September 2, 2014

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Browns notes: Kokinis focused on NFL Draft, says he’ll be more than ready for it

BEREA — New general manager George Kokinis tried to ease the concern among some Browns fans that he won’t be prepared for the NFL Draft in April. Kokinis was a college scout in his early days in the league, but has been on the pro personnel side since 2000. “We are going to build this Read More…

Browns: Kokinis finally hired as general manager

BEREA — Coach Eric Mangini got a partner Sunday to help rebuild the Browns. He came highly recommended — by Mangini himself. George Kokinis was hired as general manager, completing an organizational overhaul that began a month ago when owner Randy Lerner fired general manager Phil Savage and coach Romeo Crennel. “He is a tireless Read More…

Scott Petrak: Indians on the right track with better bullpen

LORAIN — The recipe for success for a big league team is complex: a powerful offense, a deep rotation, a solid defense and a dependable bullpen. The formula for disaster is much simpler: an unreliable relief corps. Nothing can sink a team faster than a bad bullpen. And it starts at the finish. A lights-out Read More…

Browns: Mangini hires five assistants

BEREA — Eric Mangini is turning Browns headquarters into Jets west. The new Browns coach announced the hiring of five assistants Thursday, four of whom worked under Mangini during his three-year stint as Jets coach. Defensive line coach Bryan Cox, defensive backs coach Jerome Henderson, defensive quality control coach Andy Dickerson and assistant strength and Read More…

The anti-Romeo: New Browns coach Eric Mangini has a reputation as a no-nonsense disciplinarian

The overzealous New York media crowned him Mangenius nearly immediately. Two years later, he was Man Without a Job. Eric Mangini reached the postseason in his first year with the Jets, but a 4-12 record in 2007 and a 1-4 collapse to end this season without a playoff bid completed his downfall. The Jets’ decision Read More…

Browns: No news yet on GM search, but Kokinis remains the favorite for the job

BEREA — George Kokinis isn’t the Browns general manager. At least, not yet. Contrary to published reports, Kokinis didn’t interview with owner Randy Lerner on Monday, according to a team source. Kokinis, director of pro personnel for the Baltimore Ravens, remains the favorite to get the Browns’ general manager job and is expected to interview Read More…

Scott Petrak: Ravens or Steelers? Can it get any worse for a Browns fan?

Sometimes there just isn’t a right answer. Like when your wife gets out of the shower and asks, “Have I always been this fat?” Or when the police officer leans into the driver’s side window and says, “Do you know why I pulled you over?” Browns fans ran face-first into another impossible-to-answer question this week, Read More…

NFL: Elyria’s Nakamura on verge of trip to Super Bowl

 Haruki Nakamura can’t help himself. “Sometimes you get caught up thinking about playing in the Super Bowl your rookie year,” he said Thursday by phone. “Some people don’t play in a Super Bowl in a 10- or 12-year career. To be this close is an honor.” Then Nakamura stops himself. “I don’t even want to Read More…

Patriot names: New England connection looms large in new Browns’ coach Mangini’s first coaching hires

BEREA — Faced with the three most important hires on his coaching staff, Eric Mangini chose familiarity. The Browns announced Wednesday night the hiring of offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and assistant head coach/special teams coordinator Brad Seely as the first members of the staff. Mangini and the new triumvirate spent 2000-03 Read More…

Tough NFL defense is practically the birthright of new Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan

BEREA — Eric Mangini tapped into one of the NFL’s most famous defensive families to help fix the Browns’ woes. Rob Ryan, son of the legendary Buddy and twin brother of Rex, was officially named defensive coordinator Wednesday night. Mangini had targeted Ryan since it appeared Mangini would be hired as Browns coach after meeting Read More…