The Official Waiting For Next Year Podcast

Hosted by Craig Lyndall, the Waiting For Next Year podcast is about Cleveland sports mostly. Other topics include the media, culture and anything else we feel like talking about.
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Jan 14, 2016

Just like we did with Jimmy Haslam's press conference, WFNY's got your back if you missed Hue Jackson's opening remarks. Also Craig talks all over it and about it. Overall, I'd say it was a good press conference. They're all pretty good on day one. Now the real work begins for the Cleveland Browns.

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Jan 4, 2016

It's been another fun year on Dawgs on the Run regardless of the Browns' season. Here was my appearance with Andy Baskin, Pierre Woods and Kenny Roda talking about the Browns' most recent round of changes.

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  • Sashi Brown and the Browns' latest hierarchy
  • Where's Alec Scheiner?
  • Will the Browns be able to attract a high profile coach with this structure?
  • Having a cap guy in charge of the 53-man roster
Jan 4, 2016

It's a new year and the Cleveland Browns are being the same old Cleveland Browns. Or are they? Jimmy Haslam spoke to the media following the firings of Ray Farmer and Mike Pettine and I played the audio and gave my commentary.

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  • Sashi Brown takes control of personnel
  • Mike Pettine and Ray Farmer are gone
  • Johnny Manziel might be done
  • Johnny Manziel didn't show up for physical therapy
  • Joe Thomas and continuity
  • Alec Scheiner and the power play

Lastly I talk about Stipe Miocic becoming the number one contender for the UFC Heavyweight Championship of the WORLD!

Oct 23, 2013

Rick was on hand today for Rob Chudzinski's press conference and also Jason Campbell's media availability. We talk about a lot of other Browns stuff.

Did the Browns try hard enough to compete in 2013?
Brandon Weeden and whether he can ever start for the Browns again
Joe Thomas and his free pass for not talking to the media today
The hurt man locker in the Browns locker room
Why haven't the Browns signed a third quarterback yet?
Couldn't the Browns have signed better running backs than Bobby Rainey and Willis McGahee? 

Aug 5, 2013

Everyone loves when @SteelersDepot comes on the WFNY podcast. Yes, he's a Steelers blogger, but his knowledge of the AFC North is gigantic. He's as dedicated to it as anyone in the world, I think. So, when I want to find out what's happening around the division, it's an obvious call. Drop him a compliment on Twitter Browns fans. @Steelersdepot

  • Dave Bryan from the Steelers Depot talking AFC North football
  • Backhanded compliments for Dave
  • Browns training camp practices setting records
  • Michael Lombardi and what he knows
  • Davone Bess and how big a move that is for the Browns
  • Ray Horton and how good a corner he can be
  • Is it a crime not to spend for the Browns with holes?
  • Saving money for franchise quarterbacks
  • Alex Mack’s extension and when that will get done
  • T.J. Ward extension and whether the Browns will get that done
  • Losing Phil Dawson and whether or not Browns fans are crazy to be so big on Dawson
  • The Bengals and whether they’ve peaked with Andy Dalton
  • Can Andy Dalton do what it takes to win a few games?
  • A.J. Green is easily the best receiver in the AFC North
  • BenJarvus Green-Ellis is a plodder and not a feature back
  • James Harrison with the Bengals is like Willie McGinest was with the Browns
  • Rey Maualuga and whether he can finally put it together
  • Jayson DiManche and whether he can be a pleasant surprise for the Bengals
  • Ozzie Newsome filling in the defensive holes and lucking into Elvis Dumervil
  • Replacing Paul Kruger and Anquan Boldin
  • Torrey Smith picking up the slack for Anquan Boldin and Dennis Pitta
  • The Ravens are worse than they were last year
  • Super Bowl hangover real?
  • Does ten wins take the division?
  • Offensive line in Pittsburgh is the biggest question mark
  • Losing Mike Wallace isn’t insignificant, but they’re OK with Antonio Brown
  • Ben Roethlisberger and staying healthy
  • The Kansas City Chiefs offensive line running against the AFC North is what the Steelers will try to do
  • Heath Miller is a huge loss for the Steelers for at least the first four weeks it looks like
  • Can the Steelers defense stay healthy?
  • The loss of Casey Hampton and whether his replacement can fill the hole
  • LaMarr Woodley and his conditioning and shape
  • Shamarko Thomas and how quickly he can contribute
  • Third safety in some big nickel packages
  • Shamarko Thomas learning from Troy Polamalu
  • Shamarknado and how the Steelers could carry five safeties
  • Steelers fans that think Dick LeBeau needs to hang it up
  • Tracking explosive plays and test the correlation with winning percentage
  • Ranking the AFC North
  • Setting expectations for the Browns
  • Bengals are probably better but they can’t run away with it

