April 27, 2015


Browns: Josh Gordon responds to critics about presumed addiction

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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…

Browns WR Josh Gordon reportedly fails another drug test


Browns receiver Josh Gordon can’t stay out of trouble. Or on the field. Gordon faces a one-year suspension after failing another drug test, according to multiple reports Sunday. The failed test was for alcohol, per reports from ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Profootballtalk.com. Alcohol is prohibited only if a player’s treatment plan in the substance-abuse program Read More…

Browns Notes: Coach Mike Pettine didn’t want Kyle Shanahan if he didn’t want to be here


BEREA — Coach Mike Pettine could’ve made former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan fulfill his contract, which had two years remaining. Pettine didn’t see the point, so he and owner Jimmy Haslam agreed to let Shanahan resign after one season with the Browns. “It’s just very hard to win in the NFL when everybody’s into it Read More…

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam: We’ve got to get a quarterback and get it fixed


CLEVELAND — Browns owner Jimmy Haslam was a big believer in Johnny Manziel long before his team drafted him in May. How times have changed. “We’ve got to get a quarterback and got to get it fixed,” Haslam said Thursday night at the Greater Cleveland Sports Awards. “What I would say to our fans is, Read More…

Browns: New coordinator John DeFilippo not sure if starting QB is on roster, is confident regardless


BEREA — John DeFilippo understood the murkiness of the quarterback situation he would inherit when he was hired Wednesday as the sixth Browns offensive coordinator in the last six years. He still signed on the dotted line. “We’re not sure if our starting quarterback is in the building right now or not,” DeFilippo said Thursday Read More…

Browns hire John DeFilippo as offensive coordinator


John DeFilippo took on a couple of monumental challenges Wednesday when he was hired by the Browns. Stop the revolving door at offensive coordinator and fix the quarterback position. That’s a lot to ask of someone who will be a coordinator and call plays for the first time in the NFL. Most of his career Read More…

Israel loves, tracks Cavaliers Coach David Blatt

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TEL AVIV, Israel — Even casual Israeli basketball fans begin their day with an update on the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the newfound obsession with the NBA franchise has little to do with superstar LeBron James. Rookie head coach David Blatt is one of their own, making his name professionally in Israel and raising a family Read More…

Mike Martz interviews, added to list of Browns offensive coordinator candidates


An interesting name surfaced Tuesday in the Browns’ search for an offensive coordinator. Mike Martz, who took the Rams to the Super Bowl as head coach in 2001, has interviewed for the vacancy, a league source confirmed to The Chronicle-Telegram. Martz was the architect of St. Louis’ “The Greatest Show on Turf” as coordinator, then Read More…