May 25, 2015

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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

Josh Gordon

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

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…

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…