Jun 14, 2013

Always good to catch up with the Browns observations with Nate Ulrich from the Akron Beacon Journal. Here's all that we discussed.

  • How good do you feel not having to talk Tebow?

  • Bill Belichick out to prove he doesn’t have to talk about anything.

  • Gregg Popovich and how he just defies everyone to do what he wants.

  • Ray Horton’s new attacking scheme and how evident it might or might not be at this point

  • T.J. Ward in the box a bit more, maybe like Troy Polamalu?

  • Ray Horton’s Phoenix radio station and how it was going to mirror that of the Steelers

  • Maybe Horton’s change in tune is to avoid player comparisons from Pittsburgh

  • Josh Gordon and the league’s CBA that limits the fact-finding

  • Dawgs by Nature post about changing to Drew Rosenhaus and the timing with the change

  • Joe Haden and his change to Drew Rosenhaus as well

  • Davone Bess and his ability to fill in for Josh Gordon

  • Davone Bess replacing Josh Cribbs as the leader of the wide receivers

  • Fullback and Cleveland Browns and Vonta Leach

  • Leach’s agent talked to Mike Lombardi but no visit was scheduled

  • No real interest on the Browns’ part

  • Owen Marecic’s future and Brad Smelley’s future with the Browns

  • Browns had two backs in the backfield a lot including Ogbonnaya and Hardesty together

  • The Brandon Jackson signing and how weird it was

  • The injury history of Trent Richardson and at the RB position in general

  • If there was one position group where the Browns might supplement the roster, which one would it be?

  • Chris Owens, Buster Skrine, Leon McFadden all battling it out opposite Haden and in the nickel

  • Brandon Bogotay and his competition with Shayne Graham

  • Expected player extensions and why we haven’t seen any just yet

  • Mike Lombardi said it was “a little early”

  • Moving training camp to 4-6:30 PM and how packed camp has been anyway

  • Fan experience and how important it seems to be to the new regime

May 13, 2013

It was a record-setting day I think for Scott and me. We went just over an hour, but it was all good conversation. If you're daunted by the length, just don't be. Listen to it over the course of a day. I don't mind.

  • The Tribe tying the game and scaring my three year old
  • Michael Bourn and what a coup it’s turned out to be so far
  • Is Michael Bourn’s market value really undervalued?
  • Bourn’s age and whether he’ll be worth it at the end of the deal
  • Speed on the basepaths and Kenny Lofton
  • Grady Sizemore and his inability to stay healthy
  • Diamond Mine fantasy baseball using Satchel Paige
  • Mark Reynolds and enjoying his season without obsessing on contract extensions
  • Reynolds and how he’s become what Tribe fans wanted out of Kevin Youkilis
  • Hating the New York Yankees
  • There’s nothing not to like about Mariano Rivera
  • How to treat your kids with vulgar language
  • My kid got in trouble for saying “shutup” in daycare
  • Using the word “hate” and whether banning a word bans a feeling
  • Daniel Snyder and how he will “never” change the name of the Redskins
  • Chief Wahoo is a racist caricature
  • Keyboard warriors and slacktivism
  • When will Chief Wahoo and the Redskins disappear?
  • Armonty Bryant and whether he should have been brought to the Browns
  • The Cleveland kidnap girls and how the media jumped on it
  • The branding of the Cleveland kidnapping tragedy
  • Walking that tightrope between horrible details and telling the story
  • The Great Gatsby and making books out of movies
  • Silver Linings Playbook and whether you liked it or not
  • Bobcat Goldthwait and independent film
  • Brian Spaeth and his independent movie

May 1, 2013

Jon and I ended up not talking at all about the Cleveland Indians offensive explosion tonight, but we had a good conversation just the same.

