February 8, 2016

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Browns begin coaching interviews with Bears OC Adam Gase, Lions DC Teryl Austin

Adam Gase

The Browns’ coaching search got rolling Wednesday with a pair of candidates who are drawing interest across the NFL. Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase and Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin interviewed with owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam, executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown, chief strategy officer Paul DePodesta and consultant Jed Hughes, the Read More…

The Morning Hit–1/6/16

Welcome back to The Morning Hit, where we talk about what people are talking about online. The web has become the digital equivalent of the office water cooler, and it’s becoming more necessary by the day to stay in the loop. Enough of the pleasantries, let’s hit it. All in on analytics. With the unconventional hire Read More…

(UPDATED) Browns hire former N.Y. Mets executive Paul DePodesta as chief strategy officer

Paul DePodesta

The Browns thought so far outside the box for their latest hire, they stepped into the batter’s box. Owner Jimmy Haslam showed he’s willing to try anything to stop the losing, hiring longtime baseball executive Paul DePodesta on Tuesday as chief strategy officer. He’s never worked in the NFL and spent the last 20 years Read More…

Browns add candidates to coaching search, including Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia

Patricia

The Browns went back-to-back with Bill Belichick disciples last decade with little success but could try it again. Matt Patricia, defensive coordinator in New England under Belichick for the last four years, will interview with the Browns this week, according to multiple reports. The Patriots have a bye in the playoffs, so the interview has Read More…

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam addresses team, fired coach Mike Pettine drives away, first coaching interviews set

Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam walks on the field prior to an NFL football game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Browns, Sunday in Cleveland. The Steelers won 28-12. AP

BEREA — Mike Pettine backed his pickup truck alongside the building and loaded it with memories of his two years as coach. Inside Browns headquarters a bit earlier, owner Jimmy Haslam and new executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown stood in front of the players, explained the latest new structure of the organization Read More…

Browns QB Johnny Manziel back after being no-show Sunday, doesn’t talk to reporters

BEREA — Quarterback Johnny Manziel was present and accounted for Monday morning, attending meetings inside Browns headquarters. That’s noteworthy after he was a no-show Sunday for treatment as part of the concussion protocol. He was reportedly in Las Vegas gambling Saturday night and the Browns didn’t know where he was Sunday. He wasn’t required to Read More…

Browns’ new head of football operations Sashi Brown has Harvard law degree, decade of experience in NFL front offices

Sashi Brown

BEREA — Sashi Brown has a law degree from Harvard, a background in analytics, 11 years in NFL front offices … and control of the football side of the Browns organization. Brown, 39, was promoted from executive vice president/general counsel to executive VP of football operations by owner Jimmy Haslam on Sunday after general manager Read More…

Browns notes: Cornerback Justin Gilbert admits to problems during his rookie season, puts blame on being a ‘hard sleeper’

BEREA — Browns cornerback Justin Gilbert finally came clean about the events of his rookie year. He did so Monday, one day after his second season came to an end. “I missed a whole bunch of meetings last year,” the No. 8 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft said. “I wasn’t saying that then, but Read More…

The Morning Hit–1/4/15

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) is tackled by Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Dee Ford (55) during the second half of an NFL game in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Dec. 27. AP PHOTO

Welcome back to The Morning Hit, where we talk about what people are talking about online. The web has become the digital equivalent of the office water cooler, and it’s becoming more necessary by the day to stay in the loop. Enough of the pleasantries, let’s hit it. New year, old Browns. In a decision Read More…

Browns: Has Joe Thomas had enough? Pro Bowl tackle sounds like team’s struggles have taken toll

CLEVELAND — Left tackle Joe Thomas has played for five coaches since being the Browns’ top pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. The nine-time Pro Bowl selection isn’t sure that he wants to make it six with the team. “As you get older, the tomorrows become fewer and far between, and you become more reflective Read More…