Mike Pettine proves there’s an adult in the room

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Mike Pettine makes me re-think a lot of what I thought I knew about NFL teams and their public relations strategies. I’ve spent a lot of time wearing the same path in the same road based on my experiences watching Romeo Crennel, Eric Mangini, and Pat Shurmur stand in front of microphones with little ability

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Browns proposed trade to send Josh Gordon to Philadelphia for Nick Foles

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It isn’t a week in the NFL without some sort of Josh Gordon news hitting the wire. On Monday afternoon, word hit that trade that almost happened could have really changed the course of two franchises. According to ESPN.com’s Phil Sheridan, at the start of the 2013 season, the Browns offered wide receiver Josh Gordon to the

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Josh Gordon to file grievance against Browns

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Josh Gordon continues to be in the news. Recall the Browns receiver was suspended for the Cleveland Browns’ Week 17 contest, one that the team would go on to lose in typical Brownsian fashion. Nothing new, right? Au contraire. The difference here being that Gordon’s suspension put him under the six-game threshold needed to qualify

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National Signing Day, Josh Gordon’s suspension, and nicknames: While We’re Waiting…

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Welcome to Wednesday, Wiffnyers. Wiffnyers—that doesn’t quite work, does it? Wiffnyers, hmmm. Never mind for now; we’ll get back to that later. It’s National Signing Day, that special Wednesday in February when 18-year-olds across the country announce at which institutions of higher learning they will play football. I confess that I have not been following the latest recruiting news, nor

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Making sense of LeBron’s Cavs, plus Johnny Manziel and Josh Gordon – WFNY Podcast – 2015-02-03

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I called up Jack from WayneEmbrysKids and the Cavs Zine to discuss all the Cavs things that have gone on up to this point. Brian Windhorst’s report about Andrew Wiggins and LRMR Kevin Love’s struggles Kyrie Irving coming into his own The Kyrie 55-point night against Portland Mike Fratello’s Cavs The Cavs and what could have

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NFL suspends Josh Gordon for at least one year

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The NFL didn’t waste a lot of time getting down to business with regard to Josh Gordon. A statement from the NFL was pretty succinct. “Josh Gordon of the Cleveland Browns has been suspended without pay for at least one year for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. Gordon’s suspension begins

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Josh Gordon: I’m not an addict

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Josh Gordon has been radio silent since word leaked of a potential suspension for all of 2015, but it turns out that the Cleveland Browns wide receiver was just waiting for the right time to shoot back at his critics. In a first-person piece written at Medium.com’s The Cauldron, Gordon takes on Charles Barkley, Cris

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WFNY’s 2014 Cleveland Browns Position Review: Wide Receivers

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Over the last few weeks, I have been reviewing and discussing the performance of the 2014 Cleveland Browns position by position. It was a tough season for the Cleveland Browns, falling in five straight games to end the season at 7-9. The team showed some glimpses of promise and some other areas of concern. So

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Can the Browns afford to keep working with Josh Gordon?

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It seems Josh Gordon won’t be content until he’s out of the NFL. Maybe “content” isn’t the right word as it appears that maybe Josh Gordon is perfectly content with his lot in life as a screw-up. But is he a screw-up or is he an addict and are those two terms mutually exclusive? This

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Jimmy Haslam sends stern message to “irresponsible” players

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The Cleveland Browns had a season. Whether it’s “good” or “bad” will be up for a debate for quite some time as we parse all the ups and downs. What is not up for debate, at least according to Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, is how the Browns will deal with young players who act

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Browns suspend Josh Gordon for final game of season

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Josh Gordon started the season suspended, so he might as well finish it that way, right? Mike Silver reported that Josh Gordon and Johnny Manziel missed the Browns’ walk-through, which might now seem to be inexcused, at least on Gordon’s part. Manziel has been deactivated for the rest of the season with his injury sustained

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Cleveland Browns vs. Cincinnati Bengals: Behind the Box Score

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The start of the Johnny Football era was a disaster as the Cincinnati Bengals dismantled the Cleveland Browns 30-0, proving to be a harsh welcome of Johnny Manziel to the AFC North. The Browns offense reverted back to the “same old Browns” never giving the team a chance to win the game. The run defense was non-existent.

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Cleveland Browns vs. Indianapolis Colts: Behind the Box Score

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Brian Hoyer struggled, Billy Cundiff missed a gimme, and the Cleveland Browns defense was world class. Add it all up and it equals a one point win for Indianapolis. Despite two defensive touchdowns and holding the Colt’s high powered offense in check, Cleveland’s offense crippled the team, allowing Andrew Luck enough of a window to

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Browns lose big one to Colts as Johnny Manziel sits

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My wife and I arrived at the stadium just in time to see the college football playoffs announcement that put Ohio State in the playoff against Alabama. (I wanted to start off this post with some good news.) Even as the announcement ignited the crowd, I couldn’t help but wonder if that would be the

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Cleveland Browns vs. Buffalo Bills: Behind the Box Score

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The Cleveland Browns fell to the Buffalo Bills 26-10 on Sunday, putting them on level pegging with the rest of the AFC Wild Card pack. The Browns’ defense hung tough for four quarters, but two Brian Hoyer interceptions, a Billy Cundiff missed field goal, and a Terrance West fumble returned for a touchdown proved to be too

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Cleveland Browns vs. Atlanta Falcons: Behind the Box Score

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Brian Hoyer’s two late, fourth-quarter interceptions nearly gave the game to the Atlanta Falcons as Matt Bryant connected on a 53-yard field goal to give Atlanta the lead with just under 50 seconds to play. But Hoyer rebounded in the final minute, completing four straight passes, and engineering a flawless hurry-up offense to set up Billy Cundiff’s

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Cleveland Browns Week 12 Winners and Losers

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When I look at teams like the Atlanta Falcons or Chicago Bears, I see an NFL case study. You have incredibly talented weapons—Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffrey, Martellus Bennett, Julio Jones, Roddy White, Matt Forte, Steven Jackson—and highly compensated, first-round quarterbacks. You have rosters that are heavily featured on fantasy teams across the league. You have

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Josh Gordon can have second hand impact on Browns’ offense

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At long last Josh Gordon is free from Roger Goodell’s clutches and the Browns’ offense now has a player the opposing defense must game plan for. Andrew Hawkins, Taylor Gabriel, Miles Austin, and Travis Benjamin have all shown themselves as adequate NFL receivers — something hard to come by in Cleveland the past decade —

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Josh Gordon shows maturity, perspective returning from suspension

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Speaking for the first time as a reinstated member of the Cleveland Browns, Josh Gordon spoke candidly and thoughtfully to the media on Wednesday. Headlines were made earlier in the day when news broke of Gordon’s comments to former teammate Nate Burleson stating that he was ready to “tear this league up“, but the Gordon answering questions

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