February 8, 2016

Elyria
Cloudy
35°F
 

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam takes blame for losing ways after firing GM Ray Farmer, coach Mike Pettine, says he’s “cautiously optimistic” can find “great” coach

CLEVELAND — Owner Jimmy Haslam fired general manager Ray Farmer, citing a deficient roster. He fired coach Mike Pettine, pointing to a 10-22 record, including 18 losses in the last 21 games. Then Haslam finished a busy Sunday by putting the blame on his shoulders for hiring them in the first place, repeating the refrain Read More…

(UPDATED) Browns fire GM Ray Farmer and coach Mike Pettine; owner Jimmy Haslam says team not ‘positioned well for the future’

farmer slider

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam found the explosives and pushed the plunger. Five months after saying he wouldn’t “blow things up,” Haslam did just that, firing general manager Ray Farmer and coach Mike Pettine on Sunday after the Browns lost 28-12 to the Steelers to finish the season 3-13. “We greatly appreciate Ray’s and Mike’s dedication Read More…

Steelers 28, Browns 12: Cleveland finishes season 3-13, coach Mike Pettine expected to be fired

CLEVELAND — Mike Pettine went out like his four predecessors: with a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Browns kept it close into the fourth quarter before falling 28-12 at FirstEnergy Stadium. Cleveland finished the season 3-13, while Pittsburgh (10-6) qualified for the playoffs. Pettine will reportedly be fired tonight or Monday. In two years, Read More…

(UPDATED) Browns QB Johnny Manziel not at finale, reportedly was in Las Vegas on Saturday night

CLEVELAND — Hours before getting fired, coach Mike Pettine stood at the podium and did what he had so often during his two years on the job: field question after question about quarterback Johnny Manziel’s off-field behavior. Manziel wasn’t at FirstEnergy Stadium on Sunday for the Browns’ season-ending and regime-ending 28-12 loss to the Pittsburgh Read More…

NFL Network report: Browns owner Jimmy Haslam has decided to fire coach Mike Pettine after today’s finale vs. Steelers

CLEVELAND — As the losses mounted — nine of the last 10 games — the writing on the wall got easier to read. Browns coach Mike Pettine was headed toward the same fate as Rob Chudzinski, Pat Shurmur and Eric Mangini before him. Apparently, that fate has been sealed. Owner Jimmy Haslam has decided to Read More…

Changes coming? Browns seem headed for more upheaval following finale vs. Pittsburgh

Change, once again, seems inevitable in Berea. The Browns are 3-12 and have lost nine of 10 and 17 of 20 heading into today’s finale vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers. Jimmy Haslam has stayed silent after the owners in Buffalo and Jacksonville announced their general managers and coaches would return next season. NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported Read More…

Browns Notes: LB Paul Kruger calls season toughest of his career, says wasn’t utilized properly

Paul Kruger’s season has been one of frustration. After leading the Browns with a career-high 11 sacks last year, he has 2.5 through 15 games. The outside linebacker was moved to the strong side to start the season, which reduced his pass rushing opportunities before a switch back, and his playing time has been sporadic. Read More…

Browns’ Haden not happy sitting

Joe Haden didn’t become “Mr. Cleveland” by keeping a low profile. He’s a man about town who embraced life in Northeast Ohio and whose big personality lights up a room. Not only did his second concussion of the season rob him of the game he loves, it ate away at his identity. “I wasn’t used Read More…

Browns coach Mike Pettine says he loves job, wants to stay, has built foundation for future

BEREA — Mike Pettine might be down to his final days as Browns coach, but he sure isn’t acting, or talking, like it. Pettine, whose job security has been in doubt for months, met with the media Thursday for the final time before the season concludes Sunday vs. Pittsburgh at FirstEnergy Stadium. He answered numerous Read More…

Browns notes: Coaches agree Johnny Manziel showing improvement, but still has work to do away from the field

BEREA — No one associated with the Browns disputes that Johnny Manziel made great strides in his second NFL season by passing for 1,500 yards. “Johnny Football” earned his first two wins as a starting quarterback, threw seven touchdowns and appeared in nine games before suffering a season-ending concussion last week at Kansas City. But Read More…