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3/25/15: Oh, the fun never ends in Cleveland. The Browns must realize that the roster is in shambles with their first round quarterback pick in rehab. Their star wide receiver is suspended for the next season. That does not even include possible league sanctions for GM Ray Farmer texting to coaches during games last season. The Browns signed WR Duane Bowe, who was once a great wide receiver but has struggled in Kansas City for the past three seasons. It has gotten so bad, that there are rumors that people with the last name Brown want the team to change their name because they are 'insulted'.
3/18/15: Figuring out the Cleveland Browns is a tough chore these days. Aside from the fact that they may get punished by the NFL for the front office illegally texting the coaching staff during games, they do not seem to have any real direction or strategy going forward. The Browns did sign veteran QB Josh McCown, after he had a miserable stint in Tampa Bay as their starter (one win, ten losses under his watch). They also brought in Thad Lewis for the QB competition. One must be wondering what the plan is in Cleveland and how they expect to be competitive in the AFC North next season.
3/11/15: Well, it looks like the Brian Hoyer Era in Cleveland is officially finished. The Browns, of course, need a franchise quarterback that is not injured and is not in rehab. So they were able to sign Bucs (and Bears and many other teams) castoff Josh McCown. McCown will get the chance to mentor Johnny Manziel and probably will be the starting quarterback next season. It has taken a long road for McCown to get to Cleveland, though if one really examines it, all of his fame is due to playing five good games two years ago in a very good offense with outstanding receivers and a top end running back.
3/4/15: One way to get fans, rivals and media to stop paying attention to all the problems one may have is to distract them. That could be a reason that the Cleveland Browns made the bold step of announcing a new logo and change to the iconic Browns helmet. Aside from die-hard fans, most may not notice the new font for the Browns name, but the helmet is going to be, get this, a brighter shade of orange! And it will have a brown facemask! The team is expected to announce some changes to the uniforms soon, as well. Now all they have to worry about is quarterback, receiver and punishment from the NFL on texting during games.
2/25/15: There are plenty of reports available documenting the current issues within the Cleveland Browns organization, though owner Jimmy Haslam (with a straight face) says they are fine. Quarterback continues to be an issue, particularly with Johnny Manziel struggling in his first year and currently in rehab. There has been speculation that Browns would trade for Sam Bradford of the St. Louis Rams. The Rams are shooting down all rumors, but for the right price, a deal could make sense. The biggest risk is how Bradford will come back from a second ACL tear in as many years.
2/18/15: Most NFL fans, and perhaps even fans of the Cleveland Browns, believe that the franchise is in turmoil. There are a number of reasons why: the ongoing price gauging probe against owner Jimmy Haslam's Flying J truck stops, the entire Johnny Manziel saga, the perpetual Josh Gordon saga, and the texting scandal. Haslam said last Wednesday that the organization is not a mess. He said the same thing one year to the day prior - and that was before the texting and Johnny Manziel. Haslam blames the media for the perception of dysfunction, though he may have contributed a bit as well.
2/11/15: While a lot of the country is mad that the New England Patriots won the Super Bowl and are trying to put together conspiracy theories to explain their success, the Cleveland Brown have found themselves in a mess. Wide receiver Josh Gordon will be suspended for at least all of next season. QB Johnny Manziel is now in rehab for his social activities. And the Browns are likely to be punished for sending texts to the coaching staff during games. That punishment could include loss of draft picks and/or fines and/or suspensions for executives. It also may explain why Kyle Shanahan was eager to get out of there.
2/5/15: The turmoil surrounding the Cleveland Browns is turning the organization into Jets Midwest. The team let Kyle Shanahan leave his offensive coordinator position. There are anonymous quotes saying QB Johnny Manziel is a 'joke' and finally it looks like wide receiver Josh Gordon will not be playing anywhere next season. Gordon apparently consumed alcohol while still barred from doing so per his last substance abuse suspension. That could trigger an automatic year long suspension and that may be enough for the Browns to cut him. For his part, Gordon denies any drug use and says he has not touched the marijuana since before he was drafted.
1/28/15: When the Cleveland Browns drafted Johnny Manziel in the first round last May, it was hoped by the fans that they would have two quality starters and the franchise QB of the future. Bryan Hoyer cooled off in midseason, and was benched for Manziel, who did not do much to impress anyone other than with the documentation of his social life. Connor Shaw got a shot, but he did not do much either. So now that the Browns have a new offensive coordinator, which QB will it be? He does not know if the starter is 'in the building now', which is a bit discouraging to the Cleveland faithful.
1/21/15: A lot of people were caught off-guard a couple weeks ago when the Brown and Kyle Shanahan decided to go their separate ways. Shanahan, reportedly, is now heading to Atlanta to be the offensive coordinator for the Falcons, presumably for eventual head coach Dan Quinn. But that does leave the Browns without an OC for now. The Browns are expected to interview tight ends coach Brian Angelichio for the position. Others that may be of interest include Bo Van Pelt, Adam Gace or Rob Chudzinsky, depending on what type of offense the team wants to run and what quarterback they want to go with.
1/14/15: Rather unexpectedly, the Cleveland Browns fired offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan after just one season. Reports say that there was friction between Shanahan and the club, which led to the late and unusual parting of ways. So the Browns will have their third offensive coordinator in about a year's time soon. No hire has been made, but early indications are that Matt Cavanaugh is a possibility. He served as Chicago's QB coach for the last two seasons, but previously had worked with head coach Mike Pettine when they were both with the Ravens and with the University of Pittsburgh.
1/7/15: The Browns suspended their best player, Josh Gordon, for the final game of the regular season because he missed a walk-through practice the day before the game. It was then reported that Gordon was at a party thrown by Johnny Manziel the night before. Manziel denied the reports and later said that he is ready to grow up and be a leader on the team. That is not the first time that Manziel has promised to change his ways. Of course, if he could replicate his college performance, then no one would really care how outlandish his social life is.
12/3/14: Get ready, Cleveland. It looks like it is Johnny Football time. The Browns lost last Sunday to the Buffalo Bills 26-10, but the big news about this game was that the Browns finally took out Brian Hoyer and played Johnny Manziel with meaningful minutes. That could indicate a changing of the guard. Manziel did seem to provide a spark and ran for a 10 yard touchdown. Hoyer, for what its worth, insists that it is still his team. That being said, the Browns have lost two straight and are in danger of missing the playoffs. Cleveland has a tough task this Sunday when they host the Colts.
11/19/14: The AFC North is shaping up to be among the best divisions in football. Everyone is at least two games over .500 and the league is taking notice. So the Browns are well-positioned to make a run at the post-season. They may have felt like they let an opportunity slip through their hands last Sunday, as they could not muster much offense against the visiting Houston Texans. QB Brian Hoyer moved the ball well with 330 yards, but the running game was almost non-existent, gaining only 58 yards on the day. The Browns are now 6-4 and head down to Atlanta this Sunday.
