March 1, 2015


Brian Hoyer says texting situation could be factor in whether he sticks with Browns

Brian Hoyer

CLEVELAND — Quarterback Brian Hoyer is keeping all of his options open as free agency approaches, including returning to the Browns, but the recent turmoil involving the front office could hurt Cleveland’s chances of re-signing him. Hoyer spoke Saturday at the end of a long week for the Browns. An adviser revealed quarterback Johnny Manziel Read More…

Scott Petrak: Browns’ image is looking worse than their play

Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam listens to a question during a news conference last year. The offseason hasn't been kind to the Browns. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Pete Carroll had a bad week. It looked great compared to Jimmy Haslam’s week from hell. Carroll, coach of the Seahawks, was a yard away from repeating as Super Bowl champion when he made what has been labeled the worst play call in the history of football. He ordered a pass, which was intercepted, instead Read More…

Reports: Browns GM Ray Farmer could face suspension for sending texts during games

Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer talks about the 2014 draft at the NFL football team's facility in Berea. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

General manager Ray Farmer was the Browns official who sent text messages during games and could be suspended for multiple games depending on the results of the league investigation, according to reports Wednesday. The Browns could also have a draft pick taken away and be fined if it’s determined they violated the league rule prohibiting Read More…

Browns: WR Josh Gordon officially suspended

Josh Gordon

No appeal, no deal, no reduction. The NFL announced Tuesday that Browns receiver Josh Gordon had been suspended without pay for at least a year for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. The banishment began immediately. Gordon failed an alcohol test last month, and the news surfaced Jan. 25. Unlike his suspensions the previous two Read More…

(UPDATED) Browns QB Johnny Manziel enters treatment, asks for privacy


As reporters crowded him on getaway day following the season, Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel’s internal conflict bubbled to the surface. The personal struggle became public domain Monday when his adviser confirmed Manziel entered treatment Wednesday. “Johnny knows there are areas he needs to improve on to help him be a better family member, friend Read More…

Kevin O’Connell, expected to be named Browns QB coach, helped Johnny Manziel prepare for last year’s draft

Kevin O'Connell

One of Johnny Manziel’s mentors and biggest advocates from a year ago will be his position coach next season — assuming Manziel’s still with the Browns. The Browns intend to hire Kevin O’Connell as quarterbacks coach, a league source confirmed Saturday to The Chronicle-Telegram. Fox Sports was first to report the news. The Browns also Read More…

Browns WR Josh Gordon says he doesn’t have a drug, alcohol problem

Josh Gordon

Browns receiver Josh Gordon had heard enough about his presumed addiction. Enough about how his career and life are destined for disaster. Enough criticism from virtual strangers with powerful microphones since Gordon’s latest failed drug test, and impending suspension, came to light Sunday. Gordon responded Thursday with a long open letter. He named the most Read More…

Browns Analysis: Return by Brian Hoyer is possible, may be best move for both parties

hoyer QB slider

When Brian Hoyer lost his starting job to Johnny Manziel — before the biggest game of the year — the assumption was that Hoyer’s tenure with the Browns was all but over. Hoyer furthered the belief when he took the nameplate over his locker as a souvenir “just in case.” Hoyer is set to become Read More…

Browns Notes: Joker Phillips reportedly new wide receivers coach

Joker Phillips

Joker Phillips’ new job is nothing to laugh at. Phillips will be hired by the Browns as wide receivers coach, ESPN’s Adam Caplan reported Wednesday, citing a league source. The team wouldn’t confirm the move. Phillips has never worked in the NFL, but played receiver at the University of Kentucky in the early 1980s and Read More…

Browns WR Josh Gordon reportedly fails another drug test

Browns receiver Josh Gordon stretches before a game against the Panthers in December. He reportedly failed another drug test and faces a suspension of at least a year. (AP photo)

Browns receiver Josh Gordon can’t stay out of trouble. Or on the field. Gordon faces a one-year suspension after failing another drug test, according to multiple reports Sunday. The failed test was for alcohol, per reports from ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Alcohol is prohibited only if a player’s treatment plan in the substance-abuse program Read More…