July 2, 2016

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New Browns owner fires coach and GM, promises stability is on the horizon

BEREA — Owner Jimmy Haslam vowed to stop the merry-go-round, but not before he gave it another push. Haslam and CEO Joe Banner fired general manager Tom Heckert and coach Pat Shurmur on Monday, a day after the season ended with a 24-10 loss in Pittsburgh and a 5-11 record. Haslam bought the team from Read More…

Brian Dulik: A Banner day? Only if new Browns CEO Joe Banner is the real deal

For better or worse, the future of the Cleveland Browns now rests in the hands of CEO Joe Banner. Browns owner Jimmy Haslam III made that abundantly clear Monday, when he announced the firings of coach Pat Shurmur and general manager Tom Heckert during a late-morning press conference. Those moves allowed Banner to complete an Read More…

Browns: No shortage of coach, GM candidates

POTENTIAL CANDIDATES COACHES Chip Kelly, University of Oregon • Comment: The Browns and Eagles are reportedly interested, and Kelly is ready to make the jump to the NFL. Sirius/XM Radio’s Adam Caplan reported Kelly is the Browns’ clear first choice. Nick Saban, University of Alabama • Comment: Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is intrigued by the Read More…

Tom Heckert knew his days as Browns GM were numbered months ago

BEREA — General manager Tom Heckert was fired Monday in a quick meeting at about 9 a.m. He saw it coming months ago. Ever since new owner Jimmy Haslam brought in Joe Banner as CEO in October. “As soon as Joe was hired, I knew it was not going to work out,” Heckert told The Read More…

Browns notes: Richardson admits he played with two broken ribs

BEREA — Browns running back Trent Richardson finally came clean Monday as he was cleaning out his locker at the end of the season. The rookie from Alabama admitted that he actually suffered two broken ribs, in addition to torn cartilage on the left side of his chest, on Oct. 14 against the Bengals. “My Read More…

Browns will hire coach before GM; owner Jimmy Haslam looking for “right” guys

BEREA – Just a couple of hours after firing the general manager and coach he inherited, Browns owner Jimmy Haslam said late this morning he was “ready to move on” in his search for replacements. Haslam, sitting next to CEO Joe Banner, said the Browns will hire a head coach first and then look for Read More…

(Updated) Browns fire GM Tom Heckert and coach Pat Shurmur

BEREA — Pat Shurmur is out after two years as Browns coach. Tom Heckert is gone after three as general manager. Both were fired this morning with two years left on their contracts. The team announced the moves in a news release. The Browns went 5-11 and finished the season Sunday with a 24-10 loss Read More…

Browns’ Thad Lewis impresses — despite loss — as Browns QB

PITTSBURGH — Browns quarterback Thaddeus Lewis made a fine first impression in his NFL debut Sunday afternoon. The third-year pro from Duke completed 22 of 32 passes for 204 yards, one touchdown, one interception and an 83.3 passer rating as the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated Cleveland 24-10. The quality performance came just six days after Lewis Read More…

Browns finale, like season, just plain sad

Pat Shurmur’s eyes glistened during his postgame news conference, while Joshua Cribbs’ voice wavered as he stared at his jersey. Frostee Rucker even had to force a smile, though it was obvious he wasn’t the least bit happy. Pro football may be a huge business played and coached by millionaires, but at its core, it Read More…

Browns lose finale to Steelers, with coach Pat Shurmur and GM Tom Heckert expected to be fired Monday

PITTSBURGH — Pat Shurmur stood alone in the middle of Heinz Field early Sunday afternoon watching his players warm up one last time. Owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner talked on the sideline about 35 yards away. Shurmur could’ve reached his bosses with a pass, yet they didn’t converse. “I have not spoken to Read More…