11/12/14: Most of the NFL's Thursday Night Games have been blowouts this season, so one fan base is usually terrified that their team is beyond awful and the other fan base gets a bit of swagger. The Browns fans were on the happy side of last week's lopsided game, beating the Cincinnati Bengals 24-3. The Browns defense forced Bengals QB Andy Dalton into a historically bad performance as he completed just 10 of 33 passes for 86 yards, no TDs and three interceptions. That equals a passer rating of just 2.0. The Browns are now looking good at 6-3 on the season and have an extra couple of days to prepare to host Houston on Sunday.
11/5/14: It was not necessarily pretty, but give the Browns credit - they made plays when they needed to in defeating the visiting Tampa Bay Buccaneers 22-17. The Bucs actually led the game at halftime 10-9. It was the first time that they had led at the 50% mark in a game since last December. But the Brown came out in the third quarter with a touchdown and added another in the fourth quarter. Then they played lock-down defense to secure the win. QB Brian Hoyer threw for 300-2-2, which was solid, but the Browns need to get the running game going because 50 rushing yards is not going to cut it. There is not much time to enjoy the victory. It is on to Cincinnati for the Thursday Night Game.
10/29/14: It may not have been a pretty win, but it was a win for the Cleveland Browns over the visiting Oakland Raiders. A week after Cleveland was upset by then winless Jacksonville, the Browns faced another winless team. It was 9-6 Cleveland heading into the fourth quarter when the Browns finally pulled away with two touchdowns to win 23-13. While the passing game was sufficient with 275 yards and a touchdown, the running game was stalled to only 39 yards and a score. The Browns get their third lowly team in a row this coming Sunday when they host the 1-7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, whose only win was against Pittsburgh.
10/22/14: The Cleveland Browns were having a great season and were a big surprise going into their week seven match up in Jacksonville. But then they ran into the buzzsaw that is the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags defense controlled this game, allowing Browns QB Brian Hoyer to complete only 16 of 41 passing attempts with zero touchdowns and one interception. The running game did not help him out either, gaining a total of 69 yards on 30 carries. The 24-6 loss dropped the Browns back down to 3-3 on the season. Cleveland can get back over .500 this Sunday when they host the Oakland Raiders in a late afternoon game.
10/15/14: Cleveland was one of the many teams that had a divisional rival this past weekend, and they made sure that the Pittsburgh Steelers knew who was boss. The Browns dominated the Steelers to a 31-10 win. It was actually 31-3 until the Steelers scored a garbage time touchdown. Cleveland took control of the game with 21 points in the second quarter, and that was about it. The Browns rushing attack was on display as Ben Tate gained 78 yards and two scores while Isaiah Crowell added 77 yards and a score. Cleveland improved to 3-2 on the year and now heads south to Jacksonville.
10/8/14: Browns current starting QB Brian Hoyer is not going down without a fight. Trailing 28-10 at the half, and that was only because of a touchdown with 12 seconds left in the second quarter, Hoyer led the Browns to 19 second half point, including 16 in the final frame, to beat the host Tennessee Titans 29-28. The Cleveland offense was clicking on all cylinders in the second half. Hoyer ended up with just shy of 300 yards in the air and three TDs. The running game was effective, especially Ben Tate, who managed 123 yards on his own. The win evened the Browns' record at 2-2, and gets them comfortable to host the Steelers this Sunday.
10/1/14: The Cleveland Browns are probably a better team than they are given credit for, though they will likely have a pretty tough road to plow in the AFC North. But they do have some talent on the team. Brian Hoyer remains the starting quarterback, though Johnny Manziel may get his shot soon enough. The coaching staff continues to have faith in running back Ben Tate and claims that he will have his starting role back when he returns from injury. That may be in Week 5. The Brown had a bye week last weekend, but are back in action, on the road, to face the Tennessee Titans on October 5.
9/24/14: The Browns took it to the Saints in Week 2 and came out with a stunning upset. But that was Week 2 and not Week 3, when the Baltimore Ravens were ready for the upstart Cleveland squad. Johnny Manziel got into the action - or tried to. He appeared to score on a 39 yard pass off of a trick play, but a penalty negated the play. Cleveland seemed to control the game in the second half, but the Ravens kicked the winning field goal as time expired. The Browns are now 1-2 on the season and have a bye this week.
9/17/14: Say hello to the Johnny Manziel Era in Cleveland, sort of. Manziel got on the field briefly during the Browns 26-24 win over the Saints last Sunday. He was 0-1. But the real story is how the Browns persevered and pulled out a big victory in their home opener. They took advantage of the Saints terrible defense for over 300 yards of offense. They got big plays from unheralded players when they needed it and simply would not take a second loss to start the season. It will get tougher this Sunday as the Browns welcome the Baltimore Ravens in for another division game.
8/28/14: Our long national nightmare ended last week when new Browns head coach Mike Pettite declared Brian Hoyer as the team's starter for Week 1 of the regular season. That means that Johnny Football is now Johnny Clipboard (at least for the time being). Hoyer demonstrated more maturity throughout camp and in the preseason games so far. Of course, Manziel will eventually be the starter, just not for now. University of South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier had a different take and is publicly stumping for his former QB, Conner Shaw, to be the new starter. Shaw actually looked better in the games, but that is probably not going to happen.
8/21/14: Wasn't the starting quarterback job supposed to be decided by now? For weeks, the biggest QB competition in the NFL has centered on the Cleveland Browns and their decision between veteran and career backup Brian Hoyer (who had a few great games last season) and larger than life rookie Johnny Manziel. Neither played particularly well in the second preseason game and Manziel showed his youth with an obscene gesture towards the Washington bench. Cleveland did finally make a decision on the starter and it will be Brian Hoyer. Not that either has played particularly well, but he showed more maturity and readiness than Manziel through the first half of preseason.
8/14/14: At some point, some professional sports team from Cleveland will win a championship. Granted, that has not happened in generations, but the odds say it has to happen. LeBron James returning to the Cavaliers and the Cavs trading for Kevin Love certainly enhances those odds. But this is football season and the city is focusing on Johnny Manziel and the Browns. What may help is that star WR Josh Gordon may not be suspended for the entire year. Even if he is suspended for eight games, the Brown certainly have a chance of winning the AFC North.
8/7/14: With so much information and misinformation concerning rookie QB Johnny Manziel, it is difficult to know what is real or gossip or speculation. For months, the standard line is that Brian Hoyer is the starting QB and Manziel is the backup. Several reports have indicated that Manziel has struggled somewhat in camp while others say that he is 'closing the gap' on Hoyer. While this does not make it easier on fans, it makes it easier on the media to find stories about a guy that has yet to play a down in the National Football League.
