My Sportsman of the Year: Jimmy Haslam

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Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year is an annual must-read. Sadly, that the national recognition rarely has anything to do with the teams or individuals whom we cover. In turn, WFNY will soon announce its choice for 2014’s Cleveland Sportsman of the Year. Here’s one of the nominations for that honor by an WFNY writer.

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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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D’Qwell Jackson follows Chud, T-Rich to Indianapolis Colts

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The Browns were kind to give D’Qwell Jackson a chance to sell himself around the NFL and make the best choice for himself. As it turns out, the best choice was in Indianapolis where Jackson is reported to be pulling a 4-year deal worth $22 million ($11 million guaranteed) with the Colts. Jackson follows former

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Indianapolis Colts hire Rob Chudzinski as special assistant

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Former Cleveland Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski will be joining the Indianapolis Colts as a special assistant, the team announced on Saturday. The Browns fired Chudzinski, 45, on Dec. 29 after their final game of the season. Cleveland eventually replaced him with Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine. Over in Indianapolis, Chudzinski will join the

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Will Mike Pettine’s young coordinators deliver a game-day advantage?

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If nothing else, you have to give the Cleveland Browns credit—they’re not repeating themselves. After watching Browns head coach Mike Pettine introduce his coordinators, you couldn’t imagine a more polar opposite scene from Rob Chudzinski’s staff. Mike Pettine, a defensive guy, replaces the former offensive coordinator, Rob Chudzinski. Jim O’Neil, a young guy with five years of

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Talking Browns, Cavs, Chief Wahoo, and poetry with CBthePoet – WFNY Podcast – 2014-01-26

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I don’t go to the “friend” card on the podcast very often but when you have a friend who works in the business of the spoken word, it seems like a good place to go. My friend Chris grew up in Cleveland and relocated to Charlotte about 15 years ago. He keeps up with all

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Scott Raab discusses the Browns hiring of Mike Pettine – WFNY Podcast – 2014-01-25

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We don’t do a regular Monday morning podcast with Scott Raab anymore, but whenever there’s something that needs to be discussed, he’s there for us. With the Browns’ hiring of Mike Pettine and ending the lengthy coaching search, it was a good time to catch up. We discussed the Browns’ search. We discussed Mike Pettine

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Mike Pettine is qualified, but what can he achieve?

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“I’m going to try and cobble together an opinion of Mike Pettine now.” That’s what I said in the daily WFNY email chain in anticipation of writing this post about the soon-to-be defensive coordinator from the Buffalo Bills. The problem is obvious. There’s no way for most fans to know much more than superficial things

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What if Chud wasn’t fired? (and other thoughts on the Browns)

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As the Browns continue to work through their process, I’ve been searching out other voices than just those who normally populate WFNY to opine about the Browns and provide perspective. Today, I’ve engaged Mike Burgermeister, who many may know as Jim Kanicki, the man who constantly talks on Twitter when he’s not writing his own

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NFL News: Mike Pettine getting second interview with Browns

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Bill defensive coordinator, Mike Pettine is apparently going to interview with the Browns a second time. When we first heard Pettine’s name, it was courtesy of notorious first-reporter Jay Glazer. This time? Pettine’s daughter’s twitter had the scoop. The modern world is crazy, huh? “It’s the Browns… But hey, still pretty cool!” [Related: Bills defensive coordinator

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

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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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Video: Keith Olbermann puts Jimmy Haslam on blast

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When the Browns sent out a letter to the fans yesterday, there were varied reactions. There was nothing “varied” about Keith Olbermann’s take on the video. While he did acknowledge that it was a polite letter, he thought it basically served to tell Browns fans to “shut up” about the ongoing head coaching search. See

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Steelers Depot helps break down the Browns and their coaching search – WFNY Podcast – 2014-01-15

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Dave Bryan from Steelers Depot (@SteelersDepot) is one of the best podcast guests we have. He’s super knowledgable, and is always great at breaking down what’s happening without the rose-colored glasses. Dave Bryan and not being a homer for the Steelers Is there ever a justification for firing a coach after one year? Brian Hoyer

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My Cleveland Sportsman of 2013: Brian Hoyer

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Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year is an annual must-read. Given that the national recognition rarely has anything to do with the teams or individuals whom we cover. In turn, WFNY will soon announce its choice for 2013′s Cleveland Sportsman of the Year. Here’s one of the nominations for that honor by a WFNY writer.

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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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Browns to interview recently fired Mike Munchak

Though the Cleveland Browns are reportedly set on adding Adam Gase or Gus Malzahn as their next head coach, another day brings us yet another name added into the fold. FOX Sports’ Alex Marvez reports that the team will interview Mike Munchak on Monday. Source tells @FOXSports that Mike Munchak is interviewing today for @Browns

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Patriots’ Josh McDaniels reportedly withdraws from Browns consideration

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I’ve assumed since the Browns fired Rob Chudzinski that Josh McDaniels was the favorite to be the next coach of the Cleveland Browns. Not to say that McDaniels is necessarily my preference, but his connections to Michael Lombardi seemed all the more indicative that he should be the favorite until I heard otherwise. Well, thanks

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Marla Ridenour on the state of the Browns, plus the Luol Deng trade – WFNY Podcast – 2014-01-08

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I was very happy that Marla Ridenour was willing to come on the podcast today. She’s always a great read, but her work has been particularly noteworthy in her coverage of the Browns since they decided to fire Rob Chudzinksi. She’s pulled no punches as she put Joe Banner and Michael Lombardi on notice. We

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More talk about the Browns, Spotify, A Perfect Circle, and the cold weather Super Bowl – WFNY Podcast – 2014-01-07

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I wanted to catch up with Dan Parker to talk about the Browns, music and other stuff. Pictures of thermometers Regardless of if the Browns made the right move, they embarrassed themselves The Rob Chudzinski rumors and when you finally believed it How much of the Chud firing was the “pissed off billionaire” ethic? Could

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Browns’ revolving door costing Haslam $50 million

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Candidly, Jimmy Haslam wasn’t lying when he called the firing of Rob Chudzinski an “expensive decision.” Following the dismissal of the first-year head coach, plenty of talk surrounded the $10.5 million buyout that the Toledo-native would receive along with his pink slip. What didn’t get as much attention was the fact that Chudzinski was simply

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