Factory Lines: Tyler Naquin, Anderson Varejao, Cavs Accountability & Billick on Pettine


 

Back with our Factory Lines: A Daily Assembling of Cleveland Sports Headlines.

Cleveland Indians

Tyler Naquin Enjoys “Big League” Experience

“I said, “Lofton, do you know where a good steak place is?’ said Naquin, the Indians’ No.1 pick in 2012. “He said “Come on Naquin, let’s get some steak.’ It was like I knew him for a couple of years.”

Naquin is the future center fielder of the future for the Indians. Going to dinner with Lofton and Michael Bourne, and connecting with them to learn for the future is huge.

Cleveland Cavaliers

Varejao Was Worried of a Severe Knee Injury

“Right away I thought the worst. I thought I was done. Again. It was very painful. It was one of those things it was very, very, very, very painful. Then it went away. My blood was rushing, I was going. I said I’m going to play. Then the next day was sore.”

Andy’s injury was scary upon first look but it looks like he might be able to play even tonight. Varejao often seems overly concerned anytime he goes down. Its not dramatics, instead it seems like he is expecting his body to give out on him at anytime.

GM Chris Grant Calls for Total Accountability

“We’re all accountable for it, including myself,” he said. “It’s frustrating. It’s disappointing to our fans. The fans deserve better.”

“The lack of effort is just not acceptable,” Grant said after Wednesday’s practice. “It’s not who we are and who we want to be. It’s got to be addressed head on. There’s no excuse for that, but we’ve seen our guys compete and execute consistently, and that’s really what we’ve got to do a better job of.”

Grant is right, everyone should be accountable. The fact that Grant and head coach Mike Brown have both noted the lack of effort from the team could mean a couple things: Either the players don’t care, Brown is unable to motivate or there is something dramatically wrong within the locker room.

Cleveland Browns

Brian Billick Thinks Browns “Saw the strength of personality.”

“Regardless of how long it took or whoever else they interviewed, they got a good man,” Billick told ESPN 850 WKNR’s Hooley and Jerod afternoon show earlier this week. “That’s the bottom line. I’m sure once they sat down with Mike, they saw the strength of personality. He’s got a great football mind. He is very organized.

Billick is a respected analyst at this point, many younger fans may not remember him as a Super Bowl coach. That he thinks Pettine’s personality is good is concerning, as personality doens’t always equate to success. His football mind is something that should pair well with his personality.

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