Mike Jones USA TODAY Published 6:18 PM EDT Oct 29, 2018 Well, they are who we thought they were. The Cleveland Browns entered this season with great buzz and a degree of optimism thanks to the credibility of new general manager John Dorsey, the arrival of No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield, and the preseason behind-the-scenes looks provided by HBO’s "Hard Knocks." But eight weeks into the season, the team proved to be the train wreck we’ve long known. On the heels of Sunday’s loss at Pittsburgh (a third consecutive defeat, dropping the Browns to 2-5-1), Cleveland fired head coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley. As is often the case when it comes to the Browns, all of this could have been avoided with better foresight from the top. But here we are with the Browns hitting the reset button at midseason – a move that’s unlikely to prompt any significant improvement over the next eight games. … [Read more...] about With Hue Jackson firing, Cleveland Browns pay for lack of clear plan
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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Scribbles in my Cleveland Browns notebook as Josh Gordon announced he won't open training camp with the team: 1. The Browns receiver had some type of setback, even if the reports are he didn't fail a drug test. As training camp opens, Gordon is receiving some type of treatment. Gordon and the Browns declined to elaborate. 2. Gordon did something like this in 2016. He went through all of training camp with the Browns. He had to serve a 4-game suspension to open the season. Just as the suspension ended and Gordon appeared eligible to play, he voluntarily went into a rehabilitation center. He didn't play at all in 2016. 3. Maybe this will be different. Perhaps Gordon will be able to tame the demons he has battled for years. The latest issue is anxiety, according to ESPN. 4. The Browns appear willing to stand with Gordon and support him during his treatment -- which is fine. But the Browns simply can't count on Gordon. Since then end of his Pro Bowl 2013 season, … [Read more...] about Cleveland Browns Scribbles: With Josh Gordon in limbo, now what?
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Cleveland Browns completed minicamp Thursday, but the main news of the day and for the next month will continue to revolve around speculation about the intentions of one LeBron James. In what some consider a slow time of year for sports news, speculation about LeBron provides plenty to write and talk about. Everything seems to be fair game for rumor. Such as which school The King's kids are enrolled in for next year and James's choice of colors for his wardrobe of the day. Some, like Charles Barkley are already tired of all the hype, saying he refuses to let LeBron hijack his life. With Browns training camp still over a month away, the NBA Draft out of the way in less than a week and the Indians cruising in a weak Central Division, expect plenty more 'news' about LeBron. Crowquill, by Plain Dealer artist Ted Crow, appears three times a week in The Plain Dealer and on cleveland.com. … [Read more...] about Cleveland Browns minicamp and LeBron’s decision: Crowquill
BEREA, Ohio -- Scribbles in my Cleveland Browns notebook after watching the team at Wednesday's OTA practice: 1. This is glorified touch football so it's hard to form many opinions about linemen, blocking or tackling skills. My attention was focused on the receivers and quarterbacks. The first strong impression was the improvement in terms of passing accuracy. Granted, the standards are low -- especially after watching Brock Osweiler, DeShone Kizer, Kevin Hogan and to a lesser extent, Cody Kessler. Those were the four Browns quarterbacks with the team at this time a year ago. 2. Tyrod Taylor looked like a veteran who started 42 regular season games. At the age of 28, you can tell he's used to being the starting quarterback. His decisions are quick, his throws usually on point. He connected with Jarvis Landry on a couple of sweet slant patterns that were caught in mid-stride between two defenders. 3. After practice, I asked Landry about the criticism of him averaging 8.8 yards per catch … [Read more...] about Cleveland Browns OTA Scribbles: Tyrod, Baker, Landry — Pluto
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Scribbles in my Cleveland Browns draft morning notebook: 1. Are the Browns still trying to decide between Josh Allen and Baker Mayfield? I guess it depends on what you mean by "deciding." It's no secret Browns draft consultant Scot McCloughan really likes Mayfield. 2. I had one executive who should know tell me McCloughan's words do mean a lot to John Dorsey and his front office. So there's no doubt Mayfield has been discussed -- a lot. Dorsey also made some positive comments about Mayfield over the last six months. 3. Then there's Josh Allen. He is the opposite of the 6-foot Mayfield. The 6-5 Allen played in a pro system, Mayfield did not. Mayfield is an accurate passer loved by the analytics department. Allen is not accurate. Analytics hates Allen. 4. Can there be some people in the draft room who like Allen, just as there are those who like Mayfield? Of course. But they are so different -- it's hard to imagine bringing those two camps together. 5. My guess is the … [Read more...] about Cleveland Browns Draft Scribbles: Considering some rumors — Terry Pluto (video)