7/31/14: Seems to be some conflicting reports coming out of Cleveland at the opening of their training camp. Some reports say that the team was not happy with QB Johnny Manziel's social life and lack of preparation at OTAs and this offseason. Other reports indicate that he is one the same page as the rest of the team and ready to go in training camp. At this point, it looks like Brian Hoyer will indeed be the starting quarterback to begin the season. Of course, that may just be a temporary move until Manziel is ready to take the reigns.
7/24/14: Cleveland is turning into the place to be these days considering the Browns drafted the most conspicuous player in college football (Johnny Manziel) and the Cavs got LeBron James back - all within 90 days. Whether or not the Manziel draft pays off in the standings is another story, and one we probably will not know about for several more months. However, if nothing else, bringing two mega-stars to the city has heightened the profile of Cleveland and their sports franchises. That usually equals more revenue from extra interest, which makes owners happy. Even happier than getting let off the hook by the FBI for fraud.
7/17/14: Cleveland sports teams have been in the news a lot over the past few months for both good and bad reasons. Now that LeBron James has decided to 'return home' and play for the Cavaliers of the NBA, expect even more coverage. The LeBron move may benefit the Browns too. HIs presence in the city will certainly take away some of the press coverage of Johnny Manziel, allowing him to play (or practice) with less scrutiny and pressure. Manziel will probably start at some point in the season, and that will be a big event. Until then, both the Cavs and Browns are undefeated and can enjoy some love from the media.
7/10/14: It seems like every former player has an opinion on how rookie Johnny Manziel should behave. The Browns, themselves, would like him to be less public in his social life. Now they may have a second player to try to keep tabs on. New safety Donte Whitner took shots at the Buffalo Bills (who drafted and gave up on him years ago) as well as Bills legend Darryl Talley. Whitner also speculated that the NFL's Top 100 list was not voted on by players, which is why he was snubbed of the contrived honor. Or maybe he is not as highly regarded as he thinks, and that is why the 49ers let him walk.
7/3/14: Another week, another Johnny Manziel story about him being young and immature. A lot of people, be they current players or former stars, have weighed in on Manziel and his act, and they seem to be in two groups: the ones that want him to change and the ones that want him to do his own thing. Now the owner of the Browns has his contributions. He wants Johnny Football to grow up a bit. Manziel, for his part, says he is not changing. That is all fine and well in the offseason, but if he struggles when it is time to play, then his critics will be all over him for not being a professional.
6/26/14: For once, it is not new Browns QB Johnny Manziel that is making headlines. Instead, it is new head coach Mike Pettine. Pettine, last week, claimed that the New England Patriots had a copy of the Jets defensive playbook, insinuating that is a reason the Patriots won one of their games. The coach said Jets head coach Rex Ryan would 'give them out like candy', and that one was given to Alabama head coach Nick Saban. Saban and Patriots coach Bill Bellichek are friends. Whether it is true or not, the claim is not gaining Pettine any popularity votes among other coaches, but could lead to new rivalries with New York and New England in the future.
6/19/14: The Browns have made some highly questionable moves in the offseason, including getting rid of their head coach, GM and president from last season. It is also worth mentioning that the owner is involved with a federal probe from his trucking business. That being said (and done), the Browns actually look like a team on the rise with the addition of many new faces. One of the key offseason signings was running back Ben Tate. Tate does not lack for confidence and expects to the be the number one back this season, even going so far as to say that he does not look at other running backs on the roster as competition. Tate is a good RB, and will be needed this coming season.
6/12/14: The Browns may or may not have a quarterback controversy brewing between incumbent Brian Hoyer and rookie Johnny Manziel. We only know that Manziel was drafted to be the franchise QB, so it is a question of when and not if. But that may have never happened if former Browns OC Norv Turner had his wish. He wanted the team to sign Matt Cassel a year ago. Cassel is now the starter in Minnesota (until Teddy Bridgewater gets the job). Of course, Turner is with the Vikings as well now. Had Cleveland signed Cassel, we may have a Cassel and Hoyer competition with no Johnny Football in Cleveland.
6/614: Well that didn't take long at all. Newly drafted QB Johnny Manziel brought the Johnny Manziel Show to Las Vegas and apparently upset some media types by actually taking a couple days off to enjoy himself during his days off from football practice. While some may prefer him to be at home studying his playbook, the fact is that he had the days off and even cleared it with his coach. And, it is not like he has a game next weekend. It looks like another attempt to try and fabricate a story when one really does not exist. If he is doing this in the regular season and is struggling, then there could be a story.
5/29/14: The national media got their first glimpse of rookie QB Johnny Manziel at practice last week and offered mixed reviews. GM Ray Farmer said that incumbent Brian Hoyer was well ahead of Manziel. That is to be expected. Hoyer is a veteran and is familiar with his teammates. Of course, it is still May. In other news Manziel's agent said he may sue the man behind a hoax lawsuit in Florida. The lawsuit cites many outrageous claims, which most people can see is a sham. Of course, it gives good fodder for the fans of the Browns' rivals next season.
5/22/14: The Johnny Manziel era is starting in Cleveland, and that has brought a lot of excitement, media attention, and expectations to the so-called 'factory of sadness'. It is not all great news though. The day after the Browns took Manziel in the NFL draft, it was announced that star wide receiver Josh Gordon would be suspended, reportedly for a year for a positive marijuana test. The Browns did not help their receiving corps too much in the draft, but have since signed veterans Earl Bennett and Miles Austin, at least to have warm bodies on the roster.
5/15/14: The Browns pulled a stunner in the first round, as they did not take a QB with their first pick (# 4 overall), but instead traded with the Buffalo Bills to #9. Then they traded with Minnesota to move up one spot to #8. With that first pick, they selected cornerback Justin Gilbert from Oklahoma State. Many expected the Browns to get a franchise QB with their first pick, with a lot of speculation on Johnny Manziel. Gilbert will be paired with Joe Haden, which as the makings of a pretty strong secondary in the AFC North. Oh yeah, the Browns traded up and took some guy from Texas named Johnny Manziel at 22. But no one noticed.
5/8/14: Cleveland seems like they are in a dealing kind of mood, but there have been no takers so far. The Brown probably need a new QB, however, if they have to go into the season with Brian Hoyer, then there are worse things that can happen. The Browns have done a pretty good job of reshaping their roster over the offseason, such as adding running back Ben Tate. The Browns also own the Colts' first round draft pick thanks to the Trent Richardson trade. It seems kind of strange to say, but Cleveland has put themselves in pretty good shape lately.
5/1/14: Just one more week until the draft and there are a lot of eyes on the Cleveland Browns. The Browns, famously, stayed away from the pro days of several top draft picks, particularly, the quarterbacks. Of course, they brought those players in for meetings and their own evaluations. So the big question now is what the team will do with their first round draft pick. Several 'experts' believe that the team will take Johnny Manziel with their first pick. That would certainly make the team relevant and get more exposure. We will all know in a week what Ray Farmer and the gang are going to do.
