Thoughts on the signing of Josh McCown

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The Cleveland Browns’ signing of Josh, rhymes-with-brown, McCown has set off another round of eye-rolling, smirking and comments of consternation. I’d like to take a stab at trying to approach it from another direction. But first, an anecdote from the 2014 season: After the Browns convincingly defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-10, I took a peek

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WFNY’s 2015 NFL Draft Coverage: Joe Gilbert’s Top Five Safeties

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The 2015 NFL Draft is creeping closer and closer with the first round starting on April 30. Over the course of the next few weeks, I will be covering my top five prospects of each position in the 2015 NFL Draft. The first position that I will be covering is the safety position. For reference

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Josh McCown’s arrival leads to questions, not answers

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Late last week, the Cleveland Browns won the Josh McCown sweepstakes. To call it underwhelming is a bit of an understatement. My initial reaction was to be a bit trollish on the topic. I admit it. In a lot of ways you can begin to understand why a team would sign a player like Josh McCown

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Discussing a few potential Browns free agents

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One of the more frustrating things that happens this time of year is the window shopping of free agents for the Cleveland Browns. It’s just too enticing to look at a name — usually one you know — and think about how it slots into the depth chart of the Cleveland Browns. There’s a reason that free

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Mediocre Quarterback Sampling

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As lifelong fans of the Cleveland Browns, I feel as though many of us are connoisseurs of mediocre-to-bad quarterbacking. We have sampled so many different types of these quarterbacks that we often can properly assess them and see the differences between them, while a New England or Indianapolis fan would just shrug them off as

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Have we learned anything at all about finding a QB?

Johnny Manziel Cleveland Browns

Bruce Feldman’s new book, The QB: The Making of Modern Quarterbacks, is described on Mr. Feldman’s website as “… a modern-day tale about the making of the next superstars in football’s most important position: The quarterback.” But as you read about this world (mostly through the eyes of the private quarterback coaching industry) it becomes

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Observations of the Defensive Backs at the NFL Scouting Combine

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The 2015 NFL Scouting Combine came to a close after the defensive backs took to the field for their on-field drills. The cornerbacks and safeties were the last groups to show their skills. Defensive backs are becoming more important because of the pass happy game of the NFL. Teams will be looking to add young

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Observations of the Defensive Line and Linebackers at the NFL Scouting Combine

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The offense left Indianapolis meaning the defense began their on-field drills on day three of the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine. The two groups that took the field on Sunday were the defensive line and linebackers. For Browns fans, these two positions should be of high interest because the team will most likely look to add

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Observations of the QB, WR and RB groups at the NFL Scouting Combine

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The second day of on-field drills has come and gone in the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine. The quarterbacks, wide receivers, and running backs took the field on Saturday to show off their skills. These groups are always the flashy and most talked about groups of the Combine. This year was no different with the likes

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Observations of the Offensive Linemen and Tight Ends at the NFL Scouting Combine

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The 2015 NFL Scouting Combine has been under way for a couple days with press conferences, interviews, and measurements. Friday, however, marked the first day for the on-field drills. Some of the on-field work includes the 40-yard dash, the vertical jump, the broad jump, and the individual position drills. The first positions on the field in

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Mike Pettine proves there’s an adult in the room

Mike Pettine Cleveland Browns

Mike Pettine makes me re-think a lot of what I thought I knew about NFL teams and their public relations strategies. I’ve spent a lot of time wearing the same path in the same road based on my experiences watching Romeo Crennel, Eric Mangini, and Pat Shurmur stand in front of microphones with little ability

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Where is the Browns stock one year since Banner

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It’s been one year since the Cleveland Browns became what they are today. One year since we found out the future of the Browns didn’t include Joe Banner or Michael Lombardi. It’s easy to lose perspective on a situation when you’re so deep in the muck of the details on a day-to-day basis. And even

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WFNY’s 2014 Cleveland Browns Position Review: The Special Teams

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Over the last several weeks, I have been reviewing and discussing the performance of the 2014 Cleveland Browns position by position. It was a tough season for the Cleveland Browns, falling in five straight games to end the season at 7-9. The team showed some glimpses of promise and some other areas of concern. So

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For the Browns, draft season is THE season

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What’s your favorite sport? Baseball? Basketball? Or the NFL Draft? Such is the state of Cleveland football that fans are heard to say after the NFL’s regular season ends, “Now the fun starts, getting ready for the draft.” So, this is for fans like “Neil from Cleveland” who asked recently on a sports call-in show,

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The Bad News Browns strike again… and again…

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Look man, I want to try and make some sense of all this, but… You know… I just… Well… I don’t know. How about bullet points? Over the last few weeks alone, the following items have been connected to the Cleveland Browns: A “market-driven” price hike on season tickets Josh Gordon was suspended for at least a

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An open letter to Johnny Manziel

Johnny Manziel Cleveland Browns

Dear Johnny Manziel, Hey there, Johnny Football. My name is Chad Zumock. I am comedian from Cleveland who travels the country telling jokes to complete strangers while having said strangers judge me in return. It’s a pretty cool gig, but putting yourself out there with something you love to do can be tough times. I also

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