  • Mad Men, Stan and why they keep Betty Draper around at all
  • Roger Sterling’s likeability and charisma
  • Lost and getting spouses caught up on shows
  • Deadwood and its awful ending
  • Long runs for shows and short shows
  • The end of the Sopranos and the end of Lost
  • Louis CK’s most recent special on HBO
  • Is it time for a break for Louis CK
  • The NFL draft and the baseball guy’s perspective
  • Gauging the reaction to the draft
  • Balancing the draft vs. free agency
  • The opportunity to get a corner and a safety
  • Micro-managing physical attributes
  • Mingo and his lack of sack statistics at LSU his last year
  • The meaninglessness of those college stats
  • Justin Blackmon and his question marks biting the Jacksonville Jaguars
  • From Elway to Marino 30 for 30
  • Jim Kelly’s press conference when he was drafted to Buffalo
  • Randy Moss and how he quit on the Raiders
  • NFL GMs and their enormous egos
  • Setting goals and trying to figure out what success looks like
  • Personal over/unders vs. what Vegas might do
  • Pat Shurmur and whether or not he was actually good at anything as a head coach
  • The summer movie podcast
  • The sinking cultural relevance of movies as more movies get made
  • House of Cards and TV vs. movies

Apr 29, 2013

Scott Raab wasn't enthused this morning after the Browns' draft. Craig is cautiously optimistic about the value and strategy. Both finish by saying, "We'll see." 

  • The Browns’ strategy and value

  • Scott’s dismayed by the Browns draft

  • Attacking the quarterback vs. filling defensive backfield

  • Are the corners really too short?

  • 20+ players are going into their second year

  • 15+ third year players

  • Joe Banner and his credit for success

  • Should the Browns have traded their fourth rounder to the Steelers?

  • What are the Browns’ goals for wins in 2013

  • Re-hiring Mike Brown and Scott likes it

  • Doing due diligence on Phil Jackson

  • Mike Brown growing and changing

  • Halftime adjustments and getting better

  • Is Kyrie Irving going to learn how to play defense?

Apr 26, 2013

Dave Bryan from helped me break down what everyone in the AFC North did in the first round of the draft.

  • Barkevious Mingo and how quickly he can make an impact

  • Ray Horton and whether he can teach these guys the system

  • Jabaal Sheard converting

  • Paul Kruger and Desmond Bryant and their implementation into the defense

  • Ahtyba Rubin and his future

  • Paul Kruger’s brother Joe Kruger

  • Steelers pick of Jarvis Jones

  • Can Jarvis Jones set the edge in the NFL?

  • Is there a bigger winner than Andy Dalton?

  • Tyler Eifert and the Cincinnati Bengals

  • The departure of Ed Reed and the call for Matt Elam

  • Ozzie Newsome and the Ravens strike again?

  • What’s next for the Steelers? Justin Hunter? Robert Woods? Eddie Lacey?
  • Joe Flacco's contract

Mar 29, 2013

Scott and Craig caught up on the day's "triplecast" Browns radio moves. Who are the winners and losers in the deal? Where do all the pieces land? Joe Banner and Jimmy Haslam speak to the world. Mike Lombardi is still absent. Who's going to speak when the Browns have troubles? Listen in for the contest.

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Mar 22, 2013

Craig Lyndall and Rick Grayshock of Waiting For Next Year discussed the Cleveland Browns' off-season so far.

  • Rob Chudzinski and his talk with Mike Florio
  • Phil Dawson and the Browns communication about his departure
  • Jordan Cameron and the Browns' tight end situation
  • The Cleveland Browns' signing of former Chicago Bears tight end Kellen Davis
  • D'Qwell Jackson and his value to the organization
  • Josh Cribbs and his value going forward
  • Joe Haden and just how much he's worth on an extension
  • The pre "rookie wage scale" draft picks and if they're in for a rude awakening

Much much more.