4/24/14: A fun item about Cleveland came through last week. Former Browns' president Mike Holmgren says that he should have coached the team himself when was with the organization. Holmgren had always insisted that he did not want to coach the team, but now says that owner Randy Lerner wanted him in the front office instead. Holmgren was at his best when he was only a coach - leading the Green Bay Packers to a Super Bowl title, and the Packers and Seahawks to Super Bowl losses. He did not have much of a track record as a front office guy, which is one reason why the Browns' roster has been lacking in recent years.
4/17/14: Several weeks ago, the Browns elected to place the transition tag on center Alex Mack rather than the franchise tag. That means that another team could sign Mack without giving the Browns any compensation, while the franchise tag requires the signing team to fork over two first round draft picks. The Jacksonville Jaguars made Mack an offer sheet for $42 million over five years with $26 million guaranteed. The Browns may be regretting the tag they put on Mack and have five days to either counter the offer or let Mack leave. Losing Mack would leave a big hole in the offensive line and make life tougher for the next Browns' QB.
4/10/14: There is a lot of speculation as to what Cleveland will do in the draft, specifically with the fourth overall pick. Star wide receiver Josh Gordon has publicly stated that he thinks the team is going to select a quarterback at #4, and he wants it to be Teddy Bridgewater from Louisville. However, many people feel there is not much separation between the top five or eight QBs and no one player is a sure thing. If the Browns feel that way, then perhaps they choose Sammy Watkins or Mike Evans. Either would make a fine complement to Gordon in the receiving corps, which would make opposing secondaries very nervous.
4/3/14: The Browns drew some eyes last week not because of what they did (no coaches or front office managers were fired last week), but because of what they did not do. The Browns elected to skip the pro-day workouts for the top three QBs in the draft: Teddy Bridgewater, Blake Bortles, and Johnny Manziel. Everyone knows the Browns are starving for a franchise QB, so skipping the workouts seems odd. However, it is very likely that the Browns will have each of them in individually and work them out on their own. In other words, it's a story that is really not a story.
3/27/14: All of the turmoil and turnover within the Cleveland Browns organization over the last two months may have one bit of upside: it has made the Browns interesting again (for better or worse). There is a new front office, and new GM Ray Farmer is widely regarded as a capable man. The Browns have made some noteworthy free agent signings, particularly with Dante Whitner and Karlos Dansby and Ben Tate. Of course, they did led safety T.J. Ward just walk out and sign with the Broncos. Some thought the Browns may use the franchise tag on him, but it turns out that Browns actually never offered him anything, according to Ward.
3/20/14: The Browns are having a pretty good free agency period, on paper at least. A lot of times the media declares winners in the free agency period only to see those same signings become players that do not or cannot contribute, yet eat up a whole lot of salary (for a great example look at the Philadelphia Eagles a few years ago - the "Dream Team"). But the Browns have signed Donte Witner and Karlos Dansby on defense, as well as Ben Tate, who may just be both the best running back an overall player available in this free agency period.
3/13/14: Hopefully this is some good news for the much beleaguered Cleveland Browns. First, it is never a good sign when a team is referred to as 'much beleaguered'. But the facts are what they are, and Cleveland has not made the playoffs in several years and is currently undergoing a lot of transition on every level. However, defensive end Desmond Bryant has been fully cleard after a heart procedure. He only played in 12 games last season due to a persistent irregular heartbeat. The procedure went well, and now he is cleared to resume his career. It is a good thing this happened in this day in age, as this may have ended his career a generation earlier.
3/6/14: There have been a lot of jokes in recent weeks about the state of the Browns organization. A lot. The team fired head coach Rob Chudzinski after just one year. Waited a month to find a replacement. Let go of their GM and President. And also tried to trade for 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh. Now they are dealing with roster players and released linebacker D'Qwell Jackson. Jackson has a lot of interest in the league, including Denver, Tennessee and Arizona. There may be more cuts coming as the Browns seem to try to be remaking the entire franchise.
2/27/14: The Browns front office is in the news again, but this time it is not necessarily for making questionable personnel decisions or blowing up their brain trust. Reports came out last week that the Browns tried to trade from 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh. Apparently, the process had gotten somewhat far along before being dashed. Harbaugh is a successful and driven head coach, and is certainly more accomplished than new Browns head coach Mike Pettine. Pettine, for his sake, said that if anything had transpired that it means nothing. After all, he is the head coach now and will run the team.
2/20/13: Proving that just about anything is possible with the Browns these days, owner Jimmy Haslam fired CEO Joe Banner and GM Mike Lombardi last week. In the meantime, he promoted assistant GM Ray Farmer to the GM position. Farmer turned down the Dolphins job a few weeks ago, so he may have known this was coming. If so, then he must have felt the Dolphins are more dysfunctional than the Browns, which really says something about the Dolphins. The team fired head coach Rob Chudzinski after only one year and is now on their third head coach since Haslam bought the team a couple years ago. For comparison, the Steelers have had three head coaches over the past 45 years.
2/13/14: The Browns announced that they have hired Kyle Shannahan as the new offensive coordinator. That may or may not have been met with a collective sigh among the Browns faithful. Sure, he likely had his last job as OC of Washington because his father was the head coach. And last year was a complete dud. But look at his previous work, including OC of the Texans and RG3's first year - and there should be some hope. To be fair, the Browns have hit the reset button (again), but this time it could work out well.
2/6/14: New head coach Mike Pettine may not have been the first choice by many fans, but is their new head coach. Pettine seems to understand the dynamics going on in Cleveland, and perhaps that is why he was hired. There are many well-qualified candidates that would not want to be part of the rebuilding process, especially with the seemingly unstable state of management of the organization. But the Browns have a decent roster with a few playmakers, like WR Josh Gordon. They also have Indy's first round pick, so they can rebuild sooner than later. It is an interesting situation, but Pettine can be a hero if he turns it around.
1/30/14: Cleveland has a new head coach. If that sounds familiar, well, it should. That has been a headline four times in the past five years. This time around, it is Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine. Pettine, reportedly, would have withdrawn from consideration for the position if the search had gone on much longer - it took nearly four weeks and the Browns were the last team to hire a new head coach. He takes over a team that has a high draft pick and is in need of a starting quarterback. The Browns have a great wide receiver in Josh Gordon, and may even decide to bookend him with Sammy Watkins in the draft.
1/23/14: There has been some troubling behavior from Browns' wide receiver Devon Bess. If isolated, the incidents seem minor, but may show a pattern of a bigger problem when taken together. In the span of a few days, Bess tweeted a photo of himself with what appears to be marijuana. Then he had a run-in at a South Florida airport. Last, he was involved in a situation at a hotel in South Florida that required police intervention. The events seem similar to the downward spiral of former Lions wide receiver Titus Young, who was found to have mental issues. Here is hoping Bess can get the help he needs and resume his NFL career.
