Is the consternation a tad overblown? Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer addressed the local media on Friday morning and, if what he says is accurate, any portrayal of discord between he and head coach Mike Pettine is nothing but a media-fueled narrative. “[Things are] great,” said Farmer of his relationship with his head coach.
Now these are the Browns we know and love — dysfunction, in-house battles, utter chaos — that’s the good stuff. Er, maybe. Head coach Mike Pettine and general manager Ray Farmer are rumored to be at odds over the recent release of former director of player engagement Jamil Northcutt, per Tony Grossi. Northcutt was hired last April, replacing former
When Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine says that Johnny Manziel’s water bottle-tossing incident from over the weekend is a non-story, I don’t really believe him. The fact that he’s being asked about it and the fact that it was all over the press means that it isn’t a “non-story.” No matter the media high
Writer D.H. Lawrence once said, “I want to live my life so that my nights are not full of regrets.” He would undoubtedly have understood the plight of the NFL General Manager. A 21st century version might sound more like this: “For three nights each year I want to conduct my team’s NFL drafts so that
I love the direction of the Cleveland Browns after seeing the results of the 2015 NFL Draft, but I’m almost too afraid to say it. The fear of thinking positively or being delusional is too great within me and my past as a Browns fan and commentator for me to just embrace complete positivity. That
Ray Farmer and the Cleveland Browns surprised many by using the bulk of their Day 3 selections, but no pick may have garnered more ‘wows’ than when they finished off their weekend by adding Oregon cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu with pick No. 241, a pick obtained in a trade with the Arizona Cardinals. It’s rare that a
After going back-to-back tight ends in the sixth round, the Cleveland Browns started a new streak with their second straight University of Southern California player. With the No. 219 pick in the seventh round, they selected USC inside linebacker Hayes Pullard. Pullard made national news earlier in the week by writing an open letter for
The Cleveland Browns drafted their second tight end of the sixth round with Randall Telfer from the University of Southern California with the No. 198 pick. Again, it’s not a sexy skill position pick like another wide receiver, but someone who will be useful for depth. Telfer is another valuable blocker, picked just after possible fullback/H-back Mississippi State’s
The Cleveland Browns selected Mississippi State tight end Malcolm Johnson with the No. 195 overall pick in the sixth round of the NFL Draft Saturday afternoon. Johnson was the second pass catcher taken by the Browns on the draft’s third day, as they chose Washington State receiver Vince Mayle with pick No. 123. Johnson checks in
With their own sixth round pick, the Browns select cornerback Charles Gaines from Louisville with the No. 189 pick. Gaines posted 36 total tackles, one tackle for loss, one sack, two interceptions, 10 break-ups and one forced fumble in his redshirt junior season last year. CBSSports.com ranked him as the 21st best corner in the
The Cleveland Browns selected Washington State wide receiver Vince Mayle with the No. 123 overall pick in the fourth round of the NFL Draft Saturday afternoon. He was their second pick in minutes, after taking Northwestern safety Ibraheim Campbell at No. 115. The Browns traded picks with the Arizona Cardinals, swapping the No. 116 overall
The Browns continue to upgrade their defense, now with the selection of safety Ibraheim Campbell from Northwestern. The 5-foot-11, 220-pound Campbell had 54 tackles, one tackle for loss, three interceptions, three pass break-ups, six passes defended and four forced fumbles in his senior season last year. He gives the Browns another safety to add depth in
The Cleveland Browns selected University of Miami running back Duke Johnson with the No. 77 pick in the NFL Draft’s third round on Friday night. FOX Sports Ohio’s Zac Jackson was again the first to report the news on Twitter well before the selection. The electric 5-foot-9 Johnson, who left after his junior season, was
With the twelfth pick of the 2015 NFL draft, the Cleveland Browns selected Danny Shelton. With the nineteenth pick of the 2015 NFL draft, the Cleveland Browns selected Cameron Erving. Confused by the draft? Disappointed? Scratching your head? Our suggestion: Take another look at Ray Farmer’s last press conference. When the draft experts began their
The Browns likely have some interest in Marcus Mariota. That much I think I can discern as undeniable truth after seeing a flurry of reporting come out of ESPN the day before the 2015 NFL Draft’s first round commences in Chicago. First, there was this tweet from @SportsCenter. That’s an attention-getter for sure! The Browns
The Cleveland Cavaliers suspensions are known. The Browns draft is coming. Dave and Craig discuss all of that and the usual amount of random stuff regarding technology, media and social media. The big podcast month we’ve been having The Verge reporting on Refused’s new album Spotify and Amazon and researching music Kevin Love and J.R.
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
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
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.
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