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Haslam: Browns Need To Get A Quarterback

Jan 23, 2015 1:52 PM

Jimmy Haslam hasn't ruled out starting Johnny Manziel at quarterback for the Cleveland Browns in 2015, but he also said "every option is on the table."

The Browns also started Brian Hoyer and Connor Shaw at quarterback this season.

"We've got to get a quarterback and got to get it fixed," Haslam said Thursday night, via the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram. "What I would say to our fans is, we're going to continue to work really hard to find that quarterback who can make us a championship team."

The Browns used a first round pick on Manziel last year.

"Johnny has to show on and off the field he can be a professional," Haslam said. "He knows that. Everybody in the organization has told him that. It'll be up to Flip and (coach Mike Pettine) to decide whether he can be the kind of quarterback we need him to be. He knows what we expect of him on and off the field, and it's up to him to prove he can do that."

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DeFilippo Unsure If Browns Already Have Their QB On Roster

Jan 22, 2015 4:58 PM

John DeFilippo said he's unsure if the Cleveland Browns have their quarterback already on the roster.

DeFilippo was hired this week as offensive coordinator.

"We're not sure if our starting quarterback is in the building right now or not," said DeFilippo, who was hired Wednesday to replace Kyle Shanahan. "If he is, great. If he's not, that's great too."

Mike Pettine said the Browns will continue evaluating the roster and discussing all positions over the next few weeks.


DeFilippo met Johnny Manziel before last year's draft and said he's ready and eager to work with him.

"He flew out to Oakland and [I] spent a day with him," DeFilippo said. "Can you get an overview on a guy in a day? No. But you can get a grasp of what he thinks and how he's feeling and those things."

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Browns Hire John DeFilippo As Offensive Coordinator

Jan 21, 2015 10:51 AM

The Cleveland Browns have agreed to hire John DeFilippo as offensive coordinator.

DeFilippo was most recently quarterbacks coach for the Oakland Raiders.

DeFilippo will be in charge of figuring out how to maximize the effectiveness of Johnny Manziel.

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Browns Considering Mike Martz For Offensive Coordinator Job

Jan 20, 2015 10:53 AM

Mike Martz recently interviewed for the Cleveland Browns' offensive coordinator vacancy.

Martz was most recently offensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears and has been out of football since 2011.

Martz has been unable to recapture the production of his time with the St. Louis Rams during his later stops.

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NFL Investigating Potential Texts To Browns' Sideline During Games

Jan 9, 2015 9:30 PM

The NFL is investigating whether text messages were sent to the Cleveland Browns' sideline during games.

Texting would be a violation of the NFL's rules prohibiting electronic communication during games.

Signora did not elaborate except to say the league is looking into the matter.

"We are reviewing internally and will fully cooperate with the NFL on this matter," the Browns said in a statement. originally reported the text messages were sent and said it was one issue in former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan leaving the team. He perceived it as interference from the front office regarding coaching decisions.

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Kyle Shanahan, Browns Agree To Part Ways

Jan 8, 2015 10:56 AM

The Cleveland Browns and Kyle Shanahan have agreed to part ways after one season as offensive coordinator.

Shanahan has interviewed for head coaching jobs and is also interested in reuniting with his father, Mike Shanahan, should he be hired.

Shanahan had issues with how several members of the Browns worked together during the 2014 season.

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Kyle Shanahan Seeking Exit From Browns Due To Organizational Friction

Jan 6, 2015 8:48 PM

Kyle Shanahan is exploring his options elsewhere due to friction between some of the coaches and some in the front office of the Cleveland Browns.

Shanahan was in his first season as offensive coordinator of the Browns.

Shanahan will interview with the Buffalo Bills on Thursday for their head coaching vacancy. Shanahan would like to become a head coach, but he could also be reunited with his father Mike Shanahan.

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Browns Open To Re-Signing Brian Hoyer

Jan 2, 2015 1:20 PM

The Cleveland Browns would like to re-sign Brian Hoyer if he wants to again compete for the starting quarterback job with Johnny Manziel.

"If he wants to be back, that leverage is definitely in his court to make that happen," Ray Farmer said, via The Plain Dealer. "Assuming that we could agree to that deal, then that opportunity's available. If we can't come to that agreement, then he obviously would not be back. There's a lot of work to be done in that regard."

Mike Pettine sounded an ominous tone about the possibility of Hoyer returning to his hometown for another season.

"He was a big part of our success this year," Pettine said, "but it's something that I just don't know if the circumstances can come together for him to be back here next year."

Hoyer has made it clear that he has no interest in holding the clipboard for Manziel.

