Everyone is to blame for the Josh Gordon suspension

  Now that the NFL has finally leveled its punishment at Josh Gordon—a season-long break—it’s time to pick apart this debacle. Rather than pretend like any single person or group is solely responsible, I’m just going to blame everyone. Strap in folks, because in the end, today was a death knell to common sense. It

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It’s Hoyer’s World… We just live in it: Training Camp Notes 07.26.14

BEREA, Ohio — The sun was shining. A smattering of hip-hop—2 Pac, Birdman, Drake…of course—and classic rock echoed through the speakers. Thousands of Browns fans poured into the Cleveland Browns practice facility, all with hope in their back pockets, each of them getting their first look at the 2014 squad. There were Superfans. There were

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Pilot Flying J reaches $92 million deal with government

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The good news in Cleveland sports continues into another week as Pilot Flying J has reached a deal with the government that includes an avoidance of criminal charges against the company. From the Knoxville News Sentinel out of Tennessee: Under the deal made public on Monday, Pilot must pay a $92 million penalty over two

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Scott Raab on Johnny Manziel, LeBron James and Cleveland’s savior complex – WFNY Podcast – 2014-06-23

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Whenever the bat signal goes up and Scott Raab wants to go long-form on Cleveland sports I jump at the chance. This morning I talked to him for over an hour on the following topics. The World Cup and the USMNT’s tie to Portugal Cleveland’s “savior” complex Johnny Manziel and his personality LeBron James and

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Pettine, Farmer and Haslam set the right tone for Johnny Manziel

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At the Hall of Fame luncheon in Canton on Monday, Jimmy Haslam spoke about the newest star coming to Cleveland in quarterback Johnny Manziel. Haslam told the gathered crowd about the conversation that the team had with Manziel when he arrived in Cleveland after the draft. “Mike Pettine said it very well,” Haslam told the

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The ends don’t justify means in Peter King’s defense of Joe Banner and Michael Lombardi

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Peter King is one of the best NFL writers in the nation and as a national guy his perspective can sometimes be instructive to help local fans take blinders off. As a follower of the Browns, it’s pretty easy to lose perspective on the more overarching story-lines that make up an NFL season or era

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Homeless man told Jimmy Haslam to draft Johnny Manziel

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Our friend Vince over at Scene Magazine posted this in the Manziel aftermath, and it’s totally worth sharing here as well. Would the Browns have drafted Johnny Manziel if not for a homeless man grabbing the ear of Browns’ owner Jimmy Haslam? Thank goodness we’ll never have to find out. Thank you mister unnamed homeless man.

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Jimmy Haslam ranked 31st among NFL’s best owners

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Jimmy Haslam, that “breath of fresh air” who took over for the Cleveland Browns a little over a year ago, ranks 31st among 32 NFL owners in a list constructed by NBC Sports’ Rotoworld.com. In a tier titled “Alone at the Bottom,” Patrick Daugherty discusses a botched transition that could only happen in the city

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Your move, Browns – Alex Mack signs Jacksonville offer sheet

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Who else would report it, but Adam Schefter? Alex Mack’s deal has reportedly been signed and it’s all pretty straight-forward. Browns transition-tagged center Alex Mack signed his five-year, $42M offer sheet that includes $26M guaranteed with the Jaguars. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 11, 2014 Alex Mack can void final three years of deal with

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Jimmy Haslam discusses relationship with Bill Parcells, role in NFL Draft

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What a difference a year makes. About this time in 2013, Jimmy Haslam was reassuming his role as chairman of Pilot Flying J, placing the Cleveland Browns in the hands of Joe Banner and Mike Lombardi, and speaking only through press releases and legal filters. There was a point where the team he had just

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Browns have “no comment” on Lombardi’s Browns documents

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Is it a big deal that recently ousted Browns employee Michael Lombardi was seen at the NFL combine with documents emblazoned with Cleveland Browns logos? The answer is that none of us have any clue. It certainly seems less than ideal for the Browns, but whether or not it is an actual impropriety or not

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Joe Banner wanted everyone to report to him on everything all the time

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It was only a matter of time before additional news surrounding the recently departed Joe Banner became public, but that’s not to say much of it would be considered a surprise. CBS Sports’ Will Brinson penned a recent piece (via CBS’ Pat Kirwan) which painted Banner, ousted after one-plus season as the Cleveland Browns CEO,

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NFL News: Browns might look to void Davone Bess’ 2014 salary

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The Cleveland Browns have been saying compassionate things about Davone Bess, but it appears that business practicality might be entering the equation as well. Pro Football Talk reports that the Browns are looking to void the second guaranteed year of salary owed Davone Bess via his recently-signed contract extension. If the Browns are successful in

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Sports Illustrated ranks Browns last in NFL in offseason outlook

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While the majority of folks on the shores of Lake Erie seem encouraged by the Browns’ recent shakeup in the front office, nationally, the franchise is still regarded as a joke. Sports Illustrated released an offseason outlook ranking for the NFL, with the Cleveland Browns checking in dead last at No. 32. The off-beat rankings

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Everyone in the Browns front office hated each other

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On Tuesday morning when the Cleveland Browns disseminated the changes that were taking place in Berea, it appeared to be wrath wrought in the wake of impulsive decisions made by an impatient billionaire. Turns out that Browns majority owner Jimmy Haslam III, rather than choosing sides, decided that he had had enough of the drama unfolding

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Browns clean house again! – Scott Raab discusses – WFNY Podcast – 2014-02-12

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Honestly, Scott Raab has been trying to get away a bit from the Cleveland sports thing. I’ve left this platform completely open to him for whenever there’s something worth talking about, and a mere days after Chris Grant was fired and we fired up the podcast, Jimmy Haslam drops the hammer in Berea. So, we

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While We’re Waiting… Mostly positive reactions to latest Berea upheaval

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While We’re Waiting is a space on the WaitingForNextYear website where we share links every day. We’ve been doing it for about four years or so. Denny Mayo used to be much more amusing with his intros, if you recall. You know the drill: Email us with suggestions at tips@waitingfornextyear.com. Harsh words about Joe Banner and his

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Get ready Browns fans: For better or worse, this is Jimmy Haslam’s team

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Ray Farmer was introduced on Tuesday afternoon as the new general manager of the Cleveland Browns. Out immediately is Michael Lombardi, with CEO Joe Banner phasing out in the coming months. Owner Jimmy Haslam said that the decision was made to streamline the organization. Candidly, what Haslam did was remove the top two blocks from

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Mark Shapiro and Jimmy Haslam react to Michael Sam’s announcement

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In the wake of Michael Sam’s announcement to the world that he is gay, the issue of gay individuals in sports has taken over the discussion landscape, even larger than it was when Jason Collins came out on the tail end of his NBA career back in May. As a result of the sheer size

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