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Browns, Cavs having a productive start to the new year

mcdaniels no brownsIt is only the first full week of 2014 and already both the Cleveland Browns and the Cleveland Cavaliers have had one heck of a time.

The best news of the year came earlier today when New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said he was not interested in the Browns head coaching job, a position he interviewed for over the weekend but was never officially offered.

McDaniels had been the presumed favorite to replace fired coach Rob Chudzinski, primarily because he works for New England and when it comes to the Patriots and their assistant coaches, current Browns general manager Mike Lombardi simply can’t see that the emperor has no clothes.

McDaniels carries a career winning percentage of .393 (in line with former New England assistants and Browns coaches Romeo Crennel and Eric Mangini), actually made the St. Louis offense worse the one year he was offensive coordinator and, like every other coach who has worked for Bill Belichick, has never succeeded unless he is standing next to Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady.

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Cavs willing to take a chance on Andrew Bynum

cavs andrew bynumThe Cleveland Cavaliers took the bait on Wednesday, agreeing to a two-year contract with free agent center Andrew Bynum.

So what are the Cavs receiving from an oft-injured player who missed all of the 2012-13 season and brings career averages of 11.7 points and 7.8 rebounds per game?

For starters, Bynum is probably a better player than his career stats would indicate. He has trended upward since his rookie year, when he averaged just 1.6 points and 1.7 rebounds a game, culminating in 2011-12, when he had career highs with 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds per game. Bynum put up those numbers under coach Mike Brown, who was with the Los Angeles Lakers that season and is now back in Cleveland as Cavs coach.

So, statistically at least, Bynum’s career is trending in a good direction.

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Is Andrew Bynum really the answer for the Cavs?

Ron Artest, Andrew BynumIf the Cleveland Cavaliers believe that Andrew Bynum is the answer, then it may be time for them to start rethinking the question.

The Cavs hosted the free agent center on Monday and reportedly offered Bynum a two-year, $24-million contract with the team holding an option on the second year.

During his career Bynum has played in just 61 percent of his team’s games, hasn’t played a full season since 2006-07 and didn’t play at all last year due to a lingering knee injury.

The Cavs pursuit of Bynum has been labeled as a “low risk, high reward” signing.

But that still leaves one question needs to be answered:

Is the reward really worth the risk?

We try to figure it out at The Cleveland Fan.

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