May 27, 2015

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Chiefs GM Scott Pioli reunited with Romeo Crennel

INDIANAPOLIS — Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli spent much of his career in New England and turned to his roots after Kansas City went 4-12 in his first year in charge. Pioli hired defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel and offensive coordinator Charlie Weis, both of whom were coordinators under Bill Belichick with the Patriots. Pioli said Read More…

Browns’ Holmgren says relationship with Mangini evolving

INDIANAPOLIS — Browns president Mike Holmgren was stopped in the hallway Thursday afternoon by some in the national media and asked about the somewhat surprising decision to retain Eric “Honestly, he reminds me a little of myself when I first started,” said Holmgren, who’s scheduled to formally address the media Friday. “And every day has Read More…

NFL scouting combine: Quote of the day

A lot of people do a lot of talking at the NFL scouting combine. Nearly 300 players are interviewed by the media, along with dozens of head coaches and general managers. Miami Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland gets my early vote for quote of the day. “We don’t like it when our players get arrested,” he Read More…

NFL scouting combine update: Steelers keep Casey Hampton

Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert announced they had reached a deal to keep Pro Bowl nose tackle Casey Hampton. “He’s the anchor of our defense and has been,” Colbert said. The Steelers used their franchise tag on kicker Jeff Reed, which means they’re guaranteed to keep him for next season if they can’t work Read More…

NFL scouting combine set to begin

The CT’s Scott Petrak is at the NFL combine in Indianapolis waiting for the interviews to begin with the draft-eligible players. On the schedule today are offensive linemen, tight ends, kickers, punters and long snappers. The Browns are in the market for a starting tight end and right tackle, neither of which is likely with the Read More…

New lesson plan: A high school history teacher is charged with turning around the Browns

Mike Holmgren is carried off the field after coaching the Packers to a 35-21 win over the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXI in New Orleans. (AP file photo.)

Mike Holmgren wasn’t on the fast track. He wasn’t even looking for an on-ramp. He was too busy teaching the Civil War and coaching high school football in the Bay Area. Holmgren was 32 years old and had been coaching high school football for 10 years. He was happy, but felt “kinda stale.” He thought Read More…

Mayock: Bryant or Haden

NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said Tuesday on a conference call the Browns should take a receiver or cornerback with the No. 7 pick in April’s draft. He has Oklahoma State receiver Dez Bryant rated ahead of Florida cornerback Joe Haden, but considers both worthy of a top-five pick. “If Dez is there, you’ve got Read More…

Browns’ Holmgren has confidence in front office as combine nears

New Browns president Mike Holmgren meets the media Tuesday during a news conference at Browns headquarters in Berea. Holmgren, who led the Packers and Seahawks to the Super Bowl as a coach, said he is “invigorated” to be back in the NFL after taking a year off. (AP photo.)

The restructured hierarchy of the Browns will be on display for the first time when the NFL convenes for the scouting combine this week in Indianapolis. New president Mike Holmgren and new general manager Tom Heckert lead the operation, joined by the old scouts, new personnel department and retained coaching staff. They will don Browns Read More…

Cribbs close to new deal

Less than two months ago, All-Pro special teamer Joshua Cribbs cleaned out his locker and vowed not to play again for the Browns without a new contract. That deal is near, according to a source familiar with negotiations. The source said the sides “are close, not real close” to completing a deal and there’s no Read More…

Browns’ Jamal Lewis gone after 3 years

BEREA — Jamal Lewis’ time with the Browns is over, but his NFL career may continue. The Browns terminated the contract of Lewis on Wednesday with one year left on the deal. He missed the final month of the season with post-concussion symptoms and said after the finale he was still suffering headaches and blurred Read More…