Mike Pettine, coaching clichés and the proper value of time

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Let’s be honest: Everything we think we know about “NFL head coaches” is based largely on generalizations rooted in mythical archetypes we’ve created with a side dish of guesswork. And here Cleveland Browns fans sit, once again, with an inexperienced coach — still impossibly young in head coaching years — who “needs time to develop.”

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An NFL scout’s take on the Cleveland Browns’ draft

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I have no idea if the players the Cleveland Browns selected two weeks ago are going to be any good. I don’t think most people do, really. It’s fun to follow these guys and to buy virtual stock in them in the days and weeks and months leading up to the draft, but who knows,

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The 2015 NFL Draft and the one that got away

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Writer D.H. Lawrence once said, “I want to live my life so that my nights are not full of regrets.” He would undoubtedly have understood the plight of the NFL General Manager. A 21st century version might sound more like this: “For three nights each year I want to conduct my team’s NFL drafts so that

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Categorical, ridiculous draft grades for the Browns

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Grading a draft before the players have been to an OTA1 let alone been given the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities in games is largely panned as ridiculous. In fact, it is difficult to even judge rookies who may initially struggle on the field. 2014 draftees Justin Gilbert and Johnny Manziel may continue to struggle

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Breaking down the Browns 2015 NFL Draft

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The 2015 NFL Draft has come and gone. The Browns added a lot of new faces over the past week, drafting 12 new players in all. They went big early with their selections of defensive lineman Danny Shelton from Washington and offensive lineman Cameron Erving from Florida State. On Day 2, the Browns selected pass rusher Nate

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Fighting the fear of saying the Browns had a good draft

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I love the direction of the Cleveland Browns after seeing the results of the 2015 NFL Draft, but I’m almost too afraid to say it. The fear of thinking positively or being delusional is too great within me and my past as a Browns fan and commentator for me to just embrace complete positivity. That

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The Best Available Players for the Browns on Day 2

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The Cleveland Browns added a lot of weight on Day 1 of the 2015 NFL Draft, upgrading their trenches with their first round picks in defensive lineman Danny Shelton and offensive lineman Cameron Erving. As much fun as Thursday night may have been, the team still has eight more selections to go. So where will

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The Browns’ first two 2015 draft selections: The emergence of a mission statement?

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With the twelfth pick of the 2015 NFL draft, the Cleveland Browns selected Danny Shelton. With the nineteenth pick of the 2015 NFL draft, the Cleveland Browns selected Cameron Erving. Confused by the draft? Disappointed? Scratching your head? Our suggestion: Take another look at Ray Farmer’s last press conference. When the draft experts began their

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Getting excited by the Browns’ “boring” first round

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The Cleveland Browns had about a million things in play on Thursday night when the first round of the 2015 NFL draft commenced. Would they trade into position to take Marcus Mariota or some other player in the top five with their two first round picks? Would they trade for Philadelphia’s Sam Bradford to enable

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2015 Browns draft blueprint in new orange hue

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The one constant of the Cleveland Browns Draft Day experience is that the team tends to move around as much (or more) than any of their peers. The movement is particularly noticeable in the first round—sometimes it is moving up a single spot to obtain Trent Richardson, or Justin Gilbert; other tmes it is moving

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Joe Gilbert’s Fearless 2015 NFL Mock Draft

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The 2015 NFL Draft is finally here! At last, we have gotten to the day where the rumors and speculation either are shown as reality or just smoke screens. The Browns will be big players in this year’s draft because of their multitude of draft picks, including two first rounders. The Browns are one of

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GM for a day: Enjoying the NFL Draft without heartache or heartburn

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If you’ll be among those watching coverage of the 2015 NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting, you’ll have plenty of company. Last year’s draft coverage drew a record 45.7 million viewers during the three days of programming. The 2015 Super Bowl attracted over 114 million viewers. It was the most watched TV program of all time.

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The Ballad of Mad Dog, Chip and The Coach

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A new era dawned in Eighty Five Eight and eight and the playoffs once Art’s “son” arrived A tough end to Eighty Six, 98 yards and a high kick to the side Though the real loss came months prior when Don Rogers died Still the gleam was revealed to the team, by the coach They

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Plugging Holes: Draft options to address the Browns’ weaknesses

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The week of the 2015 NFL Draft has finally arrived. The Browns will be very active in the draft with ten total selections to play with. The team has plenty of needs to address after going 7-9 last season. These ten selections should provide a lot of opportunities for the Browns to fill these holes with young

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2015 NFL Draft Gameplan for the Browns: Don’t trade up for Marcus Mariota

Cleveland Browns GM Ray Farmer

It’s NFL draft week, Cleveland Browns fans. It’s one of the weirdest and quietest pre-draft periods I can remember. Maybe it’s the Cavaliers being back in the NBA Playoffs with LeBron James at the helm, or maybe it’s the hangover from so many tough first rounds over the past decade. Whatever it is, I don’t

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Best skills of the 2015 NFL Draft: Offensive Skill Players

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We are under a week away from the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Over the course of the last few months or so, I have released my top five players at each position and also my top 20 prospects on my big board. Since then, I moved my focus to individual skills in the

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Best skills of the 2015 NFL Draft: Offensive Linemen and Tight Ends

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The 2015 NFL Draft is nearing every day with more speculation and rumors popping up each day. Over the course of the last month or two, I have released my top five players at each position and also my top 20 prospects on my big board. I have now moved my focus to individual skills

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The Franchise Quarterback: An unconventional approach to conventional wisdom

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Today’s conventional wisdom holds that the key to success in the National Football League is finding the Holy Grail: The Franchise Quarterback. The pursuit of this goal—this Superhero and Knight in Shining Armor—is usually discussed as if everyone knows it is the most important factor in a team’s level of success, with no close second.

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Best skills of the 2015 NFL Draft: Defensive Front Seven

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The 2015 NFL Draft is under two weeks away with excitement building every day. Over the course of the last month or so, I have released my top five players at each position and also my top 20 prospects on my big board. So, I have moved my focus to individual skills in the draft.

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Best skills of the 2015 NFL Draft: Defensive backs

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The 2015 NFL Draft is two weeks away with excitement building every day. Over the course of the last month or so, I have released my top five players at each position and also my top 20 prospects on my big board. So now I set my eyes on individual skills in the draft. Each

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