 returning starters on both sides of the ball, including some two-way players and some guys with a couple years of starting experience.
He says the season will be dicatated by their effort and making themselves better each day.
The 2016 NFL season got off to a bizarre start as the annual Hall of Fame game was cancelled last night due to unsafe playing conditions at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.
Sam Bourquin, who was there last night in Canton offered his take on the situation and what his takeaways were from last night's events.
"It was embarassing," Bourquin said. "David Baker (Hall of Fame President) said it was embarassing, and I felt bad for David last night."
Baker made the official announcement to a chorus of boos last night at 8 p.m., with a crowd of over 23,000 in attendance.
Zac Jackson from ProFootballTalk.com spoke with Sam as well about what transpired and how the field looked that night.
"It (the field) looked beautiful, but it didn't look done," Jackson said. "It made a whole bunch of people look silly, including the city of Canton, and ESPN,and it's something that should and could have easily been avoided."
The fans who attended last night's game can check out refund policies here, and the Hall's brass says an investigation will be conducted as to what exactly went wrong.
Joe Scalzo from the Canton Repository joined in the discussion as well to offer his take on what happened Sunday and how the Hall and the City of Canton can recover from this.
For the full interview with Zac Jackson, click here.
For the full interview with Joe Scalzo, click here.
The Stow Bulldogs are coming off a strong season in 2015, and are looking to make some additional noise this year in the Suburban League.
Mark Nori, head coach of the Bulldogs joined us during today's edition of Camp Days to talk about the team, the non-league slate, and the competitiveness of the league.
He said the non-league schedule, especially the early matchup with Green, will be a good test for his team early on.
'We're looking for a physical, competitive matchup, and I'm sure we'll get just that," he said.
For coaching with Stow, he says the young men have been buying in and working hard.
"We're getting better each day, the kids are buying what we're selling, and we've been working hard.
Two key members of the Indianapolis Colts organization will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend in Canton, and one former Colt offered his thoughts on the men he took the gridiron with.
Former Colts linebacker Gary Brackett joined the Brad Russell show to talk about Tony Dungy and Marvin Harrison being inducted into football's greatest fraternity and what he's doing after a solid 9-year career in pro football.
Gary said that playing for Coach Dungy was a truly special time in his life.
"He had very good values and morals as a coach," Brackett said. "He was very mild mannered, but very prepared and effective, and we always had a great game plan for whoever we were playing."
Brackett helped the Colts win Super Bowl XLI over the Chicago Bears. He came into the league with the Colts in 2003.
Now after retiring from pro football in 2011, Gary is involved with his restaurants and the Gary Brackett Impact Foundation.
The Revere Minutemen are looking to have a strong season in 2016 and with added expectations and more kids coming out for football, they know they have to bring their A game each and every week.
Mike Murphey, the head coach of the Minutemen, spoke with WAKR at the Suburban League Media Days.
"We're in a good spot," Murphey said. "We've had more kids come out for football then we've ever had."
He says the Suburban League is going to be a tough slate.
"If we are fortunate enough to make it to the playoffs, hopefully that level of competition (in the Suburban League) will pay off."
First year head football coach at Tallmadge High School Alan Vanderink is excited about the 2016 season, and he says the staff and the players are getting ready to lace up the cleats and get after it in the Suburban League.
Alan spoke with us during Suburban League Media Day and he says the league is a competitive and well-balanced league.
"There's no weeks that you can take off," Vanderink said. "That's good for our coaches and our young people."
He says the community has been behind him 100 percent since he got the job at Tallmadge, coming over from the Copley staff, where he served as an assistant.
On this week's edition of Camp Days, we took a look at the Kent Roosevelt Rough Riders at the Suburban League Media Days last week.
Tim King, head coach of the Rough Riders spoke about what the expectations are for 2016.
"We're going to be a young team this year, we'll have a lot of sophomores and juniors playing for us this year and we're excited to get this season started and make a run at the Suburban League title."
The Rough Riders are in their second year in the Suburban League and they appreciate the competition and natural rivalries that spawned from the joining of the 15 teams.
The Highland Hornets are coming off a strong 2015 season, and are ready to go in 2016.
Mike Gibbons, the head coach of the Hornets spoke with us at Suburban League Media Day and what it's like to be in such a tough, competitive league.
"You have to be ready to go," Gibbons said.
"Any time we tell our kids we can beat anybody, but if we're not prepared, anybody can beat us," Gibbons explained.
The Hornets will lean on a strong senior class, many of whom played during the 2015 campaign, when they went 6-4 in 2015.
Another famous name in broadcasting is this year's recipient of the 2016 Pete Rozelle Radio and TV Award.
CBS Sportscaster James Brown is this year's award winner, with his distinguished work on the NFL Today on CBS Sports amongst other programs.
Brown joined Brad Russell to talk about the honor, this year's induction class, and some of his memorable moments during his 30-plus year career in broadcasting.
He even reflected on his time when the power went out in the Superdome during the Super Bowl between the Ravens and the 49ers, calling it "an experience of a lifetime."
Brown will receive the Pete Rozelle Award at the Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony on Saturday.
This weekend one of the NFL's best quarterbacks will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and one of his former receivers reflected on this special moment in Canton.
Brett Favre, one of the best in Packer history will have his bust amongst the greats in Canton Saturday night after a 20-year NFL career.
Former NFL veteran, Green Bay Packer wide receiver Greg Jennings joined Sam Bourquin and Brad Russell live on site from Sluggers and Putters in Canal Fulton Wednesday to talk about his time as a teammate with Favre and his life goals post-football.
Greg says he's excited for his friend and former teammate making one of the most important speeches of his life.
"He's probably going to think about all he's experienced not only in his career, but in that span of life," Jennings said.
"I'm looking forward to it, I'm sure he'll do great."
Jennings recently retired from the NFL after a 10-year career, including a Super Bowl championship. He's currently active with the Greg Jennings Foundation and spending time with his family.
For Greg's full interview, click here.
The Browns are fully immersed in training camp up in Berea, and with Hue Jackson putting his imprint on the team, you can see a change in the attitude and the intensity on the practice field.
Nate Ulrich from the Akron Beacon Journal spoke with Sam Bourquin and Brad Russell live from Sluggers and Putters in Canal Fulton.
Nate said that Coach Jackson will name a starter at quarterback in relatively short time, and Robert Griffin III has become more consistent with time.
"He to continue to rise to the level of competition," Ulrich said. "He's been up and down, but he's made some plays and gotten a little bit better, but there's a lot that remains to be seen in terms of whether or not he's going to revive his career."
For the full interview of Nate and the guys, click here.
It's almost here, and the football world once again will be converging on Canton, Ohio.
Pro Football Hall of Fame Chief of Staff and VP of Communications Pete Fierle joined Sam Bourquin and Brad Russell to talk about the festivities including the enshrinement and the Hall of Fame Game on Sunday.
The inductees for the Class of 2016 include former Packer great Brett Favre, Tony Dungy, and Eddie DeBartolo Jr.
Pete also talked about the new additions and changes made to Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, and how the folks who will be coming to Canton will be impressed with all the changes surrounding the campus.
For more with Sam, Brad and Pete, click right here.