March 2, 2015

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Browns: New coordinator John DeFilippo not sure if starting QB is on roster, is confident regardless

John DeFilippo, right, answers questions during his introductory news conference with Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine, left, at the NFL football team's facility in Berea, Ohio, Thursday. As Cleveland's new offensive coordinator, DeFilippo takes on the biggest challenge of his career with the Browns, who once again have a mess at quarterback. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

BEREA — John DeFilippo understood the murkiness of the quarterback situation he would inherit when he was hired Wednesday as the sixth Browns offensive coordinator in the last six years. He still signed on the dotted line. “We’re not sure if our starting quarterback is in the building right now or not,” DeFilippo said Thursday Read More…

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam: We’ve got to get a quarterback and get it fixed

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam speaks with media outlets before the start of the 15th annual Greater Cleveland Sports Awards ceremony on Jan. 22. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

CLEVELAND — Browns owner Jimmy Haslam was a big believer in Johnny Manziel long before his team drafted him in May. How times have changed. “We’ve got to get a quarterback and got to get it fixed,” Haslam said Thursday night at the Greater Cleveland Sports Awards. “What I would say to our fans is, Read More…

Browns Notes: Coach Mike Pettine didn’t want Kyle Shanahan if he didn’t want to be here

Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine listens during a news conference with new offensive coordinator John DeFilippo at the NFL football team's facility in Berea Thursday. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

BEREA — Coach Mike Pettine could’ve made former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan fulfill his contract, which had two years remaining. Pettine didn’t see the point, so he and owner Jimmy Haslam agreed to let Shanahan resign after one season with the Browns. “It’s just very hard to win in the NFL when everybody’s into it Read More…

(UPDATED) Browns hire John DeFilippo as offensive coordinator

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John DeFilippo took on a couple of monumental challenges Wednesday when he was hired by the Browns. Stop the revolving door at offensive coordinator and fix the quarterback position. That’s a lot to ask of someone who will be a coordinator and call plays for the first time in the NFL. Most of his career Read More…

Mike Martz interviews, added to list of Browns offensive coordinator candidates

Mike Martz

An interesting name surfaced Tuesday in the Browns’ search for an offensive coordinator. Mike Martz, who took the Rams to the Super Bowl as head coach in 2001, has interviewed for the vacancy, a league source confirmed to The Chronicle-Telegram. Martz was the architect of St. Louis’ “The Greatest Show on Turf” as coordinator, then Read More…

Browns: Coach Mike Pettine could choose familiarity when hiring offensive coordinator

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With Browns coach Mike Pettine’s search for an offensive coordinator reaching near and far, he could find himself faced with a difficult decision. Play it safe or take another risk. Pettine’s list of candidates features choices on both sides: Those who’ve worked with him and those who haven’t. For Pettine, trust could be the deciding Read More…

Browns seek to interview former head coaches Chan Gailey, Bill Callahan for offensive coordinator position

Cross a big name off the Browns’ list of offensive coordinator candidates, and add an experienced one. Greg Roman, who spent the past four years as coordinator in San Francisco, was expected to interview with the Browns on Monday, but reportedly was in negotiations to become the coordinator in Buffalo after Rex Ryan was hired Read More…

Browns: What went right, wrong in 2014

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The Browns won seven games in the recently concluded season, a noteworthy improvement from four in 2013. That’s good. They lost their final five games and six of the last seven. That’s bad. Coach Mike Pettine and general manager Ray Farmer are returning for a second season in their roles. That’s good. Offensive coordinator Kyle Read More…

Browns: Greg Roman leads list of offensive coordinator candidates

Greg Roman

The search for a new offensive coordinator is proceeding, and the Browns officially announced the departures of coordinator Kyle Shanahan and quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains. The Browns accepted Shanahan’s resignation after one season, coach Mike Pettine announced Saturday. Loggains was fired. “After conversations with Kyle this week we’ve determined that it would be in the Read More…

Browns: NFL investigating after report of text messages to the sideline

The NFL is looking into a report that a member of the Browns front office sent text messages to the sideline during games this season, league spokesman Michael Signora confirmed Friday. ESPN.com was first to report the investigation. The use of cell phones in the coaches’ booths, on the sidelines, in the locker room and Read More…