1/16/14: The Browns have a lot of issues. While many may argue that most of the problems start at the top (and there certainly is an argument to be made for that), they will have to address the quarterback position this offseason. Cleveland has spent three draft picks in the first and second round on quarterbacks over the last seven years: Brady Quinn, Colt McCoy, and Brandon Wheeden. None of those came anywhere near working out. Their best QB in that time was actually Brian Hoyer this season, and he started out as the third-stringer. There is a lot of talk now that the Browns should grab Texas A&M star Johnny Manziel in the first round - and at least that makes them relevant for a while.
1/9/14: Cleveland really has to get this head coach hiring right. Both Bill O'Brien (Houston) and Lovie Smith (Tampa Bay) are off the board. Denver OC Adam Gace has turned down any interviewing until the Broncos are out of the playoffs. There also seems to be an air of dysfunctionality with the organization as several players (and coaches) have criticized team management for firing Rob Chudzinski after only one year. Many people believe that Patriots OC Josh McDaniels is the favorite, considering his relationship with GM Mike Lombardi. Whoever gets the job should at least be given a few years to establish the team.
1/2/14: Word leaked out last Saturday that head coach Rob Chudzinsky could be fired after the season ended. That turned out to be true, as the Brown relieved Coach Chud after only one season. Several players, including left tackle Joe Thomas and wide receiver Josh Morgan, were shocked by the firing. The brass is saying they want to find the right guy, but that could be difficult considering they just hired Chud and a slew of assistants and are now resetting the program. More than anything, they need a franchise QB. They pick fourth in the draft, so expect that pick to be a field general.
12/26/13: Cleveland, as everyone knows, will not make the playoffs this season. They fell to 4-11 last Sunday by losing to the New York Jets. Despite the mounting losses, the team is actually one of the few that are on the rise. Wide receiver Josh Gordon has had an outstanding season and should be considered among the elite in the league. The team needs a consistent and stable quarterback situation to advance to the next level. The good news is that there are several quality QBs in the draft next year and Cleveland will have a high draft pick. If they can secure the QB spot, then this team is ready to grow.
12/19/13: The Browns dropped another game last Sunday - allowing the Chicago Bears to rally in the fourth quarter and losing 37-31. The loss drops their record to 4-10 on the season, but they may be the best 4-10 team in the league. They are playing teams close and look like the type of team that is ready to make a leap when they can have a consistent QB. Jason Campbell got the call again, and threw for 273 yards and a score. Josh Gordon's record-setting run came to an end with just 67 yards receiving, though he did have a TD. The Browns penultimate game of the season is at the New York Jets (6-8) this Sunday.
12/12/13: This was a tough loss for the Cleveland Browns. The Browns completely shut down the New England offense in the first half last Sunday, but allowed the Pats to rally for a 27-26 win. QB Jason Campbell was cleared to start and played very well. He threw for nearly 400 yards and three touchdowns. WR Josh Gordon set a record for the most yards in a four game span, this time going for 151 yards and a score. Gordon may be the best receiver not named Calvin Johnson this season and is on an absolute tear. Cleveland (4-9) hosts the Bears this Sunday.
12/5/13: Another week, another lost QB. The Browns fell to the Jacksonville Jaguars 32-28 last Sunday, which was bad enough, But they also lost another starting quarterback (Brandon Wheeden) to injury. It now seems that playing QB for the Browns is just an invitation to get hurt. The Browns hope that Josh Campbell can come back for this week's game against New England (9-3). If not, then they will start their fourth QB of the year. Lost in all of this was Josh Gordon's huge game, with 261 yards receiving and a touchdown, his second week in a row going over 200 yards.
11/28/13: No matter how many times the Browns try to get rid of Brandon Wheedon he keeps coming back. This time may be for the rest of the season as starting QB Jason Campbell sustained a head injury in the 27-11 loss to the rival Pittsburgh Steelers last Sunday. Wheedon did air it out with over 200 yards passing and a TD in under two quarters of work. Wide receiver Josh Brown had a monster day with 237 yards receiving and a touchdown. The Browns are now 4-7 but do host the 2-9 Jags this coming Sunday.
11/21/13: Cleveland was a trendy pick against the Bengals last Sunday, but like many trends, it could not last. Despite throwing for almost 250 yards and one touchdown, QB Jason Campbell could not figure out the Bengals' defense and tossed up three interceptions as the Bengals easily won 41-20. The Browns defense was not terrible, despite the score. They limited Bengals' QB Andy Dalton to just 93 yards passing and did have two interceptions of their own. The loss was the Browns sixth of the year and may have taken them out of playoff contention. Cleveland has another divisional matchup this Sunday against the Steelers.
11/14/13: While no one is arguing that Cleveland is an elite team at this point, they are much better than many people expected. The team has gotten good quarterback play out of the two men they did not intend to play - Brian Hoyer and Jason Campbell. Hoyer is out for the remainder of the season but Campbell is showing that he can still be a starter in the NFL after being jettisoned by both Washington and Oakland in recent years. The Browns are 4-5 and in second place in the AFC North. They have a big divisional game at Cincinnati (6-4) this Sunday.
11/7/13: Cleveland has discovered that their first choice for quarterback this season, Brandon Wheedon, was the one they should have left on the bench all along. Jason Campbell started his second straight game for the Browns and led them to a 24-18 win over Baltimore - ending an 11 game skid against the Ravens. Campbell threw three touchdown, two to Devon Bess, in the victory. Cleveland is now alone in second place in the AFC North at 4-5 and has a shot at the playoffs. Enjoy the win, Cleveland, and we'll see you in two weeks as you enjoy your bye.
10/31/13: The Browns gave the Kansas City Chiefs their toughest test of the season but could not put up enough points to knock off the NFL's only undefeated team - losing 23-17. Jason Campbell drew the starting job and was much better than Brandon Wheedon has been all season - essentially ending Wheedon's tenure in Cleveland barring injury. Campbell threw for 293 yards and two touchdowns, while Josh Gordon put up 132 yards receiving and a touchdown in the loss and Jordin Cameron had 81 yards catching. Cleveland hosts Baltimore this Sunday in a big divisional battle.
10/24/13: A couple months ago, experts were raving about how good Brandon Wheeden looked in the preseason. Then he struggled in the regular season, got hurt, and watched while Brian Hoyer took the team for a couple of wins. With Hoyer hurt, and Wheeden back under center, the team has regressed. The Browns lost 31-13 to the Packers last Sunday and were never in the game. Green Bay's defense suffocated Wheeden, limiting him to 149 yards passing and one TD. The Browns ignored their best weapon, Josh Gordon - he had only two catches for 29 yards. It would seem the team would be better if they included him in the game. Cleveland is 3-4 and heads to Kansas City (7-0) this Sunday.
