2015 NFL Draft Gameplan for the Browns: Don’t trade up for Marcus Mariota

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It’s NFL draft week, Cleveland Browns fans. It’s one of the weirdest and quietest pre-draft periods I can remember. Maybe it’s the Cavaliers being back in the NBA Playoffs with LeBron James at the helm, or maybe it’s the hangover from so many tough first rounds over the past decade. Whatever it is, I don’t

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Ray Farmer: “It’s always about finding the best players to make your team better”

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Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer’s Thursday morning press conference was quite interesting, not for specific revelations concerning prospects and picks, but for his take on team-building philosophy. Near the end of the 30-plus minute presser, Farmer was asked about quarterbacks like Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers, and of how much of a priority it is

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Todd McShay’s latest gives Cleveland DeVante Parker and Malcom Brown

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Though the Cleveland Browns are widely rumored to be one of several teams who could trade their first-round selections in the 2015 NFL Draft, Scouts Inc.’s Todd McShay continues to provide his insight on what the newly outfitted team will do in the event they hold on to the No. 12 and No. 19 selections.

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2015 NFL draft and free agency for the Browns with Lane Adkins – WFNY Podcast – 2015-04-20

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Lane Adkins of The Orange and Brown report joined me to discuss all things Browns. He wasn’t on to promote anything in particular, but I’ve been a subscriber to the OBR for quite a while and I plugged it for him. Here’s the rest of the stuff we talked about. Where are the Cleveland Browns today

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2015 NFL Draft, Johnny Manziel, Cavs playoffs and more with Dan Labbe – WFNY Podcast – 2015-04-17

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Dan Labbe of Cleveland.com and now NEOMG joined me to discuss everything related to Cleveland sports. He usually is the host of these things, and I turned the tables on him and made him a guest for once!  At what point did it occur to you that Cleveland.com had no longer become the supplement to

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Ray Farmer suspended four games, Browns keep draft picks

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I hate calling it “Textgate,” so other than that reference I won’t call it that. Regardless of what you want to call the Cleveland Browns’ texting violations and forthcoming punishment, it appears we might now know said punishments. And thankfully for me and my bubbling pot of rage, it appears the Browns will not lose

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On the Browns “severe” penalties and controlling irrational anger

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We don’t yet know what the Cleveland Browns’ penalties are, but this idea that they’re going to be “severe” has me bubbling with potential rage. You can’t argue with the league punishing teams for their transgressions. Whether we’re talking about artificial noise in Atlanta, deflated footballs in New England or yes, even Cleveland Browns texting, the

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Browns to be subject to “severe” discipline for in-game texts

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The Cleveland Browns have reportedly been made aware that their punishment for the texting scandal from the 2014 season will be handed down next week. Early reports from ESPN’s Adam Schefter claim that said punishments will be “severe.” Browns general manager Ray Farmer offered an apology for texting during games, an action which is in blatant violation of the

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On the Browns, Hard Knocks, questions and narratives

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There are lots of questions being asked now that we’ve heard the Browns are “front-runners” to be the featured team on this year’s rendition of “Hard Knocks” on HBO. Twitter and sports talk radio asked all of the following and then some… Will Hard Knocks serve as a distraction for the Browns? Will it be

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What we can learn from the Browns in Free Agency

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Since the Browns returned to Cleveland, organizational stability has been non-existent. From the Pat Shurmur’s incompetence to Mike Holmgren’s indifference to Jimmy Haslem’s alleged criminal activity, the team has rarely kept its leadership group intact from season to season. The negative effects are hard to quantify given the unknown of the potential results of keeping

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Browns could be “front-runners” to land on HBO’s Hard Knocks

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Could the soap opera in Berea become a reality television show? It appears that the odds are better than many would have hoped, especially those who would play key on-screen roles. According to The Buffalo News’ Vic Carucci (who, as you may recall, previously worked for the Cleveland Browns’ official team website) the Browns are the front-runner to be

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What does it mean to “Play like a Brown?”

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“Play like a Brown.” What does that mean? Is it simply the same catchphrase found in other NFL cities with interchangeable mascot names? To play like a Brown would seem to imply a proud tradition, perhaps longstanding, of winning, of a certain style of play with a high level of professionalism, dedication and expectation. It

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Former Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe visiting Browns this weekend

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The Browns have been pretty quiet during the free agency period, only signing receiver Brian Hartline and quarterback Josh McCown. Both players were cut from their respective teams and it looks like the Browns are targeting another player who was cut from their team this offseason. According to ESPN’s Josina Anderson, former Kansas City Chiefs

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Browns taking measured, patient approach to free agency

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You’re hosting a dinner party and you are cooking for a room full of food critics. You pore over your shopping list and you want to fill it with the best possible ingredients in the hopes of creating an enjoyable experience that will impress all involved. You need some produce and dairy, both of which are easy to

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The Thrill of Continuity, the Agony of Starting Over

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Josh McCown is coming to town and so far it looks like there’s a pretty good chance he’ll be the starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns next season. Maybe not. Things could change. But so far it’s looking probable that no quarterback who started a game for the Browns in 2014, will be at the top

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Josh McCown’s arrival leads to questions, not answers

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Late last week, the Cleveland Browns won the Josh McCown sweepstakes. To call it underwhelming is a bit of an understatement. My initial reaction was to be a bit trollish on the topic. I admit it. In a lot of ways you can begin to understand why a team would sign a player like Josh McCown

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Video: Ray Farmer speaks, offers mea culpa for texting

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One day after Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine spoke to the media at the NFL combine in Indianapolis, general manager Ray Farmer did the same. Farmer didn’t drop any major bombs during the presser, but he did address some of the larger concerns facing the Browns this offseason. Farmer took responsibility for the sideline texting saga,

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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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Jimmy Haslam says everything is perfectly fine in Berea

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Cleveland Browns majority owner Jimmy Haslam spoke with the team’s local beat contingent for roughly 50 minutes on Wednesday afternoon, discussing the flurry of news that has occurred during the still-young offseason. While details and quotes and all kinds of warm and fuzzy feelings will likely hit the wire sooner than later, Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot tweeted

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Where is the Browns stock one year since Banner

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It’s been one year since the Cleveland Browns became what they are today. One year since we found out the future of the Browns didn’t include Joe Banner or Michael Lombardi. It’s easy to lose perspective on a situation when you’re so deep in the muck of the details on a day-to-day basis. And even

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