May 26, 2015

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Browns president Alec Scheiner denies meddling, says doesn’t want role in football operations

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BEREA — Yes, Browns president Alec Scheiner watches game film with general manager Ray Farmer. No, he’s doesn’t want to follow in Joe Banner’s footsteps and add football responsibilities to his job description. “I like my role. I’ve got enough on my plate,” Scheiner said Tuesday after introducing the team’s new logo in an interview Read More…

Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota excited about possibility of playing for Browns


INDIANAPOLIS — Marcus Mariota would love to be reunited with the man who taught him to calls plays, lead a huddle, take a five-step drop and read NFL defenses. That man, Kevin O’Connell, was hired Tuesday by the Browns as quarterbacks coach. He spent the last month preparing Mariota, the Heisman Trophy winner from Oregon, Read More…

Browns Notes: GM Ray Farmer believes Justin Gilbert can still be big-time player


INDIANAPOLIS — Browns general manager Ray Farmer believes the “very personal” issue that contributed to cornerback Justin Gilbert’s terrible rookie season can be resolved, and be resolved by next season. Farmer also feels Gilbert can still become the player the Browns expected when they took him with the No. 8 pick. “I think the player Read More…

Browns GM Ray Farmer takes full responsibility for text mess, apologizes to fans


INDIANAPOLIS — General manager Ray Farmer opened with an apology to Browns fans, then accepted full responsibility for the embarrassment brought upon the organization because he texted the sideline during games. “First and foremost, I would like to extend an apology to the Cleveland Brown fans,” he said Thursday at the scouting combine. “So that Read More…

Browns Notes: Coach Mike Pettine says relationship with GM Ray Farmer still solid


INDIANAPOLIS — Coach Mike Pettine said his relationship with general manager Ray Farmer remains strong despite Farmer sending text messages to the sideline during games. That doesn’t mean Pettine thought it was OK. “I’ll be honest, I wasn’t thrilled about it,” Pettine said Wednesday as the NFL scouting combine opened. “Ray and I have had Read More…

Browns coach Mike Pettine says team needs to find starting QB in offseason


INDIANAPOLIS — Coach Mike Pettine visited Johnny Manziel in rehab last week and reported he’s in “a much better place” than when he checked in last month. But Manziel’s admission of a problem with addiction with no timetable for a return — on top of his disappointing rookie season – has the Browns in the Read More…

Josh Gordon, NFLPA file grievance over suspension by Browns

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Receiver Josh Gordon continues to be a headache for the Browns. The NFL Players Association filed a grievance against the Browns on Gordon’s behalf Tuesday objecting to his suspension by the team for the season finale Dec. 28. If Gordon wins, he’ll be eligible for unrestricted free agency a year earlier, which could mean a Read More…

Browns hire Kevin O’Connell as quarterbacks coach


Kevin O’Connell has finished working with Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota and started working for the Browns. The Browns announced the hiring of O’Connell as quarterbacks coach Tuesday, a move that had been widely reported as forthcoming weeks ago. O’Connell, who played quarterback in the NFL, has never coached in the league but has been a Read More…

NFL Scouting Combine: 5 storylines to watch this week in Indy


INDIANAPOLIS — The scouting combine, which starts today, kicks off the NFL offseason. Yes, the Super Bowl ended only two weeks ago. The Browns will join the champion Patriots, runner-up Seahawks and other 29 teams over the next week in poking, prodding, evaluating and psychoanalyzing the top prospects for the draft April 30-May 2. As Read More…

Browns Notes: Owner Jimmy Haslam says it’s too early to give up on Johnny Manziel

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BEREA — Browns owner Jimmy Haslam applauded quarterback Johnny Manziel voluntarily entering rehab, and said he “absolutely” believes Manziel can be a successful quarterback. “To raise your hand and say I need help, and he did that and he’s gone and so we applaud and support him,” Haslam said Wednesday in an interview with beat Read More…