10/17/13: The magic that Brian Hoyer brought to the Browns is officially gone as Brandon Wheeden is the starting QB again and that brought yet another loss under his leadership. Cleveland hosted the Detroit Lions last Sunday. After taking a 17-7 lead to halftime, the Browns allowed 24 unanswered points and could not score anything for themselves. Even with his poor play, it does not look like the coaching staff will put in backup Jason Campbell. The Browns are now 3-3 on the season and a game behind the Bengals in the AFC North. Cleveland heads up to Green Bay (3-2) this Sunday.
10/10/13: If there was a city that could be knocked out of the baseball playoffs on one night then lose a primetime Thursday night game the next day, one would have to nominate Cleveland. Fortunately for Clevelanders that did not happen (they won the football game). The Browns battled back from a 17-3 deficit to defeat the Buffalo Bills 37-24. The Browns had a pick six and returned a punt for a touchdown. Cleveland now sits at 3-2 on the season and in first place in the AFC North. Nothing could be perfect in Cleveland, though. QB Brian Hoyer was lost for the season with a torn ACL. Cleveland has 10 days to prepare for the visiting Lions this Sunday.
10/3/13: The Browns somehow got better after trading their best player (Trent Richardson to the Colts) and starting an inexperienced QB in Brian Hoyer. The team is 2-0 since the trade and looks competitive. Last Sunday, the Browns beat division rival Cincinnati 17-6 to claim a portion of the AFC North lead. Hoyer was 25 of 38 attempts passing for 269 yards and two touchdowns. TE Jordan Cameron is having a great season and now has five touchdowns on the season. The Browns have a short week as they host the Buffalo Bills (2-2) in the Thursday Night Game.
9/26/13: Cleveland spoiled a lot of survivor pools this past weekend. A lot. Just a few days after trading their star running back, Trent Richardson, to the Indianapolis Colts, and with starting QB Brandon Wheedon on the sideline with a thumb injury, and with starting previously third string quarterback Brian Hoyer, and being on the road, the Browns upset the Vikings 31-27. No one saw this one coming, and maybe it was a one-time deal, but it was an impressive victory from a team that many had left for dead after the Richardson trade. Not much time to celebrate though, the Browns (1-2), return home to face the Bengals (2-1).
9/19/13: The Browns fell to 0-2 in Week 2, losing to the Baltimore Ravens on the road 14-6. Running back Trent Richardson did get the ball a little bit more in Week 2 than in Week 1 against the Dolphins, but the Browns still need more balance on offense. Actually, the Browns need more offense, period. The team traded Richardson to the Colts for a 2014 first round pick. QB Brandon Wheeden hurt his hand in the game and may not play in Week 3. The starter has yet to be announced. The Browns will get their best receiver back as Jerome Simpson returns from a two game suspension. Greg Little will not start. The Browns travel to Minnesota (0-2) for Sunday's game.
9/12/13: Cleveland opened its season with a 23-10 loss that may have demoralized the Browns' faithful. Cleveland opened up the game running Trent Richardson often and effectively, then just stopped. They decided to let QB Brandon Wheedon try to win the game rather than their best offensive player. The result was a lot of quick offensive series that benefited Miami. Once Miami built up a multiple score lead, Richardson was not heard from again. Hopefully the new coaching staff in Cleveland learned from their mistake and will use that lesson learned this Sunday when the Browns visit the Baltimore Ravens (0-1).
9/4/13: After all these years, there is still something new in the NFL. The Browns made their cuts to get to the 53 man limit over the weekend - and they had no kickers on the roster at that time. The team terminated the contract of Shayne Graham and waived Brandon Bogatay. Perhaps this is a bold new strategy from new head coach Rob Chudzinsky. Or, more likely, the team will bring in someone else before the season starts. Kickalicious looked pretty good in his camp with the Lions, so maybe he can be the new guy in Cleveland.
8/29/13: The Browns are hoping to sneak up on teams this year. After finishing 5-11 last season and replacing their coaching staff, people are beginning to believe that the Browns could be a legitimate team this time around. One player many have their eye on is tight end Cameron Jordan. Jordan has not done much in his young career, but new offensive coordinator Norv Turner is terrific at getting the most out of the position. Playing alongside wide receiver Josh Gordon and running back Trent Richardson could make this a respectable offense that pushes for respect around the league.
8/22/13: Second year QB Brandon Wheedon has been very impressive so far in camp and preseason games. Wheedon is battling with veteran Jason Campbell for the starting QB position, and is displaying poise, good decisions, and great throws to keep the job. Norv Turner is the new offensive coordinator in Cleveland, and he has a wonderful history of developing quarterbacks. If this pace keeps up, then Cleveland may really have a strong offense this year and surprise a lot of folks who expect Baltimore, Cincinnati, or Pittsburgh to win the AFC North or get a wildcard spot in the playoffs.
8/15/13: The Browns selected Trent Richardson in the first round of the 2012 draft and he was immediately named the starter. Most people know Richardson as a star running back for the Alabama Crimson tide team that won a national championship. They also think that he is injury prone. But Richardson actually put up great numbers last season. He had well over 1,000 yards rushing and double digit touchdowns. He still has some lingering injuries, but Browns' fans can expect more of the same this season. Also, WR Josh Gordon continues to impress, meaning Cleveland may have a pretty good offense this season.
8/8/13: Judging wide receiver Josh Gordon is difficult. The Browns took him in the supplemental draft in 2012, thereby sacrificing a fifth round pick in 2013. It turned out to be a good move as Gordon led the team in receptions and yards in his rookie season. Going into year two, Gordon is tough to handicap. Much of his stats came in a three game stretch - so there is no way to forecast a full season. However, if QB Brandon Wheedon continues to improve, if Trent Richardson can stay healthy, and if the offensive line can gel - then this could be a breakout year for Gordon.
8/1/13: There was a scary sight on the Cleveland Browns' training camp field on Saturday, as offensive lineman Ryan Miller was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital by ambulance. The team asked reporters not to take pictures as players gathered around the fallen player. The good news is that Miller has a concussion and is resting in a hospital for a short time. There is concern that he has a neck injury, but that is not known at this point. He will be held out of practices and games until he is cleared by an independent doctor. Thank goodness it was not paralysis as some early reports suggested.
7/25/13: The Cleveland Browns have taken their time getting their draft picks under contract. Going into Saturday, they only had two of their five picks under contract. However, on Saturday, they signed two picks, including third round pick Leon Mcfadden - a cornerback out of San Diego State University. McFadden is expected to compete for the starting job with Chris Owens (accross from Joe Haden). That means that the team only has to sign their first round pick, linebacker Barkevious Mingo. Mingo was the sixth overall pick and the contract is held up by the offset language.
7/18/13: Another week and more bad news for this snakebitten franchise. Federal investigators are progressing in their investigation on Flying J Truck Stop fraudulent billing practices, and some people claim that Jimmy Haslam (owner of both the Flying J and the Browns) knew and endorsed the scheme. In other words, he may face federal indictment. While awful for the team and their fans, the Steelers and Titans must be breathing a sigh of relief. Haslam was a part owner of the Steelers before buying the Browns, and actually had his sites originally set on buying the Tennessee Titans.
