Found July 30, 2013 on
Waiting For Next Year:
The Cleveland Browns are the subject of one of the latest pieces published by Sports Illustrated’s new Peter King-led website appropriately called “Monday Morning Quarterback.”
Greg Bedard goes deep into what he affectionately calls Browns 6.0, wondering why, this time, should fans believe that things are actually different? Where Grantland’s Chuck Klosterman was walled off from Browns CEO Joe Banner, the team apparently realized their pre-draft fumble—Bedard received plenty of intel.
“I do have a little more power in the sense that in Philly the head coach worked with me closely but was not a direct report to me, and he is here,” Banner said to Bedard. “In the execution, that’s really not as big a difference as it sounds, but it is a difference. And if one was defining the extent of power [and] control—I hate to even use those words—there is a little bit of a difference.
“Off-the-field business, on-field performance, all of it—there’s a lot of room for growth,” Banner said of the Browns. “Some of the people from other organizations, I told them: ‘You can be part of one of the more conspicuous turnarounds that anyone has ever been a part of.’”
The entire feature, running several thousand words, discusses the roles of general manager Mike Lombardi as well as first-time head coach Rob Chudzinski, offensive coordinator Norv Turner and defensive coordinator Ray Horton. While the entire feature is worth the read, the money quote may have come from veteran linebacker D’Qwell Jackson who says that this Browns team is no longer “waiting.”
“What’s new to me is I haven’t been around an offensive coordinator, defensive and head coach that want to attack,” said Jackson. “Everyone has a sense that we’re not waiting around for people. We’re going to live and die by how we play. We’re not going to let the offense dictate what we do on defense, and vice versa. That is what any player wants. You want to be able to be aggressive. As a defensive player, that’s the mentality you have and that’s how you want to play it.”
[Related: Training camp news and notes: Position battles continue]
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The Browns came into training camp with six tight ends on the roster. That’s counting Brad Smelley as a tight end. Gone is last year’s top tight end and veteran leader Ben Watson. Also gone is Alex Smith, who was the best blocking tight end last season, but could also contribute in the passing game.
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Ben Watson was a guest on the Bull and the Fox show on 92.3 The Fan Tuesday afternoon to discuss his new team the Saints and also talk about his time in Cleveland. Watson was asked about WR Josh Gordon’s suspension and if he thinks Gordon can stay out of trouble and have a good career in Cleveland.
“I’m confident that anyone can do it if they want to. And for Josh, you know...
Promo shot of FirstEnergy Stadium
Is this a football team or an excuse for tailgating? More often than not since 1999 I think we can safely say it’s been the latter.
I think the newest front office 1 is trying to figure out how to gracefully end – or at least curb – tailgating culture that is notable for producing an empty-looking stadium on TV at kickoff. The newest employees...
BEREA, Ohio - A few days into his first training camp with the Cleveland Browns, a lot of what Paul Kruger is seeing and doing is new.
Barkevious Mingo and Jabaal Sheard know the feeling, too.
Look around the Browns practice fields at the first-time head coach, his new coaching staff, new decision makers watching intently from the sideline, new decorations bordering the fields...
Browns offensive lineman Ryan Miller returned to the team's training facility on Sunday and began the NFL's concussion protocol after being knocked unconscious during practice.
Miller was rushed to the Cleveland Clinic on Saturday after his frightening injury during a routine blocking drill brought the Browns' indoor workout to a standstill. The 6-foot-7, 320-pounder...
Andre Knott and Zac Jackson are back in Berea now that Browns training camp has started back up. They share their earlier observations about the 2013 Cleveland Browns, plus take a look around the league talking about the top stories in the NFL. Andre and Zac also share some of their favorite Browns training camp moments.
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The Browns have a feature back in Trent Richardson, but they now also have a reliable 3rd down or backup in running back Dion Lewis. Lewis shined in the screen game and showed some amazing dance moves before locking out his would be defender and heading in for the touchdown.Head coach Rob "Chud" Chudzinski made certain to note that Lewis' production didn't go unnoticed...
The Cleveland Browns are trying to elevate their franchise to a playoff caliber level.
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Until they start winning, the Browns are doing all they can to keep Cleveland fans happy and entertained.
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The Cleveland Browns, a team perpetually mired in turmoil and losing seasons, have decided that they want to enhance the game day experience for their fans. On Monday, the team announced plans that will help Browns fans enjoy their trip to the stadium even more this season. The Browns are just one of many teams making changes around the league as the NFL is realizing that the advent...
D’Qwell Jackson breaks up a pass in a red zone drill
With practice moved inside yesterday due to weather, the Browns held their first full contact practice on Sunday afternoon in front of a record crowd in Berea. The Browns announced that 4,466 fans came through the gates. They were certainly the loudest group since training camp opened.
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Barkevious Mingo blew by rookie tackle Martin Wallace on his way to Jason Campbell, who had no time to react.
It’s always a love-fest when I get Les Levine on the podcast. I won’t even apologize for it. We discussed the Indians attendance, the perception of the Dolan family and the latest Browns announcements that came out yesterday.
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Les’ history in the radio business after Ohio State
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