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ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi believes there is an "improved probability" free-agent QB Brian Hoyer returns to Cleveland.

Hoyer may want to test the market before returning to the hot mess that is the Browns, but in the end Cleveland will likely be Hoyer's best opportunity. It is unlikely Hoyer gets anything better than backup offers on the open market, and in Cleveland he would at least have the possibility of winning a starting job.
Jan 24 - 12:01 PM

Citing nearly 20 Browns sources, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler and Pat McManamon report Johnny Manziel exhibited a "year-long pattern" of lacking commitment and preparation to football and a "continued commitment to nightlife" during his rookie year.

One player called Manziel a "100 percent joke." Team security reportedly found Manziel "drunk off his a--" the morning before the Browns' season finale. He was fined for missing a treatment for his injured hamstring and spent the Week 17 loss to Baltimore in Cleveland's locker room. During his first NFL start, "Several sources said Manziel either didn't know the plays in the huddle or didn't call them correctly." Sources also told Fowler and McManamon that since-departed OC Kyle Shanahan preferred Jimmy Garoppolo and Tom Savage to Manziel as a 2014 draft prospect. Fowler and McManamon claim Manziel still has some "support in the (Browns') building," though it's mostly "on the business side."
Jan 23 - 3:15 PM

The Browns confirm the league is investigating whether a member of the team's personnel department texted the sideline during games.

A "high-ranking" personnel man allegedly texted the sideline complaining about play calls. "Obviously I'm aware of it," coach Mike Pettine said Thursday. "I do know that's an ongoing league investigation." The use of "any electronic communication devices" on the sidelines or in the coaches' booth is strictly prohibited. That, of course, excludes headsets and league-issued tablets used for viewing photos. The Browns will likely escape with a fine if found guilty.
Jan 22 - 11:00 PM

Speaking Thursday, Browns owner Jimmy Haslam admitted the team has no idea whom its 2015 starting quarterback will be.

"We're going to continue to work really hard to find that quarterback who can make us a championship team," Haslam said. Haslam said the team is leaving open the possibility of using its first-round pick on a signal caller, as well as re-signing Brian Hoyer. Asked specifically about Johnny Manziel, Haslam didn't mince words. "Johnny has to show on and off the field that he can be a professional. He knows that." It's rare to see teams throw in the towel on a first-round quarterback after only one year, but Manziel could be a special case. A question mark based on ability alone, Manziel showed staggering immaturity as a rookie.
Jan 22 - 7:03 PM

ESPN Browns reporter Jeremy Fowler reports the team has reached out to free agent Brian Hoyer about a contract extension.

Fowler believes talks could heat up closer to February's Combine, where everyone in the NFL meets. The Browns are expected to offer "backup quarterback money," which is what Hoyer's on-field play warrants. Hoyer and risk-taking agent Joe Linta may first want to see what the open market has in store.
Jan 22 - 5:32 PM

New Browns OC John DeFilippo stated Thursday Johnny Manziel will have a "clean slate," and DeFilippo is "looking forward" to working with him.

DeFilippo noted that he worked with Terrelle Pryor in Oakland, giving him some experience with a dual-threat signal caller. The Raiders also got more than expected out of Matt McGloin and Derek Carr during their rookie years, with DeFilippo as quarterbacks coach. DeFilippo also hinted that he plans to keep ex-OC Kyle Shanahan's zone-blocking scheme in place.
Jan 22 - 1:42 PM

Browns hired John DeFilippo as offensive coordinator.

DeFilippo, 36, is from Youngstown, Ohio. He's never called plays at any level. The Raiders' QBs coach the past three seasons, DeFilippo was praised for his work with Derek Carr this past year, though Carr averaged a league-worst 5.5 YPA to go with an underwhelming 76.6 QB rating. DeFilippo was the Jets' QBs coach in 2009 when Browns coach Mike Pettine was New York's defensive coordinator.
Jan 21 - 10:51 AM

The Browns will interview Bills senior offensive assistant Jim Hostler for their offensive-coordinator vacancy.

Hostler has ties to Mike Pettine from their time in Baltimore. He also served as the 49ers' offensive coordinator in 2007. Hostler joins a list of candidates that includes former Bears coach Marc Trestman, Raiders senior offensive assistant Al Saunders, Jets RB coach Anthony Lynn, Raiders QB coach John DeFilippo, and Browns TE coach Brian Angelichio.
Jan 14 - 6:51 PM

The Browns will interview TEs coach Brian Angelichio for their offensive-coordinator vacancy.

Angelichio joined the Browns' staff last season. Before that, he was the TEs coach at Rutgers (2011) and for the Bucs (2012-2013) under Greg Schiano. He's never called plays at the NFL level. Angelichio was the OC at Ithaca College from 2000-2005. It'd be an underwhelming hire for offensively-challenged Cleveland.
Jan 14 - 12:57 PM

ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi considers Bears QBs coach Matt Cavanaugh the favorite to become the Browns' offensive coordinator.

Cavanaugh and coach Mike Pettine go way back. Cavanaugh is the one who got Pettine in the NFL via an assistant job with the Ravens in 2002. The two have known each other for more than 20 years. Cavanaugh would be an uninspiring hire after recent stints with the Jets and Bears, but maybe he's learned some things from ex-Bears coach Marc Trestman, who is also on the OC radar in Cleveland.
Jan 14 - 9:36 AM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports Raiders QBs coach John DeFilippo is a candidate for the Browns' offensive-coordinator vacancy.

DeFilippo was also a candidate for coach Mike Pettine's staff in 2014. Only 36, DeFilippo worked alongside Pettine with the Jets.
Jan 13 - 2:48 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports ex-Bears QBs coach Matt Cavanaugh is "on the radar" for the Browns' offensive-coordinator vacancy.

Cavanaugh has a "long history" with Browns coach Mike Pettine. Jay Cutler regressed on Cavanaugh's watch in 2014, while he hasn't served as an NFL coordinator since the early 2000s with the Ravens, so it wouldn't exactly be an inspiring hire.
Jan 8 - 11:09 PM

Browns GM Ray Farmer still believes Johnny Manziel could develop into a "solid starter," but "would not hesitate" to use a 2015 first-round pick on a quarterback.

"I would not hesitate to take whoever I thought could help this football team and move us forward," Farmer said. "The goal is to win, it’s not to draft any particular person or players." The Browns own the Nos. 12 and 19 picks in next spring's draft. We doubt they'd select a quarterback, but we don't doubt they're already near the end of their rope with Manziel.
Tue, Dec 30, 2014 02:26:00 PM

After attending GM Ray Farmer's year-ending press conference Tuesday, ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi sensed a "definite feeling" that Josh Gordon won't be back with the Browns in 2015.

The Chronicle-Telegram's Scott Petrak gets the same feeling. Grossi went as far to say it may take "only five minutes" into staff meetings next week for the team to decide on Gordon. You'd have to think the Browns will try and trade Gordon before outright waiving him, but a split seems likelier by the day.
Tue, Dec 30, 2014 10:38:00 AM

Coach Mike Pettine said Josh Gordon is at a "crossroads" with the Browns.

"It's not the ability, but at some point you get tired of using the word potential," said Pettine. "This offseason for him puts him squarely in a crossroads with us." Pettine went on to say that he wants Gordon to remain with the team, but only if he's accountable for his actions and takes his job seriously. Expect the Browns to dangle Gordon in trade talks this offseason. We can't see Cleveland flat-out cutting him. He'd still likely fetch a third-round pick.
Mon, Dec 29, 2014 08:42:00 PM

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