7/11/13: Browns fans are not used to good news, so there is no way to determine how they may react to the news that running back Trent Richardson is on schedule to return for training camp. Richardson injured his leg last year and there have been reports that he would not return on schedule. He has begun his running program in Florida and is on track to report to camp on July 24. Richardson has talent, but also has a history of injuries. The Browns, therefore, may limit his work in training camp and preseason to keep him healthy for when they really need him.
7/4/13: The Browns made a bit of a shock at the draft by taking Barkavious Mingo from LSU rather than Jarvis Jones. Jones went to the rival Steelers, who were thrilled to get him. Many felt that Jones is the better player, and Jones himself thought that he would go to Cleveland. However, Mingo is an athletic wonder who may have more longterm upside than Jones. His former teammates rave about his skills and how he was the motor that made the LSU defense run. If he does pan out, then it may be the first good news for the team in years.
6/27/13: It has been said many time that "God hates Cleveland" and their stadium is the "Factory of Sadness". And there is a lot of evidence to back up those claims. But the most intriguing thing about the Browns is how things happen to them. Jimmy Haslem is the new owner of the team. He claimed to be an avowed Steelers fan (uh-oh). His company, the Flying J Truck Stop group is under federal investigation for scamming customers out of discounts. Now comes testimony from a Flying J manager that senior management knew of the rebate fraud. There is no one more senior at the company than Haslem.
6/20/13: The Browns are going to start the season without number two wide receiver Josh Gordon. Gordon was suspended for testing positive for a banned substance. He claims with was codeine in cough syrup for strep throat. In any case, the Browns need to find a temporary replacement and that looks like it will be Devon Bess. Bess spent the last few years in Miami where he never really shone. He is fast, and he can spread the field, he just needs to be able to catch the ball when he gets his chances, as he was plagued with many dropped balls in the past.
6/13/13: Browns' wide receiver Josh Gordon was suspended for two games for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. But unlike others that have been caught with weed or performance enhancing drugs, Gordon claims that it was codeine in strep throat medicine that got him the suspension. The league is clear that codeine is a banned substance, but only suspended him two games instead of the maximum four games in light of the circumstances. Incidentally, the strep throat and medication were in February, which would have been the offseason for Gordon and the Cleveland Browns as they missed the playoffs.
6/6/13: The Browns brought back their greatest player after a multi-year hiatus. Jim Brown, who was one of the greatest football players ever, has rejoined the team, which is under new management. He thanked the new organization and commented that the people that did not want him around were not around any more. Brown also claims to have a special bond with the City of Cleveland. Since the team is perpetually rebuilding, it is good that they have one icon to connect with fans and the community - and he wants to be there as an ambassador.
5/30/13: The Browns may be one of the dark horse teams in the NFL this season. The Bengals are pretty strong, and should be competitive. The Steelers have gotten old fast, and seem to be fading as they try to find ways to keep their core players together. No one really knows what to expect from Baltimore as they had a lot of turnover in the offseason. The Browns have quietly improved each year, and may be able to make the leap to the playoffs this time around. They do need better play from the QB position, which has been in flux for about a decade.
5/23/13: The Browns intensified their QB competition this week. As of now, they have Brandon Wheedon, Jason Campbell, Thadeous Lewis, and Brian Hoyer on the roster - if you can call that a competition. Wheedon is the incumbent and should get the nod - though Campbell may push him in training camp. Lewis was with the Rams a couple years ago, and there were calls to replace Sam Bradford with him (as if the Rams would throw away $50 million for a third stringer on a bad team). Hoyer's signing is interesting. He may be a camp arm, but may be able to nab the third QB spot.
5/16/13: Cleveland's new GM Mike Lombardi got an opportunity to sit in front of the media and answer questions about his team and the direction they are going in. There is a lot of speculation in Cleveland, particularly since Lombardi traded away two 2013 draft picks for 2014 selections. Many people think they are just disregarding this coming season for the future. Lombardi disputes that notion, but stress that the team is evaluating everyone, particularly QB Brandon Wheeden, because they are looking for long term success. At this point, any success would be reason to celebrate in Cleveland.
5/9/13: New Cleveland head coach Rob Chudzinsky will not commit to Brandon Wheeden as the opening day starting quarterback, which must make Wheeden feel like every other Browns' QB since probably Bernie Kosar. Former Washington and Oakland starter Jason Campbell is on the roster at number 2 right now, but feels he should be the starter. So far, it looks like Campbell will get the chance to compete for the job. Campbell was last a starter in 2011 when he started the season 4-2 with the Raiders. He then got hurt, so Oakland traded for Carson Palmer and Campbell was pretty much done.
5/2/13: There was a lot of speculation about where LSU outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo would go. Many teams liked him, but there was no consensus on where he would land. The Browns took him with the sixth overall pick to end any more speculation. The Browns also did some trading, and took higher picks for next draft. This was new general manager Mike Lombardi's first draft with the Browns, so maybe he feels they are a year or two away. In any case, with a name like Barkevious Mingo, the new Brown will fit in well with the Dawg Pound.
4/25/13: While the talk about the Browns should focus on the draft, they are a bit distracted with this whole IRS and FBI investigation into owner Jimmy Haslem's primary business – the Pilot Flying J Truck Stops. Allegedly, Pilot Flying J kept millions of dollars in rebates that were due to customers – generally major fleet and trucking lines. Haslem, of course, denied that he has done anything wrong. The NFL, for its part, says that they have no intention (right now) of removing Haslem from ownership. Haslem bought the Browns last year, so this cannot be a good way to kick things off with a fan base trying to get to know the new owner.
4/18/13: Many people joke that God hates Cleveland. Maybe that is true, and maybe not - that is not for this essay. But new Browns owner Jimmy Haslem is already having trouble with the IRS. Haslem is the CEO of Pilot Flying J, known mostly for their truck stops. It seems that some groups believe that Pilot Flying J owes substantial discounts. Haslem does not want this to reflect on the Browns. He claims that he does not know why the IRS is involved, but in any case, they are involved. Here's hoping that it does not affect the team (though some may wonder if anyone would notice if it did).
4/11/13: The new regime has their first real chance to make over the Browns with this draft. Speculation is running rampant that the Browns will select a QB to compete with Brandon Wheeden, who is entering his second year at age 29. Who that lucky young man may be is a mystery, but someone with a strong arm like E.J. Manual or Matt Glennon may be the one. Whoever it is will have a new toy in wide receiver David Nelson. Nelson was signed to a one year deal. He is a quality receiver, particularly in the slot, but tore his ACL last season.
