Breaking News: Mike Holmgren to Leave Browns, Possibly Within Next 24 Hours

With new Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam officially being voted into the club today by his fellow NFL owners, the curtains on Haslam’s plans for the Browns can finally start to be lifted. According to ESPN’s Ed Werder, Jimmy Haslam will be immediately naming Joe Banner as CEO/President, a move everyone expected. What was less

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Joe Banner Brings Winning Experience and Tough Decisions to Cleveland

Joe Banner

While Randy Lerner’s sale of the Cleveland Browns to Jimmy Haslam is not yet official, it’s becoming quite clear that everyone expects the deal to go through without issue. Furthermore, we now know that former Philadelphia Eagles President Joe Banner is a part of Haslam’s ownership group. What does that mean for the Cleveland Browns?

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Ryan Tannehill Meets With Cleveland, but Not With Mike Holmgren

With the NFL draft now just a few days away, one can expect to see an increase in rumors, smokescreens, hidden messages between the line, etc. So make what you will of this news, but QB prospect Ryan Tannehill visited with the Cleveland Browns, but as he told 92.3’s Bull and the Fox, he did not

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Peter King: Heckert thinking Blackmon and Holmgren thinking (about) Tannehill

Are you still having fun yet? I am. Peter King has some juicy bits about the draft in his MMQ column today. First of all, he doesn’t think there will be much action on the third pick because people won’t fall enough in love with anyone not named Luck or Griffin to make a big

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How Will the Steelers React to James Harrison’s Rant?

Playing in the AFC North comes with a special set of challenges in the NFL because of how well run the Steelers have been historically.  Many Browns fans wish that the Browns had a fraction of the leadership and culture that the Steelers have had as they have won Super Bowls over the years.  This

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Browns Coaching Search Concerning, Not Doomed

I have been on record defending Mike Holmgren’s process of hiring Pat Shurmur… to an extent.  I will never turn any situation like this into a completely black and white situation though.  It is nearly impossible with so many moving pieces as the transition takes shape.  Would Rob Ryan stay, or would he go?  Well,

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The Trip to Destination Shurmur

As Browns fans, we are certainly a reactionary bunch, aren’t we?  No sooner was Pat Shurmur hired that segments of the population were suspicious, irate, enraged, confused, or inconsolable.   I guess I should get used to it, but I remain surprised every time the Browns do anything at the wide-ranging emotions that are unnecessarily

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Rumor: Mangini Done According to WKNR Sources

I have been saying for a while that any talk of Mangini and the proverbial “hot seat” is silly. I still feel that way, but it is complex. Sabrina Parr from WKNR reported this morning that regardless of what Mangini does in his last three games, he is out as head coach. Co-host Chris Fedor then added

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Browns Give Game to Bills

The Browns will regret this loss desperately.  They did everything the exact opposite of what Eric Mangini preaches.  The Browns lost the turnover battle.  They handily lost the time of possession battle.  They were badly out-rushed in bad weather.  The Browns’ defense played well enough to win only giving up 13 points, but even that

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Quarterback is Pretty Clear Now for Browns

Remember the mantra: there is no QB controversy.  We certainly did learn a lot about Jake Delhomme yesterday.  The bottom line is that the Browns should keep Jake around for the rest of this year as the third quarterback on the depth chart.  Delhomme has had two legitimate chances to compete this season due to

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Browns Quarterback Situation Up in the Air

Your Browns quarterback update is that we will see on Wednesday.  Even with all the changes at the QB spot this year, isn’t it kind of refreshing that every move so far has been almost strictly due to health and injury?  And who would have thought coming into this year that we would know the

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Things the Browns Have Gotten Wrong

Let’s not call this article criticism as much as it is a “reporting of findings” combined with a dose of self-awareness. It would only be criticism if I called people names or questioned their overall intelligence.  I think I have praised the Browns overall enough this season that I can point a few things out

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Holmgren Seems In Control, Not Controlling

In order to be a good football man in today’s NFL, I think you have to have a certain level of arrogance.   Whether fans look on that arrogance with a knowing positivity or true disdain depends on whether the arrogance is justified with success and trust.  Bill Belichick is the perfect example as he

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How Are the Browns Doing Compared to 2009?

It isn’t really any kind of a season milestone for the Browns other than the fact that they have hit their bye week and the news comes in a bit slower.  Still, seven games is a pretty good sample size to take a bit of stock to see just how the Browns are doing compared

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Browns vs. Buccaneers – First Half Report

The good news is that the Browns took a lead into the locker room at halftime 14-10.  The bad news is that a horrible Jake Delhomme interception led to a last minute Tampa score.  The Browns were driving in the second quarter after a Mike Adams interception when Delhomme threw an ill-fated pass to Ronde

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Browns Continue to Struggle to Solidify Right O-Line

Welcome back Billy Yates.  Last night the Browns waived one of their many linebackers, Titus Brown, and we had to wait until this morning to find out the corresponding roster move.  The Browns brought back offensive guard Billy Yates just a couple days after he was let go on the same day as David Veikune.

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Browns Content to Be Competitive and Developing

As the Browns’ list of cuts was finally released and then as they failed to claim anyone, Mike Holmgren and Tom Heckert’s view of the current Browns is becoming apparent.  The team is far from a finished product and instead of grasping at players who appeared to be minor upgrades the Browns seem content in

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New Regime Paying For Predecessors’ Sins With Montario Hardesty

Was the pick of Montario Hardesty a good or bad idea?  Depending on what argument you are intent on making, you could probably argue both sides.  Hardesty received rave reviews from rookie sessions and from voluntary sessions prior to training camp.  In his only and limited pre-season action, Hardesty did enough to impress at least

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Guarded Optimism Should Rule Browns Fans

After narrowly missing the playoffs in 2007 and then living through the almost instantaneous internal combustion of the team a year later, Browns fans are all too aware of expectations.  In fact that is why the post-2007 optimism was so strange.  Fans were famously chanting about Super Bowls from the bleachers in Berea.  They were

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Browns Flex Muscles with Restricted Free Agents

It is bad enough in some cases that Browns restricted free agents haven’t signed their deals.  Some showed up to the optional OTAs anyway like Jerome Harrison and Lawrence Vickers.  Others made the strange decision not to show up.  Abe Elam, Matt Roth and D’Qwell Jackson in particular showed peculiar judgement in not showing up

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