April 27, 2015

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

Johnny Manziel

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…

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam sticking with GM Ray Farmer, disputes claims of dysfunction


BEREA — Browns general manager Ray Farmer isn’t going anywhere. Owner Jimmy Haslam revealed Wednesday that Farmer admitted privately to sending text messages to the sideline during games, breaking an NFL rule against electronic communication. Despite the infraction, Haslam remains committed to Farmer as the head of his football operations. “Ray feels terrible about it,” Read More…

Brian Hoyer says texting situation could be factor in whether he sticks with Browns


CLEVELAND — Quarterback Brian Hoyer is keeping all of his options open as free agency approaches, including returning to the Browns, but the recent turmoil involving the front office could hurt Cleveland’s chances of re-signing him. Hoyer spoke Saturday at the end of a long week for the Browns. An adviser revealed quarterback Johnny Manziel Read More…

Scott Petrak: Browns’ image is looking worse than their play

Jimmy Haslam

Pete Carroll had a bad week. It looked great compared to Jimmy Haslam’s week from hell. Carroll, coach of the Seahawks, was a yard away from repeating as Super Bowl champion when he made what has been labeled the worst play call in the history of football. He ordered a pass, which was intercepted, instead Read More…

Reports: Browns GM Ray Farmer could face suspension for sending texts during games

Ray Farmer

General manager Ray Farmer was the Browns official who sent text messages during games and could be suspended for multiple games depending on the results of the league investigation, according to reports Wednesday. The Browns could also have a draft pick taken away and be fined if it’s determined they violated the league rule prohibiting Read More…

Browns: WR Josh Gordon officially suspended

Josh Gordon

No appeal, no deal, no reduction. The NFL announced Tuesday that Browns receiver Josh Gordon had been suspended without pay for at least a year for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. The banishment began immediately. Gordon failed an alcohol test last month, and the news surfaced Jan. 25. Unlike his suspensions the previous two Read More…

Browns QB Johnny Manziel enters treatment, asks for privacy

Johnny Manziel

As reporters crowded him on getaway day following the season, Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel’s internal conflict bubbled to the surface. The personal struggle became public domain Monday when his adviser confirmed Manziel entered treatment Wednesday. “Johnny knows there are areas he needs to improve on to help him be a better family member, friend Read More…

Browns: Josh Gordon responds to critics about presumed addiction

Josh Gordon

Browns receiver Josh Gordon had heard enough about his presumed addiction. Enough about how his career and life are destined for disaster. Enough criticism from virtual strangers with powerful microphones since Gordon’s latest failed drug test, and impending suspension, came to light Sunday. Gordon responded Thursday with a long open letter. He named the most Read More…

Browns Analysis: Return by Brian Hoyer is possible, may be best move for both parties

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When Brian Hoyer lost his starting job to Johnny Manziel — before the biggest game of the year — the assumption was that Hoyer’s tenure with the Browns was all but over. Hoyer furthered the belief when he took the nameplate over his locker as a souvenir “just in case.” Hoyer is set to become Read More…

Browns Notes: Joker Phillips reportedly new wide receivers coach


Joker Phillips’ new job is nothing to laugh at. Phillips will be hired by the Browns as wide receivers coach, ESPN’s Adam Caplan reported Wednesday, citing a league source. The team wouldn’t confirm the move. Phillips has never worked in the NFL, but played receiver at the University of Kentucky in the early 1980s and Read More…