March 28, 2015

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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

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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 Profootballtalk.com. Alcohol is prohibited only if a player’s treatment plan in the substance-abuse program Read More…

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

John DeFilippo

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…