Can Johnny Manziel Come Back from the Celebrity Injured List?

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“Celebrity is a mask that eats into the face. As soon as one is aware of being somebody, to be watched and listened to with extra interest, input ceases, and the performer goes blind and deaf in his over animation. One can either see or be seen.” — John Hoyer Updike. Cleveland Browns fans in

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

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The 2015 NFL Draft is just about a month away with the first round starting on April 30th. I have examined my top five players for each of the defensive positions along with the offensive line. Now we turn to the ever-evolving position of tight end. For reference, here were my top five tight ends

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On the Browns “severe” penalties and controlling irrational anger

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We don’t yet know what the Cleveland Browns’ penalties are, but this idea that they’re going to be “severe” has me bubbling with potential rage. You can’t argue with the league punishing teams for their transgressions. Whether we’re talking about artificial noise in Atlanta, deflated footballs in New England or yes, even Cleveland Browns texting, the

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Trying to be fair to Jimmy Haslam and the Browns

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The circumstances surrounding Jimmy Haslam’s ownership really make it difficult to defend him. I don’t believe I’ve been particularly unfair, but I’ve also been liberal with the criticism on these pages and on the podcast. It’s just too hard to look at all that’s gone down with the Browns since Jimmy Haslam sat with the

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WFNY’s 2015 NFL Draft Coverage: Joe Gilbert’s Top Five Interior Offensive Linemen

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We are just over a month away from the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Over the course of the last few weeks, I have been examining my top five players at each position in the draft. Today, I continue on the offensive side of the ball by looking at the interior offensive line.

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The Browns were efficient in revamping receiving corps

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Now that we know the details of Dwayne Bowe’s contract it’s worth looking at what the Cleveland Browns have done so far to revamp a receiving corps that was in dire need of a makeover. It has needed a makeover for a long time in fact, but it seems like this year the Browns really

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On the Browns, Hard Knocks, questions and narratives

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There are lots of questions being asked now that we’ve heard the Browns are “front-runners” to be the featured team on this year’s rendition of “Hard Knocks” on HBO. Twitter and sports talk radio asked all of the following and then some… Will Hard Knocks serve as a distraction for the Browns? Will it be

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What we can learn from the Browns in Free Agency

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Since the Browns returned to Cleveland, organizational stability has been non-existent. From the Pat Shurmur’s incompetence to Mike Holmgren’s indifference to Jimmy Haslem’s alleged criminal activity, the team has rarely kept its leadership group intact from season to season. The negative effects are hard to quantify given the unknown of the potential results of keeping

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

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We are about a month and half away from the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Over the last few weeks, I discussed my top five players in each of the defensive positions. I am now heading over to the offense, by discussing the offensive tackle class. Here were my top five offensive linemen

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What does it mean to “Play like a Brown?”

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“Play like a Brown.” What does that mean? Is it simply the same catchphrase found in other NFL cities with interchangeable mascot names? To play like a Brown would seem to imply a proud tradition, perhaps longstanding, of winning, of a certain style of play with a high level of professionalism, dedication and expectation. It

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WFNY’s 2015 NFL Draft Coverage: Joe Gilbert’s Top Five Interior Defensive Linemen

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The 2015 NFL Draft is approaching closer and closer as each day passes. Over the last couple weeks, I have discussed my top five prospects for most of the positions on the defensive side of the ball. Today, I finish up the defense by examining the interior defensive linemen in the draft. Here were my

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The Browns, Hartline, McCown, and the World of Soap Opera Football

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Brian Hartline brings to Cleveland certain undeniable assets as the newest wide receiver for the Browns. He’s 6-2, 200 pounds. At age 28, he’s in his prime. He takes his professional responsibilities very seriously. He learns his playbook thoroughly. Not only will he be where the quarterback expects him to be, he’ll also know where

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

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The 2015 NFL Draft is just under two months away. Last week I started my top five positional rankings for the NFL Draft, and this Tuesday I continued the series by looking at the inside linebackers. Today, we take a look at my top edge rushers in the draft. Because teams play different schemes, I

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What we’ve learned in the year since Brandon Weeden was cut by the Browns

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Today marks the one-year anniversary since the Cleveland Browns gave up on Brandon Weeden. I could get snarky and turn this into yet another roast of Weeden, but I think that’s been written (by myself included) enough times already. It would be far too easy to talk about him getting caught under flags or Frisbee-tossing

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Amidst historic trades, Browns were maybe too quiet

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I was good with the idea that the Cleveland Browns were going to be quiet on the opening day of free agency. I spoke about balancing a team’s need and free cap space with an efficient building of the team. It’s important to have that balance and a day removed from the opening of 2015

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Browns taking measured, patient approach to free agency

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You’re hosting a dinner party and you are cooking for a room full of food critics. You pore over your shopping list and you want to fill it with the best possible ingredients in the hopes of creating an enjoyable experience that will impress all involved. You need some produce and dairy, both of which are easy to

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

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The 2015 NFL Draft is approaching with the buzz building every day. Last week, I started my top five positional rankings for the NFL Draft, showcasing the corners and safeties. In today’s rankings, I look at my top five inside linebackers. Here are my top five linebackers from last year’s NFL Draft. The inside linebacker

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The Thrill of Continuity, the Agony of Starting Over

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Josh McCown is coming to town and so far it looks like there’s a pretty good chance he’ll be the starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns next season. Maybe not. Things could change. But so far it’s looking probable that no quarterback who started a game for the Browns in 2014, will be at the top

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Realistic free agent targets for the Cleveland Browns

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NFL Free Agency starts on Tuesday, beginning the annual bidding for the top free agents. The Cleveland Browns have a lot of holes to fill this offseason. The team will most likely look towards the NFL Draft to answer these question areas, but the team has quite a bit of money to spend in free

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Nobody’s safe in the NFL and nothing is sacred

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Part of the reason that the signing of Josh McCown was such big news in Cleveland is because it meant the end of Brian Hoyer. As a player, there’s nothing worth talking about with Brian. Even as I’ve supported him as a player, I only did so while acknowledging that in a given year, he could

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