The Lakefront Pipeline

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Who knew that a tiny Division III Jesuit school nestled in Cleveland, Ohio’s east side would become one of the NFL’s most prized factories of coaches and general managers? Well—everyone who was fortunate enough to witness it all unfold. On an early August evening in 1995, the John Carroll University football team gathered at the

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Despite concerns with Browns front office, I’m feeling patient during coach search

Rob Chudzinski

Despite my feelings about the Cleveland Browns, which I laid out yesterday, I can be objective about the team’s head coaching search. The Browns have a tough job conducting this search because they destroyed an untold amount of their credibility with fans and around the league by firing a coach after just one season. When I read Jimmy

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Which is more important for the Browns, the right coach or quarterback?

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On Tuesday the list of candidates for Cleveland’s vacant head coaching position got a little smaller. Arizona’s Todd Bowles reportedly told the Browns to remove him from their list, and former Green Bay quarterback coach Bob McAdoo took the offensive coordinator position with the New York Giants. Earlier in the week it was Ken Whisenhunt

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Comparing national and local perspective of the Cavs and Browns – Cleveland Scene’s Sam Allard and Andrew Zelman – WFNY Podcast – 2013-01-13

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Today I wanted to talk about the national and local perspective of the Cavs and the Browns. It feels so paranoid, angry and negative locally, but that also can sometimes feel accurate. In various cases, that perspective is backed up nationally. So what’s the right perspective? I talked to Cleveland Scene’s new owner Andrew Zelman

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The Dude, Michael, and Joey…who loved bowling

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The Big Lebowski is one of the greatest movies of all time. Sometimes when life has you down, all you can do is try to laugh about it. With the Browns coaching search seemingly devolving into chaos once again, I thought it might be fun to intertwine some of my favorite quotes from the movie

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Dueling reports on Browns interest in Oklahoma’s Stoops

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As we have seen in years past, the NFL offseason is typically a time where national media folks kindly ask the local contingent to step aside while they handle all of the latest and greatest on various hirings and firings. Last season, as the Browns were hot after Oregon’s Chip Kelly, it was NFL.com and

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Todd Bowles succeeded Ray Horton in Arizona, interviews with Cleveland Friday

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The Cleveland Browns are starting to put their interviews together and Jason LaCanfora reports that the Browns are set to interview Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles on Friday. Not only does Bowles qualify the Browns for the Rooney rule, but he might also lend some insight into what it takes to coach a team

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Browns have interest in Auburn’s Malzahn, Vanderbilt’s Franklin; could hire Schwartz as DC

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CBS Sports insider Jason La Canfora has been a busy man today. He reports this evening that the Browns have interest surrounding two college head coaches in Auburn’s Gus Malzahn and Vanderbilt’s James Franklin. Malzahn’s Tigers are playing in the title game next week in his first season as head coach at Auburn. The 48-year-old

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Browns given permission to interview Josh McDaniels

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Per source, the Patriots have granted the Browns permission to interview offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. — Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) December 31, 2013 Fans can now add Josh McDaniels to the list of men allegeldy brave enough to take the job of head coach of the Cleveland Browns. Per Albert Breer of the NFL Network, the

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Scott Raab talks about Rob Chudzinski being fired and Andrew Bynum – WFNY Podcast – 2013-12-30

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Scott Raab couldn’t be finished with the WFNY Podcast for 2013 after what happened over the weekend, so we decided to do one more in 2013. We touched on all of the obvious topics including… Scott Raab talking about the Browns Dumpster fire’s use in the mainstream Joe Banner and the ego that goes with

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Browns’ exhaustive coaching search is refreshing

Joe Banner

It came out this morning that the Browns’ brass interviewed former Arizona Cardinals coach (and former Pittsburgh coordinator) Ken Whisenhunt. This, on the heels of their interview with Ray Horton and news of their forthcoming interview with Chip Kelly. Those are just the names of candidates that we know of since Joe Banner and Jimmy

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Schefter: McDaniels will not interview for head coaching jobs

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, New England’s Josh McDaniels will not be interviewing for head coaching vacancies. Though he’d like to be an HC again one day, Pats OC Josh McDaniels notified teams Monday he will remain in NE, not interview for HC jobs now — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 31, 2012 McDaniels had been

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Grossi: Josh McDaniels and Mike Lombardi likely to become Joe Banner’s puppets

Fresh off of their soul-crushing loss to the Washington Redskins, it appears that the inevitable shake-up of the Cleveland Browns front office and coaching staff is starting to take more shape. From ESPN Cleveland’s Tony Grossi: It is commonly believed that GM Tom Heckert and coach Pat Shurmur will not be back. Heckert, my sources

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Browns Begin Work on Assembling New Coaching Staff

As the Ravens and Steelers prepare to play for the right to head to yet another AFC Championship game, the Browns organization is searching to replace yet another coaching staff.  The Browns introduced their head man yesterday but the process of filling out the rest of the staff, including the all-important positions of offensive and

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Could Denver Coaching Change Have Cleveland Implications?

The Broncos jettisoned head coach Josh McDaniels on Monday, and speculation is underway as to who might replace him in the Mile High city. Browns fans have to be concerned this off-season about losing defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. Ryan has been showered with praise for his work in confusing some of the best Quarterbacks in

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Great Peyton Hillis Highlight Video

There are a lot of garbage highlight videos on Youtube. This is not one of those. This video is very well done. Then I read the first comment on the video that speculates (in completely unsubstantiated fashion I must add) that Peyton Hillis “accidentally hit on McDaniels wife at some function.”  I don’t believe that

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While We’re Waiting…Harrison Ready, Shaq Backs the Refs (and tweets!), Examining Tribe Scouting

While We’re Waiting serves as the early morning gathering of WFNY-esque information for your viewing pleasure. Have something you think we should see? Send it to our tips email in the sidebar. The Browns final injury report heading into this week’s game against Denver includes all three running backs although Jerome Harrison looks like he

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What’s worse – being untrustworthy or unapproachable?

So, I still don’t really know what to think of the Browns’ hiring of Eric Mangini.  On one hand, he definitely seems to be going about things in the right way.  He’s patched up silly tiffs with players, he’s drafted fairly well, and he’s brought in players who know his system.  On the other hand,

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Mangini vs. McDaniels

Let’s be up front and honest here.  This race is way way way too early to call.  Still, as I was watching the scroll on ESPN yesterday proclaiming that Brandon Marshall has demanded a trade from the Denver Broncos, I couldn’t help but think about it.  I vowed after the off-season hiring of Mangini and

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Cutler to Cleveland Doesn’t Make Sense

Sometimes the Browns talk around here gets a little silly, I will admit.  While I am not going to participate in a moratorium, I can’t help but take some of the over-coverage of the Browns this off-season to heart.  As a result, I will try not to go too long on this whole thing, but

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