"Once you've played," Hoyer explained, "you don't want to sit on the bench."

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Josh Gordon Suspended By Browns For Week 17

Dec 27, 2014 6:02 PM

Josh Gordon has been suspended by the Cleveland Browns for an unspecified violation of team rules.

The Browns announced the suspension in a release Saturday. Wide receiver Phil Bates has been promoted from the practice squad to replace Gordon on the active roster.

Both Gordon and Johnny Manziel were absent from the Browns' walk-through Saturday morning, and the team had trouble locating them, a source close to the team told ESPN's Pat McManamon.

Gordon also was late getting onto the practice field Friday and emerged from the team's facility for the outdoor workout wearing teammate Travis Benjamin's jersey.

By being active for only five games, Gordon fell one game short of the requirement for an accredited season, meaning he will be a restricted free agent -- instead of an unrestricted free agent -- following the 2015 season.


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Manziel Acknowledges Need For Increased Professionalism

Dec 23, 2014 5:34 PM

Johnny Manziel wants to be "the guy" for the Cleveland Browns next season and is prepared to have a more professional offseason.

"I have to take this a lot more seriously. It's a job for me now," Manziel said, vowing to spend more time in Cleveland this offseason than he did during last summer's bikini-filled, Gronk-inclusive, celebrity-fueled jaunt across America.

"I'm not the guy that I've always been," said the rookie. "I'm not the Johnny Manziel that came in here a year ago."

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Johnny Manziel Out For Week 17 With Hamstring
Johnny Manziel will miss the rest of the season with an injured hamstring.

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Johnny Manziel To Keep Starting For Browns
Mike Pettine believes Johnny Manziel has practiced at a high level, has "shown flashes" of potential, will improve in the final two games and still gives the Browns an opportunity to win.

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Browns To Start Johnny Manziel In Week 15
The Browns will start Johnny Manziel at quarterback for their Week 15 game against the Bengals.

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Browns To Start Brian Hoyer Over Johnny Manziel
Brian Hoyer reportedly had widespread support within the Browns' locker room.

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Johnny Manziel Claims He Tried To Avoid Altercation
Johnny Manziel said he did everything he could to escape a “very aggressive” fan before an altercation in the lobby of his apartment building.

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Josh Gordon Felt Like Browns Kept Distance During Suspension
Josh Gordon was originally suspended for the entire season, but it was reduced after the union agreed upon new drug testing policies with the NFL.

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Bills To Host Browns In Buffalo For Week 13
The Bills will host the Browns in Week 13 this Sunday despite damage to the stadium.

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Johnny Manziel's Entourage Involved In Fight
Cleveland police were called to the apartment's lobby at 2:36 a.m. for a report of a "riot" involving 20 men and two security guards.

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Josh Gordon To Play 20-30 Snaps For Browns In Week 12
Josh Gordon is expected to get 20 to 30 snaps for the Browns as he returns from a 10-game suspension.

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Josh Gordon 'Going To Tear This League Up'
Josh Gordon is optimistic about how he'll quickly be productive coming off his 10-game suspension.

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Browns Release Ben Tate
Ben Tate had just two carries for minus-9 yards in the Browns' Week 11 loss.

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Texans, Titans Interested In Brian Hoyer
Brian Hoyer will be a free agent this offseason and the Browns have been in wait-and-see mode on his long-term future.

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Browns Lose Phil Taylor For Remainder Of Season
Phil Taylor is a former first round pick on the defensive line.

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Pettine Understands Ben Tate's Frustrations With Carries
Mike Pettine is empathetic to Ben Tate's frustrations on being lower than Terrence West and Isaiah Crowell on the Browns' depth chart at running back.

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Pettine: Browns Remain Hopeful Manziel Will Be Their QB One Day
Mike Pettine believes Johnny Manziel's opportunity to study under Brian Hoyer is similar to Hoyer's experience with Tom Brady.

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Alex Mack Out For Season With Broken Leg
Alex Mack is one of the best centers in the NFL and will miss the rest of the season.

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Josh Gordon's Suspension To Be Reduced To 10 Games
According to Josh Gordon's account, his most recent positive test for marijuana would not have been a positive test at all under the new policy.


Josh Gordon Expected To Have Suspension Reduced To Eight Games
Josh Gordon was suspended for a positive marijuana test.

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Ben Tate Out Several Weeks With Knee Sprain
Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell will play in Ben Tate's absence.

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Josh Gordon Rules Out Suing NFL
Josh Gordon said that he voluntarily checked himself into a rehab clinic in July, though he doesn't consider himself an addict.

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