June 30, 2015

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Late Browns owner Art Modell’s Hall of Fame candidacy still stirs passion on both sides

CLEVELAND — For countless Browns fans, time has not healed. Art Modell’s move remains an open wound. And even in death, he torments them. Modell, the late Cleveland owner credited with helping the NFL grow in prominence but whose decision to relocate his franchise to Baltimore 17 years ago obscures his accomplishments, is one of Read More…

Browns coach Rob Chudzinski, new defensive coordinator Ray Horton not on same page?

Well, what’s it going to be? Browns coach Rob Chudzinski and defensive coordinator Ray Horton seem to have a disagreement on what kind of defense they’ll run. Chudzinski repeated Thursday night at the Cleveland Sports Awards that the Browns will use a hybrid of 3-4 and 4-3 schemes. He’s stressed scheme flexibility several times since Read More…

Browns bring back Michael Lombardi as vice president of player personnel

BEREA — Michael Lombardi began to hear the negative reaction almost as soon as his name was publicly connected with the Browns. Which quickly followed news of Joe Banner’s impending arrival as CEO. The Cleveland fans remembered Lombardi, not so fondly, from his nine years (1987-95) under former owner Art Modell in the personnel department. Read More…

Brian Dulik: Browns say Michael Lombardi has changed since his first stint with the team

Michael Lombardi made quite an impression on Browns fans during his first stint with the franchise — and it wasn’t a good one. Cleveland’s new vice president of player personnel displayed unabashed arrogance and a confrontational demeanor while alienating almost everyone he crossed paths with from 1987-95. With that stench hanging in the air Friday, Read More…

Browns notes: New defensive coordinator Ray Horton brings lots of NFL experience, success

BEREA — Ray Horton had been on the Browns’ radar for weeks. He’s now on their coaching staff. Horton, 52, was hired Friday as defensive coordinator. He spent the last two years as the Cardinals’ coordinator and interviewed earlier this month for the head coaching jobs with the Browns, Cardinals and Bills. The Browns hired Read More…

Reputation and resume not Ohio roots lands Rob Chudzinski dream job as Browns coach

BEREA — Rob Chudzinski didn’t have the biggest name in the Browns’ coaching search. His resume is solid but lacks a Super Bowl and head coaching experience. His hiring Thursday night surprised plenty of people across the NFL. But desire can’t be discounted, and no one wanted it more. “For me, personally, it’s the best Read More…

Brian Dulik: Browns owner Jimmy Haslam’s gut tells him Rob Chudzinski’s the right choice

The Browns reached out to Alabama’s Nick Saban and wooed Oregon’s Chip Kelly, but couldn’t land either high-profile name. They also spoke with Penn State’s Bill O’Brien and Syracuse’s Doug Marrone, along with Canadian Football League veteran Marc Trestman, and NFL lifers Ken Whisenhunt, Ray Horton and Mike Zimmer. None of them, however, won the Read More…

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 QB Thaddeus Lewis excited to get first NFL start, but team will be missing a lot

BEREA — After preparing all week as if he would start Sunday in Pittsburgh, quarterback Thaddeus Lewis got the official word from coach Pat Shurmur after practice Friday. “You’re the man,” Shurmur told him. Lewis remained on the field after it had emptied and threw passes to receiver Greg Little under the watchful eyes of Read More…