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Rams coach gives insight on new Browns coach Pat Shurmur

INDIANAPOLIS — Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo worked with new Browns coach Pat Shurmur for eight years. He gave a scouting report for Cleveland fans Thursday at the NFL scouting combine. “A teacher and high-character guy,” Spagnuolo said. They were assistants together in Philadelphia for six seasons, then Spagnuolo hired Shurmur as his offensive coordinator with Read More…

Browns: Dolphins GM explains decision to hire former Browns offensive coordinator Brian Daboll

Chronicle Browns beat writer Scott Petrak arrived in Indianapolis on Thursday and will be covering the NFL scouting combine the next four days. Check back throughout the day for more updates. INDIANAPOLIS — The Miami Dolphins’ decision to hire former Browns offensive coordinator Brian Daboll for the same position left many Browns fans scratching their Read More…

Browns designate kicker Phil Dawson franchise player

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BEREA — Kicker Phil Dawson has been the one constant in a mercurial Browns organization since the team’s return in 1999. That won’t change in 2011. The Browns designated the dependable Dawson on Tuesday as their franchise player for next season. Dawson, the organization’s all-time leader in field goals and the only player left from Read More…

Ray Rhodes leads list of new assistants for Browns

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CLEVELAND — New Browns coach Pat Shurmur will be a rookie in his new role, but a strong veteran presence will be there to help him learn the ropes. Ray Rhodes, a respected football mind who has spent 30 years in the NFL, was one of 12 assistants named to Shurmur’s staff Monday. The former Read More…

Browns: DE Robaire Smith expects to return from back injury

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Robaire Smith never believed the rumors. He didn’t think the worse, or get ahead of himself. While others assumed Smith’s career was over when he suffered a back injury in October, Smith figured he’d rehab and be back on the field in 2011. It looks like Smith was right. Smith, a Browns defensive end for Read More…

Browns: DL Shaun Rogers among 6 veterans cut

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BEREA — Shaun Rogers started 28 games and went to a Pro Bowl with the Browns, but never lived up to his huge contract. The massive defensive lineman became a part-time player in 2010, starting just one game and totaling 17 tackles with two sacks. His contract was terminated by the Browns on Wednesday. He Read More…

Browns add four more assistants, but no offensive coordinator

BEREA — The Browns added four assistant coaches to the staff Monday, but not an offensive coordinator. They may elect to go through 2011 without someone holding that title. Mark Whipple was hired to coach the quarterbacks, Mike Wilson the wide receivers, Bill Davis the linebackers and Dwaine Board the defensive linemen. Whipple and Wilson Read More…

NFL draft 2011: Receiver A.J. Green considered Browns’ No. 1

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The Super Bowl is still a week and a half away, but the attention of many Browns fans has long since turned to the NFL Draft at the end of April. Thanks to a 5-11 record, the Browns hold the sixth pick. And even if the owners and players union are stuck in a lockout, Read More…

Chris Tabor has big shoes to fill with Browns special teams

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BEREA — Chris Tabor has some big shoes to fill. Tabor, 39, was hired Tuesday by the Browns as special teams coordinator. He spent the last three years as the Chicago Bears’ assistant special teams coach and has never been a head special teams coach in the NFL. Tabor replaces Brad Seely, who left last Read More…

Browns’ Joe Thomas, Alex Mack get Pro Bowl nods

BEREA — The Browns haven’t played in nearly a month, but their offensive line had a good day Monday. Left tackle Joe Thomas was named to The Associated Press All-Pro first team for the second straight season. Center Alex Mack was added to the AFC’s Pro Bowl roster as an injury replacement. Miami’s Jake Long Read More…