September 17, 2014

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Browns rank low, just don’t tell fans — Scott Petrak

ESPN The Magazine just came out with a ranking of all 122 franchises in the NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB. The overall criterion: how much teams give back to fans for all the emotion, money and time fans invest. The Browns rank … drumroll, please … No. 114. I know what you’re thinking. Yes, there Read More…

Browns: Daboll unfazed by challenge of fixing offense

BEREA — Brian Daboll is 34 years old. He’s never been an offensive coordinator or called plays. He doesn’t have a No. 1 quarterback and is taking over a unit that didn’t score a touchdown for the final six games of 2008. If he’s worried, he’s doing his best not to show it. “I don’t Read More…

Browns: Rob Ryan promises aggressive, successful defense

BEREA — Browns fans, meet Rob Ryan, your new defensive coordinator. You’re going to love him. Ryan has a big gut, long silver hair and a full goatee. He comes from a famous football family, and his dad, Buddy, will be at training camp in August. He looks like he’d love to plop down on Read More…

Browns notes: Donte Stallworth’s place on the team being evaluated

BEREA — Receiver Donte Stallworth could rejoin the Browns in time for training camp, but it’s unclear if the team wants him back. Stallworth pleaded guilty Tuesday to DUI manslaughter charges in Florida and was sentenced to 30 days in prison and two years of house arrest. One of his lawyers said the plea agreement Read More…

Browns analysis: New coach Eric Mangini already has his believers, but there’s still a lot to learn about this team

BEREA — The greatest Brown of all time is impressed with the latest man charged with returning the frustrated franchise to its former glory. “What you have is a man with a plan, and it’s about football,” Hall of Fame running back and team adviser Jim Brown said of coach Eric Mangini. “He deals with Read More…

Browns notes: Quarterback battle still far from decided

BEREA — The quarterback derby is neck-and-neck. After the final minicamp practice Saturday, coach Eric Mangini said Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson will enter training camp even in their competition to be the starter. “We’re going to go into training camp …,” Mangini said, using his right hand to draw a flat plane. What has Read More…

Role could grow: Browns running back Jerome Harrison getting positive reviews from new coach

BEREA — Normally a comparison by the new coach to one of his favorite former players would elicit a broad smile, a lively step or a puffed-out chest. But this is running back Jerome Harrison’s fourth year in the NFL and he’s been the subject of offseason hype before. So he’s not getting his hopes Read More…

Browns notes: Hobbling Derek Anderson sits out afternoon minicamp session

BEREA — Quarterback Derek Anderson missed the afternoon practice Friday with what appeared to be a leg injury. He worked with trainers and watched team drills as Brady Quinn took all the snaps with the first team. Anderson and Quinn are competing for the starting job. Coach Eric Mangini met with the media between practices, Read More…

Let it rain: Browns coach Eric Mangini likes bad weather, says it helps team get used to tough conditions

BEREA — A couple of questions posed decades ago by Creedence Clearwater Revival were answered Thursday at Browns minicamp. Cleveland players have finally seen the rain. And Eric Mangini isn’t about to stop it. Practice started in the rain, and it never halted. Practice, or the rain. If anyone needed another example how much has Read More…

Browns notes: Dawson kicks off the rust, but stays silent on contract demands

BEREA — Phil Dawson wants a new contract. He just doesn’t want to talk about it. The Browns kicker practiced Thursday at the start of a three-day mandatory minicamp. He skipped a pair or “voluntary” minicamps and the organized team activities (OTAs). He has two years remaining on his deal at $1 million apiece. “This Read More…