4/4/13: Cleveland has not had stability at the quarterback position for what seems like 30 years when Bernie Kosar came out. Many will remember they drafted Colt McCoy out of the University of Texas in the 2010 draft in the third round. He was rushed into service due to injuries. Last year they drafted Brandon Wheeden and he immediately became the starter as a 28 year old rookie. Now they signed Jason Campbell to be Wheeden's backup, creating a log jam of average talent at the position. The Browns traded McCoy this week to San Francisco for a 5th and 7th round pick.
3/28/13: Trent Richardson, the Browns starting running back and first round pick last April, is being sued by two women who claim he assaulted them. The story goes that they were invited to Richardson's house after a Browns' (rare) victory on December 6. Not long afterward, Richardson asked them to leave because they 'disrespected' him and his home. As the women left, Richardson allegedly banged on the hood of their car and caused $1,500 in damage. The complaint then alleges that he urged his girlfriend to attack the two women. Who knows how much of this is true or not, but surely will be a headache for Richardson.
3/21/13: Cleveland was one of the more active teams in free agency. The team needed to change a lot of their front seven defensively to match new defensive coordinator Ray Horton's 3-4 scheme. Signing linebacker Paul Kruger (Baltimore) and defensive lineman Desmond Bryant (Oakland) should help - assuming they are just entering their peak seasons. The Browns need those and others to play at extremely high levels because they have a lot invested in reshaping the defense to win games in the brutal AFC North Division. It will be interesting to see what the team does in the draft. They may go after another QB early to eventually unseed Brandon Wheedon.
3/14/13: Cleveland landed one of the top free agents in this year's crop, and hurt a division rival at the same time. Paul Krueger, the defensive end who was so key to the Ravens' Super Bowl run, signed a five year, $41 million contract with the Browns just hours after the opening of free agency. Krueger was coveted by several teams, and will likely play outside linebacker in new defensive coordinator Ray Horton's 3-4 scheme. Expect more moves out of the Browns in the next few weeks, as they have the most cap flexibility in the league this year.
3/7/13: Cleveland is quietly building a pretty solid team. True, they really have never solved the quarterback issue. A few years after drafting Colt McCoy in an early round, then giving up on him, they drafted 28 year old Brandon Wheeden. Wheeden was serviceable last year as a rookie, but most do not believe he is a long term solution. The Browns have the number 6 pick in the draft. However they probably will not use that pick for quarterback, and may try to get a pass rusher or cornerback with their first pick - or they could always trade down.
2/28/13: New Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski is facing the same problems his predecessors have faced for years - who will be the starting quarterback next season. Brandon Wheedon is the incumbent, and Coach Chud had some nice things to say about the first year pro, but not enough to commit to Wheeden as the starter. Previously, the Browns have burned up early round picks on quarterbacks such as Colt McCoy and Brady Quinn. The team has not had a real starter since unknown Derek Anderson had the one special year in the mid-2000's (then fell back to earth).
2/14/13: New Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is returning to his position as the CEO of Pilot Flying J truck stops. Haslam purchased the team for $1 billion from Randy Lerner in August and wanted to be part of the brain trust that restored the Browns to their former glory (presumably from the 50's and 60's). But, Haslam said that he missed his true love, running the family truck stops, even though he hired former PepsiCo president John Compton to be the CEO. The team claims that this decision will have no impact on their NFL operations, but truth is that it is unknown how much input he was providing in the first place.
2/7/13: It is no secret that the Browns need a quarterback. After drafting, then bailing on Colt McCoy, then drafting 28 year old Brandon Wheeden, and presumably bailing on him too - the team will probably look to free agency. The new offensive coordinator is Norv Turner. While many people do not consider Turner to be a particularly good head coach, he is well respected as an offensive guru. San Francisco backup Alex Smith praised Turner, leading to speculation that he may be the next Browns QB. But the 49ers would have to release Smith, and they may not be in a hurry to get rid of an experienced guy as a backup.
1/31/13: Browns new defensive coordinator Ray Horton confirmed that the Browns would be switching to a 3-4 defense this year. Horton architected and orchestrated the Arizona Cardinals defense for the past few years, and they were among the better defensive units in the league. The Cardinals undoing, of course, was the lack of any sort of talent in the quarterback position. Moving from a 4-3 to a 3-4 is difficult and requires different personnel, at least requiring the Browns to acquire versatile linebackers to play the scheme through the draft or free agency. Could Manti Te'o find a home in Cleveland?
1/24/13: To no one's surprise, the Cleveland Browns have re-orchistrated their coaching staff. The Browns hired Rob Chudzinski as head coach last week and have added Norv Turner as the offensive coordinator. Turner is known for being a great offensive coordinator, though his head coaching record is very spotty. As of now, Brandon Weeden is still the starting QB, but that could all change at the draft. There are not many top tier QBs available in this year's selection, but it would not be a big surprise if the Browns landed Geno Smith or EJ Manual. with their first selection.
1/17/13: While Jacksonville will not be bringing favorite son Tim Tebow home (which would at least sell tickets), and the 49ers famously passed on local boy Aaron Rodgers (in favor of Alex Smith) in the 2005 draft, at least one team seems to be showing love is own. The Browns hired Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski as their latest head coach. Coach Chud grew up in Toledo as a Browns fan, and seems excited about re-energizing a team that has lost 11 or more games for the past five seasons. Chudzinski is best known for developing Cam Newton over the past two seasons into an All-Pro talent.
1/10/13: Cleveland is still looking for the replacement for fired coach Pat Shurmur. The team was said to be close to signing Chip Kelly from the University of Oregon, but that deal fell thro
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|Dec 28, 2014||Cleveland Browns - Baltimore Ravens||10 - 20|
|Dec 14, 2014||Cincinnati Bengals - Cleveland Browns||30 - 0|
|Dec 7, 2014||Indianapolis Colts - Cleveland Browns||25 - 24|
|Nov 30, 2014||Cleveland Browns - Buffalo Bills||10 - 26|
|Nov 16, 2014||Houston Texans - Cleveland Browns||23 - 7|
|Nov 2, 2014||Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Cleveland Browns||17 - 22|
|Oct 26, 2014||Oakland Raiders - Cleveland Browns||13 - 23|
|Oct 19, 2014||Cleveland Browns - Jacksonville Jaguars||6 - 24|
|Oct 12, 2014||Pittsburgh Steelers - Cleveland Browns||10 - 31|
|Oct 5, 2014||Cleveland Browns - Tennessee Titans||29 - 28|
|Sep 21, 2014||Baltimore Ravens - Cleveland Browns||23 - 21|
|Sep 14, 2014||New Orleans Saints - Cleveland Browns||24 - 26|
|Sep 7, 2014||Cleveland Browns - Pittsburgh Steelers||27 - 30|
|Aug 23, 2014||Preseason: St. Louis Rams - Cleveland Browns||33 - 14|
|Aug 18, 2014||Preseason: Cleveland Browns - Washington Redskins||23 - 24|
|Aug 9, 2014||Preseason: Cleveland Browns - Detroit Lions||12 - 13|