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Tabor, who was with Cleveland for 7 seasons, left the Browns earlier this month to take the same role with the Chicago Bears under Matt Nagy.
Joe Thomas Remains Undecided About Future, Optimistic New GM John Dorsey Will Turn Assets Into Key Players
Thomas was also honored for his consecutive snaps streak that ended at 10,363 when he tore his left triceps tendon in the third quarter of a 12-9 loss to Tennessee on Oct. 22.
Schobert is the first Browns linebacker to make the Pro Bowl since Jamir Miller in 2002.
Garrett led the Browns with 7 sacks – tied for third-most by a Browns rookie – and he finished tied for second among NFL rookies in sacks despite playing in only 11 games that saw him make 9 starts.
Jackson fired quarterbacks coach David Lee, special teams assistant Shawn Mennenga, special teams quality control coach Stan Watson as well as running backs/run game coordinator Kirby Wilson.
New Bears head coach Matt Nagy will hire Tabor to run his special teams unit after Browns head coach Hue Jackson agreed to allow Tabor out of his contract.
Browns Hire Eliot Wolf As Assistant GM, Name Alonzo Highsmith VP Player Personnel As Front Office Reshuffling Continues
Andrew Berry remains vice president of player personnel along with Highsmith. Ken Kovach transitions to a vice president role in the strategy department led by chief strategy officer Paul DePodesta.
Wolf, who was scheduled to meet this week with Dorsey and reportedly interviewed on Tuesday, is a hot commodity since new Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst has decided to give him the green light to explore opportunities elsewhere.
Wolf is the second former Packers executive that Dorsey has pursued since taking over as general manager on Dec. 7.
Cleveland loves the Browns and those who play for them. Always has. Always will. For better or for worse. ‘Till death do us part. They’re just still waiting for the Browns to finally love them back.
Manziel posted a picture of him doing his famous “money sign” in a Browns uniform with the caption “0-16szn.” That caption has since been removed from the post which has received nearly 200,000 likes.
It takes a cataclysmic series of events for an NFL team in this era to go winless during a season but the stars aligned to conspire against the Browns in 2017.
Unlike 31 other NFL cities, the football fun in Cleveland actually happens between January and August. So, with the calendar turning to 2018, let the good times roll.
While the official schedule won’t be announced until mid-April, here are the opponents the Browns will face in 2018.
The stain of the 2017 season will be hard to remove for years – and maybe even decades – to come. Just ask the Detroit Lions.
The Browns had a chance with less than 2 minutes to play but Corey Coleman, who was wide open, was unable to haul in a pass on the far sideline at the 11 from DeShone Kizer on a fourth-and-2 from the Pittsburgh 31 with 1:54 remaining turning the ball over to the Steelers, who ran out the clock.
Browns Notes: RB Isaiah Crowell Says He And Hue Jackson Are On Good Terms, Some Steelers To Sit Sunday
After Jackson dropped a “you, me and 5 other people” could’ve hit the hole and ripped off a 59-yard run last Friday regarding Crowell providing the longest offensive play of the season against the Ravens that eventually led to a touchdown, cooler heads have prevailed and we can all move one and forget that Crowell was mad enough to go on a Twitter tear liking tweets from fans critical of Jackson.
Jackson plans to use fulfilling his promise to jump in the lake as an event that will also draw attention to his foundation, which he established earlier this year to benefit victims of human trafficking.
Last year’s top overall pick Myles Garrett, who has 6 sacks in 8 games this season for the Browns, had some strong words for Rosen following the 20-3 loss Sunday at Chicago that pushed Cleveland to the brink of a winless season.
Cleveland will have the top pick in all 7 rounds of the draft in back-to-back years for the second time in franchise history. They were awarded the top slot for the 1999 draft and after a 2-14 season held the No. 1 pick in the 200 draft.
Fans were dreaming of a win for Christmas but there was no Christmas eve miracle again for the Browns this year as they continue to deck the halls with nothing but losses.
Browns Notes: Because DeShone Kizer Is A 2nd Round Pick, It’s OK If He Doesn’t Work Out According To Hue Jackson
Kizer has been benched 3 times by Jackson because of performance and another because the game was out of hand. Jackson’s decision to bench him for a start in Houston has cost the rookie an opportunity to become just the second QB since 1999 to actually start all 16 games on the schedule.
Joe Thomas’ 10-year Pro Bowl streak officially ended after Thomas was placed on injured reserve as a result of tearing a left biceps tendon against Tennessee in October.
Hired on Dec. 7 to replace executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown, Dorsey has 3 key issues staring him in the face as he begins his work in Cleveland: evaluating the state of the roster, figuring out if he can work with head coach Hue Jackson and finding a quarterback.
This is what professional football has become in Cleveland after its fans fought to get the Browns back and retain the team’s once proud heritage, which has now been stained by the sheer incompetence of the organization’s leadership over the last 5, if not 19, years.
