2014 NFL Draft: Thoughts after the first round

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I have a lot of random thoughts after the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, so here goes… “Johnny Manziel is a good draft pick regardless of how it works out if for no other reason than because of the rookie wage scale. In talking about this draft before it happened, there was a lot of

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Several draft day trade scenarios popping up for the Cleveland Browns

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Sure, the Cleveland Browns have the fourth-overall pick in 2014 NFL Draft, but would it surprise anyone if that orange helmet disappears from the corner of the television without a pick having been made? While fans of the Orange and Brown debate the merits of playmakers versus offensive linemen, there’s a considerable chance that the

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Bills owner Ralph Wilson Jr dead at age 95

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One of the two men who had the courage, cognition and cachet to vote against Art Modell’s proposed move to Baltimore is no longer with us. Buffalo Bills founder, owner and stadium namesake Ralph Wilson, Jr., has died, team president Russ Brandon announced Tuesday at the NFL meetings. He was 95. Wilson is credited with initiating talks

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Bills edge Browns to “win” honor of being “NFL’s Most Tortured Fan Base”

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Will Leitch from Sports On Earth gave the NBA title to the Cleveland Cavaliers, but unfortunately (or fortunately?) the Cleveland Browns weren’t able to carry the belt in the NFL. That honor belongs to the Buffalo Bills. In June, Leitch promises to do the same thing in baseball, where I truly expect the Indians to

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NFL News: Bills hire Jim Schwartz as Mike Pettine’s replacement

Buffalo fans had been nervous after the departure of their defensive coordinator Mike Pettine. Yesterday, the Bills acted quickly to fill the vacancy in hiring former Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz. Schwartz, only 47, had been previously rumored as a possible defensive coordinator candidate in Cleveland. He was a disappointing 29-51 in five seasons

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Reports: Pettine’s second interview complete, no offer yet

We’ve heard a lot of noise out there in the Twittersphere tonight from Cleveland, Buffalo, and league-wide sources about Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine and the Cleveland Browns following his second interview with the team, which according to WKYC’s Jim Donovan lasted about five hours.  According to multiple sources, while it appears that things are

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Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine to interview in Cleveland

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Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine is the latest interview candidate for the Cleveland Browns head coaching vacancy. FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer first reported the news Wednesday night around 6:30 p.m. His follow-up tweet shared that the interview is scheduled for Thursday. Pettine, 47, will become the seventh interviewed candidate in the search for the

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NFL hands out multiple fines for Browns-Bills game

The NFL has handed out multiple fines for last Thursday night’s game between the Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills, none of which involve quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and EJ Manuel who were forced to leave the game with knee injuries following hits from opposing defenders. #NFL fined #Bills RB Fred Jackson $7,875. Was called for unsportsmanlike

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Browns safety T.J. Ward: ‘We’re a reflection of Coach Chud’

“Our attitude is we’re happy that things are going the way they are, but we’re in no way settling into what we’re doing right now. We’ll continue to work hard. We have that drive for greatness, that drive for betterment every week. We have a group of hard workers, determined, persistent players, and I think

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NFL News: Bills center takes offense to Browns’ post-injury reactions

“The hit was fine. What ticked me off was the way they acted afterwards. I hope our defense never acts like that when they injure an opposing quarterback because, you know, you’ve got to show some class in that situation. There’s a few guys over there that obviously didn’t.” — Buffalo Bills center Eric Wood,

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Cleveland Browns beat Bills 37-24 despite losing Brian Hoyer

I stayed positive after the Cleveland Indians lost their playoff game yesterday. I didn’t put any dire consequence on the results of the Browns game specifically due to the outcome of the previous night’s Tribe game.  Many of you – including our own TD – were certainly feeling it the crush of pressure on the

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Dear Browns, I have a favor to ask…..

Dear Rob Chudzinski, Ray Horton, Norv Turner, Chris Tabor, and all Cleveland Browns players: I am a lifelong season ticket holder who goes to every home game. I watch all road games (other than my boycott job two weeks ago). I wear your gear. My kids wear your gear. No matter what has happened since

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Contest time! Win a pair of Browns tickets!!

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The preseason is behind us, and the Cleveland Browns are ready (hopefully) for the regular season. To get you ready for the season we are giving away a pair of tickets to the October 3rd game against the Buffalo Bills! To enter, leave a comment on this post answering the question of the day. Make

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NFL News: Browns’ receiver David Nelson cleared to play

It doesn’t take much reading between the lines to see the excitement on David Nelson’s twitter as he’s apparently been cleared to play football. The former Florida Gator and Buffalo Bill was out almost all of last season after tearing a knee ligament in early September. <——— CLEARED!!! — David Nelson (@DavidNelson86) July 26, 2013

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The Browns, analytics, and finding market inefficiencies as an organization

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Yesterday, I wrote about how I thought that the analytics revolution in Berea would be subtle. Today, I’m going to suggest some practical ways that analytics could be used inside the building to help the Browns. More often than not, it will be supplemental reports to help increase confidence levels in decision-making processes in an

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Browns contribute to Deadspin naming Erie PA the NFL’s most tortured TV market

Many of our friends down in Columbus know what it’s like to not know exactly which games will be on TV every week. I’m sure it’s a pain in the neck, but know that it could be worse. Apparently being caught between the Bills, Browns, Steelers, Eagles and Lions in varied proportions has made Erie

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Reports: Browns rebooting head coach search without Chip Kelly

What a difference two days and a lunch running into dinner makes. The Browns’ contingency has left Arizona where they interviewed Chip Kelly on Friday among many others this week. According to various reports, including ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, they are heading back to Cleveland to regroup and continue the coaching search with Kelly’s name crossed

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NFL Rumor: Chip Kelly could stay at Oregon

After a back-and-forth 48 hours where he was heading to Cleveland and then to Philadelphia, Chip Kelly could be staying at the University of Oregon, according to at least two reports on Twitter on Sunday morning. Don’t rule out Chip Kelly staying at Oregon. In fact, I’d say, after sniffing around more, there’s just as

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Box Score: Bills 24, Browns 14

Craig already has his recap up on the site, showing again how he’s one of the best in the blogosphere. Overall, the Browns played pretty well for about three quarters today. They played decently well, enough to be competitive and maybe win. But they were abysmal — as bad as ever — for the first

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Browns lose as a team to Bills 24-14

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The Cleveland Browns just weren’t good enough today. The defense wasn’t great, but they consistently gave the Browns’ offense a chance to win. The Browns’ offense showed some flashes but either shot themselves in the foot or had some calls work against them. There is no giant goat for this one. This was just a

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