For only the second time ever, the Browns went winless at home in the regular season – the first came in the 1999 expansion season – thanks to a 27-10 drubbing from the team that used to reside here pre-1996.
On Thursday, Gordon explained what he meant by tweeting the Browns were ‘disadvantaged,’ and that it wasn’t meant as a shot at quarterback DeShone Kizer or the rest of his teammates.
Defensive end Tyrone Holmes and receiver Bryce Treggs were waived and the Browns also terminated the contract of offensive tackle Korren Kirven.
Browns owner Jimmy Haslam said last Thursday, and again on Friday, that Jackson would return to coach the team in 2018 no matter what adding that he hoped Jackson would remain for years to come.
No one does collapses quite like the Browns do and Dorsey got to see it first hand as he sat next to Jimmy Haslam in the owner’s suite at FirstEnergy Stadium.
Season Of Misery: Browns 0-13 After Blowing 14-Point Fourth Quarter Lead In 27-21 OT Loss To Packers
Leading 21-7 in the fourth quarter, they snatched defeat from the jaws of victory once again allowing Green Bay to score the final 20 points in the game to keep their playoff hopes alive and send the Browns to 0-13 in overtime, 27-21.
Dorsey, who was instrumental in the rebuilding of the Kansas City Chiefs but was fired in June, brings with him an impressive resume of identifying and acquiring elite NFL talent.
The Browns fired executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown Thursday.
Having a 21-year-old QB throw it all over the yard week in and week out doesn’t exactly sound like a plan for success but Kizer understands the situation they’re regularly in, which hasn’t been a good one.
Jackson, who is 1-27 as head coach since taking over the Browns in 2016 surpassing former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach John McKay’s 2-26 start with the expansion franchise from 1976-77 for the worst in league history, continues to be tied with the Cincinnati Bengals as a potential heir to Marvin Lewis.
Gordon played 48 of a possible 63 snaps – or 76 percent – in Sunday’s 19-10 loss to the LA Chargers that saw him catch 4 of 11 targets for 85 yards.
Gordon had four receptions for 85 yards in his first game back since being suspended indefinitely in February 2015 for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, causing him to miss the 2015 and 2016 seasons.
A look at the good and bad from loss No. 12 as the Browns continue to break NFL records for futility.
After missing the Browns’ last 44 regular season games due to suspensions for violating the NFL’s policies on substances of abuse, Gordon is cleared to play Sunday in Los Angeles against the Chargers.
None of the revelations are making the Browns shy away from hyping the return of the 2013 Pro Bowl receiver that led the league in receiving yardage and hasn’t played in a regular season game since 2014.
Browns Notes: Hue Jackson Makes Stunning Admission; Defends Jabrill Peppers Following Controversial Penalty
Kizer hit receiver Corey Coleman for an 8-yard gain to the Bengals’ 3 forcing the offense to scramble to get set so Kizer could kill the clock by spiking the ball with 5 ticks left allowing kicker Zane Gonzalez to hit a 21-yard field goal as time expired to pull within 16-6 at half.
Jackson lamented the 15-yard personal foul penalty that came with 3:57 to play in the fourth quarter with the Bengals leading 23-16 that was thrown on Browns rookie safety Jabrill Peppers for hitting a defenseless receiver following Sunday’s 30-16 loss in Cincinnati.
The Bengals’ 2 largest scoring outputs this season have come at the Browns’ expense – 31 in Week 4 and Sunday. They scored 24 points in Weeks 3 and 8. They entered the game averaging 68 yards rushing and put 152 on the Browns’ sixth ranked run defense.
It had been 448 days since Josh Gordon was seen on a practice field in Berea but his presence Wednesday was impossible to miss.
The Browns fell to 0-10 for a second straight year marking the second-worst start to a season in franchise history. Cleveland is 1-25 in their last 26 games under Hue Jackson and 4-43 in their last 47 marking the worst record over that span in NFL history.
The Jacksonville Jaguars lead the NFL in sacks this season and they’ve bagged quarterbacks 10 times in 2 games this season to become just the third team since 1940 in NFL history to accomplish the feat.
Browns Notes: Hue Jackson Doesn’t Expect Corey Coleman To Be Savior Of Season When He Returns Sunday
The Browns are hoping the return of Corey Coleman this week will provide their offense with a nice shot in the arm.
BEREA (92.3 The Fan) – We’ve all heard the jokes about ‘December in Berea.’ Well, the Browns appear to be ahead of schedule this time around. Welcome to ‘November in Berea.’ The vibe within the offices at 76 Lou Groza Blvd. is pensive these days, which is completely understandable considering the team is 0-9 again […]
The Browns are 0-9 for just the third time in franchise history joining the 1975 and 2016 clubs following the loss in Detroit and they’ve clinched their 10th straight losing season, 17th in 19 years since the team returned in 1999.
The game featured 3 ties and 4 lead changes but in the end the Lions prevailed 38-24. Here’s a look at the good and bad from loss No. 9 on the season.